Thursday, April 22, 2010
1. My favorite discoveries – I really like bighugelabs.com. Also just learning about blogs was fun and educational.
2. This program made me realize how little I knew about web 2.0 and all the opportunities that exist for myself and my students. I realize that I still have a lot of exploring and learning to do.
3. Unexpected outcomes – well, it was hard but rewarding! Along the journey I ran into some personal road bumps. The Monday after Spring Break my mom went in for gall bladder surgery and they found cancer. She has been in the hospital ever since and I have used Facebook as a way to stay in touch with many people. I was telling a friend how exhausting it is to have to retell the story over and over for all the people who care about my mom. My friend said you should start a blog. I was blown away! This friend is not in education and not really a computer geek so I was shocked that her comment should have been something I should have thought of. So my plan is to start a blog where I can keep everyone up to date on my mom’s condition. A few months ago I wasn’t even sure what I blog was and I would have never seen myself as a blogger.
4. I’m not sure if there is anything that could be done to improve the program.
5. Yes, I would participate in another program like this. I know that I still have lots to learn and I like things to be laid out so that I have a plan of action to complete.
6. My experience was sometimes very frustrating but always rewarding and worth it!
I searched on Educator Ning and found an interesting post on using Nings with Middle School Students. I found this interesting because I teach 8th grade and was curious about using nings with my students.
I also checked out Teacher Librarian Ning and found out that I could spend a lot of time on this site. I found a book trailer that caught my eye. It is for one of my all time favorite books: The Best Christmans Pageant Ever. I had just recommended this book to one of my students so I would love to go back to class and share the video with him.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I love Photostory! I have used Movie Maker a few years ago and I thought that was great but this is even better. It was super easy to import pictures and I had a blast creating music. I am happy to say that this is one thing I can actually do at school, wow!! I'm having my yearbook kids create videos to show during lunch on the scrolling announcements. They each are creating a video for something from the yearbook. I figured that this would pump up the excitement of the yearbooks which will be delivered soon and will hopefully help to sell the extras that are coming.
My English students are actually using this at the end of the six weeks to create movie trailers. I can't wait to see how those turn out.
I created a video which celebrates my daughter's 15th birthday. My daughter, my sister-in-law and I all went to Disney World to celebrate. It was the first time for both of them to visit and we all had so much fun.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I know that my daughter lives by You Tube. She uses it for everything from checking out cheer moves to how to apply eyeshadow. I can spend hours on both sites! My students will be reading short stories by Edgar Allen Poe this last six weeks so it was only natural that I looked for videos that could help with this. We also read Poe's poem "Annabell Lee" and I was excited to find many videos of the poem. I know the kids will enjoy watching the video instead of just reading the poem. I embedded the clip that I plan to show my students.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
I also viewed with the video with the eyes of parent. My 16 year old daughter gets upset because she isn't sure what she "wants to be when she grows up", therefore I liked the part when the student held up the sign about I'll have a job that isn't even created yet. I could so see my daughter in the video. She doesn't watch a lot of tv or read many books but she is always online. She is also a multi-tasker.
Whether people like it or not the world is changing and Library 2.0 is proof of it. I really liked the article about school library 2.0 I found on Wikipedia. It discussed the many ways that school libraries will have to change. Libraries will no longer be quiet places where people come to read books. Libraries will be noisy places where technology will be used a lot. Librarians will help patrons with the technology and their search for information.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I can definitely see where tags can be helpful in Flickr. I can spend all day there searching. Tags helped me in my search for photos to use in my classroom. They also helped me just to enjoy the great photos people have shared.
I had never thought about the implications on research but watching the podcast opened my eyes to new possibilities. I can now see how it could be very beneficial and I would like to explore all the possibilities before I make more comments.
The other tip that stuck with me was to interact with comments left by readers. This tip came from ProBlogger. I never thought I would be interested in getting people to read my blog and leave comments but hey, why not? What intrigued me was that by leaving comments on other blogs I am interacting with the authors/bloggers in a way that was never possible before. So, I want to try to leave more comments and comment to comments left on my blog.
I used Google Blog Search to look for a blog on YA literature. I found a blog that gave great recommendations on new YA books. I'm always looking for new titles to share with my eighth graders so I really liked this blog. I also found out that Stephanie Meyer, the Twilight saga author, has a biography coming out. I would like to encourage my students to read this since there is such a big push for reading more non-fiction. I left a comment here thanking the blogger and asking her thoughts about getting my students to read this book.
I also commented on my favorite blog, I Hate Green Beans. This site has has nothing to do with education but everyone needs a break, right? I thanked the blogger for entertaining me with her great writing voice and told her to keep up the good work.
Now in order to totally complete this Thing I have to comment on five blogs that belong to my classmates, so I'm off, wish me luck!
Well, I have really enjoyed commenting on the blogs of my fellow classmates. I have learned some great things from them. I've also become more comfortable leaving comments.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
As far as educational uses, oh my, there are endless possibilities. It would be great to set up a calendar for my students and parents. I also didn’t realize about the advanced search on Google. I’ll definitely use that next year when the kids do research. I know that Google Earth is loaded on my desktop (in KatyISD) but I have never used it. Ummm, maybe I should think about how to use that.
I can really see how Google can be a verb and that many options it has! However, I have some more “things” to do so I’ll have to Google more later.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
The trading card maker was another awesome tool. I would love to have students use this when they are researching authors, poets, and/or other people. Every year one teacher has the kids make a hand made trading card to give to their favorite teacher. I can't wait to share this site with the teacher so the students can make really professional trading cards next year that will wow the teachers even more. Again, hopefully, I can get to this site while at school because now that the yearbook is done, I think my publications students would enjoy making trading cards.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
After watching the video, it was very hard for me to pick my strength. I feel that I am strong in several of the "habits" but I guess my strongest one would be number four. This is the habit of having confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner. I do feel that I have a lot of confidence and I do consider myself a life long learner. That's probably why none of my family and close friends were shocked to hear I was once again going back to school. I have toyed with this idea for many years. Most people were shocked to hear I wasn't getting my PHD, crazy people! Anyway, my weakness would be number six which is the one about using technology to your advantage. I know that I don't do this. I for sure do not use technology to my advantage. I'm not scared of technology but I'm going out of my way to learn new things. I know that I missing out of a lot of things technology can do for me and I'm hoping that I will start to learn more and do more with technology.