Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tool #3

I had so much fun playing around and creating things. The one that I really wanted to use, Wordle, wouldn't let me create or save. It could be that I wasn't at my house with my Internet, not sure. I can see that the kids would love creating using these applications for project, book reports, etc. Take a look at what I created. The first one is using the Image Chef and the second using the Kid Friendly Image Generators. We leave for Hawaii tomorrow morning! We are so excited!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tool #2

I think building an on line educational community and participating in a PLN is fabulous. You will be making connections with others, sharing and receiving ideas and information with others with similar interests.

A couple of points that stood out to me about commenting were to write meaningful comments and not to be afraid. I am a lurker of blogs. I love viewing and reading what others have shared but comment rarely. I can see how making a comment can promote conversations amongst others and get wheels turning. When I do comment it's usually short and sweet, so I will be working on this as I move through this process.

Here are the blogs I am following as of right now. I am sure this list will grow.

2nd Grade Blogger
Tales of a Fifth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Green's Blog Spot
11 Tools Training LJ
Teachin in Flip Flops

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tool #1

I was very apprehensive about this assignment. And kept putting it off. I am not very technological and always rely on my team members to help me or coach me. On Monday during a break at my training other teachers from my school showed me what they had done and I got excited! I have two personal blogs and I was thinking I can at least get the first tools completed.

Well, I went to blogger to pick my template and they had changed their templates and were not as friendly to my cute background that I wanted. So that took a lot of time trying to figure that out, more time than I wanted to spend but I got it done.

Next, was the avatar and that was frustrating because I signed up and waited and waited for them to send me an email to confirm my registration and it never arrived. I went ahead and created one and was able to save it. I wished they had more choices to choose from.

I look forward to moving through the other tools to learn more and play around with the technology out there. I think the students will have a blast creating avatars. I am not too sure about blogging. I think blogging with just invited people may be OK because I wouldn't want to put my students at risk. The world can be a scary place and any lurker can be reading our blog. Just my thoughts.

That's all for now!