Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Class of 2015 Mindset List

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall.  Today, Beloit College released it's annual "Mindset List."  This list makes me feel older every time I read it!

According to the site, "the class of 2015, without any memory whatever of George Herbert Walker Bush as president, came into existence as Bill Clinton came into the presidency. Ferris Bueller could be their overly cautious dad, and Jimmy Carter is an elderly smiling public man who appears occasionally on television doing good works. “Dial-up,” Woolworths and the Sears “Big Book” are as antique to them as “talking machines” might have been to their grandparents. Meanwhile, as they’ve wondered why O.J. Simpson has always been suspected of something, they have all “been there, done that, gotten the Tshirt,” shortened boring conversations with “yadda, yadda, yadda,” and recognized LBJ as LeBron James."

Here's the link to the complete list http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2015/

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Voki Classroom

I am a Voki "Ambassador," one of about a dozen educators worldwide who advised the site on what features to include in the launch the classroom version of Voki. Voki is a Web 2.0 tool that easily enables users to create customized talking avatars.  I embedded a Voki of myself on the homepage of my class website.  Teachers can now sign-up students to virtual classrooms... no emails required!

Check out their press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/8/prweb8716302.htm\

PDF of Voki for Classroom's "Getting Started" Guide 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Our "Maine Family Vacation" Movie Trailer

Our "Maine Family Vacation" movie trailer... A trailer tour de force! Enjoy!