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Welcome to William P. Breitsprecher's homepage and Web portfolio, BreitLinks -- Glad you stopped!  As the name implies, this page represents a collection of links to some of my work on the Internet. 

Each of the links on the left navigation bar points to a Web that I have created and maintain to support my work.  If you would like a quick "tour" of the content areas I support, please scroll down this "front page."

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  • qwertyKids (www.qwertykids.com).  The 2014-15 Smarter Balanced tests evaluate students' ability to compose at the keyboard.  "Touch Typing" is a critical academic, vocational, and personal skill.  I put together this web of the best online keyboarding sites & short videos on the 'net for my K-8 students. There are links all ages, including adults.
  • Marketing 101.  To support Business Education students, I created this set of interactive Websites and videos to explain marketing basics, market segmentation/target marketing, and the product mix (4 Ps of marketing.
  • Easy Video 1-2-3.  The Catholic Library Media Specialists have their annual convention in February.  I've been asked to share experience, strength, and hope.  Let's review how to organize a video project to keep it manageable and more-fully ensure success.
  • Martin Luther King Book Talks.  What does Martin Luther King, Jr. mean to today's children, youth, and young adults?  I made this short video for Club TNT to suggest some great books for different age groups of students (NOTE:  This video is embedded at top of Club TNT website).
  • Bear Book Talks!  Please join Bogey Bear and his new series about picture books for Club TNT and Early Literacy Web.  Bogey shares reflections & professional reviews for some of his all-time favorite picture books, video reviews, book lists, storytime "tips 'n tricks" and MORE! 
  • Y.A. Book Talk:  Tonight on the Titanic (video).  A segway for Club TNT, this short video review compares and contrasts 2 books written by Mary Pope Osborne about the infamous disaster.  We feature it here to acknowledge the 100-year anniversary of Titanic's launch and sinking.
  • Energy Club.  A partnership with Madison Gas & Electric, the Boys and Girls Club and Club TNT, the Energy Club is a  youth summer program about energy conservation.  Students research related topics of their choice,  I guided their research and I helped them develop videos for our weekly TV show, Club TNT
  • SafeOnline.me  Increasingly, cyber bulling is hurting our children.  Experts say it is becoming an epidemic.  Club TNT and BreitLinks want to help keep the Internet a safe and fun learning experience for our youth.
  • My YouTube Channel:  Breitlinks.  I no longer update the My Music page here and to take advantage of the many great services offered by YouTube.  All new music videos will be posted there and occasionally other "surprises" too!
  • My Jazz Guitar Resources.  Here, I have posted some of my favorite "jam tracks" to standards I enjoy.  There are also downloadable/printable fake books and lessons in jazz guitar and theory.
  • BreitLinks and Club TNT Present:
    Mr. B's Math MinutesI've been making a video series for a youth TV show in Madison, Club TNT.  We will feature some of these short math tutorials next fall and promote this Website.  Eventually, I will integrate these videos into Mr. B's Beginning Algebra Web too.  Starting with the 4th episode, I have an animated cartoon of myself in each video - kids think that is pretty kewl!  There are many videos online now, but I add more each week, so please check back often!
     
