Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lesson #21

I've seen good results using Photostory. I've seen book reports and research reports completed using this program. This helps students to use technology to present ideas and prepares them for more professional presentation styles in coporate America. I think using Photostory could add interest for the presenter and the viewers.I look forward to integrating this into my plans in the future.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lesson #21

Here is the photo story. I completed the thing, but it doesn't want to post correctly. I followed the instructions. I checked the wmv not the wp3, but the wmv doesn't work either. Well, hopefully whoever is assessing this can tell me what I did wrong.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thing #23

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? I love the CommonCraft videos. These videos explained exactly how to use each of the tools provided. Without the videos I'm not sure I would have been able to complete the program. Also, I know that I will use wiki's right away. This tool is valuable and easy to teach. I intend to start a blog for my students where they can access class summaries and post reflections on materials.

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? I feel empowered with technology instead of afraid of it.
Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? What surprised me is that I have so expanded my academic language with regards to technology. I didn't give up. I continued when it was difficult.
What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? I would give access to teachers who have implemented the 23 already. I think there should be online Recess sessions too.
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate? Yes, I would. I have benefited immensely.
How would you describe your learning experience in ONE WORD or in ONE SENTENCE, so we could use your words to promote 23 Things learning activities?Convenient, Empowering, Brilliant

Thing #22

I went to the Educator Ning first. I didn't really like it. I felt it's boring and hard to navigate. I did like Teacher Lingo. I feel teaching can be a very isolating profession. Especially for specialty teachers. I teach English Resource, and I'm the only teacher on my campus with this position. I'm hoping teacher lingo will help me with unique issues pertaining to my specific teaching journey.

Thing #20

o.k. so I'm trying to embed this thing. So far can't. I'll try again.

Did it work?  Maybe yes... This is so important. I've needed to embed videos for so long. I'm glad I'll have the chance to use this tool. It's big, but that's alright. I find great videos all the time and now I'll be able to use them. It makes learning more interesting. The one I included is a Deb Diller video on learning stations.

Thing #19

I've looked at the Web 2.0 options. There are so many to choose from. I explored several tools. First of all Craigslist and Oodle are so cool. As a teacher I searched for bookcases and other school supplies on these two sites. Craigslist has job leads too. Students could apply for jobs online. It's part of our curriculum to assist students writing resumes anyway. This way writing the resume would have a purpose. and are two other sites that I found helpful. It's easy to order books through these sites, and could be possible to become a contributing professional on Lulu by creating and publishing books. As a teacher I could create a literary magazine through Lulu and not have to be responsible for printing a certain amount.

Thing #18

I explored Google Docs. Actually I had already signed up previously. A friend of mine sent me a document, and it's been in Google Docs ever since then.  At first I just didn't see the purpose of it, but I guess their are several advantages. First, I like the translation tool. I took high school Spanish and a semester in college, but there are times when I would like to check my written documents for accuracy. I can do that with the translation tool in Google Docs. The second advantage I can think of is that documents stored in Google Docs does not occupy memory space on each computer. In this case teachers don't have to fear using too much memory of keep up with flash drives. Another obvious advantage is the document is available on any computer with internet access. That's good. On the other hand, sometimes internet access is down in schools. In this way, having documents dependent on internet access could be risky, and cause frustration, if there is no backup.

Thing #17

Grammar Practice

I used Rollyo. I think I spelled it right. I like this tool, too. I can use this to focus my students when I use the computer as centers. I can also use this tool in order to limit the websites I want them to use for research. Also, I could create my own scavenger hunts for information.  Above, I provided a link to my Rollyo link for grammar practice.

Thing #16

I  can't believe I just learned how to use this tool! I am so excited about this and the possible uses. I loved the idea about using a wiki for open book discussions.  Students could post chapter summaries for the same book or the could do book reviews of their own reading selections. Wiki's could be used for brainstorming or research. I think this is the tool I will use first with my students.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Thing #15

I know that this educational experience is called Library2Play. I am not a librarian or future librarian. I'm a SPED teacher. I have felt that for a long time my technology skills have been subpar; therefore I wanted to change that through this process. I approached the reading material assigned as a reading teacher. From a teacher's perspecitve I can direct my students through the new uses of the library. I look forward to teaching them the purposes and how to's of technology.

Dr. Wendy Schultz said that libraries are conversations. In my heart before participating in Library2Play I felt a little resentful of the changes in the library. The library was more quiet when I was growing up, and I liked them that way, but the classrooms were quieter too. Collaboration is beneficial in education and should be used to connect to community. Teens of today spend an extraordinary amount of time online. I need to be able to join in to their conversation.  Chip Nilges mentioned that readers add value in a Library 2.0 system, and I agree. The reciprocal process of learning in a community enriches teachers and students. Or maybe it blends the lines between the two.

