Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Office: Male Prima Donna



taking a wee webisode video break from AASL prep....i bring you...Male Prima Donna by Subtle Sexuality.

"I'm the OG prima donna.
My rhymes bite like piranha,
Hotter than a sauna,
Straight out of Lackawannaaaaaa!"


-- Song & Vid available for download on iTunes - photo from iTunes


sorry if you had to watch a Disney commerical to get the vid (i *hate the Mouse)and i can't link to YouTube when the NBC version has better resolution (and is legal)

....it's the price one must pay to get that slammin song & hot vid! i seriously have this song in my head now...it replaced Tardy For The Party (Mix) - (love you Kandi!)

Well,....thank you The Office!! [shakes fist]...but i need more Subtle Sexuality webisodes...Love the Office...(though i'm growing ever disenchanted with Pam -just like i so heart 30 Rock but agree with Alan & feel that this season has fallen a bit flat for me) back to The Office.... you know...i've been down on Erin the new girl.. i mean, permission to put out candy? Really Erin? is she the Kenneth the NBS Page of the Office?
you know...super sweet, strangely off, and naïve? but this webisode has changed my mind! she's a hoot! The Office still delivers...and thank goodness for the DVR and Saturday mornings! now....Top Chef! i really hope Robin, the 80's hooker gets voted off this week.

What?...you're thinking....Too much TV? [grins] Nahhhh! i'm a MEDIA specialist!



MUST to post the lyrics:

An office webisode/ music video. Staring the Nard dog, Mr. Understood, Kelly, and Erin. COPYRIGHT NBC, The Office

You don't return my texts
You say my phone don't get no texts
Whatcha you got, A-D-D?
Add it up, don't equal you and me
Like Shakespeare said, "To be or not to be"
Sometimes you're Romeo with me.
But if you ever leave me again,
I'll down a bottle of baby asprin.
I swear! I'll do it!

(CHORUS)
You're a male prima donna
But I can't help but want 'cha
I'm an independent diva
But I still kinda need ya
Together we're apart
It's tearing up my heart
I'm in hell and nirvana
'cause you're my male Prima Donna

You slammed her finger in the car door
Didn't say you're sorry, love is war,
She got stitches, it really hurt
That's her blood on your Polo shirt
You're cute but you think you're blazin' hot
You're short and you think you're not,
You look gay in your skinny tie!
I hope you get killed in a drive-by!

CHORUS

Once upon a time, she was just a girl, living in this world
Then you came along, with your irresistible charm
You drive a girl wild when you flash that sexy smile
'cause before she met you things were going okay,
So go awaaaaaaay.or staaaaaay!

They call me Mr. Understood
'cause no one understands me.
But when I spit rhymes
everybody buys my CD.
You get out of the car so slow,
how was I supposed to know?
You keep saying stuff behind my back,
then how come I got the number one track?
I'm the OG prima donna.
My rhymes bite like piranha,
Hotter than a sauna,
Straight out of Lackawannaaaaaa!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Did You Know 4.0 & Where Are We Going?


In 2007 i blogged about the first Did You Know by Karl Fisch for my parents, teachers & community... because when i saw it (the first one) it rocked my world! back then it was MySpace that could have been the 8th largest company....Facebook wasn't even invented yet...nor Twitter!...we're still not there in the school system (at least not mine) using social networks FOR us rather than being AGAINST us! i SO admire Web 2.0 savvy school librarians like Buffy Hamilton...her Unquiet Library blog & webpage epitomizes how we should use Social Networks FOR us! Her blog (see all the red blobs!?) gets an average of 300 visitors.... A DAY.

