Friday, September 12, 2008

Thing 23

  • Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? It's that awareness of the more you learn, the more you realize how much you don't know. Also, there's no real scope and sequence to learning Web2.0 applications, so it's easy to have "gaps" in knowledge.
  • If we offered a 23 More Things On a Stick program like this in the future would you participate? Definitely! There's still so much to learn. I would also add a very fun Web2.0 site called, "Eyejot." It allows you to send a 60 second video via email-and it's free. "VoiceThread" is another amazing site that enables students to build beautiful digital stories easily and quickly. It can also be used by teachers to build tutorials so students can catch-up on missed instruction.
  • How would you describe your learning experience in one word or in one sentence, so we could use your words to promote 23 Things On a Stick learning activities to others? There's so much out there in the Web2.0 world-this program gave me an opportunity to jump in and experience some of the best applications available.

Thing 22

Keep Learning:
  • Blog about how you plan to keep up with the Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 tools: Our media staff has joined forces with our staff development group and will offer a full year of technology/Web 2.0 classes. There's nothing like teaching these applications to learn them and embrace them!
  • Recommend a way to keep up that you have found useful: I put Blue Skunk Blog on my Google page, it's also in my Vienna aggregator. I'm bookmarking with which is helping me stay organized. I'm totally addicted to Stumble! Most of all, I need to take some time now to organize everything I've learned. I especially want to be in touch with other libraries and see what they're doing with Web 2.0.

Thing 21

Beyond MySpace:
  • Are you a member of any online communities? Gather, Ning, Web Junction
  • Are any of these social networks appealing to you? 23 Things Ning because I'm associated with this group and it doesn't seem so public, and MN Reader because discussing books is a joy, MN Life sound interesting but I have to investigate it further, Library 2.0 group seems very helpful and was easy to navigate. TeacherLibrarianNing was not initially appealing because the first link I tried wanted me to respond before giving me background.
  • What did you find that was interesting and that you might use later? WebJunction because of the technology support and sharing. Actually, all of these online communitites have tremendous potential. I just have to get used to the large audience, it's a little daunting at first.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Thing 20

So, I made a Facebook account. It's quite amazing. I joined the groups suggested on Thing 20 and looked at about 5 "how to" videos. I also wrote on my "wall" and became a "fan" of Banned Book Week. I'm not sure about how much I'll use Facebook in the future. I'm trying to get past the notion that it's a young person's vehicle for showing off embarrassing party photos. My plan is to visit my professional groups on a regular basis to see Facebook used in an entirely different capacity. Perhaps it will help me find my place in this Web 2.0 phenomenon.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thing 19

I can't believe this worked! I used Spring Widgets to download this Podcast. It's called "This American Life" on NPR and I listen to it on Saturdays. It's such compelling storytelling that if I'm in the car I'll be late for wherever I'm headed!

Visit the Widget Gallery

Thing 18

It was so easy to embed this YouTube video. I think Blogger has all the kinks worked out! I'm not sure what videos I would put on a library web page, but the fact that I could opens many possibilities, like author interviews, tutorials, etc. The media staff at my high school will definitely discuss our options!
"Women in Films" is intriguing to watch-enjoy!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Thing 17

The ELM Portal is an exceptional resource. One thing that I tried is creating a search request in ProQuest. I asked it to send me any articles on big screen televisions as this is an imminent purchase in our home. So, periodically, ProQuest sends me an update on my search request. It hasn't found any articles so far, but it is so great to know that the search continues without my time and attention. Pretty amazing, I'd say.