Thunderbird Don’t Die!: The Case for Desktop Email Client Software

Image by adria.richards via Flickr As the blogosphere debates the death of the desktop email client, I am anxiously awaiting the stable release of Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0. Like devotees of Apple Mail.app or Microsoft Outlook, I have come to depend on the desktop app for speed, stability, and extensibility. I …

Replace Your Firefox Plugins with Mozilla Ubiquity

Image by flod via Flickr Everybody loves Firefox. Even with all the other fast, standards-compliant modern browsers out there (like Chrome, Safari, and Opera– sorry IE!) Firefox stands alone for its rich variety of extensions. If you’re using Firefox, you can be sure that “there’s an extension for that”. It’s …

Podcast an Audiobook to Reach Struggling Readers

Image via Wikipedia Even in the upper grades, students are struggling to make the transition from “learning-to-read” to “reading-to-learn”. Give a struggling reader a context-reduced novel written in old, antiquated language and you will realize that students need as much life-like context as we can provide. One way to help …