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How this digital phenomenon came about and how it came to the Cafe.
I was watching from the sidelines in a snowstorm, dejected about not being at Educon this year...tapping my PLN via Twitter came across this product.
From the Educon Twitter Feed:
"benhazzard: We wrote a book today at Educon! The Field Guide for Change Agents http://bit.ly/chffPw (RT, take, read, share!)
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So, of course i HAD to blog about it and was proud to be one of those first embeds. Was blown away by the preso...so simple, so clean....so sticky!Sunday, Jan 31 Afternoon: 1650 views, 12 favs, 8 embeds!!
Monday, Feb 1 Morning: 2647 views, 17 favs, 16 embeds
Tuesday, Feb 2 Morning: 3617 views, 23 favs, 20 embeds
Thursday March 4th.....6556 views, 39 favs, 31 emb…

Animation ABC's - How IT works

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Amusing and informative (but snarky & slightly inappropriate) overview of how animation works from Cirkus of New Zealand. Thank goodness for new animation resources & sites like Go!Animate and Xtranormal that take all these steps out of the way for you!


Sqworl Animation sites & resources for school use. Some for media/classroom/unit marketing and some to use with kids!

Of course, none of those products above can get even close to the animation genius of the Gorillaz video Clint Eastwood. Too bad they won't let me embed it here...but if you click below...

This Food is Coyrighted!

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So my weekend thing (if not at the beach or otherwise engaged in play) is to clean out my DVR - Anthony Bourdain and No Reservations is a fave. Rock and Roll bad boy chef with a snarky potty mouth is to die for!
I mean....c'mon...Tony = HOT! The foodie buddha said it best:
"I have a soft spot for any television show that comes with an amended warning label. Moreover, if the show happens to espouse the intrinsic benefits of glutonistic hedonism, I’d say that show is a dream come true. Such is the case with No Reservations, that Travel channel icon of television programs. Hosted by none other than the heavily inked Tony Bourdain, No Reservations allows the viewer at least 60-minutes of food porn at its best. His language is crass, his vernacular is spectacular, and the entertainment level is high. Get on this and get on it now." His recent show was about being Obsessed. And because i'm ADD and i watch TV with a laptop it led me to Google some of the peopl…

ISTE SIGMS Election Please Vote for Brenda Now!

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Right now a very special & talented person is running for Professional Development chair of SIGMS...and she needs and deserves your vote! She's talented, innovative, empathetic, energetic and a true change agent! She's dedicated, experienced and....she's amazing!

Please, if you're a member of ISTE SIGMS vote herefor Brenda!

Here's the info on the ISTE site to seal the deal!

Brenda Anderson
Instructional Specialist
Montgomery County Public Schools
Kensington, MD
Blog: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire: Piecing Together My Learning Journey Describe your previous work experiences and volunteerism with professional organizations which qualify you to serve as a SIGMS officer.
"Work Experience: I was an elementary library media specialist for 15 years before moving into a district level position of instructional specialist for the School Library Media programs unit in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. I have worked in this position for three years. In my …

ISTE Elections: Yes, I've Got My Running Shoes On!

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Isn't this a face and cartoon you can trust to
represent you in the PK-12 for ISTE Board of Directors?

I want to thank my good friend, mentor, and Maryland buddy Ms. Brenda Anderson for nominating me for a position on the ISTE Board. At first, I didn't know the etiquette for revealing the person who nominated you - whether it was a secret kinda thing (as in don't blame them! LOL) but then slept on it and realized how silly! ....so Thank YOU dear amazing Brenda for not only believing in me but taking the time and effort to encourage me to step up and try and make a difference.

I also want to thank my good friend and mentor Joyce Valenza for supporting me in her award-winning recent Never Ending Search blog. She asked me to write up my goals and my vision for leadership within ISTE. I'm gonna repost that here:

I was amazed and honored to be nominated for the board of directors of ISTE. I truly believe it's time for a teacher librarian, library media specialist, or s…

SKJ for ALA in Second Life!

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I support Sara Kelly Johns for President of ALA. I've met her, talked to her, read her webpage, and I think she has what it takes to represent us Librarians vigorously and nationally. And its time we had a school-based librarian in charge of the ALA. It's been a few years (how many? don't know...Bueller? Anyone!?) .....Seriously though, I really think she can close the gap between ALA-AASL and ISTE-SIGMS...she *wants* to work together! That's progress!

Come hear her speak tonight! 8pm EST or 5pm SLT
Get a FREE Tophat in-world at my factory & public house Red's Revenge in New Babbage

Visit her official website: Vote SKJ for ALA!

Quoting from a message from Lisa Perez to all members of Media Specialists SIG on ISTE Community!

Make plans to join your colleagues on Tuesday, March 16th at 8pm
ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for a very special event, “A Chat with Sara
Kelly Johns”. Sara is a candidate in the election for ALA President
and she will speak to librarians about her…

Shorpy, Urchins, & This Fabulous Century

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Funny how these interweb things happen. You do a google search for one thing and stumble upon another.

