Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thing #23 - Beginning of the Road

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
I liked the cool new web tools and toys I found along the way. I am continually amazed at was is new and fresh on the internet.

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
It definitely fits in with my goals for lifelong learning. I know I will continue to seek out other avenues of learning as long as I breath. I plan to use what I learned about blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc. to incorporate them into my classroom and other areas of my life.

Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I'm not sure... I learned a lot, but I EXPECTED to do so.

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
Again, I'm not sure. I really enjoyed this experience. I esp. enjoyed the convenience and the format of it.

If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
Yes, I would love to! I'd REALLY REALLY like to see blogs & wikis used for CORE CURRICULUM training and discovery. Sometimes, the in-person meetings are VERY boring, inconvenient, or not all that great. It'd be nice to see things done using a fresh-new venue.

How would you describe your learning experience in ONE WORD or in ONE SENTENCE, so we could use your words to promote 23 Things learning activities?
The 23 Things Learning Activity was fresh, interactive, and FUN! Definitely worth the time.

Thing #22 - Nings

Okay. I love searching for education blogs. I actually starting reading various teacher blogs about 24 mos. ago. I was excited about TeacherLingo, but was disappointed w/ what I found there. I was looking for more middle/high school math teacher blogs. I like to engage in discussions on what kids lack, what works great,and NEW IDEAS!!! Some blogs are nothing but gripe sessions. I guess I will keep searching for great blogs to bookmark so I can get new ideas and share in good discussions.

I'm always wanting to know what/how other math teachers are doing what they are doing. I want to know more/do more in an effort to make my kids successes greater and my teaching "easier" if you will. Teaching is NOT easy, but effective teaching can make it FEEL easy.

Thing #21 - Podcast (updated)

Okay. Now I've finished my podcast. I LOVE THIS!!! I can see so many uses for podcasts and blogs in the classroom. In the previous posting I was trying to post my "draft" podcast. I don't think it worked. I made this one about one of our CESIT classes. It was very EASY to do and actually a lot of fun. I could get addicted to photostory. I'd really like for each CESIT class that is taught often to have it's own podcast or perhaps just a compilation podcast of all CESIT classes available at our school. I'd also like to do a general one for my core subject I teach then branch into videos of lessons. That would be great if we had document cameras.

See post #24 for video

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Thing #20 - Videos in the Classroom.

I do love TeacherTube. I like the idea of recording the lesson as shown in the video below for the classroom website (or blog or wiki) and also as another resource for students who are absent or homebound. You don't have to post EVERY lesson, just the main important ones. I've seen other posting about Blinx ? I went and checked it out and there are some cool Algebra 1 videos. I used some videos last year from UnitedStreaming. The kids really like them. I guess if I don't find one on the topic I need, I could just create one! OOOO that is very very scary.

Thing #19 - Web 2.0 Awards

Hmmmm... so many "toys"... so little time. I like the Sudoku puzzle on Arcaplay. I'm addicted to that game!

I also like the idea of Desktoptwo. What a neat way to add more functionality to the virtual office.

I'm also interested in Wetpaint. I love the whole Wiki thing, so I'm all about researching that. That will definitely be something I look into more.