Buffy is teaching kids that they need to be ETHICAL and AWARE of what they do on the intarwebs ...what their digital footprint is and what kind of footprint they're leaving....how people will go back and see the doofy stuff they post now 5, 10, 15 and 20 years from now.
her High School library has a Facebook Page with 277 fans

and a Twitter Page with 420 followers

Now i know i can't do some of the things Buffy is doing because i'm a Middle School librarian and i respect the 2000 FTC Children's Internet Privacy Act heck, i quoted it on my 2000 Internet Safety for Parents & Teens webpage! but things have changed DRASTICALLY since then! i'm just saying....we can't bury our head in the sand any longer... the internet is not going away...and though i preach the use of the Databases...i think we're doing our kids a disservice by not teaching precise and savvy Google searches or using some of the Google products. but i'm a rebel, kids.....i still maintain my Back-to-school advice for safe & ethical social networking.
in the meantime....
i'm jealous of Buffy! (don't tell her!...i'm SO excited to be meeting her next week and working with her on the AASL Library Tools Smackdown!) ....because she's doing what i WANT to do!....

for example: last year i wanted to have Newfoundland author Dale Jarvis talk to my kids via Skype but it was BLOCKED! instead we did it through pre-recorded storytelling on Teacher Tube....[le sigh] and just last week she had her First Virtual Author Visit via Skype with Sara Zarr !!!.... we're getting there....REALLY....i just feel like i'm sometimes chompin at the bit!

anyone else feel like this? anyone think lifting some of the firewalls would be dangerous and not to be considered? i mean what's classroom management for anyway!? Gah!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

B There! A Pining Robot's Plea

or the sad tale of a lonely Clank who wants
to go to the AASL conference in Charlotte:
Part 1: Clank


He can't join in on the Bloggers' Cafe...but YOU Can! Join us@the Unconference!


Part 2: Cecily & Clank



b there!

"You’ve registered for the AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition. Before you start your engines, be sure to take advantage of the b there – Your Virtual Track Pass Web site – the national conference offered in a virtual setting.

Full access to b there is included in your conference registration. As a registrant, you would have originally received your unique invitation code in your registration confirmation email from Experient.

Your Unique Invitation Code: (if you registered, this was sent to you!)

Access all that b there – Your Virtual Track Pass has to offer and become an active member of this virtual community. Now is the time to b there early, network with colleagues, see what’s at the track, and map out your conference experience so you can be ready to take it full throttle.

* View conference schedules and materials.
* Listen to session speaker podcasts to help you choose your interest areas.
* View tradeshow floor maps, and link to vendor Web sites.
* Get ready to network and complete your member profile.

What’s @ the Track
All conference registrants will have access to content captured prior, during and post-conference via the b there – Your Virtual Track Pass Web site. Your full-access pass will feature many of the elements of the national conference to "Rev up learning @ your library," including:

* Eight live webinars
* Speaker updates, materials and chats
* Interview with keynote speaker danah boyd
* Discussion threads on closing speaker Marco Torres
* Interviews with authors, including James Patterson
* Real-time research symposium
* Session podcasts recorded by onsite volunteers
* Resources for “do-it-yourself” professional development activities

Boost the conference experience further for yourself and others by participating in the ongoing conference blogs, discussion threads, and Flickr feeds available. Comment on blog post, start a discussion topic, share photos at the conference, and turbo-charge these constructive pit stops for networking!

All of this and much more is included in your registration, with an entire year of access post-conference!

To make your race day a success and b there early, visit www.learningtimes.net/aasl."

from an email from "American Association of School Librarians (AASL)"

Friday, October 23, 2009

GoAnimate.com: MHMS Media Center Adventures!

GoAnimate.com: MHMS Media Center Adventures! by gwyneth

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

OK, so i'm getting better at GoAnimate!...and it really is a WAY cool, user friendly animation studio! (that will probably be blocked by my county next week...just as i do any prof dev on it it gets blocked...cause that seems to be the kiss of death for anything cool - like Twitter or Flickr - i share it with other teachers or media specialists and blammo!...blocked! /rant)

ANYWAY...i also just created my own character! this feature was just released LAST WEEK...you can now make a comic version of yourself to use in your videos....the first one is FREE... (& yeah it's a younger cartoon version of yours truly with rad glasses!) if you've ever made a Mii Character it's a lot like that..here's a helpful blog posting, the official blog, and some video tutorials to help! i got so jazzed about this site i made a Go! Animate Introduction wikipage for this product....using LOTS of screenshots!

i'm still learning this....'cause i don't get why my character doesn't have some of the same actions as the stock characters have and i don't think you can edit it later so make your choices carefully! thank goodness i chose a black suit...black goes with everything and has no season..whew! if only i could upload a coach purse or a Tiffany key or pearl necklace to go with my outfit...but i digress! LOL


so have fun & play with Go!Animate but be warned...before you use this with kids..check it out, there are areas that have some questionable content (because users can upload their own graphics) ....so, for elem techie teachers & Media Specialists to use with their students there's a MORE kid friendly version of GoAnimate called Domo Animate where there are preset backgrounds, characters and where kids can't upload created backgrounds or content (that could be inappropriate or copyright grey)....check it out!

