Linda Houle is a retired librarian/technology facilitator with 28 years in education. She began her career as a librarian at the high school level before taking a break for family. During that time she continued using her library skills serving as a volunteer Mom in her district’s libraries for 8 years before becoming a teacher's aide teaching Reading Enrichment to 2nd and 3rd graders. Her main educational experience was as a junior high school Media Center Director and Building Technology Facilitator. She created her building’s first 6-8 literacy curriculum, automated the library, oversaw district wide automation, and served as District Media Coordinator.
As Building Technology Facilitator, she provided staff development for 15 years, created and maintained the junior high website, and assisted with the maintenance of teacher and lab computers. Her junior high website won the Illinois Computing Educator's web showcase recognition many times. In 2008, she and her 8th grade literacy colleague received a SIGMS Technology Innovation Honorable Mention for their 8th grade decades project which she still is involved with today. She presented at many Illinois Computing Educator's* ICE-COLD mini-conferences and ICE conferences.
While her interest in No Registration Web 2.0 tools began 12 years ago, when seeking tools for the under 13 crowd, she’s curated resources on the web for over 22 years. Since 2010, her list of No Registration sites has grown from 38 to over 260 with more to be tested. Until spring 2018 she maintained 3 wikis on Wikispaces: L. Houle’s Internet Treasures for Education (wikis and Web 2.0), Westmontwiki (student research portal), and Sandy Fun Wiki (wiki teacher play). She maintains a presence on Livebinders, her tool of choice for presentations.
With the July 2018 closing of Wikispaces she incorporated No Registration Web 2.0 and 20th Century Decades Resources on her own website L. Houle's Ed Tools.
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*Illinois Computing Educators is now Illinois Digital Educators Alliance IDEA