Saturday, July 19, 2008

Thing #23-In Summary

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?

I liked on line image maker, teacher tube and the Awards List.
2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?

I never knew there were so many resources out there and so convenient.
3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

Having so many people and sources available so quickly and easily.
4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?

I loved all of the instructions and they were definitely needed. I thought the program was great, just maybe putting the steps in a bulleted format would make it easier to read.

5. If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?

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?

Truly amazing. It has made me feel that I can do things on the computer I never thought I could.
7. Now go and comment on some of the other Players' blogs?

I loved trying to figure out who the person is by reading their blog.

Thing #22-Nings when I thought I could not find anything on blogging that was more fun then what I had already found, I did. Nings-Teacher Group is great. It is like having your own facebook of teacher friends. To have a group of people that you can talk to that have similar issues or to be able to help others in the same profession from all over is great.

I remember my Education Professor telling me to always go "cherry picking" with other teachers. Go get ideas and give ideas to other teachers in your area. This allows you to do that with your computer. The first one I read was from a teacher who was worried about teaching on a block schedule next year. We have been on a block schedule for years and I love it. To be able to connect with others to talk about your concerns is great.

Once year we meet with other teachers within our district that teach the same subject as we do. I love this time to be able to share ideas, joys and concerns. Nings has just expanded that same idea so much further. For new teachers that have questions or concerns, what a great thing for them to have access to.

I love it!

Thing #21-Podcast

Here goes......

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thing #20-Teacher Tube

I love You Tube and now to discover Teacher Tube. It looks like libraries and classrooms could really use this for demonstration.

I searched for Accounting. I teach Accounting I and II and found some good video clips to show on the basic debit/credit concepts. I am going to try to import the video clip and hopefully it will be successful.

What a great resource!

Thing #19-Web 2.0 Awards List

Wow! I never knew that was available. I looked at cooking and watched some videos on great recipes. I also went to travel and did not know some of websites were available. I usually go to expedia, but it was not number one on the Award's List. I will share this site with family and friends. The next time I go shopping, I will be checking out the Award's List. I liked this site.

Thing #18-On Line Productivity Tools

It is great to have these free options available. I really like the Multilingual Office Suite for language translations. I still think Microsoft Office is so universal and with it's availability in schools and offices, it is just more practical to use that. I don't know how willing people would be to switch to other programs, but as I mentioned it is nice to have those free options available. Even with Microsoft updating every few years, you still have the basic idea of how it works and can usually adjust fairly easily. For now....I will still be using Microsoft Office.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Thing #17-Rollyo

When I first read Rollyo, it reminded me of how we get updates on our email. Updates from Continental or Southwest Airlines about the special deals they are having or from stores with upcoming sales.

On Rollyo, I put in Texas Festivals. My husband and I are members of the Classic Thunderbirds of Houston. We travel on weekends when we aren't going to see our children at their activities. I think being notified of upcoming festivals might be great to get the T-Birds on the road for some Fun, Fun, Fun! Hopefully I did everything ok, so I can be notified of upcoming Texas Festivals.