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September 30, 2008 Links

October 21, 2008 Links

November 18, 2008

December 18, 2008

January & February Dates begin Graduate Credit through CSU

March 2009

April/May/June 2009

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Featured Site


Meeting Notes



RSS Feeds


Grammar Girl

Grammar Guy's Get-It-Done

Craig Wilson--USA Today

Google Lit Trips for Young Readers

Inside Michigan Education

Edublogger Daily Updates

Google Lit Trips for High School

Help Desk

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Looking for Textbooks!

Melissa R. in Fennville is looking for a British Literature/World Literature textbook for juniors. Any suggestions?

ACT Resources


Everything ACT

Items Addressed 10-21-08

Michigan Department of Ed


MDE ELA Sites to Know

Allegan County Power Standards (Expectations)

Favorite Sites





The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

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Remember. . .

You must be "unblocked" to view YouTube video.

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Today Show Interview with David Wroblewski




MP3 & Vodcasting in the Classrom


Links to Vodcasting Information

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Grants & Vodcasting

With your next grant opportunity, try and get some video iPods for vodcasting. A classroom set of 5 would be a great start. Other grant ideas would be to add a laptop to your room for managing downloads.

New Tools



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Zamzar "Cliff" Note

This tool is good to convert YouTube videos to .avi files so they can be saved on portable devices. They can also be converted to MP3 if you desire only the audio piece of a YouTube video. 1. Put complete URL in the first blank. 2. Choose file format (.avi for video). 3. Enter your email address. Depending on the size of the video the time for this is variable. 4. Click "ok" when you get a message box asking you to convert. 5. A link will be sent to the email address you've entered. 6. You must click the link to activate the converted file. 7. Save the newly converted file wherever you would like it stored. 8. Presto! You're done!

Audacity "Cliff" Note

This tool is used to edit anything audio. For example, you could download a podcast from Grammar Girl and edit out the commercial at the beginning. You could also use this to edit podcasts developed by students. If you're grading auditorily, you could use this to edit mistakes rather than starting over. There are many possibilities. You can also use this to put music behind words, adjust volume controls for consistency of play (if you have a lot of different voices). 1. Download Audacity (you may need administrative rights to do this at school). 2. Download LAME (Audacity will not play without this). 3. Import recording you're using. 4. Manipulate recording with controls. If you need additional help with this, contact Gayle or me. We are happy to come out in district and assist you with this.

Jing "Cliff" Note

I recommend you take the tour on the Jing home page to get a complete idea of what this tool can do. To get started you will have to download the product first. Again, you may need administrative rights to do this at school. Essentially, Jing is used to capture what you're doing on your desktop while recording your voice or music simultaneously. It can be captured and placed in a URL that can then be accessed by anyone on the web (if you make it public). If you need additional help with this tool, contact Gayle or me.

Group Calendar

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Notable Events

Featured Videos


Collaboration Videos

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Featured Video (Youtube)--How about this for creative writing?

Featured Video--Web 2.0-- New Literacies

The Networked Student/Collaboration


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The EduCon Axioms


      1. Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and

          empowering for all members


      2. Our schools must be about co-creating — together with our

           students — the 21st Century Citizen


      3. Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around.


      4. Technology must enable students to research, create,

           communicate and collaborate


      5. Learning can — and must — be networked.


Allegan County Classroom Blogs/Wikis


High School ELA