Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Thing # 9

I found the Google tool to be the most beneficial. It was easy to use and I was able to find lots of useful information. I went to Topix.net and it took me straight to a page with Houston information. It would have bits and pieces of useful information. The discussion section was full of disgusting remarks. Technorati continues to be my least favorite. I think maybe I just do not fully understand how to work it.

Thing #23

I thoroughly enjoyed most of the things I worked on. I have learned how to use so many new tools that are going to benefit me and my students. I am also very glad I have the 2.0 tools awards list so that I can continue to learn about and use other tools. I know if I had not had to do this project I would not have ever learned to use many of these tools.

Thing #22

Nings was not my favorite thing. I did not actually find much useful information out of it. On the teacher ning I found a blog I thought would interest me but when I clicked on it there was nothing more than a title. One thing I could see myself using the ning for was to get new ideas. The teacher ning had a tab for lesson plans. I always enjoy reading other teachers lesson plans and finding a way I can make them work in my classroom. It helps me to keep new and creative ideas and learning experiences going in my class.

Thing #21

I can see many reason to use this in the classroom. It was so easy to create this video. This would be a great way to introduce a concept to student. It does not take up much time and it is something that would be entertaining. I could see using this if you knew in advance you were going to have a substitute. If there was a concept you really wanted to be able to teach you could record it and have the substitute play it.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Thing # 20

Teacher Tube is a tool I have not used before. I can see many benefits of this program. Students learn in so many ways it is always great to have as many different learning experiences as possible. There are times that no matter how many ways I explain something I may have a student that still does not understand. This allows the students to hear explanations from other teachers as well. Students need to be entertained just teaching the students does not seem to be enough anymore. Video clips are always a great way for students to learn while being entertained. My students love to watch clips on United Streaming so I know they will enjoy this as well. This is a tool I will use this year.

Thing # 19

Now I am starting to sound redundant because every post is starting with "This is great." Once again this is a great tool. There are so many 2.0 tools to use and even though 23 things has introduced us to many there are so many more. This tool is a great way to find tools you may not have known about. I like the way it is broken into categories. I also like how specific the categories are. Then in each categories it gives you so many different choices. I like that is does not only give you 1 or 2 choices. This way you have a few and can find the one that works best for you. People have so many different preferences 1 or 2 choices would not have been enough. This is something that is also laid out simple enough students could easily use it.

Things # 18

Googledocs is something I have had a lot of experience with in this course. I find it to be very helpful. My group used it for our final. We were able to break up parts and all work on the powerpoint at the same time. THe great thing is that as we each worked on it the changes were saved on each of our computer. This saves you from having to email the work and copy and paste it all onto one document. There is only one document. You can also track what is being done and you can work from anywhere. This tool can make group work so much easier to do. This takes a lot of the hassle out of group work. There are definately kinks that need to be worked out, but it is something I will continue to use.