However, for Media Specialists making animations for special events, programs, or products i suggest using regular GoAnimate.com where you can Photoshop, iPhoto or Comic Life backdrops using your own graphics & digital pics!

but first, a few things i've learned about GoAnimate:
  • Go!Animate works with Flickr to import photos for use as backdrops but it seems to only take the LARGE size and not the ORIGINAL...you really need to upload the largest & best resolution possible...i made that mistake of the quick upload and had to go delete all my backgrounds & upload better ones. what can i say? i'm a resolution snob.
  • you can change the duration of the scenes...the default is 2 seconds..you can override it to 4 seconds...but i find that with two speech bubbles per scene having it be 5-6 seconds is more comfortable. slide the scene to the right in the toolbar to increase time
  • you can edit when the speech bubbles appear and go away....to adjust the timing click on the right hand speech bubble then click EDIT.
  • you can add special effects, but they sort of overwhelm a scene so i'll use them sparingly
  • some characters have certain special movements or abilities and others don't.... i haven't quite understood why but it makes a difference.
  • you can edit the sound, adding different tracks of music (up to 4) or you can choose one track to just loop for all scenes.
  • here's the link again to my Go!Animate Introduction Wikipage
you can edit your animation at any time and the updates will show up on your embeded vids...no need to re-post them! (this is great for me because i'm constantly wanting to tweak and change as i learn how to do more!) and the music they supply has a lot of options to suit most every mood! if only i could find ninja's and better clothes for my character. some of the options at Go!Animate cost points (like Plurk karma) get points by sharing your vids or referring friends. "You can use your GoPoints to acquire special premium characters and props on the platform."

Special Offer for Media Specialists & Teachers:
So i contacted the owner of Go!Animate telling him about my plan to feature it at AASL and asking if there would ever be a school version and i was pleasantly surprised when he wrote back!
Hey Gwyneth,

Thanks for presenting GoAnimate at the national AASL. This is really exciting! We've put in a lot of work into our applications and it's great to see people enjoying them. I have given you more free credits for the Character Creator so that you can experiment more. Let us know if you ever run out.

Have fun at the AASL and email us know if there is anything we can do to help make your presentation better. About school use, we'll be launching a School Portal that is catered for educational use very soon. It will contain only child safe content and it will have features built specifically for teacher/student interactions. Let us know if you're interested in reviewing some of our designs.

Please tell the librarians that if they email us and mention your name, we will give each person 10 free credits for creating characters!

Let's GoAnimate,

Alvin :)


What do you think? Please feel free to comment on this product & share your creations!

Bloggers' Cafe: Animoto Fun!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

NEW Animoto: Get JAZZED for AASL2009!



WOW! Great Animoto, Joyce! Thanks for sharing with everyone! It's hard to watch that and NOT get JAZZED up for AASL in Charlotte!

Friday, October 16, 2009

#AASL09: Rev Up & Go!


Join IN the FUN EARLY!
You Gotta b there! – Your Virtual Track Pass.

Your one Pitt Stop Chop Shop for all the
Cool links to get your AASL
Experience Turbo Charged!


Ooooer! i'm getting SOooo Excited for #AASL2009! and i have several reasons to be Excited! and like on Seinfeld i'm going to be using a lot of exclamations! so....buckle your seatbelts...you've been warned.
I'm excited to be one of the conference bloggers (OMWerd, what an honor! no pressure there, dear reader! Eep!) and i promise Promise i'll not pepper EVERY post with contrived car related verbage, really!...in fact, the above was my last sputter, i swear! [grins] but hey! AASL egged me on....it was even one of the criteria for the conference presentation approval process! LOL

and you don't have to b there! yet to get involved NOW! Click on the graphic above to find links to:
  • concurrent session guide
  • the author pit stop & interviews
  • membership directory
  • member videos
  • the UNconference!
  • the virtual conference
  • networking center
  • social network hookups
and more!

the official Twitter hashtag for AASL is #AASL2009 &
feel free to add me @gwynethjones and i'll add ya back!

