Cool Mind Mapping Application Mind42; Judy Blundell Wins National Book Award
I may have some kind of fixation with mind mapping Web 2.0 tools. I have blogged previously about bubbl.us and Mindmeister, which are great brainstorming applications, and you may be fortunate enough to be able to purchase Inspiration, or to have a system which buys it for your school as ours does. But variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Mind42 is another great tool you can use to keep up with all of your brilliant ideas, either alone or with your colleagues. Your students can use it to collaborate on assignments and group projects. Because Mind42 is browser-based, you no longer need to download and install programs, so its use is hassle-free. Mind42 supports keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop, zooming, and other features with true WYSIWYG capability. There’s a Vimeo screencast to teach you the ropes, but if Vimeo is blocked at your school (as it is at mine), you may have to watch it at home to find out all the state secrets!
OK, I know I am supposed to post about Web 2.0, but I also need to comment on this week’s National Book Award’s Ceremony. The 2008 National Book Awards were presented on Wednesday and author Judy Blundell was the winner in the children’s literature category for her novel What I Saw and How I Lied. Ms. Blundell won out over other teen authors Laurie Halse Anderson for Chains; Kathi Appelt for The Underneath; E. Lockhart for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks; and Tim Tharp for The Spectacular Now. Other YA authors judging the event included former winners Holly Black, Lemony Snicket (also known as Daniel Handler), Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler, and Cynthia Voigt. What I Saw and How I Lied is about a teenage girl who falls in love with a handsome young ex-soldier from her stepfather’s company and finds herself in a complicated web of lies. At the awards ceremony Blundell told the audience of around 650 people that she has written over 100 books as a ghost writer and romance novelist, but that this is the first written under her own name. Your collection may have some of her Star Wars books which she wrote under the pen name of Jude Watson. She thanked her editor, fellow author David Levithan, for giving her her voice and for encouraging her to write something of her own. As a recipient of the National Book Award, Ms. Blundell will receive a check for $10,000. Prizes were also awarded in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. You can read an article in School Library Journal for more information.
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