Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thing #5

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!

Thing #4

My blog is officially registered on Library2Play, and I have 5 followers! Woohoo! May the force be with me!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thing #3

Set Up a Blog and Make an Avatar--I am probably one of the last ones in the class to create my blog! I asked some of my friends to help me brainstorm some clever titles for my blog, and they did a great job! I love "Metaphors Be With You!" I love the connection to my specialty, language arts, and Star Wars! I thought I would have trouble creating my avatar, but it was actually pretty easy, thanks to the user friendly directions provided on the Library2Play and Yahoo websites. I tried to make my avatar look like Princess Leia! Now I'm ready to register my blog and tackle the next "Thing" on the list!

Thing #2

7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners-After reviewing the list, I agree that everyone is given an opportunity to learn, but it's a choice to become a lifelong learner. If one wants to be successful in life,whether it's for professional or personal reasons, then one needs to be willing to listen and adapt to new ideas and concepts. Habit #2 seems to be the easiest one for me. LIfelong learners needs to accept responsibility for one's own learning. I believe that I have to be an active participant in my learning. It's easier for me to learn something new when I'm involved in the action. I cannot just sit back and watch someone else do it. The hardest habit for me is #6, using technology to my advantage. I am willing to learn to learn new technology, but it seems that there is so much out there nowadays and it becomes overwhelming to keep up with the latest technology trends. I know this technology class will help me strengthen this habit!