6/6/09

Thing #1

I think this video demonstrates what our students should be doing in class to show what they have learned and I think this video gives us a good picture of the role for what the teacher and Librarian should take on many parts of the education process.

I am inspired.

3/18/08

Thing #23 – The End

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? Delicious and Image generators

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
Allowed me to almost catch up with learning that needs to occur.

Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I really enjoyed the postings of others.

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
Remove some redundancy and add some other tools. Maybe make commenting on others posts a specific Thing.

If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
Maybe, but I am ready to continue on my own.

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?
Enjoyable!

Thing #22 – Nings

After exploring the three suggested Nings, I joined 2. I wonder if I can put the Ning website into my Google Reader in order to keep up with postings there?

3/17/08

Thing #21 - …casts

Okay, I downloaded Photo Story. I went to Flickr and searched for pictures using the terms “School”, “Library”, and “Furniture”. I found 106 pictures. I should have limited my search by those allowing use through Creative Commons, but I did not want to take the time.

I did not add text because I have done that before. I did not add narration because I did not want to (civil disobedience). Therefore, I would probably have had better results with Animoto. Nevertheless, here it is:



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At least the length is right—about a minute. Which is more than I can say for the uploading process, which took 20 times longer with my computer.

Thing # 20 – …tubes

Stephen Abrams at his blog Stephen’s Lighthouse has a posting of influential videos.

I think the video’s found at YouTube and TeacherTube and other places are a great way to explain a concept or capture the attention of students. However, we are entering the age of information creation not just consumption, so soon we will need to provide our students with the ability to create their own TUBES!

In case your district blocks these resources you might want to read a great post about Web Filtering and share it with your filtering administrator.

To get around the blocked sites use Zamzar. When I first tried to convert a YouTube into something I could use in my district that blocks YouTube, I had trouble. Zamzar first opened wanting a file from my computer. When I finally clicked on the URL link, I was able easily to make the conversion. I am waiting for the Zamzar file to be sent to my e-mail. If it comes soon, I will edit this post.

Okay, here it is. Forget about desktops and laptops, I want one of these computer walls:

Oh well, foget it. My computer virtual memory is too small, or the file is too large, or the stars are not aligned or something because it is not happening.

Thing #19 – Awards

As many have said, “This is a place to get lost” or “So many sites—so little time”.

I found Swivel. It appears to be a site that facilitates expressing data in graphs on the web. One web page on the Swivel site talks about how to combine graphs for further data analysis.

I think it would be fun to compare the awards from different years to see what trends might be on the increase of decrease.

Thing #18 – OpenOffice plus

Because everyone else said it took a long time to download. I chose not to. My computer is running slow (or perhaps I am running slow—it is Spring Break after all!). But I did go through the tour for Impress, the “PowerPoint” version of OpenOffice. I like the way it looked. It seemed to have all the features I am used to in PowerPoint and some extras. The 3D and the ability to turn into a Flash document seemed more than I know how to do with PowerPoint. I am ready to switch to OpenOffice.

I like this part of the rationale for open source software: .”… For rapid evolution to happen, people need to be able to experiment with and redistribute modifications.”

I agree with all the positive comments I have seen about Google Docs. I think they are an excellent resource. I have seen teachers use Google Docs for some exceptional WebQuests for their students. Like I said, something is slow. I could not get the “Learn more" link to work. Therefore, I could not confirm nor refute the rumor that everything created on Google Docs belongs to Google. More research is needed.