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Need something to blog about?  Plinky may have the answer.  Like my favorite quickie daily inspiration, oneword.com, Plinky.com offers daily ideas for topics to blog about.  Of course teachers will find them useful to inspire students.  The

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prompt listed today suggests using third person to describe the scariest moment in your life.  Me?  I’ve got a humdinger about discovering that I had a fear of heights, AFTER I had reached the top of the Duomo in Italy.  Really bad timing!

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Published in: on July 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm  Comments (3)  

Celebrity

I know I’m not the first to notice, but the web has an amazing way of making celebrities out of everyday people.  Often they are not even aware of their status.  When I watch Dr. Wesch’ Anthropological Look at Youtube which he presented at the Library of Congress www.youtube.com/user/mwesch I can’t help but feel that he is flabberghasted by the fame of his “Text is Linear” video. His emotion is couched in a fascination with the anthropological implications of the new linkings available through the world wide web. His work is brilliant and insightful and deserves every bit of attention it gets.

bud-the-teacherThis weekend I met some other celebrities at a retreat for the National Writing Project. I was amazed when I realized the regular guy sitting at my table was actually ‘dogtrax’ a blogger I’ve been following for quite some time through Ben Davis’ collaborative blog, teacheng.us. I tried not to ogle like a pre-teen at a Jonas Brothers gig, but I suck at hiding my excitement. Luckily, moments later, “Bud the Teacher” was unmasked as the big guy with the piercings. Of course, I shouted “You’re Bud the Teacher?” eliciting a roomful of laughter, covering my already awestruck state of mind over dogtrax. Ain’t life grand?

As we finished for the weekend, I said goodbye to these lovely nerds and tried to express how much I enjoy reading their work. Bud the Teacher actually denied his guruishness self! He doesn’t seem to think he does anything special and perhaps Dogtrax thinks the same way! These guys are my kind of celebrities. They have NO CLUE what an impact they have made in the world. You’ve got your celebs who’ve been around a while like Kevin Rose whose career blossomed on TV. Now, the TV appearances are completely superfluous to building celebrity. Word of mouth has been replaced by word of web so these everyday people, doing what they do because they enjoy it, achieve a sort of notoriety which is perhaps better than the traditional celebrity. There is probably a greater degree of privacy afforded the new celebs. There is more choice. Keep your life quiet uncluttered and nerdy, or create a video for youtube and let your wild self get famous!

And here’s an addendum:  I spoke to a colleague about meeting these fellows and by lunchtime she reported that she had actually seen a reference to Bud the Teacher on Choice Literacy today.  She had never ever heard of him before.  Let’s talk.  Should we change the Kevin Bacon Effect to the Bud the Teacher connection?

Published in: on May 5, 2009 at 1:38 am  Comments (2)  

National Writing Project Annual Meeting- San Antonio, TX

West Tenneessee Writing Project at NWP Annual MeetingThe National Writing Project annual meeting was overwhelming and inspiring.  I went to workshops regarding advocacy and technology during the two days in San Antonio.  It made me see that what we’re doing at the West Tennessee Writing Project is right on track but that we can do so much more to enhance and promote our project.  On my new to do list:  give some serious depth to our currently shallow website, have a PR101 session for new Teacher Consultants at Summer Institute, provide some tech programs for my school to prepare for some Tech Tuesday presenations at SI, consider getting a tech grant for digital storytelling, apply for Tech Retreat in Denver or create my own retreat, prepare a presentation on digital storytelling, check out all of the fantastic websites created by other Writing Project Sites.  That should keep me busy at least through Christmas break.