Cool Links #13: Monday The Thirteenth…Aaaggghhhh!

It is not Fridays we should fear, but Mondays – especially Mondays after a long weekend. But since tomorrow is a school day, here’s a cup of wake up and get out of bed links!

1) Jeff at Wicked Decent Learning has a whole host of links at his site to copyright friendly audio and video resources.

2) Black Star Rising has a new e-book/slideshow on Photojournalism ethics.  Worth watching, downloading and sharing with your students.

3) The KRG Blog put up an interesting list of “Guidelines for Journalists” – My favorite is “Do nothing I can’t defend.”  Kind of like first do no harm.

4) The Pulitzer Center and YouTube, now there’s a phrase I never thought I’d hear, but there you go – they have a partnership called Project Report for non-pro journalists.  Some really good videos here.  Check out the final round.

5) Here’s a sad Google Map mashup called Papercuts.  As the name implies it is a visual listing of all the newspaper job cuts in the U.S. during 2008.  Most seem to be east and west coast.  The  center of the country has fewer cuts.  Maybe because smaller towns away from the coastal cities have more responsive small town newspapers that still cover what the public wants to know?

6) It’s not news that MIT is offering a lot of classes online for free.  They have a whole catalog of Comparitive Media Studies.  My favorite course that I’ve seen so far is the New Media Literacies.

7) And this list is brought to you by the letter Z and the number 8.  Just kidding, but it is brought to you by the Idea Shower and their Firefox plugin Read It Later.  I used it to save these ideas for this blog and keep them in one place.  So cool.

Only three weeks until Christmas Break.  Let’s hope my yearbook kids get some pages turned in soon!  Ah, yearbook stress.  Gotta love it.

Sweet Content at Suite 101

Last summer I was lucky enough to attend the ASNE Summer Journalism Fellowship and got to write for an editor again.  It was great to be reminded of what my students go through when turning in work to me.

So, I have been looking for an opportunity to write on a deadline on a regular basis.  I have found it.  I will still keep up my blog, but I am also going to be writing articles about teaching and scholastic journalism at  I chose this web site because it was recommended on a blog I read and trust.  And after registering as a writer, I saw that Grammar Girl, aka Mignon Fogerty is also a writer there.

I am going to set up a link to my content on the new site, I would appreciate any of my regular visitors or irregular visitors going over there and checking it out.

It is Nice To Know Teachers Really Are Smart…

Here’s a portion of the IQ Ranges from the IQ Comparison site.  Notice High School teachers are actually pretty smart.  Who knew?


The Day There Was No News – BBC

Click Here To See No News Today

Click Here To See No News Today

Did You Know 3.0 – Tech And Population Facts

What We Do Can Be So Geeky

Sometimes what we do is incredibly technical.  I just spent the last two days discussing Amps, Watts, breakers and Luminance and it had nothing to do with class.  I just bought four brand new lights for my mini studio.  When we finally got them wired right and hung – we blew the breaker.

I never realized I could get maintenance to show up at my room so fast.  I should blow a breaker more often.

When I designed my new classroom seven years ago, we put in a small TV Studio.  It is barely big enough for a small interview set and a chroma wall.  But it works.  Except we had two problems, not enough light and not enough power.

Both those problems have been fixed.  We now have a studio with four lights and plenty of power.

But I sometimes feel like I spend more time keeping our equipment working, than I do teaching.  I guess most days it is worth it, but some days it does get frustrating when you want to teach, but end up spending you time dealing with balky equipment.

I Need To Pump Up My Manly Mojo…

It is a somewhat feminine career that I have undertaken – journalism teacher.  I learned this at my first scholastic journalism workshop.  At break time, the men’s room was mainly empty and the line for the little girl’s potty was around the block.  Those of us with a Y chromosome are in the minority as journalism teachers. But, I’m OK with that.

But in the last couple of months, I keep getting mistaken for a gal.  First it was the guys over at Wicked Decent Learning and now it is my good pal over at the scholastic scribe.  So, this must be some kind of weird online vibe I have.  Even my students have banned me from using the word cute.

So, I’m going to work on my manly side.

But thanks to the scribe for the blog bling via Eat Your Veggies.

Poptastic Award

Here’s da  Rules & Regs for the bling:

  1. When you receive The Award, please post it on your blog, linking back to the person who gave it to you.
  2. In addition, please link to This Post, which explains the origins of The Award.
  3. Please visit Veggie Mom’s Post , which explains the origins of The Award, and Sign Mr. Linky, so she’ll be able to keep a record of all whose Blogs are Pop-tastic! Feel free to leave a comment, too!!
  4. Pass The Award along to SIX Bloggy Friends, whose creativity merits inclusion in this circle. Link to their blogs in your Awards Post, and notify them that they’ve received The Award!

Here’s my SIX fav blogs (minus the scribe who nominated me)

1 Notes From A Teacher

dkzody’s Weblog

Betty’s Blog: Timely Teacher Talk


Wicked Decent Learning

6 Meranda Writes