Tuesday, August 19, 2008

What Do I do With Them Now?

Did you say it is a rainy, nasty day? The latest tropical storm missed, but dumped water on you anyway? The kids are still not back in school? And they are moping around like Lurch from the Addam's Family because they don't know what to do? I know what to do with them.
Na na nana na!

Send them to the Internet Public Library for Teens - Teenspace!
The Internet Public Library is a teaching and learning consortium created by a class at the University of Michigan's School of Information and now housed at Drexel College of Information Science and Technology, partnered with a lot of other schools. This site has everything!

Besides things you would normally expect from a library - online texts of books, magazines, reference materials, and links to a variety of high quality internet sources (that your little darlings can use once they are BACK in school) they also have a fun section just for teens.

They can find homework help, a graphic novels guide (we used to call these comics, but they have evolved a bit), writing help, links for help with difficult personal questions, and a poetry wiki. A wiki, by the way, (and according to Wikipedia, the biggest Wiki out there), is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content. Which means your teens can post their thoughts and feelings here.

What you really need today, though, is THE PROCRASTINATOR. This page connects your teen with entertainment, games, movies, books, sports, humor and a lot of other stuff to keep them busy and maybe learn something!

So send them here: http://www.ipl.org/ and especially here : http://www. ipl.org/div/teen or just click the button in my sidebar. Then maybe you can get something done without tripping over your teens. But they might not want to go to school tomorrow.

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