Spotlight on Multigenre Elements: Fictional Text Messages of Historical Figures

Check out this multigenre element created by a student who illustrated Thomas Paine’s views on government using fictional text messages.  The student used his/her iPhone to create the fictional text message and utilized the iPhone’s screenshot capability to capture the “texts.”  The images were then pulled off the phone and imported into Glogster, and the Glogster was embedded into the project wiki page.  Many thanks to Ms. Lisa Kennedy, 11th American Literature/Composition teacher, for collaborating with the library on this project!

Google Sites Now Offers Site Templates!
I am jumping for joy at the latest cool addition to my new favorite tool of the 2009-10 school year:  GoogleSites!  They are now offering pre-designed template to help you get started with your web design!  As someone who has used both SharePoint and GoogleSites, I can assure you it IS much easier to work with GoogleSites in terms of editing and filing documents—fewer clicks and a much cleaner interface.  Students and teachers who have used it at my school love it, and so do I!  Google Sites has been a staple in my Media 21 toolbox for my students this semester.
Here is a sneak peek of the templates—they are up and running this morning!  I encourage you to give Google Sites a try!

Pageflakes Pagecasts: Not Just for Students!

In a few weeks, I will be talking to Dr. Katherine Mason’s preservice teachers at Kennesaw State University about Research Pathfinders 2.0. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to show these budding teachers what we as school library media specialists can and should do to support their teaching.  I thought it would be fun to create a “pathfinder” or information portal for these fledgling English teachers!


I plan to develop some additional “teacher” oriented pathfinders for each department to showcase resources they can use as teachers, but I also want these pathfinders to inspire them to consider how they could use personal information portals with their students.  One of my goals for 2009 is to promote the learning theory of connectivism by scaffolding teacher and students’ efforts in cultivating information portals and their unique personal learning networks.    By providing plenty of concrete examples and getting everyone excited about the possibilities of information portals, I hope to encourage inquiry and make information literacy more personal to each student (teen or adult!).

If you decide to create your own Pageflakes  or Netvibes pagecasts, please let me know as I am going to start collecting examples in my new wiki at .  I also welcome your ideas for using iGoogle!

If you would like to join and contribute, just submit a request, and you can help build this library of examples and ideas!

Wes Fryer’s Copyright Resources

Teach Digital: Curriculum by Wes Fryer wiki / copyright via kwout

Check out Wes Fryer’s copyright resource wiki and his newest presentation at SlideShare for his materials on copyright, fair use, and educators.