Sunday, March 30, 2008
What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
One of my favorite discoveries was the online applications, specifically Zoho Writer. As soon as I learned about it, I showed it to two of my staff memebers and they immediately started using it in their classes. I have been using aspects of it myself.
How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
I am going to contiune learning about web 2.0 applications and refine my skills.
Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I collaborated with two teachers who are now successfully using blogs and wikis in their classes. I am going to incorporate a blog in my library web page.
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
I would be the first one to sign up!
How would you describe your learning experience in ONE WORD or in ONE SENTENCE, so we could use your words to promote CSLA learning activities?
INVALUABLE. The best, most relevent professional growth class I have ever taken...and it was FREE!!!!
I downloaded The Raven onto my iTouch. That story still gives me goosebumps!
Two important things I learned from this exercise is that you don't need an iPod to listen to podcasts and that there are many podcast directory and finding tools from which to choose.
I read the instructions on how to record a podcast and would like to try doing that someday when I have the right equipment and something important to say!
I have included a podcast made by a library science graduate student on the importance of having students make wikis in their classes. She makes some good arguements that could be used to convince school personnel to unblock wiki making sites.
I loved the TecherTube web site and have uploaded a very powerful video about "What Teachers Make." I emailed that video to a few of my teacher friends. There were some good instructional videos like how to make better PowerPoint presentations, why students should blog, and uploading videos on TeacherTube. I subscribed to this site's RSS feed.
Teachers Make a Difference
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I can see using this site on my library web page as a place to announce new books entered into the library.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Week #8 - Thing #18 - Online Apps
Online applications such as Zoho or Google docs just might be the best "thing" I have learned in library 2.0 (but there have been so many it would be hard to choose)! How does anyone stay on top of all the tools available? I played with Zoho and am so excited about it I can't wait to tell my staff. Being fearful that everyone else has heard about these tools and have been using them already, I asked five teachers if they knew about them. They hadn't and are very excited about learning more. There are so many ways in which to use these tools. Students and teachers can type documents at home and open them up at school without having to email it or save it to disk. It won't matter in what program the document was created. We often have problems with students creating a document on a computer that has Word 2007 and later trying unsuccessfully to open it on a computer that has Word 2003. Other applications would be to use it for collaborating on projects, meeting agendas, and drafting proposals with other users.
I like the toolbar in Zoho. It has just about everything and is easy to use. The other applications on Zoho (spreadsheets, meetings,presentations) were also easy to use.
I created the paragraphs above in Zoho and sent it to my blog from the Zoho site. WooHoo!!! That was fun! I'm turning into a techy!!!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The tutorials about wikis were very educational. They answered a lot of questions I had and the instructions were very clear.