Saturday, August 7, 2010

23 Things down.....

Well, this is my last blog for the 23 Things exercise. It's been a fun ride, but it's time to go. My last exercise is just a simple 6 questions.
#1 What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? My favorite thing was probably Thing #10, I loved all the different ways to edit your photos
#2 How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? This program has shown me a couple awesome teaching aid web sites that would make learning fun for students while giving me a new way of teaching.
#3 Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? The unexpected outcome was the amount of fun I had with educational websites. I knew there was cool websites, but educational cool websites?!?!? NOWAY!!!
#4 What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? I think one way to improve this experience would be to start off by having people follow other peoples blogs. Not only would that increase blog chats but also give the blogger a fun, interactive experience.
#5 If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate? I believe I would try other programs. I like the idea of new websites I can use on a daily basis, and I'm prety sure there are a lot more sites out there.
#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? "Necessity", I think every teacher should be informed of new, fun, and imaginative websites that will make their class not only educative, but fun. I love the idea of students being taught "Outside the Box", rather than the norm.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Thing #22.......1 more to go!

With Facebook now more popular than ever (my Mom even has an account), many offsprings have been created. One that I came across was this social network is specifically made for teachers, and it's genius. Now teachers can easily find lesson plans from other teachers their grade level, plus much more. This site has so many different things and groups to be apart of that can be so useful to teachers.

Thing #21

Photostory was a blast to use. There were so many options to edit your story available that, I think, would hold the students attention span. I think with a couple of hours....or minutes, anyone could create a wonderful story.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thing #20 is associated with YouTube and TeacherTube. Before today I never heard of TeacherTube, but as you can suspect TeacherTube is an offshoot of YouTube. I still prefer YouTube just because it's a easier to use. The clip that I used is just a simple introduction to the library. Since I teach three year old students I really don't think I would use TeacherTube that much.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thing #9teen

Thing 19 is pretty much a pot luck of awesome websites. The one I chose was Lulu. Lulu is book based website, but it's magic is aimed at amateur writers. Lulu gives regular, hobby based writers a chance to be published. The amazing part is that it's so easy to do. Another option they offer is a scrapbook type application where all you have to do is upload and edit your pictures into a prefab page. Next thing you know your picture book is finished and now available for anyone to buy your work. I think this would be useful for teachers because they can collect the writings of their students and combine everything in book form to be sold as a fundraiser at the end of the year. Just an idea.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thing Number Eighteen (#18)

I have been using Google Docs for a while and find it a pretty handy thing. I think the best thing about Google Docs is that it's web based, so you are able to access your documents anywhere the internet is available. Of course the bad thing is that it's web based, so there is a chance your account can be hacked into and your documents be looked at or stolen. Also anther negative is that Google Docs, I think, isn't as complete as Microsoft works. One awesome thing about Google Docs is that users submit their own templates that they have created, thus finding one that you can use is easy.

Thing #17

The more I think about it, the more I'm digging the Rollyo website. Rollyo is an awesome idea. Here's the breakdown, imaging a search engine where you decide what websites you want it to search, plus when you find another website you can add that to your searchroll. If you want to shop for shoes, I know I do, you can set your sites to search only shoe based websites. This searchroll is one of my favorites SHOE SEARCH. Imagine teachers using this tool for something even more important! The possibilities are endless on what kind of search engine you can create.