Vox Populi–Download Free Audiobooks from LibriVox

October 2, 2007

Whether you’re passing the time on a long commute or powering through a boring novel you have to write a paper on, nothing beats the audiobook. Except of course…wait for it…if it’s a free audiobook. And you can get dozens … Continued

Finally, Find Out Where Your Dogs Are At

October 1, 2007

I have two pet peeves. 1) Poor grammar usage. 2) Comic-Sans. Fortunately, Big Dog’s Grammar is helping to alleviate ONE of the two frustrations, but perpetuating the other. The guide is a quick and painless MLA list of standards that … Continued

Dangerous Literature: Banned Books Week

October 1, 2007

It’s that time of year again when nerds like me can feel subversive. That’s right, welcome to the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, celebrating the freedom to read. If you ever wanted to get kids hooked on reading, you’ve … Continued

What a Find: The Literature Network

October 1, 2007

Whenever I get to the end of a book, I’m always a little let down. No novel I’ve yet to read has what I really need in its final pages. What is that, you ask, the meaning of life or … Continued

Its You’re Fault if There Not Learning Grammar

September 27, 2007

In this age of grammatical informality brought on by email, IM, texting, and yes, blogs, I cackled like a bitter old man when I read the headline to Brian Clark’s Copyblogger post, “Five Grammatical Errors That Make You Look Dumb.” … Continued

Reveal Your Sources: Son of Citation Machine

September 19, 2007

Ah, the works cited page. It’s not just a way to pad the page count on a term paper. It’s also that frustrating last bit you forgot to budget time for while printing your final essay ten minutes before class. … Continued

Something Good for Your Inbox: Books!

September 18, 2007

Tired of getting nothing in your email but forwards of jokes your uncle sent or one of those no-longer hilarious LOL-cat pictures? Want to read something useful in your emails for a change? Sure you do, and what better email … Continued

How to Write Blogs and Influence People

September 14, 2007

In our rush to infuse our lesson plans with tools like blogs, wikis, and other fun words that didn’t exist until a couple years ago, we must remind ourselves this stuff is still new to a lot of teachers. And … Continued

Say it Like You Mean It–howjsay.com

September 11, 2007

Quetzalcoatl. Rhinopharyngitis. Mnemosyne. If you tried to say these out loud you’d either have an aneurism or accidentally open a portal to the underworld. Fortunately, there’s a safe way to speak difficult words thanks to howjsay.com. Howjsay.com (as in, “How … Continued