Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading
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An Educator's Reading List of Contemporary Literature, Literacy, and Reading Issues. Visit us at http://www.GoogleLitTrips.org
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8 September 2015

 

Another International Literacy Day Scoop-it.

You've probably noticed that Google often features a notable historical or cultural event with special Google Doodles on their search page. They've often turned their attention to featuring author birthdays. These Doodles are often quite clever. I am very fond of the Google Doodle about John Steinbeck. Thinking this might be a great idea for a possible scoop for International Literacy Day, I went to www.google.com/doodles and used the sites search box to search for "authors."  

 

Check out this archive of Google Doodles dedicated to authors. Clicking on any Doodle takes you to an enlarged version of the Doodle and to the article published at the time about the author.

 

By the way, did you know that clicking on any Google Doodle celebrating anything takes you to a page of search results specific to the featured event?

 

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, March 26, 7:16 AM

8 September 2015

 

Another International Literacy Day Scoop-it.

You've probably noticed that Google often features a notable historical or cultural event with special Google Doodles on their search page. They've often turned their attention to featuring author birthdays. These Doodles are often quite clever. I am very fond of the Google Doodle about John Steinbeck. Thinking this might be a great idea for a possible scoop for International Literacy Day, I went to www.google.com/doodles and used the sites search box to search for "authors."  

 

Check out this archive of Google Doodles dedicated to authors. Clicking on any Doodle takes you to an enlarged version of the Doodle and to the article published at the time about the author.

 

By the way, did you know that clicking on any Google Doodle celebrating anything takes you to a page of search results specific to the featured event?

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.org ~

brought to you by GLT Global ED dba Google Lit Trips, an educational nonprofit

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It Seemed Like A Useless Little Closet. Then This Creative Guy Took Over And Now I Want It.

It Seemed Like A Useless Little Closet. Then This Creative Guy Took Over And Now I Want It. | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's insight:

4 Dec 2013

Saw this on my Facebook page posted by two Apple Distinguished friends of mine, Sharon Eilts and Helen Mowers, two always inspiring educators.

 

It's a story in images of the evolution of a plain closet into an extremely cool space where author Noah JD Chinn wrote several of his published novels.

 

Don't quit at the second picture. Anybody could turn an empty closet into a cramped writing space. But as you scroll through the images of the transition from closet to plain old dinky space with a desk to a super incredible place to do some serious writing, you'll be amazed.

 

And just wait until you see what he actually uses as a keyboard! (check out the links for pics of what that process looked like.)

 

Now, what does that have to do with Reading About Reading besides the fact that it's about an author's very creative space where he does his "authoring"?

 

How many of those of us who love literary reading so much that we  teach it have an idea floating around our brains for the great novel we might write some day? And, how many of us have resigned ourselves to, " Yeah, but maybe some day because right now I just don't have __________"?

 

Don't know about you, but I'm guilty of "giving up on dreams because right now I just don't have ________ or _________." And as soon as I identify why I don't do something, I fall prey to accepting that as the WHY and sadly go off to do what I usually do with my time.

 

But, maybe the truth is I haven't wanted some of those dreams quite as passionately as I might have.

 

Last night, I saw Steve Wozniack speak at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA. At the core of his hour and a half on stage was his repeated theme that it was the depth of his passion to figure things out for himself and the motivation that provided him to just start finding ways to learn more about what he really found interesting AND FUN (the middle "F" in his three "Fs of happiness).The other two Fs in case you're wondering? 

 

Friends and Family.

 

It really gave me pause for thought. What if we truly undervalue the engaging potential of fun to motivate curiosity  and exploration into areas beyond our existing interests and understandings? 

 

I can't help but wonder whether it is the "fun" in storytelling and story listening and story reading that engages us in the more scholarly depths of the themes and wisdom of literary reading.

 

And, yet at the same time it is the "fun" of literary reading that is often at the source of dismissing literature as having little more than "recreational" value doing little other than allowing us to "escape" momentarily the more important things in life that we really ought to be doing like shopping or mowing the lawn or ......... 

 

 

 

If we know we would really enjoy spending time doing  ________,  but we just "don't have _______" maybe we just don't quite care enough yet to make it happen..

 

Our "Yes, buts..." can add up to a whole bunch of "Yes, and  I made it happens." if we don't allow all those "buts" to pre-emptively slam doors on our dreams. 

 

You wanna write? Do it. 

(It's the advise we've given our students repeatedly isn't it?)

 

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