Wednesday, July 1, 2009

thing 2 - wordle, voki, glogster, bookr

I really like wordle. I used my latest entry from my "real" blog. I think this would be an interesting way to show students when they are repeating words too often. You can change the language and it stops filtering out the common English words. For instance, I know I used the word, photograph quite a bit. It's a good thing the post was about photographs.

I wasn't as thrilled with voki. The html I tried to past in here didn't work, which was just as well since my avatar merely said, "Does anyone have any ideas what I could use this for" because I didn't. By the way, I chose voki because I have used ANIMOTO before and prefer making this type of video on iMovie.

I can tell that I like glogster. I didn't do too much exploring, but I can see how this would be a great tool for students to use to make more creative presentations. They could add video and hyperlinks, etc. I'm looking forward to using this with my students this coming year.

I'm interested to see what other people want to use bookr for. I think I would use is as a way for students to present research or for creative writing students to present a story. I've had creative writing classes write children's books before, and this would be an interesting way to do that.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

thing 1 - connectivism

I watched the video for the second time just a minute ago. I love the ideas presented in this video, and I think it could work. But it would take a lot of work. It's difficult to keep a 15 year old motivated, but this kind of teaching is important because this is how we learn. 

I think a librarian could absolutely play this role. Isn't that our job? Teaching our students how to find the information. 

I really liked the ideas presented in this video, and I love that they borrowed (with permission) the Common Craft format.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

11.5 more things begins

Now that I've graduated from 23 Things, I'm moving on the 11.5 More Things. I'm excited for all the new discoveries and learning!

Let the games begin!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thing 23

Wahoo! I'm finished. This has been a interesting experience.

1. My absolute favorite activities were with LibraryThing and Like I said in previous posts, I knew about both of these things, but had resisted them for one reason or another. NOw I'm hooked.

2. I like to learn. I like to learn about technology. And I like to learn about new technology that I can use in the classroom and at home.

3. I really didn't think that I would like or find it useful. I also wasn't sure that I would find a way to use this in the classroom, but I have already used Google Notebook and others--this week.

4. I felt like some of the Things were repetitive--that I had just explored that Web 2.0 tool and I would have liked to explore more things.

5. Yes, I think I would. Once I got into this, I thought it was really fun and helpful.

6. fun, excellent, informative, useful.

7. Ok, ok, I will.

This was a blast!

Thing 22

Nings are interesting. I have a couple of ideas for nings. You could create a class ning and your students could join and network and collaborate with each other. You could also create a library or school ning and have parents and students join and give information, have groups, etc. I could see how nings could be a very interesting way of sharing information in a school.

I also like the nings that were provided in the instructions (except Ning for Teachers was BLOCKED, which is really annoying). I like that these are places that teacher and librarian from all over can collaborate and share ideas. I think it is important that these things can happen readily and on a regular basis.

Thing 21

My podcast is about... wait for it... Pride and Prejudice. See a theme? I used PhotoStory to create my podcast.

This technology could be used to create so many wonderful things (book reviews, unit intorductions, etc.) for our students and for our students to create things. Many of my students have chosen to create PhotoStory videos instead of PowerPoint presentations. I think this could be great in the library for many things. You could have a weekly library report (what's new, etc.) Or you could have students and teachers record book reviews. Podcasts are great fro so many educational things!

Thing 20

YouTube is BLOCKED. (Anyone notice a theme?) I'm pretty familiar with YouTube though and think it would be great to be able to show those videos at school. (Though I do know about Zamzar and have used it.)

The above video is from TeacherTube. I teach The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien in my Junior IB English classes. This video describes a possibly project that a teacher could use when teaching this novel.

One thing that I really like about TeacherTube is that it has videos for teachers to use for ideas and videos for teachers to show to students. Kids these days (and this teacher) have grown up watching TV and movies. It is valuable to tap into the students interests as we are tricking them into learning something.