Monday, June 30, 2008

Thing #23

The online survey was favorite part! So, So easy!!!

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

creating the blog, at the beginning it was so hard but I felt so accomplished after completing.
comic strips, trading cards, Rollyo

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?

to become more technologically-savey is one of my goals. This has done it.

Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

I took away more confidence in myself at the computer

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?

Better instructions for some, faster downloads, blocked sites

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


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?

over-flipping-whelming! But fun!

Now go and comment on some of the other Players' blogs?

will do!

Thing #22

As much as I see my child and my students use facebook, I can see where nings would be useful in an academic setting where I would dialogue with collegues about various subjects. I do see how much time my kid 'plays' on Facebook and would see how I could very easily get caught up in the nings. I just don't have the time! As with Facebook, nings would need to be censored but you'd think teachers would know to do this. Yea, right! Students and teacher could use this forum for sharing and dialoguing. I really believe there is value to this technology and is the wave of the future for networking.

Thing #21

wow! What a challenge. I really would have to use many, many times to really understand it. But, as all the previous 20 things, it's been an eye-opener to what is out there and to all the things I can't do. The constant registering, uploading, downloading, etc. is quite the challenge. I can see where the audio podcast (which is the one I created) could be used in the classrom in various ways - a hook to get them involved or in a closing activity.

It's been 30 minutes and i'm still waiting for the upload to occur. This one was very hard to navigate and I felt like the directions could have been more user friendly, especially for the novice. I worked on this with my mentors and it still took way too much time.

I wish you could have heard my audiocasts. I was recorded without my realizing the microphone was 'on.' I have 8 minutes of my buddy and I trying to figure it out, our phones ringing, our conversations (not meant for recording!), our eating, our laughing - our entire process. It was fun!

It's now been close to 90 minutes and still no go with the uploading. The librarian at summer school and the tech here both worked to help me and the final group decision was to just move on. And, so on their advice, I'm movin' on.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Thing #20


I have an experience with YouTube and understand the concept. I also see why it's blocked at school!
I found Teacher Tube, did some exploring and found the Stanford Prison Experiment. We talk about Philip Zimbardo's famous experiment in both psychology and sociology. The kids could look at it home and we could discuss it in class.There was also a video about Jonestown that looked great. Although, not in the text, there are always some kids that ask about the koolaide.

Thing #19

Well, that was fun! To have just a small portion of websites listed, would be invaluable for discovery exercises. I have some experience with Craig'sList and with the MyHeritage which made me fell more confident - seeing something familiar. Ditto for Google maps and Google Earth.
It's nice to have the best sites right there. Someone else has done the work!

Still waiting for the cocktail mixer site to open! It's five o'clock somewhere.:)

Thing #18

Am I correct in that the native language program is available in any language? If so, this would be so beneficial to all esl/lep students. This would really give them an edge right off.
The Google Docs might be a program that the kids would be tempted to use outside of the assignment - i.e. instant message? Not too good at school.But the ease in sharing ideas and tools would be a real advantage.
Openoffice/suite is free and that alone would be an advantage for the students who otherwise couldn't afford to purchase a similiar program. The powerpoints, spreadsheets are all something that the students could use and share.

Thing #17

As many times I have looked at Google and tried to filter out what's good, what is 'sponsored', what's important, etc., a customized search engine would be ideal! What a great resource for just about anything our student's needed to do and to research. I can see that for any research project across the disciplines, that something like Rollyo would be so useful.