    Mr. B's Library Media Skills TV.  Multimedia is extremely effective with today's students, especially for teaching information and technology literacy skills (Wisconsin's standards for school media centers).  The key is to find short, targeted media that exactly meets the objectives of a lesson and needs of students.  I have been creating media for my students for several years now and have learned a lot of "tips and tricks."  Please take a look at these videos for research skills, recreational reading & book selection, book talks, picture book readings, and library skills for kids, and public service announcements - book talks for Madison youth TV and radio programming.
    Mr. B's Online Lessons & Reviews
    Free Speech in Public Schools.  This is the 40th Anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, a landmark Supreme Court case that determined that students do not check their first amendment rights in at the door when they enter a public school.  This Web has a video featuring Ms. Tinker sharing her reflections on the matter 40 years later.  Let's look at how  you might start to organize a research project on free speech in public schools.  You will find links for:  Issues, Getting Research Started, Subject Headings, Downloadable Print Resources, Books  in the MS/HS Library, More Great Books, 1st Amendment Links, Free Speech & Schools Links, and "Tips and Tricks" on the Art of Persuasion.
     Mr. B's Research Seminar.  Knowing when you need information, how to find it, and being able to evaluate and organize are important skills. Information literacy enhance our personal lives, school work, and careers. Thinking about "research" as a process helps. We have resources and links about plagiarism, copyrights, research & reference, search strategies, an interactive review, and MORE!
    Reference Books (NOTE:  Must use INTERNET EXPLORER for quiz to score itself). Need to know something for school, business, career, job, or your personal life?  Getting to know the reference section of a library will help you.  Libraries have special books, "ready-to-use" and "good-to-go."  Review a short video about reference books and then take our interactive quiz to check your understanding.
    Internet Safety  (NOTE:  Must use INTERNET EXPLORER for quiz to score itself).  Kids love the Internet and the many different types of fun and educational Websites.  We need to teach kids to be safe online.  Here are 2 short videos for kids that review basic ideas about safely using the Internet - each video is presented with a short multiple-choice "quiz" to help students show what they have learned.  They can review the videos, as needed, to review and help them master my Internet Safety unit.
    Telling Time  (NOTE:  Must use INTERNET EXPLORER for quiz to score itself).  Children enjoy learning numbers - an important basic math skill is telling time.  This presentation is designed to be an introductory lesson for preK-Kindergarten students.  It would be a great review for first and second-graders.  The short video has a catchy song that kids love, "Tick-tock, tick-tock, what's the time that's on my clock?"
    Dinosaurs (NOTE:  Must use INTERNET EXPLORER for quiz to score itself).  Here is a self-contained lesson for elementary or middle school students about dinosaurs.  It consists of 3 short (8 minute) videos that make learning fun.  Kids love learning with multimedia and this style of presentation enables classroom teachers to work one-on-one or in small groups with students, starting with those that have the greatest needs and working around the room to provide guidance, remediation, or enrichment based on each student's needs.
    Light & Colors (NOTE:  Must use INTERNET EXPLORER for quiz to score itself).  This self-contained lesson for elementary students about color and light.  It consists of a short video (4 minutes) that reviews important concepts and then 2 short interactive quizzes to assess learning.  The lesson is designed to allow teachers to engage students independently or in small groups (they love this style of presentation). 
    Mr. B's Dewey Challenge! Ready to master Dewey Decimal? Ready to master information science? Are you ready to find your way around virtually ANY library? 

If you answered "YES", then you can start our online quiz by clicking HERE. Each question shows you a book and has 3 answer choices - choose the one that correctly identifies which general Dewey number the book belongs in. Good Luck!. Click HERE if you want to review Dewey Numbers before you take the Dewey Challenge. Good Luck!

   
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    Podcasts for Learning (www.podcastsforlearning.org)A podcast is a collection of digital media files which is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for downloading and playback on personal computers or portable media players. They are available to use 24/7, on-demand.  Think of them as radio or TV shows that you can sign up for and watch when it is convenient for you.  A powerful educational tool, learn more about finding podcasts, podcasts for teachers, what you need, getting started, RSS feeds, promoting podcasts, tips & tricks, and podcasting resources.
    My Library Lessons:  Kindergarten,
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    Early Literacy WebGetting a child ready to read is important - a gift that lasts a lifetime. Studies show that the most important thing we can do to help our children succeed in school is to prepare them to read BEFORE they start school.  The American Library Association has identified 6 skills that children need to be ready to read.  I have put together resources for each:  Print Motivation, Phonological Awareness, Narrative Skills, Enriched Vocabulary, Print Awareness, and Letter Knowledge.  I also provide "tips & tricks" for Storytime Readings, Additional Links About Early Literacy, Books for Babies (0-2) Books for Talkers (2-4), Books for Pre-Readers (4-6), and Print Resources About Early Literacy.
    Barlow Park Media Center  This is my library media center and the Website I have created to support it.  Barlow Park Elementary School is K-2 building - I have never had so much fun in school; this is a joyful place.  These children are fun to work with, excited about school, and enthusiastic about learning.  I hope we can find ways to nurture this and help these children keep positive attitudes throughout their experiences in school.
    My Library Lessons.  NOTE:  I am not updating this web at this time.  For my latest LMC and Info/Tech Lit resources, please see www.mylmweb.com  I will keep these pages online for now, though most of the content has been integrated into my newest project, My LMC Web.  Thanks for everyone that has supported this site.
   
