Resources for our speech teacher colleagues


with thanks to Joyce Valenza -

for our speech teacher colleagues, excellent resources for the study of presidential speeches, especially inaugural addresses.

More resources:


Jan 23

Pew Research Center’s New Section:

Pew Internet & American Life Project

Latest survey release: January 22, 2013

Patrons welcome new technologies, but still want the printed book to be the primary library resource.  The  survey is titled “Library Services in the Digital Age”.  Although the participants are discussing public libraries, the results are highly relevant to school libraries.

If you haven’t taken a look at the website yet, do take a look now.  With the new library section, all their studies of libraries and librarians are right up front.  Love the Pew.

Dec 20

Santa Tracker News – thanks to Tech Crunch Top Stories

Keep Track of Santa Claus With These Google Tools


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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)may have decided to ditch Google in favor of Microsoft for its official Santa tracker, but the search giant is still keeping tabs on the fat man. On Christmas Eve, kids and anyone else with a vested interest in the whereabouts of the gluttonous gift giver from the North Pole can follow his progress usingGoogle’s Santa Tracker.


Google announced today that it has also created a Chrome extension that will enable children both naughty and nice to simultaneously browse the web and keep an eye on Mr. Claus and his pack of reindeer. Want to hear “ho ho ho’s” from Santa himself? Sign up for a customized phone call, another offering from Gmail. Unfortunately, you can only request a call, so the only way to reach Santa Claus and tell him to get his creepy little elves off your shelves is through his Gmail account. There’s also no word on whether or not Google will be setting up Jack Skellington alerts.

Nov 29

Khan Academy Brings Its 3,500+ Educational Videos To The iPhone

Whether or not one believes Khan Academy is helping to reinvent education, it’s hard to dispute the fact that Khan (and now his team) are an educational video-producing machine, or that the platform continues to diversify. In part, that started with the release of its iPad app in March. This week, Khan Academy brought its 3,600 videos to the iPhone …