About Linda Houle
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 2nd and 3rd grade Reading Enrichment. During the 90s and 2000s she was as a junior high school Media Center Director and Building Technology Facilitator creating the first 6-8 literacy curriculum, automating the library, overseeing district wide automation, and serving 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. She presented at many Illinois Computing Educator's* ICE-COLD mini-conferences and ICE conferences.
Her interest in No Registration Web 2.0 tools began in 2008, when seeking tools for the under 13 crowd and continues to curate those web resources. Since 2010, her list of No Registration sites grew from 38 to an average of 250 sites with more to be tested. From 2009 to 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). Today she maintains a presence on LiveBinders, her tool of choice for presentation. In 2018 she purchased her own domain and incorporated No Registration Web 2.0 and 20th Century Decades Resources from her wikis on her own website L. Houle's Ed Tools.
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*Illinois Computing Educators is now Illinois Digital Educators Alliance IDEA