Thursday, January 31, 2008
I was reluctant at first to subscribe to the RSS feeds but now I find myself automatically looking for feeds as I search the web. I really like the way that Google Reader organizes the information that I want to see. I have already subscribed to too many feeds and spend too much time reading all the articles that I receive. But, I was able to direct my daughter to information on the web that was applicable to her college studies.
The most important thing that I learned from this course is that web tools are evolving at a rapid pace and with just a little bit of effort, anyone can learn how to use them.
After completing this course, I am more confident in my abilities as an Information Specialist/Librarian.
I also looked at the podcasts for learning Spanish. I don't think this is for me. The podcasts that I listened to gave information that could be accessed through a web page.I personnaly prefer reading to listening when possible.
I wanted to subscribe to the Discovery Channel podcasts. I updated my iTunes software and subscribed to the Discovery Channel and Science Channel podcasts. I used the search feature with the Google Reader and locate the SLJ feed for their podcasts. There are several podcasts about scary stories and poems. This should be a hit with the students and a good way to review books.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I chose this video for two reasons. It brought back memories of when my children were young and you can easily substitute other words or phrases for the word cookie and make it relevant. After the book fair, the younger students kept asking where I put all of that stuff and could they buy something. "No, you cannot buy erasers at the library anymore." I enjoy You Tube because you can always find something to make you laugh.
The instructional videos could be linked to the library web site. I found several good videos on how to make books, creative writing, and reading with your children. You could create wiki as a pathfinder for educational videos that promote parental envolvement.
I created an account with Gliffy and explored their flow chart tool. This looks like a good tool for creating presentations as well as a great collaboration tool. Students and teachers could use it for sequencing events in literature, science, social studies and even math.