As you may know from reading this blog from time to time, my father, grandfather, and several uncles were all military vets. My family has a short history in America – four generations, but we have a strong history of military service. So, it was instilled in me at a young age to show a heartfelt thanks to those who are and were the guardians of our freedoms. This is especially true for those who gave their lives to defend our country.
As a teacher, I now have several former students who are serving in various branches of our armed services. Thankfully, none are currently serving in a war zone. I do want to send out my thoughts and prayers for all the young men and women who are in harm’s way this Memorial Day, they are somebody’s former student. I am proud of all of the kids who have chosen to serve.
Now, on to the links.
1 – The end of the year is a time for reflection and planning. Just for TV Teachers has a great and humorous list of things he likes and doesn’t like.
2 – Whenever you are creating a web page, you must wonder – what will it look like on a ____ (computer model), using _____ (operating system) in the ______ (browser). Hongkiat has a list of tools that are useful for testing Cross-Browser compatibility.
3 – On a related note, many people new to creating web sites want to learn how to get a domain name as well as hosting for the site. All Web Design Info has all the answers for these questions.
4 – If every journalist out there wrote about stories like this one, we’d have no trouble getting people to read newspapers/magazines. This is the kind of journalism that people want to read.
5 – The digital Photography School has two related posts on understanding how the camera takes good photos – the first is about the exposure triangle and the second is your camera explained in plain English.
6 – I wish we could access Google Docs at my school, I’d love to use this technique to speed up the clean up of our yearbook index.
7 – Advancing the Story has 10 Tips to Help Get a TV News Job. Most of these tips can benefit any journalist at any time. The most difficult one: Tip #1. Previous professional experience.
8 – Thanks to Aaron Manfull at jeadigitalmedia.org for mentioning my site in his post 5 Ways to Learn without Taking Over Your Student’s Site.
9 – If you are like me, your journalism program is run on a shoestring budget and you have to save money wherever you can – like group photos. I take them myself. dPS has five tips for taking better group photos.
10 – Mindy McAdams, as always, makes online simple. She wants us all to understand HTML 5 and some of the basic tags that will make life easier.
11 – Need something to read this summer? Then fire up your RSS reader and check out these 100 Teachers Who Blog – including my pals The Scholastic Scribe and DKZody. I’ll be adding MrTeachBad to my RSS reader.
12 – This is a great idea. How to get your camera back when it was lost. I plan to do something similar with our photographers next year. Great way to keep up with who took the photos.
13 – The 10,000 Words Blog has a list of 3 Important Skills for any journalist. Most important – Math!
Have a great weekend and for those of you who are still not done with school yet – the light is at the end of the tunnel, and so are we.