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