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    Urban Education
    Issues in Urban Education Historically, public schools have never met the needs of diverse learners – especially those from disadvantageous socioeconomic backgrounds. This is especially true in urban areas with high concentrations of poverty and/or unemployment.  In America, these burdens more-heavily fall on people of color, especially African Americans and Hispanic Americans.
    Multi-Media & Webcasting
    My Guitar Music.  I've been playing guitar since a teen - have dabbled in many different styles of music starting with folk and moving through what is today called "classic rock", pop, classical, bluegrass, country, blues, and jazz.  Today, I primarily play solo guitar, working bass-lines and chords under the melodies of the songs - a style that Jack Grassel calls "super-ax".  Here are some streaming MP3 files and music videos of my music, suitable for iPods, MP3 players, or burning to CDs.  If you listen to them on a computer, they will sound best with headphones - many PC speaker systems cannot reproduce the deep bass-tones of the jazz-style guitar I am using for these sessions.
    My Music Videos.  Here is a collection of links to my online he streaming versions of my music videos.   Clicking the links pop-ups in  a new window with an embedded media player.  Click the PLAY button on lower left to view.  In my podcast feed, I have another version of the featured music videos in a format compatible with iPods and Zunes.  There are almost 40 songs/videos here now.  The newest are:  
   
   

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    My Forestry Web.  his Web page is a collection of some of the multimedia productions that I have been making for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.  These presentations are recorded using Sonic Foundry's Mediasite - a system to create online training, briefings and courses in a Web-streaming format.  I have resources for:  Fire Prevention, Forest Management, Invasive Species, Maple Syrup, The Wood Industry, Woodland Owners, links For Kids and For Teachers, and Forestry In the News.
    My Mediasite Web  Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources is using Sonic Foundry’s MEDIASITE – innovative technology that creates Web compatible, “streaming” multimedia. I am one of their specially trained Mediasite Operators.  With the newest version, Mediasite 4.0, creation of rich media has never been easier. Technology like this represents the next “killer app” –  being able to easily integrate audio, video, and graphics into a Web-based presentation will greatly enhance communication, training, and education.  You will find links for:  Mediasite Basics, Rich Media Examples, DNR Forestry Examples, Creatively Using Mediasite, Mediasite Tips & Tricks, and Creating Slideshows With Voice-Overs.
    Library Media
    Library Media Projects.  Here are some of the Library Media and academic support projects I have been working on.  These are "print" resources - the links on the right will steer you to many of the Web-based and multi-media resources I have created and maintain.  One of the main advantages that today's technology offers is the ability to create professional looking resources - most school districts are full of creative, talented people that are experts in their content areas.  I have posted documents I have created for Academic Support, Information and Technology Literacy, Recreational Reading, and Resources for LMS Professionals.
   
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Picture Book Slide Show

Great Birthday Picture Books!  Do you know a child that is ... celebrating a birthday? Share a great picture book and make it a special day. Helping children enjoy books gives a gift that stays with them the rest of their life!

    Blowing Bubbles.  I have been working on some projects with the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families childhood development programs, Great Beginnings training seminars and the Better Badger Baby Bus Tour.  This summer, we were at Watertown's Sirens and Lights with the bus.  We had an activity table for children with different play "stations."  The "bubble" activities were the most popular.  I created the Blowing Bubbles Web to share the fun.  Its a great way to stimulate a child's development.  There are links for articles about how playing with bubbles nutures child development, 10 magical things about bubbles, bubble solution recipes, online bubble resources, and bubble books.
    Library Media.  In many ways, BreitLinks is all about helping keep "found items found."  This Web organizes resources that support today's library media specialist.  There are resources and examples of my work for reference, building library media collections, cataloging, children's literature, young adolescent literature (YA Lit), library media skills, library media center administration, copyright issues, resources for library media specialists, lesson plans, and more.  I also have an extensive cataloging portfolio -- but most of it is not currently in a Web compatible format.  Please contact me to see it.

   

Mr. B's Web Seminar.  Sharing technology is fun and the Web is the best place to do it.  Here are some resources, "under construction" about applying information and technology skills.  Created for Madison's CELEBRATING YOUTH at Monona Terrace and for a course in Web design, the newest addition to TNT's resources includes: Tips & Tricks With MS Office, Background Information on the 'Net, Safe Surfin', Searching Tips & Tricks, Suggestions for Evaluating Information, Copyrights for Web designers, Web Design Fundamentals, Introduction to Graphics, and Links to More Resources.

