Saturday, January 16, 2010

Texting to Help In Haiti

First Lady Michelle Obama encourages text message donations to the American Red Cross. Text HAITI to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Carnival of the Green #206

Daily Mitzvah is delighted to host this week’s installment of the Tree Hugger Carnival of the Green.
A big thank you to last week’s host, Pragmatic Environmentalism. And you’ll definitely want to check out the carnival’s next stop, Lighter Footstep, on December 21.

Let the carnival begin!

  • Want to see your climate question answered live on television? Earth PM has the details in “COP 15: Let your voice be heard.”

  • Fake Plastic Fish is offering a plastic-free lip balm and body cream giveaway. As a bonus, the containers are compostable. Check it out!

  • Other blogs are embracing gender roles this week. For the boys: Guffly has green gifts for the men on your list, including my faves the upcycled Lego® cufflinks, as well as vegan sneakers, old-timey razor kits, and more. And for the young ladies: Go Green Street has tips on eco-friendly nursery decorating for a baby girl.

  • After you finish the nursery, Home Addition Plus has ideas for Inexpensive Green Home Improvements. And while we’re focusing on a happy home, Pragmatic Environmentalism offers useful advice for How to Preserve Your Laptop Battery

  • For those who are paring down, The Digerati Life reminds readers that they can donate older cars for a tax deduction

  • For those of a more theoretical bent, Project Earth offers thoughts on the connections between psychology, human behavior, and environmentalism.

  • And What Green Investments muses on climate and language

    Last but not least, here is our Best Green Tweet of the week:

    (Gang, we need more Twitter action! Interested in submitting your own tweets to Carnival of the Green? Learn more here.)

    Thank you for visiting. Don't forget to stop by Lighter Footstep next week for the next installment of Carnival of the Green!

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2009

    International Literacy Day

    September 8th has been designated by UNESCO as International Literacy Day. Do you part with an easy start: for every click on the orange box on The Literacy Site, site sponsors make a small donation to support literacy efforts, including First Book in the U.S., and Room to Read in developing countries. All you have to do is click!

    Saturday, September 5, 2009

    Pandemic Pupils: Resources for Instructors

    Like most campuses we’re bracing for H1N1, with daily messages about pandemic contingency plans. I’ve been looking through my favorite online resources for things that could also be handy in the unlikely event we have to cancel in-person classes for a few weeks and switch to virtual classroom instruction. Here’s a rundown of my faves — all free!:

    Group Chat – chatrooms to hold small class discussions
    URL-based, “disposable” (temporary) chatrooms
    * Tiny Chat:
    * Disposable Chat:
    URL or embeddable
    * Chatroll:
    * Parachat:

    Instant Message
    – IM for office hours in real time
    * Yahoo!Messenger (desktop app, but also has a web-based option; and an embeddable Pingbox):
    * AIM (desktop app, but also has a web-based option):
    * GoogleTalk (desktop app, or talk within Gmail page):
    * Meebo (web-based, embeddable):

    Other – to create short presentations or mini-lectures
    * Video screencast: Jing
    * Audio recording and editing: Audacity
    * Video hosting: TeacherTube:

    * Sharable online documents, spreadsheets, presentations: GoogleDocs
    * And of course a class blog, right here on Blogspot!:

    If anyone else has resources for online classes or ideas for creative ways to keep some semblance of school going in the unlikely event we can't go to campus, please don’t hesitate to share in the comments!

    Sunday, August 16, 2009

    Huricane Season

    Here’s an animated radar loop, which is focused mostly on TS Claudette at the moment, although it looks like Ada may show up here soon, too. I also put a Weather Underground feed in the right sidebar — their site has great tracking maps and five-day projections, too. Welcome to late summer!

    Friday, June 19, 2009

    Ask Google Earth to Upload Iran Photos

    Student protesters in Iran are getting news out only by the power of the web. Google Earth has tools to show the world the people in the streets — join the petition drive to have Google earth upload current images.

    Saturday, June 6, 2009

    Secret Tips for Saving Gas

    A few small tips — including a trick involving turning the nozzle upside down to get an extra half cup of gas.

    With thanks to Mom Go Green for the link!

    Saturday, May 9, 2009

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    Help Your Mail Carrier Stamp Out Hunger

    The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding its annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive this Saturday, May 9th. Participating is easy — this is a food drive that comes to you! Just leave your nonperishable food donations in a bag next to your mailbox. You mail carrier will happily do the rest.

    Saturday, April 25, 2009

    World Malaria Day: April 25

    Got 5 bucks? That’s all it takes to contribute a malaria-fighting bed net for a person in a vulnerable country. April 25 is World Malaria Day — a perfect day to head over to, give $5, and add yourself to their Honor Roll. Check it out!