364 days till towel day

26 May

A reminder to fellow Hitchhikers If you’re a hoopy frood, you know where yours is.
Somebody who can stay in control of virtually any situation is somebody who is said to know where his or her towel is. The logic behind this statement is presented in chapter 3 of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy thus:
“ ….a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with. ”
Douglas Adams got the idea for this phrase when he went on holiday and found that his beach towel kept disappearing. On Towel Day, fans commemorate Douglas Adams by carrying towels with them.
1. Recite some Vogon Poetry and stick out your thumb!
“You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.”
“What was that?”
“I don’t know, I wasn’t listening!”
2. Facebook is a major influence on girls – really?
3. Learning with ipod touch
4. Hans Mundahl – YouTube video and accompanying wikis for developing social media learning in schools.
5. Create an account, generated a pdf from a powerpoint, uploaded the pdf, and created a book from it – you can control how public it is Make your own ebooks on issuu Online book examples A surprising find?? War
6. Clusty has become Yippy
7. Staffing of school libraries – role of school librarian
8. Wikipedia evaluation lesson
9. Standards for the 21st Century Learner (June 30, 2007): (full-size 8 page pamphlet version available online)
Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (June 23, 2009):
Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action (December 30, 2008)
Learner for Life
10. Books in the age of iPad
11. Book trailer for Hollywood Librarians
12. Great reading wiki, includes book trailers
13. Oil spill Lesson
14. Ipod project
15. Australian Reading Reviews

Inside a Dog
State Library of Victoria – Read Alert
Boys Blokes Books & Bytes
GGS Book Review Blog
Crash Solo – one minute reviews
Magpies, The Literature Base and The Source
Aussie Reviews (including non-print resources)
Young Australian Readers Award (reviews written by students)
Resource Reviews
Fiction Focus

Classroom Resources Reviews
Kerry Neary’s Blog
The Resource Bank Help page
CMIS Evaluation
Splatt reviews
Classroom Resource Reviews then go to Quick links menu and click CRR
CBCA Reading Time journal (subscription)
Persnickety Snark

International Book Reviews

Children’s Book Review Index (journal issued three times a year)
Gale Research Company, Book Tower, Detroit, Mich. 48226
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
Fantastic Fiction
A Book and a Hug
Children’s Literature Network
Internet Movie Database

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