Academic Journals — Finding Them Online (with EBSCOhost) — Jerz’s Literacy Weblog

To find the best academic sources for your paper… Close this web page. Walk, drive, skateboard, ride your unicorn, or otherwise physically go to your library. Talk to a reference librarian. You’ll save yourself time and aggravation, and you will get better results. Maybe your unicorn is tired, and you can’t get to a library just now. I can still try to help. –Academic Journals — Finding Them Online (with EBSCOhost).

Video game nation: Why so many play

Since its November release, Skyrim has won award after award and led reviewers to call it the “greatest role-playing video game ever made.” In its first month, it made $650 million, almost double the entire year’s gross in the United States for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the bestselling movie of 2011. Gamers know this. Why don’t you? C’mon. You don’t. One surprising thing about the video…

ASCII by Jason Scott / FaceFacts

After taking a whole bunch of new high-quality images, I found myself running out of space on my production machine. I briefly toyed with the idea of uploading a big chunk of files to The Cloud — thinking I could just get it back if I ever needed it —  but then the voice of Jason Scott beat that idea senseless.  Here is one of his milder anti-cloud rants. I…

24 Hours at the Jerz Homeschool (More or Less)

A Twitter friend made a critical comment about homeschooling that I thought warranted a reply. I won’t repeat his comment here — after a brief reflection, he modified his statement, and suggested that people who are doing homeschooling right have a too-low profile. While I don’t pretend my kids are perfect, or that they don’t have gaps in their knowledge, all in all, I think we’re doing this right. So…

Schofield teacher won’t face criminal charges

I blogged about this controversy the other day, so it’s only fair that I follow up. A Schofield Middle School teacher embroiled in a controversy after reportedly reading to his students from a science fiction book that one parent described as “pornographic” will not face criminal charges, police said. –Schofield teacher won’t face criminal charges | Aiken Standard.

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Three books at heart of investigation in Schofield teacher’s administrative leave

Apparently there is an allegation this teacher read to the class from the internet some age-inappropriate material about prostitutes, but as I undrestand it, the school says it is responding to complaints about three books. In addition to a science fiction novel, a Schofield Middle School teacher now on administrative leave allegedly read excerpts from an Agatha Christie novel and a young adult novel set in the Old West, officials…

Why Your Infographic Is Evil (And Three Ways To Fix It)

“I can understand why readers like them so much, and in my position I have to follow the trends,” she said. “Even when I can’t stand them.” So until the trend dies, we’ve compiled a list of do’s, don’ts and best practices for creating and using infographics, whether you’re a blogger looking for content or a public relations firm looking to get your client’s message out. –Why Your Infographic Is…