Wednesday, June 30, 2010
One of the best tools I found when I was looking at blogs came from http://janeknight.typepad.com/pick/. I love Wordle.net and so when I found http://www.tagxedo.com/ I fell in love. It is basically Wordle but it puts the word in to a picture for you, such as an apple, heart, etc. You can even upload the picture you want the words in the form of. I cannot wait to share this with my students and staff!!!
Now applying this technology in the school would be great when all teachers need to follow a blog. And with so many useful blogs, it is a great tool to keep up with them. Another thing is once you find something of interest, you can share it with your fellow staff members!
As a librarian, I am loving the Google Reader because it is helping me keep up with all of the authors that I like to read!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I also set up a calendar for me and my husband and I tried sharing it with him, but the problem with that is that he does not have a gmail account.
I have also been playing with the different Google Docs applications. I really enjoy using them, but with some of it I need to practice with the tools.
I do know that for the Calendar would work well for scheduling things in the library. I also think that it could be used for when a teacher is working with students on a project. A calendar could be set up and viewed by students with specific notes on what to do and the time line. My students already use Google Docs in English. The teacher can do in and edit their work. I believe it works really well for what they want.
The other interactive tool I have used is Google Maps. When teaching Night, I went on Google Maps to show them the journal he took. Google Maps had it already mapped out with pictures to go with it. It was a great visual to show my student!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
One thing I love about the library is books like this...the old, beautifully bound copies. My grandmother had a ton of these, and I loved to just look at them. By bringing in pictures of old books, the students can get a taste of the history.
Using Flickr is very easy and straightforward. I had heard about it, but never put it into action. There are some very talented photographers out there. I would never have seen the Creative Commons Site if not directed to it. I am excited to start working with Flickr!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I have not had a change to comment on anyone else's blog as of yet, but I look forward to that aspect of this process .
Teaching these habits to the students not only will teach them life long learning now, it will teaching then good "habits" to get into for life!