(well, those of you who are media specialists & educators! so long as you're not a make money through twitter & fake hot girl scammer type!)


i'm also getting excited for the 2.0 Learning Tools Smackdown led by über guru Joyce Valenza
"This interactive, energetic, sharing session will highlight the best new tools in a variety of categories. Members of a panel will share their top picks and invite audience members to contribute by coming to a central microphone. All ideas generated will be added to a session wiki and shared with the community."

....i was at the NECC Smackdown and it was the MOST exciting session! so many new ideas in such a short time...my head was spinning & my mind was racing! and i'm super excited & honored again to help out with this Smackdown! and so can you! EVERYone can join in...so plan on attending and bringing a tip/source/link/idea that *YOU* want to share! because the Smackdown is all about community, contribution, & collaboration!

(powered by Wordle - one of the featured sweet sites from my presentation)
and i'm getting excited about my presentation. Turbo Charge Your Resources: Fabulous Freebies, Great Gadgets, & Sweet Sites that Go the Distance!
"Be cool in school! Do you dig knowing the sweet sites, great gadgets, & the current buzzwords? Like fabulous freebies? Don’t have the time to read every journal, wiki, blog, ning, tweet, or plurk, but still don’t want to be left out in the techie chat cold? Then this session is for you! Presented triviaoke style, as a quick & irreverent look at the latest & greatest stuff to turbo charge your Library Media Program."

Ok...i swear...no more turbo charged click and clack car talk!...that's it! onto sterling ice tea spoons & deviled eggs, honey!

finally, as a personal side note, i'm also so SO excited to go to Charlotte, NC! i've never been there...and i adore The South. (loved Atlanta, GA when i was there for NECC07!) from when i was a little girl reading GWtW during a week off from school due to tons of snow...to even getting the book: a Southern Belle Primer or Why Princess Margaret will Never be a Kappa Kappa Gamma ...sometimes i wish i was more Southern (i imagine a true Southerner would say that Maryland is NOT The South...even though it IS below the Mason Dixon line [grins]) ....anyway...from sterling ice tea spoons to deviled egg plates to the lovely, precious, darling, well-mannered friendly people of the South that are friends and that i've met in my travels, i guess i just want to sometimes be like Doc Hollywood and get lost in a small town....sounds silly, huh?

anyway....SO many reasons to be excited about AASL2009....what are YOU excited about?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bloggers' Cafe: The Hepcat Learning Lounge

What is the Bloggers’ Café?
The Hepcat Learning Lounge@AASL

The Bloggers' Cafe is the coolest place to hang out at any Ed Tech conference! This was the "the place to be" hub @NECC09! This is where all the cool peeps are going to chill...once you're there anyway why not stand up and share? In a low key, high-tech, beatnik kinda way - beret & goatee optional.

Are you attending the 2009 AASL National Conference in Charlotte, NC? Have something to share, but for whatever reason you are not scheduled for a concurrent session? Consider signing up to present your stuff at our Bloggers’ Café! Presentation equipment and Internet connection will be available.

Want to take a comfortable break from the conference hubbub? Stop by and listen as your colleagues share their ideas at the Bloggers’ Café.

Use the time to:

  • Host a discussion
  • Create a Birds of a Feather session
  • Present your best ideas
  • Expand on your Exploratorium poster
  • Expand on your concurrent session
  • Teach a skill
  • Other
  • Friday signup
  • Saturday signup

Sign up now by visiting http://aaslbloggerscafe.wikispaces.com/!


