Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LiveBinders...Patrick Swayze Would Say Yes!




So there I was watching the women's channel...Love this channel. Anyway, Dirty Dancing came on. I was 13 when I first watched this movie. YOWZERS!!! It's funny how old the actors were....most current teen movies have actors at least in their early 20's..

So where was I ..

LiveBinders...

Lit Maven, where is this going?

Well...Brainstorm moment....

How about using LiveBinders in the classroom as a method of reader(viewer)response?

If I was creating a Dirty Dancing LiveBinder, I would have tabs for:

-Character
-Setting
-Plot

Then BONUS FEATURE TABS!!!
-Songs from the movie (Uploaded from YouTube)
-Where are they now?
-Actor interviews
-Sequels
-Other songs inspired by the movie.

I could go on and on.....

So try this with books too!
-have students create a soundtrack
-Upload a book trailer for one tab
-Include a personal response...

Is this COOL or WHAT?

Besides nobody puts my LiveBinder in the corner....nobody!

Until Next Time
Lit Maven Out!

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LiveBinders..Ready to Go?...You Bet!
LiveBinders...Much Better Than One Size Fits Most
LiveBinders...Jerry Maquire Would Say Yes!
Creating a LiveBinder..Carrie Bradshaw Would Say Yes!
Presenting With LiveBinders...The Aftermath
Want Best Practices to Go Viral?...Use a LiveBinder
Flipped Classroom? Use a LiveBinder
Building a LiveBinder...Include Tagxedo
Digital Textbooks...Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig
Digital Textbooks...It's a Matter of Definition
Building a Textbook From Scratch...5 Reasons to Try LiveBinder
5 Tips for Starting Your Own LiveBinder
Need Videos for Your LiveBinder...Top 5 Sources
Need Images for Your LiveBinder...Top 5 Sources
Building a LiveBinder...Brick by Brick
Building a LiveBinder...Let it Bloom With These Tools

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Lit Maven Wants Her Crayons Back!




Wowzers! As my prof would say, "Fall is kicking me in the butt."

I was on a blogging marathon and then BOOM!...

Now...like all viruses I am back.

All I needed was a dose of inspiration. For those of you who don't know, I am an artist. Here is one of my "dot-a-llages". (A collage of "punch holed" magazine dots.)




I do this for no other reason than it balances me out. I forgot that I needed this and stopped cold turkey a few weeks back. Then I read this, How to Be Creative by Hugh Macleod.

Hugh writes that we all got crayons in kindergarten. Slowly are creative bugs are replaced with textbooks, jobs, families...But the voice of creativity lingers under the surface. Hugh says:

Your wee voice came back because your soul somehow depends on it.


So I am back listening to my wee voice and reaching out to you...

GRAB BACK YOUR CRAYON BOX



Here is a sample of Hugh's work. Enjoy!


Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Check out Hugh's and other manifestos at Change This

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Word Hero....Oh Yes...Because You Want to Master in Wit-craft


So I got a new book...not a surprise.

This new one however is good...really good.


Word Hero: A Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines That Get Laughs, Go Viral and Live Forever by Jay Heinrichs

More on this later..

Unitl Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

If you are interested in forming a Word Hero book club...let me know! It would be painless...

Friday, October 7, 2011

LiveBinders?...Brad Pitt Would Say Yes...

So...I was out at the movies last night. Not like I wasn't busy..but we all have to take a break once in awhile...

I saw Moneyball....

I had a lot of thoughts....

One was...
How come Rob Lowe can be 3 months younger than Pitt...but look much more youthful?







I guess 6 kids will do that to you.

Anyway...

Today's point
Billy Beane: There are rich teams and there are poor teams, then there's fifty-feet of crap, and then there's us.



This is very much like the state of education. There is always need for more money and more resources. But is it really that we need more resources or are we asking the wrong question?

The question might be...DRUM ROLL

How best to use the resources we already have?!

And what we have is...

LiveBinders!

This is my favorite Pitt Flick...cause of the scenery...



