Thursday, May 1

TED: Ideas Worth Sharing -- Amazing Website!!

I'm not even sure how I found this - but you need to visit

According to their site: "TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). "

They have videotaped these conferences over the years and the speakers are amazing and include everyone from Isabel Allende to Peter Gabriel to Jane Goodall. You can even download the videos as mp3 audiofiles.

I have listened to about 10 of them and I have particularly enjoyed Jill Bolte Taylor video - she is a scientist that studies the brain and one day woke up and slowly realized she was having massive stroke.

Tuesday, April 1


I saw a story on the news the other night about Bishop Hartley High School. The school gave PC Tablet laptops to all of their seniors. The school is wireless and their textbooks are already loaded on the laptop. As teachers are lecturing, they can push lecture notes and embedded videos to the students. And students can jot down notes with a stylus right onto the tablet screen. Cool!!

I realize that circumstances are different in PPS, but if only we had the money....

Check out this video!!

Monday, March 31

Create virtual mixtapes with!

We all did it. I know I did!! We took songs from different albums (and later DVDs) and put them on a cassette tape to listen to on long rides in the car, or better yet, give to friends.

Well now you can create your own virtual mixtapes online and share them with your friends!!

Just create an account, load up and organize your favorite songs. You can send the link to your friends, publish it on your website, it even gives you a RSS feed!!

Here is my muxtape:


Tuesday, January 22

The Library of Congress Pilot Project on Flickr

A neat thing found by Melissa Lim of Instructional Technology fame!!

Back in June of 2007, we began our first collaboration with a civic institution to facilitate giving people a voice in describing the content of a publicly-held photography collection.
The key goals of this pilot project are to firstly give you a taste of the hidden treasures in the huge Library of Congress collection, and secondly to show how your input of a tag or two can make the collection even richer.
You're invited to help describe photographs in the Library of Congress' collection on Flickr, by adding tags or leaving comments.*

Wednesday, January 2

Educational Oppourtunites from the Portland Water Bureau

Recently, I was asked if we had a video called "Conserving Portland's Water Supply". We didn't - so I poked around online abit and made contact with Briggy Thomas, the Education Program Manager with the Portland Water Bureau.

Briggy has sent us this video along with some literature, and it will be available for check-out from the Multimedia Library by the second week in January. The Water Bureau offers other educational and classroom resources including Field Trips and Lesson Plans. For more information contact:

Briggy Thomas - Education Program Manager
Phone: 503.823.7407

WPA Art Treasures in PPS schools

Interesting article in the Oregonian about WPA murals in some PPS schools that need restoring. It's funny how communication is virtually non-existent in this District! I did not know that all the WPA art in the District had been cataloged back in 2005 - they missed a few pieces that we have here in the Multimedia Library. :)