Generation We

Check out this great video about millenials.

Generation WE: The Movement Begins... from Generation We on Vimeo.


Book Club News

The WNYWP book club met for its first meeting at Dog Ears Bookstore on October 28th. Our group discussed Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. A lively bunch, our discussion topics ranged from fishing, drinking and the power women hold over men. The bookstore and literary arts center (www.enlightenthedog.org) is a new non-profit organization that hopes to host more WNYWP events. Our next meeting, which will be held in January, will focus on a discussion of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. Please grab a copy and start reading so you can join us this winter.


Nicholas Carr on NPR

Listen to Nicholas Carr defend his position about the Internet on this thought provoking NPR podcast.


Is Google Making Us Stupid?

How do you spend your reading time - Dickens or the internet? On a grey Buffalo winter day, do you settle in with a lengthy Russian novel filled with deep description, intersecting plotlines and probing political rhetoric, or do you frenetically Google your way through the day moving from hyperlink to hyperlink. According to Nicholas Carr, the author of this article you've already lost interest in this short paragraph. Is he right? Is Google changing the way we read and think? And if it is, what are the consequences?


Virtual Social Spaces and Teachers

I found this article about Facebook and teachers very interesting.
Inside this article is another one about My Space and teachers. Do virtual social spaces like Facebook and My Space put a teacher at risk and why? What are your thoughts?


Watershed Poetry Contest

From Suzanne/Jennifer:

The competition is hosted by River of Words, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise environmental awareness. The organization trains teachers and other professionals in ways to "incorporate observation-based nature exploration and the arts into their work with young people" (http://riverofwords.org/home/introduction.html).
Every year in affiliation with the Library of Congress, the organization conducts a poetry and art contest for students from age 5 to 19.
For more information about the contest click on http://riverofwords.org/contest/index.html