Today i discovered Shorpy.

"December 1910. "Shorpy Higginbotham, a 'greaser' on the tipple at Bessie Mine, of the Sloss-Sheffield Steel and Iron Co. in Alabama. Said he was 14 years old, but it is doubtful. Carries two heavy pails of grease, and is often in danger of being run over by the coal cars." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine."


For some reason his face resonates with me. My Welsh ancestors were coal miners in Van Meter, Pennsylvania - site of the Darr Mine explosion of 1907 where 239 souls died. My gramma still talks about buying things at the "company store" and her father, my great-grandfather Williams, died of the black lung...

this picture also makes me think of the Second Life New Babbage urchins...and how these kids i think would fit in right fine with our tribe of scamps.

Old photographs have always spoken to me. When in …

Rap You Mad Pi Day Love

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Happy Pi Day!


When searching for a new video to play on MHTV for Pi Day tomorrow (& day old pi is still Mmmm Mmmm good!) i stumbled across the above video from uber cool math teacher, Nathan Shields at Fort Math....or the Math Department of Fort Vancouver High School in Vancouver, WA. And it's a whole lot of AWEsome!

Can't watch the above YouTube vid cause it's blocked for you at school? Watch it and download it here!


and i still LOVES our MHMS GT Dept. 3.14 Pi Vid from a few years back....still wished we ended with a Pi in the face....LOL


List of numbers – Irrational and suspected irrational numbers
γ – ζ(3) – √2 – √3 – √5 – φ – ρ – δS – α – e – π – δ

Number system Evaluation of π
Binary 11.00100100001111110110...[1]
Decimal 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288...
Hexadecimal 3.243F6A8885A308D31319...[2]
Rational approximations 3, 22⁄7, 333⁄106, 355⁄113, 103993/33102, ...[3]

(listed in order of increasing accuracy)
Continued fraction [3; 7, 15, 1, 292, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1…

MSET Conference Digital Sandbox - We Want YOU!

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Relax & Play in our Digital Sandbox

Want to take a comfortable break from the conference hubbub? Need to recharge your laptop? Have something to share, but for whatever reason you are not scheduled for a concurrent session? Consider stepping up to the open mic at our Digital Sandbox, the UNconference side of the MSET Conference.

Or just stop by and listen as your colleagues share their ideas at the MSET Digital Sandbox! Presentation equipment and internet connection will be available.

Please sign up here on the MSET Ning by leaving a comment if you're interested in being either a Digital Sandbox lifeguard for an hour, presenter, or both!!

It's gonna be the coolest, Daddy-O!
GoAnimate.com: MSET Digital Sandbox by gwyneth


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

and ps. if you recognize the bloggers' cafe beatnik theme it's cause:
1. it's state standardized testing month here in Maryland
2. i like beatnik style
3. i'm occasionally indolent

Reflecting on My Library Web Presence - It's Never Too Late to Start

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The recent TL Cafe Webinar on Web Presence got me to thinking about my slippery slope to a web presence of late.
Early on in my tech career I chose to create an Electronic Portfolio because it seemed silly to print out paper colour copies of web pages I made for kids and teachers for lessons to put in a 3 ring binder with plastic page protectors. (and because there weren't any rules for it - since I was the first in my county and I could go my own way! Muuwhaaaaaa! )

Forget the java and the html!
Created in 1997 with Netscape Composer and posted to Angelfire because my county didn't have a web server yet, my first portfolio was pretty raw - just a list of links really. It's now a quarterly updated iWeb site that has pages for my academic, professional development links.



Fast forward 8 years and a lot of simple but functional hot link pages, web quests, directed Internet tasks, and a smugmug digital photo gallery later and I was inspired by a presentation by Francey Librarian…

Fair and Balanced with Jon Stewart

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cAnchor Managementwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealth Care Reform---
I just love Jon Stewart.....and Steve Colbert....but what i love the most is Fair and Balanced News Reporting. Thank goodness we have Fox News for that!

Enjoy your weekend video!

Toshiba Netbook: New Toy Oh ay Oh!

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"I want a New Toy (oh ay oh), to keep my head expanding.
I want a New Toy (oh ay oh), nothing too demanding.
Then when everything is in roses everything is static"
- Lene Lovich

Dear MacBook. I still love you. I just need a more portable friend to take with me to meetings, conferences, and on the space shuttle. Really. That's All. ~Gwyneth

So, I pinged my peeps out there in my PLN:

Trying to find a Netbook for #ISTE10 that has a USB & Video out under $500 and 5lbs: Any Suggestions?

And this is what i got:
lazygal@gwynethjones does this work? http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=10485


(click for full size gorgeousness!)
Features:
10.1-inch LED backlit widescreen display (1024 x 600-pixel resolution) provides richer colors and clearer definition--perfect for browsing the Internet.1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 processor (512 KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB) combines performance and energy efficiency to explore the Internet and stay connected while mobile.250 GB Serial ATA hard drive (54…