Seriously...Lit Maven...

Until Next Time,

Lit Maven Out!

Here is a link to other LiveBinder posts..

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

LiveBinders?...Bruno Tonioli Would Say Yes!



While LiveBinder-ing I am learning more and more about the versatility of its design...of its uses...of its role as a companion,mentor......dancer?

Hmmmmmmmmmm...it got me to thinking about Dancing With the Stars...

Seriously? Lit Maven...

Stay with me...

So LiveBinders are created to support your teaching because without it you would be Mr. Hand



or this guy...



At the peril of your own resources flailing about...droning on...

You can't possibly remember everything..that's why you have a LiveBinder...to mentor you...to carry you when have those momentary lapses...

So it is with Dancing with the Stars...

An awesome professional dancer is paired with an eager student. Together...they learn and support each other becoming a solid team...an unbreakable unit!

However...dancing is like using LiveBinders, the teacher using it needs to do their share whether they have created the LiveBinder or not.

Cause you want to be this....



Not this...



Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Other Posts on this Topic.
LiveBinders?...Bruno Tonioli Would Say Yes!
Moonstruck Over LiveBinders?...Here's a Quick-Cher
LiveBinders..Ready to Go?...You Bet!
LiveBinders...Much Better Than One Size Fits Most
LiveBinders...Jerry Maquire Would Say Yes!
Creating a LiveBinder..Carrie Bradshaw Would Say Yes!
Presenting With LiveBinders...The Aftermath
Want Best Practices to Go Viral?...Use a LiveBinder
Flipped Classroom? Use a LiveBinder
Building a LiveBinder...Include Tagxedo
Digital Textbooks...Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig
Digital Textbooks...It's a Matter of Definition
Building a Textbook From Scratch...5 Reasons to Try LiveBinder
5 Tips for Starting Your Own LiveBinder
Need Videos for Your LiveBinder...Top 5 Sources
Need Images for Your LiveBinder...Top 5 Sources
Building a LiveBinder...Brick by Brick
Building a LiveBinder...Let it Bloom With These Tools

Monday, October 3, 2011

LiveBinders?...George Costanza Would Say Yes!

So I have thinking about LiveBinders and what they mean in my life..

I got to thinking about Junior High...

I had to attend junior high when perms or crimped hair were a must.

Note: This is Spike from my beloved Degrassi Junior High, circa 1987.

Spike and I look much better than we did back then...YAY!

Anyway...I remember every year we had to buy reinforcements.

These ones


Not these ones...


Those reinforcements inevitably broke out of their flimsy cardboard case, spilled in your locker and landed on your "cosby" sweater



...only to be noticed on the way home from school.

Yes! That is why they pointed at you.

Reinforcements...the cheap ones...the ones I got, anyway...

were "self" adhesive...meaning...Saliva Powered!

Here lies the problem...not only is this a gross way to fix binder tears but it is also very dangerous...

This brings me to George. George would have wished that Susan had sent e-vites instead of licking all those stamps.

Use LiveBinder...Don't be a Susan!


Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Other Posts on this Topic.
Moonstruck Over LiveBinders?...Here's a Quick-Cher
LiveBinders..Ready to Go?...You Bet!
LiveBinders...Much Better Than One Size Fits Most
LiveBinders...Jerry Maquire Would Say Yes!
Creating a LiveBinder..Carrie Bradshaw Would Say Yes!
Presenting With LiveBinders...The Aftermath
Want Best Practices to Go Viral?...Use a LiveBinder
Flipped Classroom? Use a LiveBinder
Building a LiveBinder...Include Tagxedo
Digital Textbooks...Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig
Digital Textbooks...It's a Matter of Definition
Building a Textbook From Scratch...5 Reasons to Try LiveBinder
5 Tips for Starting Your Own LiveBinder
Need Videos for Your LiveBinder...Top 5 Sources
Need Images for Your LiveBinder...Top 5 Sources
Building a LiveBinder...Brick by Brick
Building a LiveBinder...Let it Bloom With These Tools