Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tool 4 on 11 Tools

I have found Google Docs to be very easy. My school  also uses Docs for specific groups and for particular needs. I love the fact that I can access Google Docs any where and any time. I also love Picasa...I have had to turn in broken phones, locate lost phones (never found), upgraded old phones, and rescue a phone that couldn't swim.....and I've never lost a picture or video cause they can all be found on Picasa!  Google Maps and Google Earth are excellent for class room use and students enjoy the challenges.
My vote: Two Very Strong Thumbs-up for Google. I just wish our school would stick with Google (including student email) and let our students gets comfortable with all of the options instead of insisting that we reinvent the wheel with other web sites because someone else on campus likes a different program. So much potential with Google!

Tool 3 on 11 Tools

For starters I use Discovery Education, Teacher Tube and You Tube on  a regular basis. I'm sure that my students are more adept at posting on You Tube than most teachers in my building. However copyright use or abuse is much more of a pressing issue for my kids since they will be heading off to high school and then hopefully college. I definitely need to work on a lesson(s) that deals with copyright and bibliographies because apparently discovering a video on You Tube invokes the "I found it first"  rule of ownership for my students. While we are on the subject, here's another thought: no offense, but I plan to use the video for Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education in my class as an example of what not to do when making a video ... too busy, too noisy and a good example of the "because I like it, so will every one else" school of media.  
In any case.... I have a dropbox and I'm working very hard to catch up to teachers from other districts. Finally, I couldn't live without YouTube, Discovery Education, The History  Channel...
here are a few examples of the type of material:     
http://youtu.be/d7miXneae_0 
and
http://youtu.be/2B73vkTeL_g

Good Luck!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Tool 2 on 11 Tools

Okay, this one was slightly confusing. After reading this post (and that took some time...), I'm not completely clear on what it is we are suppose to do...hmmmmmmm. I checked out Diigo (interesting) and I already have Google Reader. I joined and add another educator web site that looks very enlightening, so I can't wait to have fun with that one. Another site that I found intriguing is one that you mentioned: http://edupln.ning.com/ . But, again I need time to check this one out.
My fear, again, with looking at all the options available is that.... I am going to spend an inordinate amount of time perusing all the offerings available on the internet.  Also, I think that inherent in many of the sites is the premise that people have an inordinate amount of time to float around the internet reading about what other people are doing on the web. I think that's great. I now vote that we extend each day to 48 hours long as opposed to 24.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Tool 1 for New 11 Tools

I am very appreciative that we are able to keep our avatars and blog from the 23-1/2 Things. I am beginning to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of passwords and log-on addresses that I have to 'remember' (write down in an address book) just to do my job and keep track of my personal life.
I actually referred back during the past two years to the 23-1/2 Things posts. The tools that I used during those sessions rock. I have used many of those tools and websites in my classroom. I like my original avatar, so I want to keep her and her dog. I hope this Tool session will be as informative and useful as 23-1/2 Things. Here goes......