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 has presented at many Illinois Computing Educator's ICE-COLD mini-conferences and ICE conferences. Currently she serves as ICE-COLD's Public Relations Manager.
While her interest in No Registration Web 2.0 tools began 10 years ago, when seeking tools for the under 13 crowd, she’s curated resources on the web for over 20 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’s now incorporated the resources made available on L. Houle's Internet Treasures and Westmontwiki on her own website L. Houle's Ed Tools. No Registration content is reorganized and separated into 7 divisions of tool and sample pages. All no registration tools are tested prior to listing. The Westmontwiki Research Portal is slimmed down to a focus on 20th Century Decades Resources. Links are regularly verified for viability and quality to keep content up to date. As all websites should be, it’s a constant work in progress. It’s exciting to take on a new adventure and sharing discoveries with teachers and students. If you have questions, suggestions, comments reach out and fill out the contact form.