Thursday, July 30, 2009
1. I can't just pick one or two of the discoveries as my favorite! The discoveries that I liked the most were: Photo Story, Lulu (Aspiring Authors), all the Google products, Rollyo, LibraryThing, and Flickr Creative Commons. I definitely plan on continuing to use thse programs as well as a few of the others.
2. One of my life-long learning goals is to always accept responsibility for my own learning. With a program like "23 Things," I am able to learn on my own at my own pace. I was able to really focus on the products that would be most useful to me while still learning about all kinds of 2.0 programs.
3. I think I am most surprised about how much I enjoyed writing this blog. I've thought about starting a blog before, but just never did. I hope that I can transfer this enjoyment from this blog into one that I could create for my library or even personal life.
4. I didn't have any trouble with this program. I would not change anything!
5. I would probably choose to participate in another program like this, once I finish graduate school. I'm glad that this was an assignment for class because I am not sure if I would have participated on my own at this time. Once those last few classes are finished, I could see myself doing something like this again.
6. My one word to sum up "23 Things" - WORTHWHILE.
Since it is a great place for librarians to get together to share and network, maybe students could use one for a class also. Maybe students from other schools could join. Students already are familiar with social networking sites, so I think they would really enjoy sharing ideas and projects for their class in this manner.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This is a YouTube Video promoting the NYC library, but also libraries in general.
This is a TeacherTube video where students created a video of their research on a Native American tribe. What a fun product to create from research!
Having access to video sources is valuable because it increases the students' interest in the material they are learning. It is also valuable because it begins to eliminate the need for purchasing and storing videos, DVDs, etc.
I thought Lulu was a really fabulous site for all the services they offer. For an elementary school librarian, I especially liked the Aspiring Authors page. Students in grades K-8 can publish their own book and get a free copy of it. Then the school can sale more and make a percentage of the sales for a fundraiser. What a fabulous idea for a collaborative project with the librarian and a class or grade level!
Using Rollyo was super easy. I can see this being beneficial when doing research with students, but I could also see using it with teachers or other librarians to create a list of searchable sites for different content areas.