This week has been crazy. I was out for a couple of days last week and we had a half-day on Wednesday. So the week was busy and crazy. So, everything was actually normal, total madness as usual. I’m looking to get back to sanity with some cool links.
1 – Teachers At Risk blog has a poignant post with this missive on student failure. Here in Texas, the Houston ISD is looking to punish teachers when students don’t make the grade on the state mandated test.
2 – Next up is a neat video collage of the year in magazine covers.
3 – The recent wave of additional advertising failures in print has set off a new round of blogs ready to write the obit on newspapers in printed form. Some are already crafting the lead graph. I still think the jury is out. I’m bullish about lean, mean online news organizations, even when others are not – but I still think print products are a part of it. The SimsBlog has a great addition about the two big lies killing newspapers. And OJR has a powerful, fact-filled post on the future of a business model for newspapers.
4 – A couple of weeks ago, I was in a bad mood and grousing about not being an Edublog nominee, but I AM listed on Free.edu’s 100 Best Education Blogs of 2009. What a great list, I feel like the lucky one to be invited to this ball considering the company I’m in. I also got a mention and a quote in a slide show by Free Tech 4 Teachers, because I responded to a question he asked about what we learned in 2009. (That’s me on slide 7)
5 – If you ever have to be your own IT dept. either at work or at home, then you may know the hell of dealing with printers. Keeping them running properly is a black art.
6 – Next Up: The 11 Most Painfully Obvious Newspaper Headlines. News at 11.
7 – This quiz is supposed to be just for fun, but I honestly have a quiz like this for my video tech class. I scored a 90%. Full transparency.
8 – As a photography teacher, I’ve been somewhat afraid of metering modes for years. DPS has an informative, short post on the most common metering modes and how to use them.
10 – The 2 ¢ Blog is back with Banished Words from 2009 – so, Chillax and Tweet me after I friend you.
11 – This one speaks for itself
12 – We’re about to start up a new WordPress install at my school for the student newspaper. So, we need to check out the best/most popular blog designs.
13 – EZ Tech Integration wrote a great response to an Op-Ed Piece in the NY Times about teachers, time out of class and substitutes. I’ve written about the joys trials of taking a mental health day or even a real sick day myself. People in “real” jobs where you get an hour for lunch and don’t spend weeks around germ filled children have no idea what being a teacher is really like.
14 – This is how the world really sees journalists as portrayed by TV reporters.
15 – BBC News has a retrospective of 2009 in Pictures. My favorite is still the US Airways plane in the Hudson – zero casualties. Who says the media never reports good news?
16 – This is fun and educational – A Visit to Copyright Bay. I guess the Pirate theme is just too easy to pass up on.
That’s a well rounded bunch of links. Speaking of well rounded – I’ve made more negative progress on my quest to lose pounds. I’m now +4 since I started. Not good.