Monday, June 30, 2008

THING # 23

Finished doing the online survey!

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
My favorite discovery was the comic strips. I feel that I will be able to create some that will enable my students to do critical thinking but still allow them to have a good time.

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
I think I will be able to become more proficient with the computer and be more creative in the classroom
Were there
any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
Even though some of these were very challenging and confusing I am taking away some ideas and materials that I will use in the up and coming year.
What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?

Better directions and go through and check for blocked sites that we are to use.

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?
Challenging and entertaining.

Off to post on others

THING # 21

Audacity and Photostory are very creative and fun programs. I feel that both programs are very beneficial to the student and teacher. There were problems figuring some material out. The biggest challenge was uploading the audio.

I feel that the Audacity could used as a good warm up tool or even a closure.

A down side to this is that uploading of my wav.file took a very long time but that is the drawback of "free" sites. At this time it still has not downloading and we are pushing an hour and a half. GRENDAL was a witness to our attempt as well as the summer school tech person.

Here is the link for audacity of my recording. You can also click on my title THING #21 and it will open the file.

THING # 22

Ning is a very interesting concept. I have seen from the students Facebook and MYSPACE. Nings would be useful to teachers by enabling them carry on dialogues and pass information back and forth. I think NING could be a great tool but with limited time I just don't see me doing this. I will go back from time to time and look at these sites. With the possibility of this becoming a forum the sites could get blocked.

Teacher lingo was blocked when I tried looking at it so I used the library sites. SO that was not beneficial to me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

THING # 20
I used the link so that after you view the blog you can play

I have enclosed the link of the video I think would help break up the monotony of teaching supply and demand. It is clever and the music makes it run smooth. This is one of the most complicated units to teach.

I think having the ability to find videos will be entertain and also break the "routine" in the classroom.

I have experience with youtube and find some content entertaing but also understand the reason for the blocking of the site.

THING # 19

WOW I found a great website called this wold be very helpful for teaching the stock market in Economics and making it entertaining. You can see the message board that people have commented on. I have used the NY Stock exchange and NASDAQ.

For my personal use I think Craig's list is great for jobs,houses and things for sale.

Some other sites I found interesting is peertrainer and Google earth and the ever famous you tube. you tube can be entertaining but also ridiculous.

Thing # 18

I feel the biggest advantage with Google.doc and Open Office is the ability to share with fellow teachers. Students will also be able to share information when assigned cooperative learning activities. Also that it is free is a big plus.

The disadvantage that I see is that some teachers are creatures of habit and will not accept the change of Microsoft office to Open office and also the concept of sharing.

THING # 17

Rollyo is a great concept. Creating a search engine for the material that you would want the class to have access to. It frees up time from searching over and over and allows the student to use the time wisely ( hopefully :) )

I could see this as being very beneficial to the English teachers that have research assignments but also any subject that assigns research. It could used in the ISS or District AEP.