Friday, August 7, 2009

Thing #23

Thank you for this wonderful learning opportunity!!      To summarize:

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
To list a few: yahoo avatar (posted on facebook and several have asked me how to make one), rollyo will be beneficial this new school year to limit wasted time while "surfing" online, and Zamzar will be so very helpful to convert  urls needed to post photos, video, etc to my  school's webpage.
2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
It has been feelings of encouragement, discouragement, exciting new learning and amazing creativity!! My personal feelings to get finished was stressful at times but,  I definitely will  enjoy reviewing and going back over several items during the new school year.
3.Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
All this new technology and to be able to use it in my classroom is the best outcome I could've of ever imagined. It was overwhelming at times  and I will need to take some time to soak up all the new information. 
4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
I can't really think of anything  to improve the program. 
5.If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate? 
Yes, I would be interested.....and, please let me know when I will receive credit for this summer's workshop.

6.How would you describe your learning experience in ONE WORD or in ONE SENTENCE, 

 "Fantastic to be able to stay in my jammies and attend a summer workshop!"

Thing #22

My first impression of this social gathering site for teachers is probably something I will not tend to use. I spend too much time on sites I'm a member of and will just file this away for later consideration. Good to know I have the option at my disposal for future use as time allows.

Thing #21

I'm familiar with the garageband app on the mac computers and so when I read that garageband could be considered when making the podcasts....I jumped at the possibility!! Once my "thing" was completed, I saw I only had two choices under "share" on my mac to send the podcast. I sent it to itunes (2xs) and it only played as a song in my playlists.....bummer
Next I sent it to apple's iweb and after thinking like a mac......Success!
See the link attached to view my podcast: Zane


Thing # 20 teachertube

I visited teachertube last year but could never get my downloaded videos to play on the school's computers. Hopefully, now that I understand all steps necessary, I'll have better results!!
Boy, I sure could've used this video with my 2nd graders....:O)
This information on how to convert video urls in Zamzar and searching at one place for teaching videos in Blinkx could not have come at a better time!!  I will definitely spend more time at each site as the school year begins in a few weeks. Thank you!

Thing #19 Awards 1st/2nd/3rd

Well obviously, I went straight to the free internet radio options. I've known about pandora already but, was a new site to venture out on...
I must say working with the younger age students, I still gravitate to pandora. It is so simple to use and I am a little hesitant to show at school because their homepage offers so many choices that I do not feel is age appropriate for my younger grades.

Thing #18 Tools

I just need more time to explore Google Docs. I was also intrigued by a post that said many people could work on the same doc at the same time. I want to figure that out especially during our American Idol contest...:O)

I see open as very helpful to many students that may not have the latest software on their home computers but need to be able to produce documents that are on the same level as other home computers of our students. 

I don't want to download it to mac at home--but will when I'm back on my school's pc computer. The obvious benefit to these two programs is that you're able to access them on any computer. No more having to wait and work on something when you get to school, and no more saving to your flashdrive. The downside is having to wade through a bunch of templates that you won't ever use to find something that you can. Microsoft Word to me still seems much easier to use.

Thing #17 Rollyo

Thanks for this invaluable opportunity! This tool will help so much as my classes do their research in our school lab.  I will probably need to go back and shortened several sites from my rollyo as you can see because of this one webpg, Classical sites for Kids, my page became to big.