BabyStepsTech

This is my journey into the web 2.0...doing 23 things online. Reasons why? Both personal and professional. It's not only a personal goal to overcome a 'fear' of what I don't know, but as an educator it's essential to be able to use technology as a teaching tool. We will see how it goes...







Sunday, August 8, 2010

The End of the Program

I went back to read my first post and it described exactly how I felt at the time.  A week later at the end of the course, I find myself so amazed at how much I have learned!  I plan to take what I learned and slowly implement things throughout the year.  As I do I will document it on this blog as a reference for myself and in the hopes of continuing in the spirit of learning the Web 2.0.  Thanks to Library2Play!

Thing #23 Final Summary

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
I'm not just saying this, but really every 'thing' I learned was new, fun and exciting to think about how I could use in education.  For example, Flikr, Delicious, blogs, Google reader, 3rd party site...really everything!  



How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
This program has immersed me into the Web 2.0 and by doing this has changed the way I will teach.  A personal goal has been fulfillled by learning all that this course had to offer.  It pretty much brought me into a different era of using the internet.  Although, I still believe that there is such a thing as too much technology :) 

Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I didn't expect so many useful and fun tools out there.  This was very surprising to me.


What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
Great program!  Everything went smoothly. It was well planned. 


If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
Definitely!


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?
Amazingly easy.

Thing #22 Nings

Again..totally new to me.  So I checked out Teacher Lingo and will become a member...It's great to connect to other teachers who are passionate about their work with students and see what is working for them.  Of course there is also the social aspect of working in a demanding job.  I can read what is new, what I can work with and what I don't agree with.  I'm actually...maybe....thinking of making a teaching blog for myself to kind of track my own thoughts and reflections on my lessons.  It would be fun as I try out new technology, best practices, and lesson to have a time and place to be able to sort out what is working and what isn't...it would help in the reflection process of teaching.  It would also be a place to keep track of my ideas and not let them go away in idea heaven...instead put most into practice.  Sort of a personal C&I portal......Mmmmm....sounding more like something I would like to do.   

Thing #21 Photostory

video
Photostory: Wow...that was so easy!  This is so exciting to use for personal photos.  For school, it could be use for many different topics or as a review or culmination activity. 

These are nature pics I took this summer on a two week road trip...Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, Crossed Arizona to Las Vegas, up to Reno Nevada...Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, Pyramid Lake then last but not least San Franscisco, California.  The landscapes were incredible!

Thing #20 Teacher Tube

Math-Fraction Burger

First of all...never been on Teacher Tube before :( Like I said I read research based books in order to improve my teaching skills...They are on my bedside. But using it wisely, I know I will be able to find new ideas on here. It also searches blogs, photos, channerls...and this I did not know.

For example the video link above: I could show it to my students as an example of a child explaining a math concept. My students could make their own video on several topics that they learn! Then I could use their videos to show my other students within the school....again authentic reasons to do something motivates children (really any of us).

Thing #19: Web 2.0 Awards List

Lulu Self-Publishing:  For authentic teaching purposes, writing in order to really publish a book would the ultimate!  The cost could be covered with grants, the school, fundraiser....that can figured out.  A ten page book would be $4.70.  I would have to actually make one before to learn how.  What is special about this?  My goal is to instill the love of reading...this is the basic building block of all learning.  Even if it's not to read exactly, but what you can get out of reading.  To become the author of a book is an empowering act...including students into the community of readers, thinkers, writers.  So this is a project I will seriously see how it could work out.

I am considering this course as a year long course...coming back and spending more time learning each item...so I will be checking out more of these sites.

Thing #18 Open Office

A disadvantage of using Open Office is that our information is confidential and having it out in cyberspace somewhere is not something that I feel comfortable with.  I would not like to use it for work with information on students.  I would use it for lesson plans and teaching ideas.  But then why switch from Microsoft Office to Open Office?  I don't think I will be doing that for professional reasons.  I'll stick to our district servers. 

For students and their families this is great because it's free!