Friday, July 30, 2010

THING #23

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? I discovered so many great websites and activities that will be useful in my classroom, i.e., trading cards, flckr, Library Thing, Delicious, Technerotti.
How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? I have learned some great new skills so that I can do more and feel more confident about exploring and know where to explore. I have access to other teachers' lesson plans, great photos, and so on.
Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? I learned about websites that I did not know existed and more about the ones I had heard of but did not know how to use.
What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? Vaughn was wonderful and very accessible. Some teachers may not have taken advantage of her help. The information was out there about how to seek assistance but I'm not sure everyone did.
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
YES!!!!!
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? The word that seemed to come up a lot for me in my blog was WOW!

THING #22

Nings
I now know what a Ning is. The first few were okay but not good for my use. For example, Educator Ning has mostly middle school information and you have to join. Future of Education Ning lists conferences, etc.
However, Ning for Teachers has lessons. You can click on a grade, subject area and topic. The lessons come up and for the most part , but not always, the correct grade level shows up. If it does not, I found that the lessons can be adjusted. They are also rated by other teachers with stars.
Texas School Librarian Ning links librarians so it seems like it would be a good one for them.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

THING #21 Butterfly story

video

This was fun to do!
Unfortunately it does not appear to have taken, but that won't stop me!

Well, it finally worked.

There are a lot of steps here but it is worth the work.

THING #20

You Tube was much easier to navigate. Teacher Tube was actually harder than I thought it would be or should be. I'll just have to be careful on YouTube so that videos that come after the ones I download do not appear as well. What a cool way to show brief videos and make people and events come to life so that students don't just see pictures.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

THING #19

Wow again!
Who knew there were so many search engines out there?
I guess someone did because there they are. It's nice to see that they are rated so it is not so hard to pick and choose. However, as it says in the Thing #19 instructions, we have to be careful of those that charge for their services. There were also some that were URL blocked.
Some of the ones we have been using so far are there which is nice because they are in one place.

THING #18

Open Office
I like that Open Office has so many things you can do in one place. Some of the ones I opened up were Writer, Draw, Math and Charts. I played around with them. There is a lot of potential there. I just need to play around some more and perhaps have a little training on how to use it to its potential.
It seems better in that so many formats are in one place.
The Doc site seemed a little cumbersome. But it too shows a lot of potential with a little practice and training.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

THING #17

Rollyo

This is a great idea! I have some sites that I frequently use.

Unfortunately for some reason they keep disappearing even though I save them. I tried a half dozen or so times, but I will not give up.

Well, I did it! This is a great idea. I will definitely go back and add more.