Thursday, July 31, 2008
I can hardly believe it! After over ten hours of work on this I finally am able to post this Photostory! I finally got hold of a friend who shared with me that Photostory saves a separate file in your "My Videos" folder and that is where you need to upload from! I have been so frustrated over this! I hope the rest of the group can get this done. I will try to visit the blogs of those who I see are having this same problem and give them this VITAL piece of information!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
Social networking in a variety of forms has been a real eye-opener for me! I especially am grateful for del.icio.us and the many fun tools on Big Huge Labs.
How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
I am more confident. I feel I can find the help I need out there for almost anything I need and I can also have a voice. I fully intend to continue my learning--after all web 3.0 is on the horizon!
Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
The ways I can use this with my hobbies and family were an added bonus. Also I have begun developing "relationships" with folks all over the country! This I had not even considered before starting!
What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
With so many participating, perhaps form smaller groupings that could support each other through this. I saw many by visiting their blogs who left the experience early on. Could this perhaps have been due to the lack of contact with others who could empathize with the experience? I know I was often frustrated by the lack of comments on my blog entries. Also once I hit the brick wall with the podcast issue, I was totally flumuxed when I could get no live help. A little more involvement from the "leaders" of this course would be most helpful!
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
Yes. I understand there is more to learn! And having the learning mapped out and incremented for me is very helpful!
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?
This has been an eye and mind-opening experience!
Other Players' blogs?
Can't wait to see what others say!
What I like about it is the chance for the members to "design" and "run" the site themselves. This is the one major aspect of this Library 2.0 journey that really appeals to me. I can see our school establishing a ning for our community. I can see us using Nings for students to communicate, create and collaborate on units of study.
This may also be the best way for my far-flung family to keep up with each other.
The problem I see not only with nings, but also with all the feeds and subscriptions, etc... is management. My friend remarked to me yesterday, "Do you realize how many user names and passwords I now have?" After I laughingly agreed, I expressed my concern at keeping up with all of this. One post I saw today spoke of "weed whacking" RSS feeds and subscriptions. And so many of the nings, blogs and wikis I have previewed during this experience had had no posts in months (in some cases, years!) And there were so many that were little more than personal pages ala MySpace--only one to three members since inception. But perhaps I am getting into Thing #23!
Monday, July 28, 2008
We spent most of today creating our photostory and recording it.When we tried to upload to Switchpod, we ran into major problems. The site would not respond to our registration and finally I sent an e-mail to their support staff. The response time is supposed to be 2 hours--at this posting it has been over 3 hours and I still have not heard from them. We will need to find another hosting site or not complete this thing!
I found this video on You Tube and thought it related well with our topic. This librarian has been on this same journey!
I converted this file with Zamzar and it only took me two tries to upload it into the blog! Let me know what you think!
I could see students having a great time with My Heritage! Simply building a family tree would not only be fun but help them see their relationships in a graphic manner. This would foster communication as they can add birth and death dates and relationships! I created my own family tree and family website. It needs a lot of work still, but I created this in under 30 minutes!
I will be sharing Colorblender with all my art teacher friends (as well as with my scrapbook friends and home dec friends, etc...) This is a great way to preview a color scheme. Plus it is just plain fun! The students would love it. It is easy and free! When my third graders get ready to put together their history fair visuals, I will introduce them to this site!
Susan's blog mentioned that this activity opened a Pandora's box for her! (I SO agree!) Well, I was hooked on Pandora music when I opened the site and it was playing a Peter, Paul and Mary song. I was able to find MY kind of music and it was fairly easy and fun. The students will love this.
Now I think Yahoo Pipes is just what I need to help filter all this "stuff" I am getting as a result of this course. I can tell it what I want and it will give me only specified content from the sites to which I have subscribed. This looks like one I can use! As students do research, they could narrow their "feeds" to only those topics that relate to their topic/theme. This one is in my basket!
Friday, July 25, 2008
I see a great value in Open Office. Countless times I have sent items created in Microsoft Office only to have the recipients tell me they could not open them! The products look every bit as good as the Microsoft office products and it is all free! I love that! And I don't know how it got there, but I already have a shortcut for it on my desktop!
I posted the required comment in the SBISD sandbox wiki and loved the Common Craft video on Wikis in Plain English. This was so clear and helpful.
