Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thing #6

Good grief, can someone PLEASE help me with this "adding an image" problem! It didn't look like this in my preview!

Thing #6 Mash ups and 3rd Party Sites

I spent a long time exploring Mash ups and 3rd Party sites. I have to admit, I am still a little confused about API's and Apps. I had some problems with Huge Labs accepting my membership. After signing up and trying to create a mosaic of my wedding day, I kept getting kicked off. When I tried to sign in again, it wouldn't take my password. When I had my password sent to my email, (it was a new one) it wouldn't work either. I finally had to re-sign up under a different email address. I looked at several web apps but couldn't navigate very easily to try any of them. I really enjoyed Bookr. As a librarian, I could see using this at all grade levels. I created a Kindergarten book that students could easily create after our field trip to the zoo. Here is the link but I'm not sure if it works. Zoo Animals by Mrs. De Luna

I also tried jigsaw and created this puzzle of my daughter Lindsey. And of course I had to make a trading card of my trip to New York. It would be fun to do one for each place I visit over the years. Overall I would say this was a great learning experience but I still have a lot to learn!

Also, can anyone tell me how I put these images embedded in the middle of my print instead of at the top?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thing #5 Explore Flickr

This week we are learning about adjectives in my Kindergarten class. I'm excited to search Flickr for pictures the students can describe using adjectives. I found this picture by using the descriptor "old lady". I'm interested to see what adjectives my students use to describe her.
I also really enjoyed reading about "tagography" case studies. My favorite was "pickleproject". I can't believe people actually come up with these crazy things! I love this resource and can't wait to share it with my Kindergarten teammates.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thing #3 Setting up Blog and Avatar

What an experience! Before this course, I didn't even know what a blog was and thought an avatar was blue. I did encounter some problems with Google giving me error messages and I must admit I became frustrated at times. But I stuck with the process and I can't tell you what a sense of accomplishment I feel. It's a rush! I wonder, can I use my avatar as my facebook profile picture. Anyone know? I can't wait to read other blogs and comment. Hmmmm, how do you do that?

Thing #2: 7 1/2 habits for lifelong learning

In order to be a lifelong learner, I believe you have to be open to learning from anyone in any situation. I think learning requires a positive attitude even in uncomfortable situations. I enjoyed reading the 7 1/2 Habits and recognized myself in all of them. I think the easiest habit for me to follow is #2 Accepting responsibility for your own learning. When I'm passionate about gaining knowledge in something, I throw myself into the learning process with gusto and love every minute. My weakest habit is #6 Using technology to your advantage. My main obstacles to developing this habit are lack of knowledge and time. I'm looking forward to all the knowledge and applications I will be learning in this course!