Cool Links #105: The One About A Long List

I haven’t done a links post in so long I think people have aged since then.  Sorry, but all you yearbook teachers out there understand – this is the crazy season.  Lots of deadlines from now until we finish.  The walking dead are yearbook teachers without enough coffee – real zombies.   So here are some links…

1 – This one is super cool, data – journalism – education – interactive all rolled into one.  The interactive map of ROI on education.  Just check it out, my school district was actually lime green.

2 – The terrific Bob Kaplitz blog has a graphic with the four levels of story-telling.  Very useful, I’m going to share it with my broadcast journalism kids.  Maybe we can move past level 2.

3 – Here’s a sad graphic.  Educators one of the five worst paid jobs with a degree.

4  – The Daily Grind has a response from the trenches to President Obama’s remarks in the SOTU about education.  Worth reading.

5  – This is funny, and yet true in its own way.  Follows the baffle ’em with BS theory.

6 – Some of us are old enough to remember black screens with green letters and punch cards.  Our smart phones and iPads are nearly proof that we live in the future.  Ars Technica has a lengthy, but good article about the evolution of computer screens.

7 – Thanks to PetaPixel – this is really cool.  They found someone who still shoots old fashioned Ambrosetypes (similar to Daguerrotypes).

8 – This could be my student’s motto:  From Overheard in the Newsroom.

9 – OK, I’ve never heard of before, but I’ve heard of nearly all the ideas in this article before.  They just packaged it all together in one spot.  They restate what I’ve heard of people who read on the web and what is known about scanning.  This is why journalists must get back to basics on the inverted pyramid and headline writing.

10 – This is great!

Photoshop CS4 Cream

Photoshop CS4 Cream

11 – Thanks to Bellringers for a series of professional development sessions we’d all really love to see.

12 – We have to stop forcing boys (and some girls) into the box of the “good student.”  I learned so much from my own son and two former students from my broadcast journalism class.  All of these students are the get up and go kind of people.  They can’t stand to be sitting down – unless they are playing a video game, musical instrument, etc.  They have to be active.  We can’t keep forcing passive learning on them.

13 – I still think this kind of photo-retouching is wrong.  People used to smoke – everyone knows that.  I don’t think Churchill will make a kid want to take up the cigar.

14 – My students do this all the time…

Stop Printing

Stop Printing

15 – These kids from Quebec have no idea what a record player is for, or an 8-track.  How long until iPods are obsolete?

16 – Maybe if more journalists acted like this, there’d be more readers/viewers/visitors – see Overheard in the Newsroom.

I think I may post again tomorrow.  Getting sleepy – still got lots of links in the hopper.


YLYB #111-112: Dragging Kicking And…

Actually there is very little kicking or screaming.  It has been more like passive resistance.  Ghandi-style work refusal.  They’re not gonna take it anymore.

The yearbook staff is grinding towards a deadline, but they just don’t seem to have any gear except low.  We make progress every day, even on a Saturday.  We reduced 44 unfinished pages to 18.  But it just seems like we aren’t making enough progress.  Finally going to upload pages on Monday.

YLYB #110: The Last Inch

We have at least 40-60 pages that only need a few final touches to get them ready for shipping.  They are so close to being finished – they need one caption or two.  Maybe they need a few grammar or spelling checks.  Or a photo is not CMYK.  But my little page miners are making pages so slowly, you might think Gutenberg himself was hand-cranking the presses.

It is maddening!  But such is the life of an adviser who will not send a page that has not been check properly.

YLYB #109: This Is Yearbook!

Imagine the really cut dude from the movie 300 and the pit he is standing over is all the work needed to finish the yearbook.   You are the other guy, that he is about to kick into the pit.  This is how I feel.  It never ends.   Sales, pictures, pages, editing, corrections, uploading, teaching —– aaaaahhh!

I need a snow day.  Too bad we NEVER get them in Houston.  And no one ever wishes for a Hurricane Day.

YLYB #108: There Is an I in Pie

One of my favorite movies is Shaun of the Dead and one of the funniest, yet most underrated scenes is the one where Shaun is trying to pump up the kids who work at his workplace.  And in that scene he says that “There is no ‘i’ in team, but there is one in pie…meat pie.”  You have to appreciate British humor.

But my students need to work on their teamwork right now.  We are behind schedule, yet they don’t seem too interested in helping anyone else out.  I’m working on them, but so far, no luck.

YLYB #106-7: Weekend Warrior

Why is it that everything in life happens on the same weekend.  This last weekend, my son had a Webelos Pack campout.  They have to have a parent along, or they can’t camp.  It was the coldest day of the last year or more – 27 degrees, very cold for Houston.  We also had grades due on Monday and of course we are smack in the middle of yearbook pages.  Why does it always work that way?

YLYB #103-5: Panel Page Problems

We are deep in panel page territory.  It has been a tough couple of days because we are flowing our panels ourself for the first time.  The software provided by the publisher is actually easy to use and works.  But we are hitting lots of snags on our own end.  But progress was made today.  The senior panels are flowed!  Oh yeah.  Corrections are being done, pages are moving towards the plant.  Progress is being made daily now.  Oh yeah.

YLYB #102: Just When They Get It

One of my seniors was so proud that she was able to finally do a specific yearbook task without any help.  I told her that it wasn’t right for her to finally get it, now that she is only months from graduation.

I mean, why couldn’t she “get it” a year ago?  I’m not trying to be mean.  She is a very smart girl, but this one thing has eluded her.  And now, she can do it without anyone helping her.  But, now she’ll rarely ever get the chance to do that ever again. Her yearbook days are nearly over.

It is the bane of all yearbook teachers.

YLYB #101: Done Quick or Done Right

We could have more yearbook pages done by now, but a few years ago, I decided that we would do the pages right.  That often means we can’t do them quickly.  I could let things slide, or I can be hard on them and make sure every detail is correct.  And really, I am there to teach them, so why not teach them right.

We did put up some pages on the wall today!

YLYB #99-100: 184 Pieces of Paper On The Wall

Today, I printed out one numbered piece of paper for every page in the yearbook.  As we start turning in pages, we print out the final layouts – this is a pretty good way to judge color and to see duplicates – a person in the book too many times.  The walls of my room look like a counting exercise.  Can’t wait to see them all filled.

We are also in the continuing saga of what to do about declining sales.  I’m out of ideas.  Between our continual churn of new students and the recession, there is no permanent solution.  It was suggested that we raise the price of the book, but I think that will only drive sales down even more.  I’m open to ideas from my readers.