Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Number 16

Sandbox Wiki- I have not played in a sandbox since I was a kid. I will not say how long ago that was. I was not sure what a wiki was until I started playing in the sandbox. It was very easy to edit the wiki as they said it would be. I added a post about blogging. I want to set up a blog for my book club next year. It would be great for my students to be able to share about what we are reading and the activities we are doing when we get together. I really like the idea that the students could plug in a video so they could talk about books or research they are doing and not just write about them. There are alot of awesome tools to use and learn from. Welcome to the Web 2.0 world, look out here I come. I told you my confidence level has gone up.

Number 13

Del.icio.us was very interesting. I had never thought about social bookmarking but it is a good idea. There is alot of good information out there and having easier ways to access it would be very helpful. I was very impressed with the variety of sites that were bookmarked through Del.icio.us. I discovered the site Bibme.com. This site shows you step by step how to create a bibliography. This would be very useful with our students when they have a research project to do. I also looked at a site called OZ Projects. This site is from Austrailla and has many different activities and projects for teachers and their students. I even got to KidsClick through Del.icio.us. I am looking forward to using more technology with my students.
These exercises have given my new confidence to get out there and try new things.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

My thoughts

When I first started the 23 Thingss I was excited about the prospect of learning some new technology and widening my knowledge base. Then some frustration set in that I would not finish, or that some of the steps were things I could not figure out. I know that I do better with some help from others. I did get together with another librarian and that made all the difference. Things started following into place for me. I am very excited that I was able to finish and I am very proud of my blog.
I look forward to trying some of what I have learned with my students.
I especially enjoyed Animoto and Library Thing. Letting them blog about books they have read is something I want to try with my book club. I know that my students research will be benefited by what I have learned.
I read several blogs and the librarians stated they would do another learning project like the 23 again. When I read it I thought they must be crazy. But now I can say that I would do something like this again. See how far I have come.


This was a blast. It was so much easier than I expected. You just click buttons and the computer does it all for you. I can see students creating some really fun and imaginative shows using Animoto. I am amazed at what I have been able to do with technology. This has been so good for me. I let myself think that I can't do these things but really I can. My confidence level has increased tenfold since I started the 23 Things.

Number 22

Look what I did, how about that

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Thing 23

I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Creative Commons was a bit confusing at first. But now I see what it was saying. We would be able to modify orginal works according to stipulations specified by the producer.
In the library pictures could be pieced together to create a storyline to share with the students. These pictures could come from various site such at Flickr or Facebook.
Students could also create their own videos on Animoto.

Number 21

Podcasts are very cool. I got a new ipod for Christmas that I now have new excitement for. Students today use ipods all the time. I read somewhere that people now are downloading music and videos and are not buying them in the stores.
Students creating podcasts for class assignments will bring new excitement to learning. I look forward to more investigation and learning on podcasts.
I added an rss feed to my google page. It was on Harry Potter and predicting how the books will come out.
I am getting new ideas to enchance my book club. I am liking this more and more.