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Harry Potter and the Quest for Higher FCAT Reading Scores

A special aspect of teaching at a big university like the University of Florida is that the campus has so many interesting activities and events going on — both those related to UF classes and activities related to special events and field trips. Today as I was walking through the student union on my way […]

Service is one of the three components of a college faculty member’s job — and can have some magical results

In Mass Communication Teaching, our on-going theme for the semester is the work of a college faculty member. The primary emphasis has been on the teaching component of the job, but we have discussed the other two dimension of a faculty position — research and service. Certainly research is an important component, and the most […]

Harry Potter amd Google searches

A Google search on almost any topic leads to links with visual materials — photos, video, graphics. Can I download and use those materials? That’s a good discussion to have with your students. Because a photo or video can be downloaded doesn’t mean that it is legal to do so. But many students think that […]

Google search leads to 8-year-old’s Harry Potter-themed birthday party

Chocolate frogs, magic wands and broom flying were part of Nadia Johnson’s 8th birthday party. This set of photos on Flickr was one of the top links in my search, right along with a commercial party site, Harry Potter Web sites and MTV.

Commercial sites can be mixed in with other sites in the results of a Google search

Create your own Harry Potter birthday My Google search reminded me that we all can have a birthday celebration with Harry Potter. One of the first links in the search took me to amazingmoms.com and then to birthdayinabox.com where I could order Harry Potter birthday items, including little Hedwig owls as party favors. The Harry […]

MTV covers JK Rowling’s birthday

One of the few news stories about JK Rowling’s birthday that appeared in the top of the Google search was this story from MTV.

Celebrating Harry Potter’s and JK Rowling’s mutual birthdays

The Google search… One of the first strategies for finding any information is a Google search. That’s part of why Yahoo! and Microsoft have teamed up — because Google has such control of our approach to Internet searching. So I did a Google search for “Harry Potter, JK Rowling birthday,” which resulted (of course) in […]

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter and JK Rowling

I wouldn’t have known that July 31 is the birthday for Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling if I hadn’t watched the ABC special “J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life” that aired on July 16, just days after the movie opening of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” That Rowling chose her birthday as Harry’s […]

J.K. Rowling continues to oppose having Harry Potter in e-book format

Not all authors are enthusiastic about paperless books J.K. Rowling continues to be one of the authors who oppose having their work in e-book format. “Harry Potter among those missing in e-library” discusses the authors who resisted having digital versons of their work (including Rowling) and those who finally have agreed to e-book versions (including […]

Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone — 10th anniversary edition released today

Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone — 10th Anniversary edition Today was the release by Scholastic of a new paperback edition of J.K. Rowling’s first in the Harry Potter series. When I read that in the business section, I was surprised to see that this is the 10th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter […]