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Color Coordination and Pizzazz—Pulling Together the Side Bar Outfit

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Monday, January 31, 2011, In : Blogging Tools 
COLORWHEEL for the Count and Spell Color Recognition Beanbagsphoto © 2008 Cheryl | more info (via: Wylio)

This challenge was both fun and difficult.  I needed to take a fresh look at how my site appeared to other people.  So here’s what I did and why I did it.

Additions

  1. Show Yourself – This widget (which I found at “The Groovy Librarian”) allows you to group all your contact information on the Internet in one handy, dandy tool.  I like that all the lines are hot links to the appropriate pages.  It eliminated the need for a separ...

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Movin' and Groovin': Teaching with Video and Slides

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, January 27, 2011, In : Blogging Tools 

I haven't played much with video.  It is one area that I need to work on, technologically speaking.  I have tried a few tools that I find exceptionally easy to use, and that have relevance to my work as a librarian and media teacher. I want to say a "Thank You" to the people who are running the Teacher Challenge.  Without the "kick" to do this entry, I wouldn't have figured out how to embed these videos into the blog.  I also ventured into tweaking html to change sizes of things to make them ...


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My School Library, and "I Can See Winter..."

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, January 23, 2011, In : Blogging Tools 

I've posted a slide show from Picture Trail above.  I use picture trail in my Library wiki to share with parents the books that I am reading in a given month to the media classes.  It is an easy way to make the front page of the wiki have a consistent item, but one that I can vary from month to month.  If you would like to see how it works on my Library Wiki, click here.

As you can see, my school library is a lovely spot.  January in Minnesota, on the other hand, is something one learns to l...
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"Say What?" -- Creative Play with Images

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Saturday, January 22, 2011, In : Blogging Tools 
Someone posed a question about how I did the speech "bubble" above my avatar back in my All About Me post.  Here's how to go about it.

Most of you probably already know this, but to copy any image off your computer (Internet, desktop, whatever), you can simply press the "PrtSc" key, short for "Print Screen."  This key basically captures the image of whatever your screen looks like at that point. 



Open the program "Paint" which is under "Accessories" on most Windows machines.  In the upper menu...
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Virtual Me—Playing with Avatars

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, January 20, 2011, In : Blogging Tools 

I love avatars.  I love that I get to play with my sense of self differently in different settings.  I love that there are bad songs about avatars, like Do You Want to Date My Avatar. I have a Mii on the Wii, a Voki to sing the Hokey Pokey, a Pirate dame to play the Puzzle Pirates game, and numerous other sides of my...


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It’s All About Me, Or 5 Questions an Effective “About” Page Should Answer

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Monday, January 17, 2011, In : Blogging Tools 

“About” pages are not usually what we read first in a blog.  We find blogs because they show up in a search we do, or someone sends us a link, or we are reading them as part of a class.  But sometimes, after we read a post, our curiosity kicks in.  In real life, we expect to have a conversation with people who talk to us.  Why should the written word be any different?  I usually want to know more abo...


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Can You Hear Me? -- Voice in Effective Blogs

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, January 13, 2011, In : Blogging Tools 

image by dbphotographs via Flickr Creative Commons

I confess--I am a regular reader of the blog Zen Habits.  I find the voice and the tone of its writer, Leo Babauta, distinctive and calming.  On a typical school day, peace and tranquility are not typically around.  But when a post shows up on Zen Habits, I take the time to read it and to find a window of calm in my day.

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About Me


Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian, a technology teacher, and a part-time college English professor. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?

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