Monday, August 10, 2009

Thing #23

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
I discovered that I knew more about technology than I thought. Not that I knew it all by any means. I learned how to set up a blog, create photostories, and how to use rollyo. Rollyo is going to be very useful for me as a teacher. I can't wait to use it!

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
It has definetly opened my eyes to many ideas that I can use with my students to captivate their attention and make learning fun for them.

Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I was really surprised at how much I learned. Let's face it, alot of times you go to workshops/trainings and walk away with very little. I feel that I have learned things that will help me for years to come.

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
I can't think of anything off the top of my head other than I think it took me longer than 18 hours to complete this program. It may just be that I am slower at this than others.

If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
Of course! Would you guys email me to inform me?

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?

Now go and comment on some of the other Players' blogs?

Thing #22

NING? What in the world is that? That was exactly what I thought when I read this thing. When looking into it, I found it very interesting. It is a lot like facebook and myspace, which I am apart of both. I think that I would love to join a group that deals with my interests/hobbies. Social networking is a lot of fun to me! I'm not sure if this is something that I want to get my 4th grade students involved in. Has anyone used this with students that are 9 or 10 years old? If so, how did you use it? Ideas?.....Please!

Thing #21

Here is a photostory that I created from our family vacation that we took this summer. I was familiar with podcast going into this activity. I had never heard of photostory. To my surprise, it was very easy to do and lots of fun. I could see myself being able to teach my students how to do this and having them use it on certain projects throughout the year!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Thing #20

This is from TeacherTube. I teach Texas History, so I typed that word in and this is one of the videos that I found. To be honest, I didn't even know that TeacherTube existed....I did know about youtube. This will be very valuable to me as a teacher. My students are going to be so excited to see more videos this year. Do any of you use TeacherTube a lot? Have you found it to be a reliable resource?

Thing #19

I went and checked out google earth. This website/tool is really neat. It allows you to see pictures of different parts of the earth that you have or will never get to see. This could be a great resource to use in a library or classroom. What special about it is that they are real life pictures that people have taken. It is like you are actually there!!!! How cool is that? My students could use this for projects or I could use it to show the students different parts of the world, especially Texas because I teach TX History in 4th grade! The kids will love to be able to actually see what I am talking about!!

Thing #18

I used GoogleDocs when doing this assignment. When I downloaded it, it was part of my google account, which I like. It is easier to access and didn't have to create another account.

Advantages: Collaboration, easy to use and access, there are templates already created for you

Disadvantages: possibly loosing your data because it is online and not saved to a disk/CD

Thing #17

This is by far the most useful to me. I can't wait to use it because this will save not only me, but my students ALOT of time. It will also allow me, as the teacher, to modify which sites I want my students to be looking at. No more worries for me as to what sites they are getting their information from. YEAH!!!

I went on a created a searchroll on where my 15 month old should be developementally. As a first time mom, I am always wondering where he should be developmentally. I know....I'm a little crazy! He is 15 months old today!!! Here is the link to what I found....