Thing #14

I understand Technorati's purpose. There are so many blogs out there, but I don't find that Technorati's search works very well. It doesn't seem to direct me to the kind of blog I want. The idea of using tags is a good one. The problem is that I'm relying on others to tag things accurately. I can search the same two topics in Google and Technorati and the results are more comprehensive for me in Google. Sorry Technorati.  I did take a look at the favorites as well, but I geel that my Google alerts give me enough updates for the information that interests me. I tried to explore the widgits, but they weren't working. I'll have to go back another time and check them out.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thing #13

Social Bookmarking.  The first thing I asked myself is how is it different than my favorites, but now I get it.  It took a second for me to understand the purpose, but know I see. I watched the video by the Common Craft guys and now I understand. The benefits to using this site are that the favorites are not tied to one computer. If I discover a favorite, I can access it at home or workjustAlso, as I come across websites that are good I can tag them. These tags allow me to organize all the sites so that I can use them more efficiently.  Teachers can use them to streamline practice of skills or research. Students won't have to type in the web addresses, they simply use the prescribed favorites. Also, if there's a hot shot out there somewherre who has already gathered all the cool websites, I can use their suggestions on where to go. Brilliant!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Thing #12

I read the advice about blogging and how to create a community of bloggers. Two things stick out the most for me. One piece of advice is to respond to bloggers as they post their comments. To continue the conversation changes the posts from random comments to a piece of dialogue. The second piece of advice is to invite others to comment. Ask for feedback or ask questions. What do you think? Does asking the reader invite more responses? Well, I'll be checking out some other blogs to see how you guys do it.

Thing #11

Site is temporarily down. I can't yet do this post. I'll check back again tomorrow. The youtube video was  cheesy, but I understand the purpose of Library Thing, I think. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Thing #10

I  made these two images. I haven't seen Garbage Pail kids in years. This could be a fun way for kids to create an alter ego for their journal articles. This way they could share them without worry of revealing their identity.  The site information where I took the images are at the bottoms of each. I could use these these tools to assess characterization for some of the books we read or even for posters in my classroom. The students might enjoy using these tools for vocabulary. There are so many possibilities.

Thing #9

I explored blog search tools. I find Google Blog Search easiest for me. I think it's just what I'm used to. The format is one I use all the time.  The link on Bloglines didn't work. So, I guess I have to say that this search tool was the toughest to use. I found some interesting feeds, and I included them on my Blog. One site is called Wrightslaw Way. It is a great place for students and teachers to become familiar with educational law.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thing #8

RSS and readers, say what?!?

Who knew they existed. I mean I guess I've seen the little button to subscribe, but I didn't know you could consolidate all of your interests in one place. Organization has always been a struggle for me and this allows me to keep everything I want to keep updated about together. When I get free time, I can spend it reading exactly what I want to read. I don't have to spend time fishing for something new. I can use it at home to keep up on my nutritional interests, and I can use it a school to keep abreast of what other teachers are doing in the classroom. Teachers work alone the majority of the time. Even if a teacher has a teaching team that is truly collaborative, she might feel reluctant to reveal problem areas in her teaching. So, a blog gives educators the chance to examine the real deal. Do other teachers have similar struggles? How many times have I wondered.  Blogs take you to the truth without the filter. Brilliant!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Thing #7

I'm glad I finally have a chance to know about google tools. I've seen them, and I just didn't know what they were.  I've used Google docs during graduate studies.  I will continue to use Google Scholar. Google Alerts are cool. I like that you can type in whatever topic and get all current articles about that issue delivered to your in box. This is a great way to keep up with my professional development. I tried to use Google calendar, but I don't know how to share it. I'll figure it out though, and edit my post.

I figured out how to make my calendar public, but I don't want to. Wow! It will go out to the world. I'll wait for that.

Thing #6

I've been exploring mashups and 3rd Party sites.  Ok, so I tried to use comic strip maker... unsuccessfully. I copied a photo from flickr of a guy sagging his pants. My caption was going to be "Lookin like fool with your pants on the ground." I know.. funny right? Anyway, I copied it, but I could get the image into the application.  I need more instructions!!I think I could use this tool often.
I do want ot use trading cards. Trading cards could be good for character study or even definitions. I need to practice using them myself so that I can teach my students. Everything is cool in Buge Huge Labs.  I can't wait to use these in my own classroom.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Thing #5

Flickr was the next step on my technology trip. Now I know what my UST cohort was talking about when they were going to share photos from our class in Jamaica. I wish I understood that a year ago. Well, live and learn right? I see how you can share photos and join libraries. I don't really know how I'm going to use this yet. I was considering beginning a literary magazine for the school. Maybe I could use Flickr to categorize the photos. I read the example of using the site to find archetecture types that students could bring examples of. Maybe I could use it for vocabulary or picture prompts. I need to read some of the other blogs to figure it out. I choose this photo of a daffodil because we read the poem called Daffodils by Wordsworth each year. Every year I have to find a great photo to improve the students background knowledge before we read the poem. I can use Flickr instead of Google Images. It's got potential.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Thing #3

Ok, .... I'm cooking now. I didn't want to start another email account with yahoo in order to make the Avatar, but I've done it and it's fine. No big deal.... I tried to make an Avatar that looks like me. It was dare I say, "fun". It's like paper dolls sort of. Well, I'm an Avatar down and 20 things left to go. I started later than most, but I'm determined to finish before the deadline. Glad to finally really understand the meaning of Avatar.

Thing #2

The first habit is to begin with the end in mind. I am a goal oriented person, so this part is easy for me. I want to be a competent user of technology. I want to understand what people are talking about when they are referring to technology. I want to use technology in my classroom to keep my lessons interesting and to prepare students for the world after school. I don't want to be dated and old fogyish. The habit that is the hardest for me is to view problems as challenges. I usually view problems as frustrations and obstacles. So, I'll have to change my way of thinking.I've always been curious. This is what makes me a continuous learner.

Ms. B

Ms. B