Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thing 23

Some of my favorite discoveries on this learning journey were http://delicious.com/, http://docs.google.com/#all, and http://bighugelabs.com/motivator.php.

This program has assisted my lifelong learning goals by showing me how much more is out there. Although I felt knowledgable about electronic resources I learned so much about how many more were available.

The main "take-a-way" from this program is probably the use of blogs and wikis for educational use. I had never realized all of the possibilities that a blog or wiki had; especially for a library program.

The format of this program was very effective to me. I am a hands on learner so reading about it then actually doing it was a great way for me to learn in such a way that I will actually be able to apply it.

I would absolutely participate in another program like this in the future. After seeing the abundance of resources out there tht I had never even heard of I realize the need to keep more current.

23 Things To Keep Your Current in a 24 Hour World!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Thing 22

I enjoyed looking at the Teacher Library Ning. These pages in particular were of interest to me: http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com/group/schoollibraryadvocacy, http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com/group/web20inthelibraryworld, and http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com/group/elementaryschoollibrarians.

I think this a great networking and idea site. It is a great resource for new ideas or answers to questions and problems. The site did have a few places where people had just posted 'ugly' comments but for the most part it was easy to use and very helpful.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thing 21

Here is my Photostory about my son's birthday:
video

This technology was fun to explore for personal use but there are so many things you could use it for as a Librarian. You could easily create tutorials, read-alouds, or videos about library rules - just to name a few things. This software was very easy to download and use (once I got my microphone working.) I plan to play with this program a lot more during the upcoming school year!

Thing 20

YouTube had some great videos about the library. You need to watch them because you never know what they might actually say. Here are a few that I would suggest; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYOVlcBl4WM, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faP3-M0ypaw, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWGJw6O8_k8.

There are so many videos out there for educational use. The videos are funny and educational. Having so many video resources available can make teaching or enhancing lessons so much fun.

Check out this funny Dewey Decimal video I found at TeacherTube:

video

Thing 19

Delicious (http://delicious.com/) is already one of my new favorite sites. I love how easy it is to use and organize. It would be great to create a school account with a list of all of the great student sites or teacher sites. Then students or teachers could log on and do a search for what type of information they need and the sites would be listed. Other teachers could add to the list and it would be a wonderful collective resource for everyone.

Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/) is also a great site. This would be a great tool to use for school fundraisers by selling class or school created books. It is also great for aspiring writers to 'publish' their own books.

Biblio (http://www.biblio.com/) is a great alternative to amazon. Although I love Amazon it is often hard to find used & out of print books. This would be a great site to use for text books, collectors books or just for cheaper prices in some cases.

Thing 18

I am just in love with GoogleDocs. I think this is a great site to use at a school if you wanted to have a PowerPoint that everyone could access or a document that multiple users can contribute to. Here are some of the features that I loved about http://docs.google.com/#all:
  • You can upload existing documnets or create your own
  • Edit documents simultaneously
  • Keep track of who made changes to a document and when
  • Publish the documents as webpages or into a blog (easily)
  • Control who can see your pages.
  • Access the information anywhere from any computer!!

Thing 17

I enjoyed using the Rollbar bookmarklet. I found it a little confusing but I think that the more you used it the better it would get. I did like that the Rollbar bookmarklet gives you access to all of your Searchrolls wherever you are. Here is a link to my search:
http://rollyo.com/search.html?q=Elementary+Book+Club&sid=110547