Wednesday, June 9, 2010
What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? My favorite discovery was the Rollyo simply because it was the one tool I had honestly never even heard of before!
How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? This program has made me actually put my hands on technologies I hadn't experimented before, and it made me think about real-world applicability of the different tools. By discovering how I could actually use the resources discussed, it made me take ownership of these tools and I feel confident I'll use them moving ahead.
Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
The amount of Web 2.0 tools out there surprised me. Looking at the list of Award Winners was inspiring...albeit a bit overwhelming!
What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? I really felt it was easily accessible as was. I know this program has been done a few times now, so I was unable to find any glitches aside from a couple broken links.
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
Most definitely! I loved the learn at your own pace style and the fact that I was invited to actually play around with the tools!
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? An adventure in Web 2.0 tools that allows you to play while you learn!
Now go and comment on some of the other Players' blogs? Yes, I will!
My two favorites: my son and my daughter!
PhotoStory is fun, easy, and extremely applicable to the library setting. From making booktrailers, to presenting research, to creating music videos, the kids will have a blast using this resource...and so will I!
Below is a booktrailer I found for the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
I chose to explore the DonorsChoose website. This website is philanthropic in nature and allows you to post projects (similar to grants) where you explain what you'd like for your classroom, library, or other educational venue. Then you create a shopping cart so to speak filled with the materials. You can leave your project up for 5 months at a time. Donors then search and choose which projects to donate to. If you're lucky, your project is funded and you receive the requested items. You then provide thank you letters from yourself and students as well as pictures of the students using the materials you received. You don't pay anything for this service! It just takes a little bit of time! What a great way to get some much needed materials into the library! You could write grants for book club books, to bulk up a smaller section of the library, to receive decorating supplies to enhance the look and feel of the library, to get equipment in the library which the library budget can't cover. There are endless possibilities! Incredible! And highly useful as you aren't just applying for a single grant from a single organization, but you're putting your project out there for a multitude of people to review and choose whether they wish to fund it or not.
I created a searchroll for young adult series and authors. I often get questions in the library about what the next book in a series is or who the author of a series is or when the next book is coming out, so this makes it very easy for me to do a quick search!