Saturday, April 17, 2010

Doodad 23

WOW! I did it. I never thought it would happen.
I was pretty vocal about my feeling about 23 Things at the beginning. I was not into it. Way too much reading and writing for me. I want to do, create, experiment, play, not just read and write, and that is what I thought it was going to be. However, once I got into it, I realized it was so much more than that. These Things will allow me, and have allowed me to do, create, experiment, and play. I have enjoyed this process and would definitely participate again.
My journey turned around when I was given the link to a NING. I decided to take a look and realized that there were some pretty good ideas on this NING, and probably on others. Once I started working with MASHUPS I realized it was going to begin to be something I like to do. Then I discovered Mixbook and Wordly. Those were fun and I was able to see the value of these tools in my classroom. I found Voicethread to be very useful and I am excited to use this in many different aspects of my professional life both with the children and on different committees in which I am a member.
As I stated earlier, I would definitely do this again. I have enjoyed the journey and thank everyone who made it possible.

Doodad 22

Click on this link to see my drawing from

I am not sure this is useful since I have a tablet, but it does allow me to draw while I am on the web without converting it to something that allows me to use my pen.

I also played with Storyjumper. I like this one and can see many uses for this with my students. This Web 2.0 tool is somewhat like the others we experimented with because it allows you to take information and present it. I like that the children can create this on their own. I am presently thinking of ways they can use this in science to create a story book about the Ocean animal they choose to investigate their science project. I need to figure out how I can put all the objects I want them to learn in this unit into a lesson that allows them to create a story. I usually have them create a web, but I am going to work on this one. This could be real fun and very informative.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Doodad 21

I tweeted last year when my class went to Chicago. It was an experience. I did enjoy it and would do it again. I was not sure if I should sign up with a new account or try to remember my account from last year. I did receive followers for a long time, even though I was not Tweeting. I would get emails telling me that a new person was following me. I had no ideas who these people were.

OK so I did reregister with my ashmichicago Twitter account. The only thing is that is says 09. How do I change that?

I will let you know more at the end of the week.

Doodad 20

This Powerpoint is too cute. I found it in the Education section. I like the use of student work in this Powerpoint. This is the type of presentation I like to create, one that are student generated and created.

This one is appropriate for our 23 THINGS.

I can definitely see where I might use this when I create a Powerpoint that helps children learn a concept and then put that onto the web for them to refer to later.

Also, to show off student work. I would have loved to have this years ago when I used to create the Stations of the Cross in a Powerpoint and it was so difficult to put it up on the web.

Doodad 19

I enjoyed trying the different Podcast sites. I did not like the layout of some of them. I liked the best. It had a section for Education. I listened to the most adorable readings of children's books by young children. They were reading story books that other children could listen to and read along if they choose. Many of the stories were books I read to my children. Good Night Moon is just one I recongnized. The name of the Podcast site was - Bedtime Stories for Kids
This gave me a great idea for those reluctant readers or even children who comprehend better when they listen to someone else reading. Children of their own grade level could record pages, chapters, even whole books, kind of like books on tape.
I have participated in a Podcast, when Cam and I gave a parent coffee about math facts. That was the first of what I think we should be doing more often. I think we should be creating an library of these for parents to refer. They can be on all sorts of topics that help parents raise their children.
There was a Podcast that gave daily prayers and scripture readings done in a very calm voice. I could get into that everyday. But I need to find time to listen to those. :)
Lots of possibilities for Podcasts.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Doodad 18

I tried the first posting (EASY) and was able to do that without any problem.
I was able to register with Wikipedia, and I got into the editing section of the Sacred Heart site, but I did not make any additions. I was afraid that I would make a mistake or add something that was not correct, so I thought I best leave it alone.
The information window that is on the right hand side of the page is overwhelming when you try to edit that. YIKES. I had no ideas what I was doing.
I did not try to edit a different Wikipedia site.

Doodad 17

I see a lot of possibilities for Wikis. The educational Wikis were reader friendly. They showed you exactly what you thought you would see. The ones that were not educational had all sorts of other stuff attached: advertisement, gadgets, etc. I did not spend much time looking at them. They did not interest me.

I see many possibilities for a Wiki. I have always enjoyed creating my own website, so I can think of many ideas.
There was one that a group of 4th graders did on the book Tuck Everlasting and I know we could do something like that with our students in all different subjects. Again, this might be something we could collaborate on with our pen pals in Chicago. Any other ideas?