Monday, July 26, 2010

Week 9

I really did not have a least favorite thing. I enjoyed learning about them all. My only frustration was I wanted to know everything, which lead to spending too much time on one thing. Learning how to navigate some of the sights was challenging. I also still have trouble knowing how to import things and knowing the best way to do it. I know the only way to get better is to keep exploring and using the tools.

This journey has once again opened my eyes to the fast moving pace of technology and if I don’t at least try to keep up I will be LEFT BEHIND! Especially as a teacher/librarian it is imperative to keep up with technology to be able to teach, reach and keep up with this generation of children. So as teachers we must always keep exploring and learning. That is the best example we can demonstrate to our students. We don’t have to know it all we just need to be willing to learn and I feel that the students will be glad to help us. Wow! Isn’t that what we ask from them, it is a two way street isn’t it?

I am taking it all with me I have booked marked all of the sites. I like to keep a bank of resources so I can share them with others especially my teachers, students, and parents. I feel that is one of my responsibilities as an information specialist. It always makes me look good if I share tools with others particularly when they like it, helps with job security! My favorite take-a-way was the Google Lit Trips, I thought that was so cool. I can’t wait to use it and to share it with the social studies teachers I think they will just love it!

I hope to use my blog more as part of my instruction. I like my alien and want to use him to jump-start some lessons. I have always wanted to have centers for the different information resources such at atlas, dictionary, encyclopedia, and almanac. Since there are versions and different activities of all of these on line I’m thinking and adventure with each resource similar to the one we just completed. What do you think?

This experience in one word: VITAL
This experience in a sentence: The heartbeat of this generation is the 2.0 tools; therefore it is VITAL to maintain knowledge of them to stay connected.

I loved this online class and thought it was well organized and expectations were stated clearly. I always received help when I needed it and never felt dumb for asking. Michelle knew her stuff or always had the answer to my questions. I enjoyed doing it on my time and being able to decide how to manage that time. It was great to do it whenever you wanted to, I could work in the wee hours of the morning if I wanted to, and did. In a classroom setting that is not available you must go with the flow of the class. I would like to see more of these offered! LOVED IT!

1 comment:

  1. I agree that it is vital for us to maintain at least a knowledge of what is out there and available to our students. We do not have to be the experts but agreeing to be a learner with them is wonderful. I appreciate all your kind words. I loved helping everyone. Technology has always been something I feel strongly about and I am glad that we have been able to go outside the realm of a classroom to learn them. Sometimes trial and error is the best way to learn. Besides when you are in the trenches trying to use these tools in your classroom no one will be there to help you, so you just have to dive in and give it a shot.