    Additional Resources.  For more of my work promoting recreational reading as a library media specialist, please see the reflections from a librarian; book reviews; reading suggestions for picture books, chapter books, and YA lit pages that I maintain as part of VOICES and my School Matters column and Web.
   
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    Mr. B's Career Homepage.  More and more schools are seeing the advantages of fully supporting Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Career Development.  Not only do these skills help students prepare for life after high school, they provide a meaningful context for school-based learning.  An effective career program in middle school allows kids to take ownership of their schoolwork while planning to graduating from high school.  I have created a collection of resources for career activities, career clusters, online resources, "soft skills", careers in the news, job hunting, entrepreneurship, and the DPI standards that this Web page includes.
   

The Importance of College Internships


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Increasingly, Internships are an important part of the college experience.  They provide student with "real-world" skills while given them an opportunity to better understand different types of careers.  Here is a video that California State University makes freely available about it's programs.  I have added this video to Breitlinks for 2 reasons.

  1. Like most Webmasters, I work to continue to enhance my work.  Multi-media has the potential to change the way we share information.  While I have direct experience in video production, network-quality TV, there are also many free resources available.  Integrating multi-media seamlessly into Web presentations is an important skill for Webmasters.
  2. Accommodating the diverse needs of students is an important responsibility for all schools.  Multi-media clips will become an increasingly important method of providing information in a format that is available on-demand, meeting learners' needs.  Whether created in-house on school-owned equipment; used from publicly accessible, freely available and shared online resources; or purchased with appropriate "fair-use" and copyrights - schools will benefit from incorporating a variety of formats into their Intranet and Internet resources.
    Research Pathfinders
    Honoring Native American Heritage The month of November is officially dedicated as American Indian Heritage Month.  In keeping with our education-themed "pathfinders", I created this set of resources to help explore the many ways that native Americans have contributed to the founding of this nation.  I have included a research guide, listing of tribes, print resources, Web resources, associations & organizations, links for kids, and links for teachers.
    Celebrate Hispanic American Heritage.  September 15-October 15 is a national observation of the contribution of Hispanic descent.  I created this pathfinder to help Madison's VOICES newspaper celebrate this rich heritage.  The term “Hispanic” does not refer to a nationality or country, but rather cultural or ethnic roots. More than 400 years ago, millions of people have come to this land from Caribbean regions, Central America, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South America, and Spain.  I have included a research guide, historic timeline, print resources, Web resources, associations & organizations, links for kids, and links for teachers.
   

Asian Pacific American History.  May is APA History Month.  This Webpage shares the rich cultural traditions and contributions of immigrants from this region of the world.  You will find a research guide, timeline of historic events, list of print resources, links to online resources, associations & organizations, and resources for kids and for teachers.

