‘Twas the night before school and all through the house, the kids were sad, and so were the teachers. Not really, but it makes a good scene. Both children and teachers in this house are ready to go back – mostly. So, here’s a few last minute links to bide you over the first day back. Mine is tomorrow.
[Editor's note: I started this post last Sunday, the night before the first day of school. I'm finishing it seven days later. It was a long week - can you tell?]
1 – Journalists in the 21st Century really MUST be jacks-of-all-trades, so says the hiring practices of most media organizations. Honestly, I was getting this advice back in 1988 – so, really is this a surprise?
2 – Net Neutrality is all the rage right now – thanks Google, you surrender monkeys. Read, Write, Web has a super graphic with 15 facts about Net neutrality.
3 – More than any other mathematical concept, the Golden Ratio has my attention. I love the many ways that the ratio is represented in art, music, architecture, nature and more. It is a divine concept.
4 – The Beaumont, Texas office of Taylor Publishing (Balfor now?) has a cool resource site – check it out!
5 – Tamron video wants to help you use your Flash better in Episode 12 of their continuing series of photography videos.
6 – Free Tech 4 Teachers has a list of 140 user generated ideas for things that teachers are going to try in their classrooms this year. I’m in the slideshow (yea me!) and I’m going to try Moodle. My district has started it’s own Moodle site. I really like it so far.
7 – I stumbled upon DigitalRev after watching a great stress test video that pitted a Nikon vs. a Canon camera. DigitalRev has a Youtube channel and a great blog too. I’ve added them to my RSS and Youtube subs.
8 – The Principal’s Page had a great graphic timeline of the History of the Internet. Huge!
9 – Gizmodo had a good companion to the last link – The Secret History of those $%&@ing Computer Symbols. My favorite is – of course the Mac Command symbol.
10 – According to Wired Magazine – The Web is Dead: Long Live the Internet. It’s a Pro vs. Con on the walled gardens or suburbia of the internet – phone apps.
11 – After the Exposure Triangle – dPs wants us to get a little more advanced with our thinking about the exposure triangle = meaning aperture is more than just more light.
12 – The Internet gets news out faster and better right? Not when Twitter punks the news. Rumors can run rampant and then CNN and others actually report fake news stories. Oh Dang, can you say retraction. And in a related post, The Chive, punked us all with Dry Erase girl. Supposedly she quit her job with a series of photos posted on a photo sharing site, telling all about her boss. But alas, it was just a hoax – it did come from the Onion-like Chive site. Duh.
13 – The Kobrechannel has a list of Five Things They Can’t Believe Every News Video Doesn’t Already Have. Byline anyone!
14 – The folks over at 2¢Worth are trying to create an innovative online/DVD yearbook mashup. No printed copy or only as a print on demand product. I’m interested in seeing how this might work.
15 – Thanks to the Principal’s Page blog for reminding us all of this. As the year goes by, things get busy and they often get hard. It’s the hard that makes it great.
16 – I love this. Stickers for the newspaper, with truth in advertising about the news contained inside. Could be used in yearbook too! Not as funny as you think.
That’s a wrap.