Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I Love My Boys!
Podcasts and Videocasts: I really enjoyed using Photostory to create my first videocast of my two sons. The first thing I learned about this "Thing" is that it is a Windows application, so I couldn't use my MacBook Pro laptop to create my videocast. Luckily for me, I also have a Dell PC at home! Garage Band and iMovie are available on my laptop, and I would like to play with these Apple applications so that I can create more videocasts. I tried to download a song from my iTunes music library to add background music, but I had some difficulty opening up the song I wanted to use. Instead, I created a song using the prerecorded music available on Photostory.
Even though I really like this application, I am having some issues processing my videocast onto my blog. After waiting for almost five hours and reading "processing video" on the computer screen, I have given up and published this post so that I can finish my 23 Things! I really wanted to show off my two sons to my blog followers! ARG!
Nevertheless, I want to use Photostory to create book trailers for the novels I teach to my students and add my voice for narration. My school librarian used MovieMaker to create a videocast of the library to use during her library orientation. This videocast introduces the students to the library staff and shows the locations of the different book genres. It also explains the library procedures and guidelines to the students as well. When I become a librarian, I would like to use this idea as well so that I can show the students and staff that the library is a welcoming place for everyone.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Gotta Keep Reading!
YouTube and TeacherTube are two popular website resources that people view for entertainment and educational reasons. My sons love watching their favorite comedians, singers, and TV shows on YouTube, and I enjoy searching for different videos on TeacherTube. I have also enjoyed watching the videos posted on Library2Play to help me better understand the new Web 2.0 applications. Unfortunately, YouTube is blocked by my school district's server, but I have heard there are ways to convert these videos so that you can show them at school, thanks to Zamzar. I have seen this inspirational video created by the Ocoee Middle School student body and staff in Ocoee, Florida, and I thought it would be the perfect video to share with my classmates and students. If you are a Black Eyed Peas fan, you will love it! Don't grab the popcorn--Grab a book and read!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wikipedia is the largest and most popular Wiki used by others. I know that this is going to sound dumb, but I always thought that Wikipedia was just another encyclopedia resource until now! Since Wikis allow more users to post their ideas without having a webmaster verify their work, I now understand why some teachers frown upon their students using Wikipedia as a resource when assigning research projects.
Librarians can use Wikis to post book reviews and allow others to post their reviews as well. In order for this idea to be effective, there would have to be guidelines established so that others do not use inappropriate language and remain professional when posting their thoughts online. Using a Wiki in this fashion would be another way to advocate the library program at school!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
There also seems to be a debate among computer programmers regarding who should be able to tag. Some people believe that users should be able to create their own tags, but others think that the publishers should be the ones to tag their work. I would rather be the one to tag what interests me. The only exception would be on Flickr. If it wasn't for the tags, I could lose track of time looking at all of the wonderful photography people have posted on that website!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Online Image Generator: I enjoyed working on this "Thing!" Wordle and Glogster are popular online image generators with my students. My older son gave me some pointers on how to make the words in various sizes and using different layouts and colors while I was playing on Wordle. Students like to use Wordle for their vocabulary homework assignments by including the vocabulary word, definition, synonyms, antonyms, and situations in which one would use the vocabulary word. Glogster can be used for a variety of assignments: vocabulary reviews, chapter reviews, and book reviews. I thought the Comic Strip Generator was pretty cool. I tried to save my Captain Jack Sparrow comic strip, but somehow I ended up saving the entire page instead of the comic strip image. Go figure. (I am using a MacBook Pro without a mouse, so I couldn't right click on the image to save it.) Comic Strip Generator can be used by students to post vocabulary words in context or post favorite character quotes. The one I will share with you is my trading card that I created on Trading Card Maker. Students, teachers, and librarians can create trading cards to introduce themselves at the beginning of a new school year. It can also be used for character analysis or chapter summaries for a novel unit. I created a trading card of my two labs. Check it out!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
I can use RRS and Google Reader to help me keep up with the latest book reviews and current events without the hassle of opening up numerous websites or using a search engine. I think of it as an updated version of Bookmarks!
I wish I would have discovered the Google Scholar application earlier when I was working on my professional reference list for Dr. Claes's class earlier this month! However, I did find some interesting articles to help me with my final group presentation for Dr. Bishop's class :-) I also explored Google Advanced Search and found a really good powerpoint that I can use in my upcoming novel unit in my academic reading classes, Where the Red Fern Grows. All of these Google applications are wonderful tools to help students locate various resources to help them with their studies.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
DISTRICT CHAMPS 2010!
Astros Box Seats--An once in a lifetime experience!
Mashups & 3rd Party sites: I have heard of mashups before, but now I have a better understanding what this term means. I really enjoyed exploring all of the different things you can do with your pictures using the Big Huge Labs application. Students can use this application as an alternative way to give a book report. I can use the motivator application to create posters using different school related pictures and displaying them around the library. I also enjoyed playing with the FD Toys' Trading Card Maker. This application would be a great way for students to write a character analysis from a novel we are currently studying in class.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This photo by Andrew reminds me of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
Flickr: I have heard of this website before, but I never explored it until now. It's amazing the vast amount of photos that are posted here! I spend close to an hour last night looking at all of the photography. I also found it interesting the different types of copyright rules posted on this site. I can see how students would enjoy using Flickr in their school projects. One of the novels that I teach is The Giver by Lois Lowry, and I could post black and white photos on Flickr as part of a class project or have the students take different black and white pictures and post them. The only thing that is keeping me from doing this is that this website is blocked by my school district's firewall!