    Celebrating Women's History. Our education-themed Webs are popular.  The number of "visitors" to Madison Voices has increased almost 10 times since we started adding subwebs in early January.  It is gratifying to see that people from all over the country and globe are finding us.  THANKS!  Our woman's history web includes a research guide, timeline of events, print resource bibliography, online resources, links for kids, and links for teachers.
    Honoring African American Heritage.  The greatest "challenge" and most rewarding part of our Madison Voices newspaper and Website is extending the reach and depth of our coverage.  Creating thematic subwebs to share resources is an effective strategy.  The Martin Luther King, Jr. and Schoolmatters subwebs each have more "visitors" than the online version of our newspaper!  We celebrate African American heritage with a short biography of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the "Father of African American History."  We also have a research guide, important print resources, an "on this day" calendar, links to great Web sites, online resources for kids and families, and links for teachers.
    Homage to Coretta Scott King.  We knew that Voices newspaper had to share the legacy of of a kind, loving, and spiritual person that gave the world so much.  Coretta Scott King's work as a human rights leader, strength in the face of tragedy, and work to keep the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King alive continues to inspire people around the world.  We have a tribute Coretta Scott King, key events in her life, a bibliography of her work as an author, a complete listing of all Coretta Scott King Award books, and online resources exclusively devoted to her.
    Celebrating the Life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.  Being part of Allied Dunns' celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life was an honor.  I created graphics and commemorative ads for the newspaper and ceremony programs, but wanted to do more.  This Website is tribute to a great American.  I wrote a "pathfinder," Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. research guide, assembled links for children and educators, and a organized a comprehensive collection of online resources about Dr. King.  One of the challenges of being the Voices Webmaster is creating alternative content that extends the physical paper's content beyond the printed page.  We will be putting together more thematic subwebs for our readers. 
    Alcohol Awareness Web. April is Alcohol Awareness month.  Approximately one-half of U.S. adults report a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking. Nearly 14 million Americans have alcohol disorders.  While many talk about kids and illicit drugs, it is alcohol that remains the No. 1 drug problem for young people.  I have put together resources for:  Alcohol & The Brain, Research Guide, Print Resources, Support & Help, For Mom & Dad, For Teachers, Kids & Students, and AA Big Book Study
    Brain Matters.  The content for this page was put together with Jeanne Erickson, Brain Development Specialist, for the Wisconsin Council of Children and Families.  We believe that if we present current, factual information about issues such as substance abuse and use today's technology to do so, we can positively impact the lives of others.  Our Brain Matters Webstarted as a collaborative computer activity computer classes I was teaching.  To see more about brain development, please check out my Connect WCCF link on the Business Education Portfolio.
   
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    Academic Support
    Math Matters.  April is Math Month, so I created this Web page to share math skills with the families and educators that read Madison Voices.  Math skills are fundamental to success in school.  There is a section for mom and dad, math rhymes and raps for children, suggestions for great math books for parents and all ages groups of children, my Algebra Connections from my Beginning Algebra Class, links for kids, links for parents, and links for teacher.
    Writing Quick Tips.  Working with students on writing projects this past summer, I had to reflect on the ways my writing skills and styles have changed.  Learning to think of writing as a process was an important start.  This Web is designed to help students quickly review editing and proofreading, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, tricky words, academic/essay and business/technical styles, persuasion, documentation of sources, and a variety of links to great writing sites.
    Additional Resources.  I also maintain online book reviews; reading suggestions for picture books, chapter books, and YA lit; math matters; information and technology literacy; and a variety of K-12 academic resources.

    Teaching Experience
    My Algebra.  While UW-Whitewater does not require professors to have Webs, I wanted to provide my students with resources that support alternative learning styles, needs, and independent study.  In my humble opinion, giving students choices, connecting them with alternative presentations, and utilizing Web-based resources are all important.  I strive to support their learning by creating a "newsletter," my Algebra Connections and by integrating productivity software.
    Stepping Stones.  When UW-Whitewater was not going to be able to continue support programs for academically underserved students, LaMont Weaver, Director of Academic Standards, and I created a collaborative Web with other departments and stakeholders to maintain a "blog" to share experience, strength, and hope to help our Stepping Stones students during their first semester, fall 2005.  This Web is not being updated at this time; it has served our purpose.  From September through December of 2005; our Stepping Stones Web has had more than 1,400 "sessions" with more than 2,400 page views which resulted in almost 37,000 "hits" -- pretty impressive support from our small group of select students.  I enjoyed working with everyone!
    Today's Collegian.  This past summer (2005), I worked with Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) camps and the Project ASSIST Summer Transition Class at UW-Whitewater.  Project ASSIST is UW-Whitewater's support program for students with learning disabilities.  Much of this information posted here would help secondary students too.  Topics covered include:  differences between high school and college, learning styles, self-advocacy, time management, stress, goal setting, motivation, memory tricks and tips, college math, and more.  I have even included a link to the class handouts and PowerPoint presentations that we used.
    Business Education.If you want to really learn computers, work collaboratively with hundreds of young adults!  This page is full of student-centered activities for Microsoft Office, all of which I created.  This page has not been updated for a few years and probably will not.  This is where I started to develop concepts of teaching authentic computer skills in authentic contexts.  I am grateful that I always found educators to work with on integrated projects.  My Brain Matters Web started here as a sample Web to teach in a Web Design Class
   
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    Madison's VOICES Newspaper
   

Madison Voices.  Friends often ask for suggestions on how to do computer projects.  In this case; create a newspaper, Voices, published bi-monthly by the Allied Dunns Marsh Neighborhood Association in Madison, Wisconsin.  After getting the paper copy together and printed, we decided to create a companion Web (www.madisonvoices.com).  It is a wonderful project to be involved with -- we are working to build "comm-unity" in an urban neighborhood that has had some problems, but is working to master these challenges.

