Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Thing #23

Thing #23 ----- HOORAY!!! I'm done!!! WOW! This has been one of the MOST amazing journeys I have been on EVER! It has opened my eyes as far as technology is concerned and how it can be used in the classroom more efficiently. The biggest discovery is that of Photostory. I had the BEST time creating a photostory of the life cycle of a butterfly. I still cannot get it to save to my blog. I have tried and worked with it several times. I do have it saved to my documents and will share it whenever anyone wants to view it. The program has awakened me to the lack of technoloogy skills I do have and makes me want to learn even more and attend future trainings to better myself. I would most definitely be a part of another discovery program as I would like to train myself and others and keep my skills fresh and as my dad would say ...... "up to snuff". Now - getting the whole experience down to just one word or sentence. Well - that is tough!!! There is not just one word or phrase I would use. The overall program is something everyone in education needs to do as it has truly improved my overall technological skills and "know how".

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thing #21

Thing #21 - I played with Photostory and had the most magnificent story of the life cycle of a butterfly. It is saved onto my documents part of my computer but I cannot get it to attach to this blog. I have tried a few times now. I can definitely see uses for it and plan on using it in the future. It would make great introductions to stories, in teaching steps to math problems, or when wanting to teach science concepts in a different and interesting way. This thing will get great use by me both now and in the future and I wait to teach others about how to utilize it within their own classrooms.
PS - I finally got it to attach!!! Enjoy! (April 21, 2010 @ 8:12 p.m. CST) HOORAY!!!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thing #22
Thing #22 - Nings - These are highly interesting tools from the 2.0 world. I explored the two attached to this posting. The similarities that I found between the two are:

a. both remind me of a webquest set up
b. both were easy to use
c. both had clean looking sites without a bunch of junk to distract you as the reader
d. both have lots of information was clearly laid out and fun to interact with as a whold
e. both have very clear photos
f. both seem easy to add and take away items and adjust to peoples needs/likings

I plan on using this nings in getting people aware of the things going on in the library or classroom. It would make for some great sharing of ideas and lesson plans as well. The best part about Nings to me is that they are so user friendly. Nings will DEFINITELY play a key role in my classroom and library.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thing #9

Thing #9 - I just worked with thing 9. The coolest site I would was the attached --- The different awards that were handed out are rather amazing. I read several of the blogs and my most favorite one was the one that is attached here ----- This blog was user friendly and highly interesting as far as library information is concerned. I will definitely keep this site on my "regular" check in website.

Another website that I enjoyed was I was able to maneuver through it simply and find necessary information. I found the site laid out in such a way that I could find what I wanted. The neatest part about the site is that it had some of my favorite places already on it (ex. Home Depot). I have it booked marked as a favorite and will be referring to it on a regular basis.

Thing #8

Thing #8 - I created an RSS feed account but could not get the different sites I would like to keep current with to stay on the site. Yes - I have the account set up, clicked on ADD subscription, and then would paste the url and hit the ADD button but it always told me that there was an error. I will keep trying to work with this site until something happens. In the meantime so that I do not forget this posting -----I can see the great resourcefulness for RSS feeds. It would help keep me up to date on the latest and greatest information or tools or items that are floating around in the 2.0 world and not have to waste a bunch of time looking for it. I would be able to pass on information to educators to let them know what we are doing on our campus and hopefully find out the activities other schools are doing as well.

PS - I am hoping that these two sites will work now. It has been frustrating to say the least.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thing #20

Thing #20 - I just watched a video about butterflies. WOW! It was very student friendly and the quality of the video was magnificent. I can see that Teacher Tube will be an invaluable resource to me as I search for information about topics of interest students and educators will need throughout the school year. http:// The attached is the hyperlink to the video in case you are interested in watching it.

Thing #19

Thing #19 - I just viewed from the 2.0 Award list a site called Stats. WOW! This would be a GREAT motivator as far as physical fitness is concerned. I can see students (especially the older ones) signing into this site and keeping track of their stats and then wanting to "out do" one another. It could also create for team spirit as far as "pushing each other" in positive ways and setting goals for oneself or for a team. If I should ever get the privilege of teaching at the junior high level - I will have to show them this site as this would be a great motivator for this age child.