The See-Through Blindfold

Ignorance is bliss?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Phew...Thing #23-Summarize your thoughts

What a weight off my shoulders!! I was almost tempted to quit. It was difficult after 7 month old twins, cooking, cleaning, washing, and feeding. Then getting up every three hours to feed at night?! I've been run on four hours of sleep. I need a vacation from my summer vacation. As you can tell I did not quit. The more I kept moving from one thing to another, the more interested I got. EVERYONE NEEDS A PAT ON THE pat pat pat.

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? My favorite discoveries are Things:5-Flickr, 8-RSS Feeds, 10-Online image generator, 13-tagging and I'm a kid at heart and enjoy playing around with things.

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
This has totally changed the way I thought online training was supposed to be. I figured it was all sit and watch a video. But, believe it or not this was definitely hands-on.

Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? When I first heard about 23 things, I figured it would take me about a week to go through it all. Unfortunately, I did not have the time and it took me the whole summer. It was worth it though, because I am more technologically empowered now. I am able to go show off knowledge to my non-blogging friends. How cool!

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? The only improvement that I would suggest would be to have the links work through SBISD's firewall. Oh, and for future reference, I think that the required hours were good for the summer. However, this many hours during the school year would be too hectic.

If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate? I would definitely be interested in another discovery program. This was a one of a kind experience for me.

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? Technicredible!!


Thing #21-Podcasts and audio books

I worked so hard on importing pictures and creating a Photostory. It was very enjoyable. Unfortunately, I lost it somewhere on the computer. Let me explain how it happened (perhaps someone could help me find it). It all started when I saved my photoshop in my documents (I also saved it on my videos just in case). I returned an hour later to organize and narrate my story. Well, I could not locate my story from the Photostory program. For some reason my 'My documents' folder was empty. So them I minimized Photostory and went to the desktop to open up 'my documents'. Well lo and behold, there was my story. I went back to the program (photostory) and tried editing my story be reopening 'my documents'. It opens, but it opens empty. Hmmm...What could I have possibly done? I think students would love to narrate stories. Perhaps, this is the way to get students interested in reading...hmmm...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thing #22-Ning

I'm finding that there are a lot of sites similar to each other, for instance Ning and Facebook. Ning would be great to create a gathering with teachers to share ideas on lessons. I'm always open to innovative teaching.

Thing #20-Youtube and Teachertube

This was totally my very first time to embed a video. NOT too was rather quick. I've learned something new tonight.

Teachertube took me the longest. I couldn't find a video. I finally found one...Here's a fraction to decimals song. (It took me a while to figure out how to embed it.)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thing #19-Web 2.0 Awards List

I love the organization! This is definitely so LOL!
I would love to allow students to explore with the sites on Web 2.0. This should definitely be on the SBISD library resource page.

Thing #18-Online Productivity Tools

I explored with Open Office and Google docs and was impressed with both--mainly Google docs. I'm a little apprehensive about downloading open office to my own laptop. I tried it on the SBISD laptop and it wouldn't let me. Oh well. Indeed Open office is great resource for someone who does not have access to office applications of some sort.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thing #17-Rollyo

The first time I tried searching for something it was blocked. Later on throughout the day I was successful. I like the RollBar Bookmarklet. I don't have to open up another page to use another link. This would also help keep students within certain search sites.