    School Matters.  Our Voices newspaper is growing and we will become a monthly in December.  I write the For the Young and Young at Heart page and am responsible for creating the paper's page layouts.  I am also the Webmaster.  My School Matters Web is designed to give our "visitors" additional information and resources that support education, information and technology literacy, and recreational reading.  Our goal is to build Comm-Unity  by sharing resources -- I addition to posting my School Matters column, I share reflections from a librarian; book reviews; reading suggestions for picture books, chapter books, and YA lit; math matters; information and technology literacy; and academic resources.
    Additional Resources.  All of the Research Pathfinders are part of the collection of Madison VOICES.  I have created Webs based on the monthly education themes of Asian Pacific American History, Math, Women's History, African American History,and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King & Coretta Scott King.  We will continue to feature these thematic resources throughout the school year.
   
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    Videography by Breitlinks
    Here are a few of the videos that I was involved with storyboarding, filming, and producing for CLUB TNTYou can see more at TNT Video Online On Demand, 24/7I feature these clips, not because they represent the "best," but because each tells a story about the community we serve.  Our "on location" videos present fuller coverage of the events we feature on our weekly TV show.  Club TNT "uses the media of entertainment to inform and educate."  It's a concept that works.  We are now the longest running locally produced TV show in Madison.
A Rotary Romance.  Let's take a walk through Janesville, Wisconsin's Rotary Botanical Gardens, a wonderful display that continues to grow. 
    The First Twenty Nine Days.  Club TNT was “on location,” filming a book signing ceremony for “The First Twenty-Nine Days,” a new book presenting the stories of  twenty former inmates and their loved ones, and the members of the educational and support group, Voices Beyond Bars. Compiled by Johnny L. Ellis and Abraham Rose and published by BookSurge, LLC, 2006, “The First Twenty-Nine Days” seek to raise public awareness of how the structure of the prison system and the lack of support in the community into which former prisoners are released programs them to fail. The first 29 days - and the support received or not -- are crucial to their success or failure.
    Men Who Cook With the rising costs of a college, providing help for students to continue their education is an important mission. Men Who Cook is a fun event where the community comes together to share good good, good times, and raise money for a worthwhile cause - scholarships for those with financial needs. This event also raises money to promote education in schools, sharing with youth the value of doing well in school, earning high school diplomas, and empowering them to have real choice to continue their education after high school. Also, Madison's "Mayor Dave" shares his "secrets" for his famous chili.  This video will pop-up in a new browser window. You may need to disable any pop-up blockers, close this window when you are done viewing.
    CLUB TNT at the Dane County Fair!  CLUB TNT was a partner in the promotion of this years Dane County Fair (yup, that's me doing interviews). We produced this video to share with the fair's board - its my way of saying, "Thanks for the fun!" CLUB TNT will feature some of this video during this fall's broadcast season on My Madison 14.  Providing the diverse youths in Madison with positive role models and fun is important.  The Dane County Fair Board are wonderful people to work with - we hope to continue this partnership, using the media of entertainment to inform and educate.  This video will pop-up in a new browser window.  You may need to disable any pop-up blockers, close this window when you are done viewing.
    Childrens Expo- Part 1 and Childrens Expo - Part 2.  Madison hosts a Kids Expo each year to celebrate youth. This past year, CLUB TNT served as the emcee for all of the stages.  The event is held at the Alliant Energy Center and enjoys widespread participation from across the community.  CLUB TNT provided "On Location" coverage of the weekend's events - this is Part 1, a remix of segments that originally aired last spring, after the 2006 Kids Expo.  We are looking forward to being part of the celebration next year too.  This video will pop-up in a new browser window. You may need to disable any pop-up blockers, close this window when you are done viewing.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY McFarland! I produced this video for McFarland's Sesquicentennial, on July 2nd, 2006 (yup, that's me doing interviews).  CLUB TNT was there for the free train rides aboard Wisconsin & Southern Railroad commuter cars, music, games, history events and more. Please join us for a look at the fun we had out in the sun at Arnold Larson Park and the community of McFarland.  We will mix this into one of this season's episodes, to air on My Madison 14.  This video will pop-up in a new browser window.  You may need to disable any pop-up blockers, close this window when you are done viewing.
   
