Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thing #23

I've said it before and now I'm going to repeat myself, "This is one of the best training classes I've ever taken." One of my favorite discoveries has been to create my own blog. (1) This has floored my kids (and myself). I want to maintain it and probably add it to my TeacherLingo Ning. I hate to admit it, but emerging technology when I was growing up (whoops! I'm going to date myself on this one) was going from a manual typewriter, to an electric typewriter, to word processors, to working on computers the size of a VW Bug with the memory capacity of a lima bean. (2) I was really beginning to feel out of loop on technology. But, I think 23 Things has given me the self-confidence to try new things and explore what's out there.
I used to be the last one to sign up for technology classes (3); now I can't wait for next summer to take part 2 of this course. Who knew?!
I can't imagine changing anything about this course. (4) Having the get togethers in the beginning of the summer helped me through the initial rough patches. Without that help, I may have given it up because I was truly in over my head. The face - to - face meets bolstered my self confidence and every one was so nice I didn't feel like the village idiot.
(5) I would so take another course offered like this. I have learned so much! I will probably need the school year to practice what I've learned and to revisit 23 Things so that I can keep going back to all the different web sites. Besides I love the CommonCraft guys!!
(6) Unlike other staff development courses/training where you sit and watch other people demostrate or listen to other people's explanations, I actually had to explore the different websites, create blogs/videos and join web based communities. Your motto should be "Go Forth And Learn!"
Thanks for an outstanding class!

Thing #22

I really enjoyed exploring Nings. In fact I joined two Nings - the NCET and TeacherLingo. I like the idea of having a forum for like minded, like interested people. I have always felt that it shouldn't be necessary to re-invent the wheel everytime someone wants to expore something new or try out an idea. There's alot a really talented people out there. I'm hoping I can join up with some on my Nings and hopefully contribute to the effort as well.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Thing #21

Photo Story very easy to use. Audacity is another story. I think the file size may have alot to do with it. Also trying to match the music with the voice over with the pictures as a bit frustrating and not entirely successful. I am going to go back and reread alot of the information sites (my Common Craft guys' video didn't work this time...darn! darn! darn! I love those guys!)
I think this is just one of those things that has to be performed repeatedly...for me this will be learning through trial and error, but sometimes that's the best way. You can't just read about it; you have to do it! **Note: Processing the video is taking forever! I didn't use that many pictures. Yikes! I think I'll just go do something else for a while....starring at this screen is making me stir crazy! **Okay, checking back...that's 1 hour down and still processing! Two hours and counting!
Okay its now 8:42 p.m., I started this at 6:10. I'm done...it's cancelled. It was saved as a .wmv or whatever, but this is ridiculous. I'm not seeing a value in this.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Thing #20

I really prefer TeacherTube to YouTube although I will visit both sites. I find that YouTube has alot of just 'junk' videos that you have to sift through if you are into mind-numbing hours of boredom. TeacherTube it the way to go and I have found more useful videos there that I can use in my class. Hopefully my video download or upload will be a success.
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Thing #19

Web 2.0 had some really cool sites, but so far my favorite was Picasa 3 which I had to download because it was too good to pass up. I know there are plenty of sites to use for photo editing and organizing, but Picasa was just so much easier for me. I download alot of images throughout the school year to create student presentations. Picasa is a great organizing and presentation tool. I want to spend sometime now setting up some folders for student use that will save them alot of time working on their various projects. Love it!!