I also plan to create a wiki for our subgroup of librarians in HISD so that we can meet, plan and converse outside of our 2 face to face meetings (that's all the principals will allow us)!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
As to the implications for my profession and more to the point for the students at my school, Although web 2.0 has been around for over 3 years, I feel that the library discussion has only just begun. We are so behind and we have to get up to speed and FAST! My library partner and I have a lot of work to do and only one year in which to prove ourselves! I am loving the "user-driven" aspects of Library 2.0. However, I found little, so far, saying how this is to be accomplished in elementary school libraries. Ours is indeed an "inner city" school whose students have limited access to the hardware and infrastructure we are using except through our school. Our state technology standards do not adequately address this--we as librarians need to take the lead and do it and show others how. That is at any rate our plan.
I have always believed that libraries need to be available at "point of need" and to this end, I have been available to my patrons through my lunch and planning times and both before and after school. But for us to accomplish integration of the Library 2.0 tools into our curriculum and practice, we will need to articulate, recruit collaborators (teachers, staff, students and parents), discuss, plan and adapt. Our elementary school library must become both the training and proving ground for our students and the larger community, providing the connections, the forums and the means!
MacLuhan was warning us with the following quote.
"...might not our current translation of our entire lives into the spiritual form of information seem to make of the entire globe, and of the human family, a single consciousness?"
I find it not a dire prediction, but a statement of hope that through world-wide connections, we can become a world community that values all life on the planet.
Now, I must attend to a smaller life on the planet, our cat "Chien" is begging for attention and a treat. I think I'll go reconnect with the furry reality!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
My cousin Pamela Zimmerman is a fiber artist extraordinaire! I am so proud to be related to this talented woman! She has an exhibit opening at a gallery in Raleigh, N.C. this week. I love her "Catching the Moon" series! Hope you enjoy checking out her work!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I regiestered my blog with technorati and also installed two of the widgets. One so that people can add my blog to their technorati favorites and the other to create a tag cloud.
I am getting more comments posted and am loving that! It is amazing to see who comments and what they have to say! I have a fellow scrapbooker from PA commenting on my web 2.0 blog! This is too much fun!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Took time out Saturday to attend a "crop". Here is the cute book I created for a very cool friend of mine! It took me all day, but she is SO worth it! Now back to work in the heat! My AC went out yesteerday and I will need a new compressor--of course they have to order it! Gives me an excuse to sit still at the computer!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I can see the possibilities of helping kids to save and share bookmarks with each other as they work on research projects! This will be a wonderful tool, not only for me personally and professionally, but also with the students and even with my family!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I searched for blogs for those who love cats and commented on this one: I don't exist when you don't see me, it had some cartoon videos that made me laugh so hard I cried, they were so like one of the cats staying with me right now. The other was a post about scrap booking (my current passion) on It's Just the Little Things. I am spending way too much time on this, but I know with practice (and discernment) I will get faster and more discriminatory!
I posted earlier in my blog about my disappointment in not getting more comments on my posts, even though I had already posted on several others. I posted on one of the linked blogs that it is like the old saying "to have a friend, be a friend." Well, o.k. Here I go. I have spent hours today on this thing, on my cell phone texting, and on the land line listening to a friend in need. This community we inhabit and its ever flattening environ is fascinating! I am somewhat intimidated by it, but also intrigued and "HOOKED"! So in accordance with this Activity, I will be posting more to other Library2Play blogs. Hope to hear back from you!
I am supposed to say something about what I feel is important from the articles and blogs we were instructed to read. Although I feel I have already expressed that, let me be more explicit. I agree that it is important that posting comments be easy. I was relieved that Doug Johnson said that he skips the ones that require a log-in, because I can already see this taking way too much time out of my limited clock hours, (especially after school starts back up!) I do feel that interaction is why we are in this and I intend to visit more of the other Library2Play blogs and comment in hopes to get some conversation going. I am feeling a little lonely out here! And I will be faithful to the rules of Edublogger Etiquette!
After listening to the podcast on "lurking", I just want to say that it is a way for those of us who are new and "shy" to get emboldened (is that a word?) to go ahead and jump in! So I have been lurking and will continue to do so. I tend only to speak up when I feel I have something significant or helpful to say. And that appears to be the gist of what many of the blogging etiquette articles say. There you have it--My two cents!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I am looking at making signs with comics to post the rules. Or to help advertise books or series for the students.