I have finishe d my project and now I am to the end. Of the things I have learned, I enjoyed thing 10 the image maker and photostory. These things for me personally are very helpful and interesting as I do so much with my family and am always taking shots of them. I love to play with my girls and their pictures.
This program has helped me in my long line of learning goals as technology was very high on my list of things I needed to update. I am a papre and pencil type and this has helped me brak free from that shell.
My take aways would be that even an old fart like me can learn new things. Just try and do not give up.
I just wish I had more time to play that would be the difference I would see.
I might particiapate in a program like this again if I had time to play. I do enjoy learning, but felt pressured to finish due to the other things I was learning.
That is all folks!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I went under the Teacher librarianing and found this very neat to read. I think I would use something like this to keep people informed of what is going on in the library. I could use this tool to show the administration of how vaulable the library is and all the things that I do to add flavor to the library. I could post book reviews and have people blog about the various books. I could host other school librarians blog areas. Pictures could be used to show various research items for the students. It could become a social area for students to share their research projects that they have created. I really thought the children's storytubes were so cute and creative. It would be a great lead into differentation of lessons and I could teach the teachers how to use this tool with their students. It would help build collaboration amongest the teachers. I find this site to be one of the best tools for librarians. This is the site I chose and I really do like the lay out.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I worked on photostory since my computer does not have a web cam attached. I thought I would enjoy the photostory as I would love to make a senior year video for my daughter when she is a senior. With this thought in mind, I thought I could practice now on some pictures. It was rather fun doing this and so now I will have to update my music and I will really have fun recreating albums. I created a post of my family at Easter.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I looked up on youtube and teachertube and took forever to play. I lost sight of what I was really suppose to be doing. I had even walked away for a moment to do some chores and when I came back, my youngest had a Justin Bieber video playing on my computer. This is obviously a great area to visit for all people. My children then showed me some other things that I had no idea were on these sites. They had fun "teaching" mom. I was impressed that even my 9 year old new so much. I thought I had failed her and she showed me. This definitely stand out as a fun activity that I really enjoyed. I pulled up under the teachertube this particular video on student centered classrooms as this was a huge deal in Cy-fair and seems to be the wave of education today.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I enjoyed exploring this thing and yes there were so many things to play with I did not know what ones to start with. After playing around on myspace and facebook, old familiars and easy for me to use, I decided on http://www.zoho.com/ to play with as it was listed under the organization group and I figured I would need this as a librarian. This site was a great site as it had spreadsheets, invoice sheet, online meeting calendars, and presentation tools that I know I will need with staff developments. It has other items that will be useful as a librarian. The site was free for personal use and gave a discount for non-profit use as well. The indiviual items used on the site charges a fee for each one of the items and the pricing per item varied. It could get very expensive, but may be well worth it for non-profit or an individual. The features it offers thought are pretty nice.
lI attempted to research both sites listed, but for some reason open office was not working right for me, so I used Google Doc's. I found some really neat budget sheets that were useful for my own personal use. I thought it was pretty easy to use and I enjoyed this site. I think because it is really easy for me to use and I understood a little more about this technology tool. I thought that I would try the other site later. However, I will say I think the advantage of using the free tool is that not all children have computers let alone can afford the software and applications required to support the software. These free sites would not cost anything for the students. Along with it being free, the updates that most computers need may be kept up as the companies will maintain the computer site better. The disadvantage can be that sometimes not enough traffic will keep the site up and many times sites become obsolete quickly. I think as an educator it would be to my advantage to use something that is available to all my students. It would also be something my children could access else where if the computers they were on did not have the other applications such as windows 2003, etc. down loaded.
I went into the rollyo site and created a link next to my posting of my rollyo. It was Marines as I have been folloowing them due to my personal interest. I can see how this to would be a great resource for doing research papers. I could have many sites for the children to access and use as the create a research paper. I would have preselected sites for them to use and they could even access the sites from home. Some of these things are really fun to explore.