Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I really enjoyed learning about Flikr (although Photobucket seems to me to be easier to use), and Googledocs (there are several in there that I expect to use regularly). I knew a little about Wikis and now feel much more comfortable about using them. But my favorite was Podcasts - they intimidated me and I never even attempted them before, and now I see how silly that was and hope (if I can get our technology to cooperate) to make use of them for book talks at our school.
2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
It was like a super condensed college course - learned so many new things it made my head spin from everything roiling around in there. It made me feel good about myself and the time spent this summer learning new things, and I feel I will be a lot more interesting and au courant talking to my grandchildren and students. It has inspired me to become more technologically savvy and try to keep up with all the fast paced changes.
3. Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I must say the inclusion of Avatars surprised me - I thought they were for the gamer group of people and never really thought of them in any relationship to teaching or libraries.
4. What could be do differently to improve upon this program's format or concept?
Firstly, I think it is wonderful and don't have any criticism at all. As an older learner with less than the most up to date equipment, it was a little frustrating when things wouldn't load as they were supposed to and videos couldn't be viewed on your site - more troubleshooting help might be nice.
5. If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
In a New York minute!
6. 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?
It opened up a whole new world of learning possibilities and energized and excited me about the upcoming school year.
Addendum: Woo hoo!!!! Moved to the school secretary's computer (much better than mine) and got it to load!!! It doesn't have narration because I don't have a mike, and it isn't playing as clearly and sharply as it shows on the video program, but at least it is here!!!!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
I found this video, which is not really polished, but it gave me the idea of having a student make a "tour of the library" video to post on the school's website where they click on to our library section. Thought the visual done by a student would be better than what we might say.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I can see where this would be really handy for adults who do a lot of searching, and to set up previewed sites appropriate for students to use. At the elementary level, we spend a lot of time previewing sites so they will be ready for students to use when they come to the Media Lab to do research.