Saturday, July 12, 2008

Thing #23 Summary

Yes! I am finally done! I really enjoyed this! I learned so much and yet feel overwhelmed at the same time! There is so much out there and it is changing so fast, it makes my head spin!

I have many favorite things about this program. It is hard to choose just one. I like the way it was laid out. The activities were well explained. I also like the comments from others!

This program has served to remind me that life is a journey where we need to learn everyday. Never stop learning! There is so much out there and we need to keep up with it in order to be able to serve our students and prepare them for the world they will face!

There were some things that surprised me such as the amount of information out there and how easy it is to get it if you take the time. As for changing something in the program, I don't know what I would change. There is plenty of opportunity to get help if you need it through collaboration and comments, and there is so ample time to get these done. It just takes a little time and curiosity from the learner. The resources are there, just use them!

If I could describe my learning in one word it would be OVERWHELMING! There is so much to know and so little time! I hope there is not a test on all the information! I would fail!

Thing #22 Ning

Ning has so much to offer! I spent a few hours just setting up my page and searching for others. It took some doing, but I figured it out. There are endless possibilities. I like this better than my space as my students might not be too likely to find it. When they found out or thought I might have a page on MySpace, they all (those who had access) looked for it. It seems that the privacy from the students was not there and I was wary about what I might put on this page. I like that there is a large variety of pages and endless places to share with others who are interested in the same things whether the interests are hobbies or professional related. As time goes on, I will use this site to help develop professionally as well as communicate with others who share the same interests and hobbies.

Thing #21 Podcasts and Photo Story

I chose to do a video using Photo Story. I had heard how this software is easy to use and the students can make use of it easily in the classroom. I found that the person who told me this was right. I created a video using pictures of Colorado. I wanted to use some soft music to enhance the video and was worried about copyright issues. I was pleasantly surprised to find a package of music already included with the software. I found this software easy to use and plan to use it with the students. This is a great format for them to do reports in Science and Social Studies! How wonderful! This video is quite basic because this is the first time I have used Photo Story. There are so many options to use with this tool. I think this is actually easier than Windows Movie Maker!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Thing #20 Youtube

I spent quite a bit of time figuring out how to download videos and play them from Youtube. This a great site. Once I downloaded them I also figured out you have to convert them so I converted them to Windows Media files which worked. I looked at several and chose the following to put on this page as they are curriculum related.

I plan to check out the other web sites for videos as they are invaluable in helping students comprehend information. I have used tons of videos from Discovery Education (formerly United Streaming) especially in the area of Science. I have also found some good videos in math and US History. I plan to use these videos in conjunction with the Activboard. I know they will go a long way in helping my students become more successful.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thing #19 Web 2.0 Awards

Boy what a list! I checked out some of them but again only made a small dent! I like Lulu as a publishing tool for students! Someone had a great idea and mentioned that students always want to publish their work. What a wonderful way to do it professionally! Wonderful! I am not that creative, but I know my students when they get into the mode can be very creative especially with their art work. This would be a great way for them to practice their writing, get some valuable experience in professional publishing skills and display their work with pride!

I also checked out some of the comic sites and the music sites out of curiosity. They were easy to navigate and found some things I was interested in.

Once again, there is so much on this site that it will take a while to get to all of this. However, I plan to use this in the class and bookmark it. I also plan to share this with others as a wonderful tool for so many other things!

Thing #18 Free on line Programs

I like the idea of free on line word processing and productivity. This is a good tool for those who do not have this on their own computer and is compatible with other productivity tools that are most popular in the workplace and schools. The only drawback I see is the availability to those low SES students who may or may not have dependable Internet service. I like all the tools that are provided. They are very similar to what is provided by Office and can be integrated. They may take a little getting used to, but with a little fooling around with them, and the prior knowledge from the Office set one should be able to navigate his/her way through this! I applaud the company who has taken the time and energy to help provide productivity tools for those who may not otherwise have access to them at home.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Thing #17 Rollyo

I created a search scroll on that includes a few science and math sites along with some about Irish History since that is an interest on mine. I found that once I got the hang of this, it was quite easy and is a good way to keep a list of sites that are good and accessible from any computer. I plan to search some other lists to see what others like and maybe add some of those sites to my list as well. Sometimes the best sites are found on the advice from others!