Credits: Thanks to Joyce & Buffy for some of the better wordage & Hepcat Darren Draper for the way cool orig pic that i totally posterized..thanks, dude...you rule!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Neil Gaiman and Twittering the Exquisite Corpse

So, yesterday i got really excited about the Neil Gaiman Twitter writing opportunity the Exquisite Corpse..I instantly thought of our Writers Guild and how they could have really gotten involved with the writing experience. However, Twitter is now Blocked in HCPSS.

WARNING: Mini-Rant & Personal Opinion Here Not Related to HCPSS or reflecting on them yada yada yada - yeah...i gotta big mouth!
Yes, thanks to the NEW Dickensian interweb policies of my county Twitter has now been blocked --we're going backwards not forwards, it seems...also blocked...Flickr! I was just convincing my Art teacher to move our student gallery from our 6 year old gallery of Smugmug (much love & respect though!) to being able to tag & comment cloud pics... i'm not getting the ubiquitous BLOCKED Blue Screen
but it just maddeningly hangs!....and hangs...recently i was told that Twitter was now blocked (it wasn't last year) because it's a social networking site! WTHeck?! How can we teach Web 2.0 technology if we're being blocked? i guess no more Teacher Tuesdays at lunch for me sharing ideas with other tech peeps! :-( Doh! As i'm getting ready for AASL, and i am thrilled to be one of the official bloggers... i was pleased to check this out...same issue! i'm not the only one thinking these things! ...give your 2 cents:

Conference 2.0

  1. "I’d love to know – for how many of you is access to 2.0 technology an administrative problem? In other words, have you not implemented/tried something (Twitter, wikis, etc.) because it’s blocked? My sense is that this is a WIDESPREAD issue."

You're darn tootin sistah! It's so gosh darn sad! ....ok.../rant

anyway.... no, an Exquisite Corpse, is not about a pretty cadaver...
"An Exquisite Corpse is an old game in which people write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it over to conceal part of it and pass it on to the next player to do the same. The game ends when someone finishes the story, which is then read aloud."
we also did the same thing with drawings in the back seat of the family wagon during long road trips....sorta like before mad libs...


2 B, or not 2 B, that is the question. OMW, LOL!


"If only the Bard were lucky enough to have had a Twitter account. Since he didn’t, we’ll just have to rely on BBC Audiobooks and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman to bring us the latest development in Twitterature. Yesterday at noon, the Coraline author tweeted the first sentence in an interactive storytelling experiment, with the hope that fellow Twitterers (Twits?) will pick up the thread and spin the rest of the story 140 characters at a time. The final product will eventually be compiled into a short story, recorded as an audiobook, and made available on iTunes for....hello....FREE! ((of course we'll give you either a link or an embed script when it's released...or you may wanna bookmark BBC Audio) - Twitter an Audio Story with Neil Gaiman!))

It’ll be interesting to see if average Twitterzens will be able to maintain a functioning narrative in this mass game of exquisite corpse, or if it will inevitably devolve into “And then a comet hit the planet and everybody died!” or “A giant POO POO-monster came out of nowhere and swallowed dear Emily whole,” as mine always did. Some hope can be gleaned from the recent success in London of the Royal Opera House’s first tweet-based opera, Twitterdammerung, which actually got some decent reviews. We lose Miley, but gain Wagner. Seems like a fair trade.

Tweets probably won’t be replacing conventional book-writing anytime soon, but it is an interesting glimpse into the possibility of open-source literary collaboration. Will BBC be able to separate the tweets from the chaff, or will we perhaps realize that all that Twitters is not gold?"
Keith Staskiewicz - EW

Finally to quote a tweeter named Smirkette: "Neil Gaiman is such a rockstar. I love how much he's embraced social media, and I can hardly wait to hear how this turns out."

& Neither can i! What do you think? Is this a promotional stunt or a best practice of Web 2.0 use of the technology craftily interwoven with interweb savvy?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Book Crossing & Pass That Book

Well, i'm excited!...The Howard County Library is starting a Teen program that i blogged about on my Media Center Blog called Pass That Book....it's along the same lines as Bookcrossing.com...i'm reposting that here because this is a GREAT idea for other Library Media Center & Public Library partnerships!

PSST...PASS THAT BOOK!

Beginning October 19, be on the lookout for specially marked copies of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld.

