Sunday, March 7, 2010

11.5 Thing 11.5 Evaluation

My favorite discovery was screencasts. I enjoyed making one, and this is something I’ll definitely do again, and teach my students to do as well.

This program has affected my lifelong learning goals because it is helping me become a better teacher/librarian for my students. I feel like I am keeping up with technology, even though I realize that so much more is out there. I really like it when I have answers for other people on my campus when it comes to technology.

The only unexpected outcome for me was Second Life. It was so easy, I don’t know what I was scared of! That in itself sort of makes me worry – I really don’t have excess time to spend in SL!

I cannot think of anything to improve this program. Of course, we all need more time to work with these new things. But we can’t really expect you to be able to conjure up more time, unless it’s in SL . . . .

11.5 Thing 11 Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship involves many things. To help my students be good digital citizens, I will include in my lessons on the subject these topics: internet safety, netiquette, cyber-bullying, copyright, and website evaluation. These are not topics that you can mention once. You must reinforce them again and again (and hopefully the classroom teachers will help with this). In our district, we are using the Isafe lessons, and I find them pretty good combined with the brainpop videos.

11.5 Thing 10 Virtual Worlds

After reading so much about Second Life, I was eager to give it a try. Easy to do. I really enjoyed creating my avatar -- I can see how you could lose hours of your life in this! I have a hard enough time keeping my farm up in Farmville (Facebook) -- I don't think I can handle SL too much. But I loved flying! I'm sure I'll spend more time in SL.

However, I can see how teens would be very attracted to SL. It is very much like the RPG games many of them love to play. It would certainly keep student interest if you were showing them how to find information in SL! Although, since you must be at least 13 to create a SL account, I do not see my students in an elementary school using this. Perhaps in the future there will be something similar for elementary.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

11.5 Thing 9 Slideshare

At first I thought, "What's the big deal? We can already use Google Docs for this. But then I realized that Slideshare has an archive of presentations on a variety of subjects that you can search. This is a definite bonus.

Slideshare, and the various alternatives out there, would be useful for students. I really like Authorstream -- especially the ability to format presentations for use on ipods. Too bad that this costs $2 a pop (at least, that's my understanding of it). My library budget is slim to say the least, and I must use only those free options!

I definitely see students using slideshare to create their own research presentations, as well as to find information.

Monday, February 15, 2010

11.5 Thing 8 -- Screencasts

After exploring screencasts, I created one that I can send to my teachers to help them find books using our new online catalog. It took me three tries to make it because I was working at home and interruptions, such as the clock striking 10 o'clock, kept happening! But it was very easy to create with Screencast-O-Matic. I hope the video plays okay in this post. I could not get it to play from the preview screen of this post -- but hopefully it will play once it is posted.

I can see students using this to explain how to use some of our new technology. I'm sure they'll really like creating screencasts.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

11.5 Thing 7 Video Resources

This was an opportune time to be working on this "thing." I was looking for something very basic for my 2 preschool classes about plants growing from seeds. I looked at totlol, but they wanted you to pay a fee to join. Then, I looked at Blinkx, but the video I found wasn't loading within the district. Then I noticed that next to the video was a blurb about going to Sesame Street's website for videos, so I went there and found the same video, and it will load in the district. Here's the short video I found and plan to use next week with my preschool classes:

I found the second video I'll mention here at This is a well organized video website, in my opinion. I have used it successfully before. This video, covering the phases of the moon, is for my 5th graders:

Monday, February 1, 2010

11.5 Thing 6 -- iTouch Apps

Having received 12 iPod Touches in my library, I have downloaded several educational apps -- a variety including those to reinforce math facts, states & capitals games, fairy tales, connect 4 type, and others. Easy to do, and easy to sync all the iPods with the cart.

Maybe I'm being simplistic, but I see the iPod Touches as another way to access information in the library. Students can use it to find websites, and thus information, to practice skills, to view videos, etc. I could see teachers having wikis with assignments and even instructional videos, all accessible through the iPod Touches. I'm eager to have the "new" wear off so the kids can get down to work with them!