Cool Links #38: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

As we all celebrate a much needed three-day weekend, let’s all pause to remember the real purpose of the holiday on Monday – Memorial Day.  Please remember those who have served and given the ultimate price as well as those who served and only stood and waited, for they protect us too.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

1 – This is why you don’t pre-slug your newspaper headlines.

Newspaper Slug Gets Published

Newspaper Slug Gets Published

2 – Great poster of retro cameras.

Retro Cameras Rock!

Retro Cameras Rock!

3 – Blogush has an excellent post on how we set our students up for failure and how we should or at least could be helping them to “race and always win.”

4 – Traditional yearbooks printed on paper are in danger of becoming extinct.  I know that at my school, sales have dropped about 2-3 percent a year for the last 15 years.  We now sell fewer than half the books we sold in ’98.

5 – I teach in a school with a high rate of students on free lunch.  This article in the Washington Post hit a chord with me, but it was almost the very end before the lightbulb went off.  There are many good and sensible reasons that poor students don’t feel a sense of urgency about anything.  The take-away was on the last page of the article “No sense in trying to hurry when you are poor.”

6 – This article about “Why journalists deserve low pay,” has made the rounds of the internet this last week, it’s been tweeted and blogged, but I’m going to blog it again anyway.

7 – The The Impotence of Proofreading

8 – Eight awesome layout solutions to improve your web page’s design.

9 – Too bad this site hasn’t been updated in about a year, but they have several great tutorials such as mixing audio in garage band and creating lower thirds in final cut.

10 – Advanicing the Story blog has a post on using web stories to add interest and information to your broadcast stories.

11 – Silber Studios has a terrific short about how Ansel Adams created the magic of his Moon at Half Dome shot.

12 – Circulation figures for all the top US newspapers in a fun and creative graphic.

13 – How my students work.

If it wasnt for the last minute, nothing would get done around here

If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done around here

14 – The Creating Lifelong Learners Blog has an excellent selection of iMovie ’09 resources.  We no longer use it after transitioning to Final Cut, but it is still a great choice for those who can’t afford FCE or don’t want to deal with the learning curve.

15 – Tom Brokaw, the former NBC anchor, gave a great speech at this year’s SPJ convention.

Have a great holiday and if you see a soldier, sailor, airman or marine thank them for your freedom and their service.

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