Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Thing #23

1. Favorites: creating my avatar, mashups - using BigHugeLabs, making my trading card and comicstripgenerator, and embedding TeacherTube videoes for my classroom.

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? I feel like I have a "start" on several ideas (life with the Ning, Rollyo, and my wiki and pbwiki spaces) - it will be interesting to see what comes of these items and how I will be able to build on them. The Google Reader, the Google Notebook, and delicious are practically going to be daily uses for me during the school year.
3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? Of course! Where do I begin? Some of this I answered with Question 2. A lot surprised me and at times overwhelmed me because there is SO MUCH information out there it is incredible. It feels a little discouraging because I feel so far behind this wave of technology, I wonder if I will ever "get there." I have had a blog for a long time, but did not know how to use it for much more than posting pictures and paragraphs. Now I can do a lot more and I have connected with other math teachers that have already given me great ideas for my classroom!
4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? I am not sure - some of the things were very user-friendly, while others were like 10 things lumped into one thing. Maybe they could be spaced out. At times, I had 6 or more internet tabs going, and I would get all mixed and forget what I was doing in the first place. Also, I was surprised at how long it took me to complete each thing (not every single one of them, but the majority), I GREATLY underestimated my time! I would have appreciated a longer time to complete things (maybe another week or so). All in all, there probably is not much to improve on unless things could somehow be a little more simplified.
5. If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate? Probably - although I am not sure I fully grasped everything on this one, and will be building and continuing to learn what I have just gone through here. I would certainly look into it though, because this was fun!
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? It was fun connecting with other teachers out there, getting feedback and ideas from them!

Thing #22 Nings

I think Ning for Teachers is pretty neat. I have a myspace, but I never used it often and do not like it very much; although, I keep it around because occasionally I re-connect with an old friend here and there. Lately, I have been using Facebook which I think is a lot of fun, super user friendly, and a brilliant network. So this concept of Ning is very familiar to me, but a different look at it. I created a space (or a Ning?), and linked it to this blog so I can network with other middle school math teachers. Could be interesting and very useful. It takes 48 hours to receive confirmation of the linking with my blog, so I will have to wait and see how it looks and works. I see great networking with fellow teachers all over the world. I wonder if it can be used within a classroom only setting as well? - where students could login and comment and add work? I can see something like that being used with language arts (commenting on books, etc), social studies, and classes that often have discussions. I will have to do some more looking into this one and looking at what others on the library2play list have found.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Thing #21

A podcast in the works...this one is a little difficult since I do not have a microphone or video camera and the fact that I teach math, I have to get a little creative (creativity is not easy for me). I think it would be neat to borrow a video camera (maybe there is one at my school I can check out?) and record the students teaching a mini-lesson for a review for a test and they can watch themselves.

So, I started with the switchpod, but I found it difficult to use. Then I tried Photostory. It was SO easy and user-friendly! This was really fun to create. Thought about a fun song, grabbed a bunch of pictures from Flickr and went to town with Photostory. Hope you enjoy.

Thing #20

I am very familiar with youtube, but the teachertube is a little newer for me. I did various searches on instructional videoes I could use for our 6th grade math curriculum and found quite a few things. I posted a couple and am thinking about organizing them into my wiki space and rollyo. Using short video clips are wonderful instructional tools that can be used in power points, for introducing lessons, and showing/explaining math problems. The more technology I can incorporate into my lessons, the better job I can do reaching the variety of learners in my classroom.

Line up those Decimals!

Simplify Fractions!

Thing #19

Web 2.0 Awards List: I can use this website when I want to see if something is ranked or compare it with other sites before I decide which one to use. I can also use this site if I have an idea and need help thinking of a way to display or use it with technology. It definitely could help you brainstorm when you are not sure what you looking for!

Thing #18

For me, Google Doc looks easiest to use since I already have a Google Account and use gmail. It's making it easier for me to keep all this new information I am learning all in one place. I can see advantages to using the Google Doc because it will download the document when you receive via email and then it's right there! You don't have to open up another program on your computer! Also, makes for easy sharing and collaborating with others. Disadvantages? I do not see any at this time. I am not sure how often I use documents any more, but right now my brain has cobwebs in it, being that it is summer time! I probably use documents all the time!

Thing #17

Rollyo - I liked Bruce's video about using Rollyo. I posted a couple rollyo search rolls, one that I created for fractions and one that was already set up for middle school math. I also put them in my links section of my blog. I think it is a good way to organize websites that my students can use on different topics that I teach throughout the year.