Posts from ‘January, 2008’

Distance learning

A good source of articles on distance learning and edtech: The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning Powered by ScribeFire.

Adobe Reader 8 error message

After installing Adobe Reader 8 on FC 8 I received the error message, “Unable to find HTML rendering library (libgtkembedmoz). Please specify the folder location in Edit- >Preferences > Internet..” This fix in my case was to copy the XULrunner package to the /usr/lib folder (I’m on an AMD 64 box, but I did not […]

Combining pdf files

Here’s a good resource for combining pdf files on Linux and Mac: FyTek, Inc. – PDF :: Putting together PDF files Powered by ScribeFire.

Twins unwittingly get married

The article below could be part of a unit on adoption and types of families: Twins unwittingly got married in Britain – Yahoo! News Powered by ScribeFire.


The article linked below gave me the idea for the following upper-intermediate activity. Russians rescued after missing for 3 months – Yahoo! News Activity Students get into groups of 3-5. The premise for this activity is that each group is stranded in a remote location. The teacher has prepared a set of cards for each […]

Rule of 72

The following is a good segment from NPR. Now if they would just tell me how I could get a guaranteed 8% interest rate for 40 years! NPR : Resolving to Retire with a Nest Egg The Rule of 72 Steve Mariotti, the founder and President of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, says one […]

Words of wisdom

Many of the following jokes are takes on well known proverbs. In a class, they could be used as a lesson by asking students to match them with the original proverbs. 01. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not […]

Stomach Flu Spread by Keyboards and Mice

Computer lab coordinators and users, take note: Stomach Flu Spread By Contaminated Computer Keyboards – Yahoo! News Powered by ScribeFire.

‘Hearty eater’ says buffet banned him

‘Hearty eater’ says buffet banned him – Yahoo! News HOUMA, La. – A 6-foot-3, 265-pound man says a restaurant overcharged him for his trips to the buffet line, then banned him and a relative because they’re hearty eaters. A spokesman for the restaurant denies the claim… This article is suitable for a high-intermediate class, and […]


The CD/DVD burning utility K3B now includes a decoder that allows the user to copy encrypted DVDs. You need to have libdvdcss installed.