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!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
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:
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.
- 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!!
I had never thought about all of the uses for wikis. Exploring the suggeested wiki led me to lots of great information. I even found a great list of user-friendly images at the teacherlibrarianwiki. I liked the idea of creating a "top 10" lists and supporting material.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I also believe that the statement "Library 2.0 also attempts to harness the library user in the design and implementation of library services by encouraging feedback and participation." found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_2.0 it a crucial concept. If we do not design libraries with the users in mind and with their input then libraries will become obsolete. Information is everywhere now and if a library is hard to use and not set up for the current population then people will simply find their information elsewhere.
Library 2.0 embraces many things. It means that the library should be welcoming, current, collaborative and user friendly. Library 2.0 simply means to me "What a Library Needs To Be." Libraries need to remain at the forefront of technology and resources for students and teachers to continue to find in useful.
When I explored the "Popular Blog" I did not see anything suprising. I did, however, enjoy the fact that the popular sites were broken down into "Top 100 Blogs by Fans", "Top 100 Blogs by Authority", and "Top Searches." Those different lists make it easier to find what you are looking for.
I have really started to understand the need for tagging. Tagging in links and websites simply makes things easier. It simplifies searching your own and other's resources.
Social bookmarking is a great way to share intersting resources. This is such an organized way to keep track of all of the sites you find and can never find again. Bookmarks can be overwhelming - I know that I probably had 50 in my list and could not even remember what half of them were for.
This would be a great site to use to share resources among teachers and librarians. You can add a link to your blog, website or even Facebook as a way of sharing all sorts of resources. You can share educational resources with co-workers and extra currciulur resources with friends.
I have added a link to my Delicious account on my sidebar!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
2. I commented on the following Library2Play blogs: Brooke's 2.0 Blog, Kindergarten Teacher's Education Journey, Aspiring Librarian, http://23thingsilearnedduringthe09summer.blogspot.com, http://libraryplay23.blogspot.com
3. First I wanted to discuss the website disqus which can be found at http://disqus.com/people/RochelleJerla/#main. This site is a way to keep up with all of your own blog comments. It really is a great tool.
The first site I commented on was the Cool Cat Teacher Blog discussing how to comment. (Cool Cat Teacher Blog: How to comment like a king (or queen!)) This site gives very detailed explanations of the corrent way to comment and why. Having it explained it detail really helps a new blogger/commenter.
The second site I found was from the unquiet librarian (http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com). The site contains lots of ideas for incorporating technology into a library program. There are links and pictures to various pages to give you ideas.
Library Thing is such a fantastic way to keep up with books you own and books that you.have read. The search feature is SOOO great for looking for and keeping up with books!!!
A few of the groups that I liked were; Librarians who LibraryThing and Children's Fiction.
I am just IN LOVE with this site. I plan to add all of my books to this site and have it bookmarked on my school computer!!
There are so many fun ways that you could use these sites. You could design reading posters and magazine covers. (using student pictures)You could help students create comic strips, post it notes, design logos for book covres or even create avatars. All of the things that they generate could be tied to a piece of writing they have done or the images could be used as a writing prompt. The possiblities and uses of these in the library are endless.
The only problem is that these site must be monitored! Several of them had chat rooms at the bottom that could contain improper information.
Here are some fun images that I created:
I especially like the site http://libraryblogs.suprglu.com/. I find the site easy to use and especially helpful. It seemed to have the most information for what I would be interested in. I would have to say that the site http://www.topix.net/ was the most user friendly. I loved that it recognized my location and suggested sites for me.
I did not find any of the sites 'hard' to use but the site http://technorati.com/ was the most overwhelming. It seemed to have a lot of information and could make you unsure where to even start.
I love that I can access all of my information in one place. From library news to celebrity gossip, I can see everything through one site.
It is a wonderful tool to keep up with current library news without having to check in with 20 different sites. This would be a great tool for teachers and principals as well. They can easily keep up to date with news regarding teaching practices, legal implications, etc.
You can access my public page through Google by searching "Rochelle Jerla"
Friday, July 24, 2009
Clinically proven to elicit at least one smirk daily.
I'm not sure if you can simply log-on an view my photos. My Picassa web album is under this e-mail account: firstname.lastname@example.org .
I could have spent days (and surely will in the future) adding, changing, editing, and trying all the different options that the "Big Huge Labs" site had. I simply uploaded a picture that I had (on Facebook) and starting playing. It really is playing - I had so much fun trying everything (I do mean everything).
This site could be used in so many ways. One way students could use this is to create a poster or magazine cover for a specific image. It would envoke creative writing and artistic abilities.
I did not realize that it was the first site to use keyword "tags". This is way to link photos and users with similar "tags" or titles. It makes it very simple to search for similar items or browse pictures from a photographer that you like. I can't believe that the site has more than 2 billion images and 20 million tags!! I can see how this would be very useful in higher education. It would be great for students in a specific field to find vrey subject specific images.
The commons is actually where images from the Library of Congress are posted. That is a wonderful wonderful resource.
As a mom I really love how Flickr partners with other companies to provide printed products such as calendars and greeting cards.
Flickr is a great site because of it's accesibility, conveinence, licensing options and various resource tools.
Here is a gorgeous beach picture from the creative commons site.
(By Rene Ehrhardt - "Palm tree at dawn, Patong beach")
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My easiest habit is probably to begin with the end in mind. I usually start off with the end result and do anything possible to get there! Sometimes I can be too driven to reach a goal that I become totally focused on it.
My hardest habit is to view problems as challenges. I often view problems as another stumbling block instead of a building block. I like to be in control so when a problem occurs I tend to see this as a fault and not a learning tool.