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    Club TNT
    Club TNT.  In many ways, this is the project I am most proud to be associated with -- the companion Web for a TV show on Madison's UPN station, Channel 14.  The good people at Club TNT seek to "use the media of entertainment to inform and education."  We try to encourage young people to make positive lifestyle choices.  I am grateful to be their humble Webmaster.
    Children's March.  In honor of African American History Month, Club TNT is going to feature the Children's March, Birmingham, Alabama, in some of our programming.  It is a moving story how children were able to accomplish many things that adults could not.  Our Web presents the Children's March, "Bombingham", Reverend Bevel, The March on Washington, The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, and Children's March Resources.
    TNT Resources.  In order to support Club TNT's mission, I put together this collection of links to provide participants to Club TNT with a variety of academic resources, research sites, news links, virtual trips, games, and more!  
    TNT Book Club.  Drawing on my experience and specialty training as a school library media specialist, I created this section to share ideas about books and authors.  The emphasis is on "YA Literature," because these books are quick-reads with plots that develop quickly.  Reading is a fundamental skill -- motivating students to read is important.
    TNT Collegian.  We would like to see Club TNT participants continue their education after graduating from high school.  Its never too early to start thinking about college.  This section is based on the curriculum I have created and use at University of Wisconsin college transition summer programs.  This section of the Club TNT Web is based on the Today's Collegian material from the Summer Transition Class I taught at UW-Whitewater.  I have included information and links about:   high school versus college, self-understanding & learning styles, time management, goal setting, motivation, stress, college math, tips & tricks for success, and links to a variety of useful online resources.
    Additional Resources.  An important part of Club TNT is promoting positive lifestyle choices.  To help youth make good decisions about drugs and alcohol, please see our Brain Matters Resources.   I believe that if we present current, factual information about issues such as substance abuse and use today's technology to do so, we can positively impact the lives of others.  Our Brain Matters Web presents "just the facts" and is used extensively by the substance abuse seminars that the Wisconsin Council of Children and Families holds at schools throughout Wisconsin.
   
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    Bill & Tom's Railroad:  Dredgby Division.  This page highlights my model railroading from years ago.  It is full of digital photo effects (I used PaintShop Pro).  While the product of me and my brother's imaginations, the concept is based on the history of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (The Milwaukee Road).  I have provided a variety of resource links about one of the railway systems that provided stimulus for Milwaukee and Wisconsin's growth and economic development.  Like the real Milwaukee Road; our imaginary empire, the Dredgby Division, no longer exists.  It lives on in memories.
   

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!  This collaborative celebration of my father's 80th birthday is an "on-line" tribute to Paul Breitsprecher.  It was a great deal of fun to put together.

About BreitLinks

BreitLinks exists to share my work teaching information and technology literacy.  You can contact me at webmaster@clubtnt.org  

Having been in some of Wisconsin's largest school districts, I have come to the conclusion that these important skills need to be taught in content-rich contexts.  Don't our children deserve nothing less?  Each page is build around a different educational theme. 

There is a HUGE amount of information here that I have been putting together over the past 4 or so years.  While each of these Webs is current, some are not being updated.  All content and links are still valid.  I have chosen to include these pages to allow you to see the different things I have been involved with, the progress of these skills, and different formats and presentation styles.

This page is my professional portfolio.  These Webs are organized by function and the way I use them, not Wisconsin's DPI Competencies.  I have a page for my Library Media work that is organized in that manner -- please contact me if interested in seeing it.

The Webs here are all "stand-alone" collections of information.  The BreitLinks page is merely an umbrella.  THE WEBS ON THE LEFT WILL NOT HAVE THE BREITLINKSNAVIGATION BAR -- only the navigation links for that Web.  

When feasible, I have added the BreitLinks logo to provide a link back.  Each Web will open in a new browser window.  Simply close the new window that pops us when you are done looking at that Web -- the browser with BreitLinks should stay open.  If you use a pop-up blocker, you might need to "override" it to easily navigate this Web.  

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