Read the book. Register the book's number at hclibrary.org. Pass the book to another friend. Return to the web site throughout the year to track where the books have traveled, and participate in online book discussions.

For more information go visit the HCL Pass that Book Website or contact Mr. John Jewitt john.jewitt@hclibrary.org


Miss. Jones Writes:
This reminds me of a website i've been involved with for many years called Bookcrossing.com Same idea....here's how it started from my first posting on the BX site in 2005:

Journal entry 6 by gwynethanne from columbia, Maryland USA on Monday, April 25, 2005

this book was the first MC Beaton i ever read....i picked it up in the sheraton inner harbor hotel a while ago, staying there for the MICCA technology conference and having finished the book that i had brought (what horrors! ) i was itchy for a new one. i spotted this book on a library table near the elevator....i picked it up stealthily...looking furtively up and down the hallway...should i take it? not having a book is torture!...i HUNGERED for a new read. i took the book with me and read about the bookcrossing program....grinning with relief that i had not purloined someone's tome, i kept it and read it. and this one was delightful book! i'm going back to the sheraton for the same conference soon and i'm gonna re-release the book back out into the wild! i hope the next person likes it as much as i did...AND if you haven't read MC Beaton....read the Hamish McBeth mysteries..they are cozy little books that feel as comfortable as a good warm wool sweater with a dram of whiskey! thanks keycollect and fiction!.....and the journey goes on! being a school media specialist maybe i gotta get some bookplates of my own now! ....first book? jack finney's Time and Again! ~gwynethanne

and well, that's how it started. ...since then i have purchased (for a nominal fee) the special bookplates & post-its start up kid... and have released books into the wild. i don't leave books outside..but usually in hotels when i travel for educational technology or library conferences

...here's a bit more from the website:

Read, Recycle, Release with BookCrossing!

Welcome "Welcome back to BookCrossing, where books have adventures of their own. BookCrossing is earth-friendly, and gives you a way to share your books, clear your shelves, and conserve precious resources at the same time. Through our own unique method of recycling reads, BookCrossers give life to books. BookCrossing books are not stagnant dust collectors, but living entities travelling the world as true BookCrossing emissaries. Our books find new readers and introduce them to the wonders of BookCrossing."

from a blogger:

"BookCrossing,com is an awesome site. If you have a book and you want to share it with the world, or if you just don’t want it laying around anymore and can’t bring yourself to toss it, then you can register it on bookcrossing.com. Once it’s registered you leave the book, somewhere, ‘in the wild’. Since the book is registered on the site, you leave a specific description of where you left it, then when someone is looking for that book or genre in your country, they can track it down, notify the site that it’s been found, read it, then leave it somewhere else to be found again. Such a “make me smile” concept."

so Pass that Book in Howard County and if you like that....join Bookcrossing.com and pass books around the WORLD!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Second Life: Interactive Books



I was very pleased and gratified to have Sir JJ Drinkwater of the Caledon Library bestow upon me a very special bookcase ((I later found out they were FREE for the asking! LOL))...using scripts provided by the esteemed code poet Sir ZenModo Wormser. This special bookcase is very interactive and actually gives out books that you can read in-world! (pray, gentle reader..click on any picture below for a Full Size version!)

click on the bookcase to get a selection of titles:

Keep the book that they offer to you as an object...the brilliant part is that the books are only 1 prim and they can be used as real clickable books! Scatter them around your house! Put them on a shelf or a table for the enjoyment of your guests! Read them at your leisure!

Rez the object on a shelf or a table then click upon it and
it will ask do you want to visit the Aetheric version of that book...choose Go to Page

From here you can read the book, in its original form...clicking from page to page!

Such a wonderous resource to have! If you wish to see these book cases in action and in-world borrowing copies for yourself... I have two of these bookcases in my factory, Red's Revenge at Llewellyn Industries in New Babbage

and in the Great Obolensky Steampunk Metal Treehouse.

You are welcome to drop by and read to your heart's content or take the books back with you to your house! --UPDATE 10/2013: My house is now in Winterfell Absinthe

Cheers dear reader!
~Capt. Red

Here are the other closeups of the books available!
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