Monday, June 22, 2009

Wordle: 5th Grade Class 2009

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Thing #23

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
There were several discoveries that I know will continue to use over and over again. I love Photostory3, the ability to create videos so easily and then upload to TeacherTube is so awesome-I can't wait to share this activity with my students. I've also enjoyed finding social networking websites with interests that I share and connecting to others who are in my profession.

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
This experience has helped me to learn more about the web therefore continuing my learning. I am no longer afraid to discover and try out new online tools. I'm always telling my students that I learn new things every day and this gave me an opportunity to practice what I preach-I look forward to discovering the next 23things.

3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
Oh how much was out on the web I had no clue existed. One unexpected outcome, TeacherTube, like everyone else I knew about YouTube but how great to have website with educational videos and the ability to post your own.

4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
I would say promote it more to teachers and principals on all campuses. I don't think a lot of teachers understand or even know about the program. To get more involvement in the program, maybe assign one topic for teachers to explore each month-concentrating on the tools they would be most likely benefit from and incorporate into their classroom.

5. If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
Yes.....even though it took time and perseverance to complete the 23things. I learned so much and I want to learn so much more about the web.

6. 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?
Eye-Opening, Informative and Exciting!!

Thing #22

Nings are a great place to meet, communicate and collaborate others who are in your profession. I found it a great way to learn new ideas, there is so much information on these websites that it can be overwhelming.

I like the social networking aspect, I can read message boards, blogs and discover new lessons anonymously or join in the fun. I would put links to the teacher nings on the library web page or blog for teachers to discover, we all need a place to go to where we can connect with others.

Thing #21

This activity was so much fun! I used Photostory3 to create my video, it was extremely easy to follow the directions and uploading to TeacherTube was even easier. I could see using this to help students create videos on book reviews, science projects and the Civil War Debate. I made a video on the annual 5th grade field trip to Camp Cho-Yeh. I can use it to show kids what to expect and how much fun we have each year.

Thing #20

There are tons of videos to explore on YouTube and TeacherTube-you could spend hours and hours just enjoying the creativity of so many people. I was very familiar with YouTube already. I use it all the time to view performances I've missed on tv or even to look for funny videos to send to family and friends. So for this assignment I chose to investigate TeacherTube. I learned about this cool website from one of my grad classes. I was amazed at how many educational and teaching videos were available for use. What's so awesome is that a lot of the videos are done by students, which is so inspiring to see them take ownership of their learning. I found this really cool video on the water cycle-I plan on stealing this idea for next year and trying out something similar to it with my students.

Thing #19

Wow....what a great way to discover what's out on the web! Web2.0 awards page organizes and evaluates websites in one place. I found several websites that I bookmarked for further investigating. 43 things is one website I plan on join-it's a place to write and share your goals and find others who may share some of those goals, and they cheer you on to achieving them. I had lots of fun playing around with the

As with many things I've discovered through 23things, you could spend hours investigating all the websites listed. As far as future use, here is a place where the best of the web is organized in one place and I can find online tools for teachers, students and the community.

Thing #18

OpenOffice is great tool to use for FREE! I have two computers at home-a laptop with Vista and a desktop ( 7yrs old) which only has Microsoft Word on it. I couldn't create spreadsheets and power point documents at home. Now I can download openoffice and use it anytime. I played around with the Calc. document and found it relatively easy to use.

An advantage of using OpenOffice, no longer having to pay a extremely high price for the use of productivity tools. I think that's probably why my desktop doesn't have the whole office suite. I have used GoogleDocs and love it! The great thing about GoogleDocs, you can publish the page and it's out on the web.