Sunday, July 27, 2008

Thing #23 summary

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? I really liked learning about flickr, google tools, and I had no idea there were so many tools out there for free! Love it!
How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? I am pumped beyond belief. I can't wait to get to school and try them all out. I am a bit apprehensive about my IT person and the district's stance on some of the Web2.0 features or tools.
Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? I am still amazed that my brain can take it all in on top of all the other junk in it. I am also amazed at the number of librarians participating. That is wonderful because there is a small band of progressive librarians but it is getting bigger and bigger. I am renewed and inspired to make the library an active learning environment. (and hope others are, too)
What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? Some of the exercises put too much on my computer with the downloads, tags, toolbars, etc. I am going to leave most on but others I will remove. It would be great to have had this opportunity during the school year so I could have been in school to practice each "thing" as it was introduced. I hope I don't forget too much.
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?Absolutely!
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? It is the BEST staff development I have EVER gotten! Every single "thing" can be utilized in my professional day and career as a teaching librarian.
Now go and comment on some of the other Players' blogs?
Been there, done that but will continue to do so... Thanks a million!

Thing #22 Nings

Just one more thing for me to read online--my eyes are going to pop because of course, I'll want to stay up to date on what everyone's doing. Love the idea of Nings since it is specific to your interests and not just another MySpace or Facebook. I can see it helping librarians of the world to stay in touch about certain issues. Interesting to read the comments of the big ning of librarians then the Texas Librarian Ning. I read some of the same folks on tlc or lm_net so now I can put a face with the voice. Cool beans.
I might use a ning for "private" if there is really anything private anymore for my old friends or buddies who all know each other to stay in touch rather than just an email sent to all. I think it would also be cool to have a district or school ning to get to know other librarians on the other campuses and for the teachers to know each other better. My school is fairly large and not everyone knows each other. Not being too creative--to be honest I need to finish all my things before I leave on vacation so on to the LAST one...yippee

Thing 21 podcasts and audicity

I have used photostory lots and lots with kids of all ages. We do podcasts at school, too, to promote upcoming events, books, all sorts of goings-on. I couldn't do one from home since I don't have a microphone on hand--bummer. We have quite a few in the library so I'm ok with using them with photostory and podcasts. Audicity is another thing. I need to get up to speed with that particular program and have seen it used by other librarians I know in different districts.
I made a photostory for this "21st thing" but will add sound to it when I return to school. It is on Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux, our One Book, One School choice for this fall. I am pleased with it so far and can't wait to add voice. I might get one of my nieces to do it for me so it is more childlike--like the book. In fact, we may both do it with the "Dear Reader"... I'm thinking...

Thing #20 You Tube and Teacher Tube

Love them both! Easy to add to blog...
Great videos found at both sites with wide range of topics and quality. Some are really, really awful while others are awesome and perfect for using in an educational setting. From one video you can go to others but it gets off-topic fairly fast.

great clip from Ferris

Let's shake it up!