Wednesday, August 5, 2009

23 Things: Thing #21

Podcasts & videocasts are a wonderful way to capture our students. They are much more apt to watch/listen then to read. I used Photostory, BUT the computer I had to use at home had no way to record my talking. My laptop crashed, and I cannot access blogs from the school district. I have created podcasts before, so I feel confident in creating them in the future. Anyway, here is a very short show featuring my youngest son.
Alex Trevino's 5th grade year

23 Things: Thing #23

First of all, I want to say thank you for allowing me to participate in this experience. I had seen many of these while earning my MLS, but I really needed the refresher course.

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
I really enjoyed them all, but I loved the mashups and learning about RSS feeds. I had been wondering how to get those to work, and now I am excited to be able to stay abreast of information.

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
It has paired beautifully with additional outside reading that I currently do. I want to stay on top of the trends to ensure that I am in the loop when my 11th & 12th graders ask questions. To do that, I must continue taking courses like this one.

3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
Not really- maybe just how much time is lost when you are having fun playing on the Internet. Allowed me to see why my kids spend so much time on the computer.

4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
Nothing that I can think of right now. It was a great program!

5. If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?

6. 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?
I can't wait for the next class. :)

23 Things: Thing #22

I am familiar with Nings, as I already belong to Teacher Librarian Ning and an alumni Ning associated with the university I attended for my MLS. I just joined the Texas School Librarian Ning. I think Nings hold great value for professional reasons. They are a great place to ask questions, find resources, and connect with other professionals who are doing what you do. With so much in common, it becomes a safe place to ask for help, which is not always easy to do on a professional level. The Nings I already belong to really helped me prepare for my first year as a librarian, and I know I can always go there for ideas.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

23 Things: Thing #20

Videos available on YouTube and TeacherTube can be utilized to support your lessons. Utilizing these methods for students to create products of learning would be a great way to get the students involved in the learning. It allows students to be more creative without the traditional pencil and paper boredom. As we move into the Web 2.0 world, we must be willing to use less traditional methods with our students, especially since they are already using these sources.

Monday, August 3, 2009

23 Things: Thing #19

Web 2.0 Awards
This was fun! I decided to plan a pretend vacation, so I went to, which was an honorable mention under travel in the SEOmoz's Web 2.0 awards list. I didn't even have to register to plan a trip. It takes you through a series of questions about where you want to go and what interests you when vacationing. It plans your itinerary, makes recommendations, lists things to do and free activities, provides helpful links and even offers shopping recommendations. You can print out a free trip guide with all the information. Unfortunately, I could not figure out how to link to the trip planner created for me, but you can save it in Gusto. It was pretty cool! Go forth and plan a trip- real or imaginary!! :) Below is a small sample of some of the information given to me on my free trip guide.

Balcony House
Market St and Trinity Place Nassau, New Providence Island Bahamas Opening Hours:10am-4:30pm, daily
Nassau's Oldest Standing Residence
One of the oldest structures in Nassau is the Balcony House, a 1788 wooden residence that has been restored to show what eighteenth century colonial life was like in the tropical paradise of the Bahamas. Using period antiques and objects that originally were in the house, it has been decorated as authentically and accurately to the original as possible. one of the most interesting owners of the house was a free black man named Stephen Dillet. He moved to Nassau from Haiti after the 1838 Bahamian emancipation. Originally the black population was supposed to reside beyond the hill outside of Nassau, but unbeknownst to him, he bought this house located near the waterfront in the forefront of Nassau. This encouraged the other black people living outside of Nassau to move in and affectively help jump-start the black presence in Nassau. Learn about the the unique architectural styles of Caribbean houses and the interesting stories of the people that lived here over the 200 years that Balcony House has stood in Nassau.
The kitchen is particularly interesting; it is the original slave galley.
If you like this attraction, you might also like these:
Nassau Public Library & MuseumShirley St
Pompey Museum of Slavery & EmancipationOn Bay and George St
St. Augustine's MonasteryBernard Rd
While you're in the neighborhood, visit:
The Dig at AtlantisCasino Dr
Nassau Botanic GardensChippingham Rd

Times and Dates
Open Hours:
10am-4:30pm, daily Visit
1hr-1.5hr Average Wait Time: 0-15min
Target TravelerRecommended Ages:
Pre-teen (9-12yrs) Teen Adult
Most Enjoyable for:
Couples Friends Solo Travelers
Indoor with climate control.
Price DetailsPrice:
Free Notes: Donations encouraged.
Restroom Information
Restrooms: Not Available
Eating & Drinking
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby. This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Best Modes of Transportation: Walking Parking Availability: Yes
Accessibility Features
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Tour Options: Tours available on site

23 Things: Thing #18

Online Productivity Tools
What I would have given to have access to Open Office many times in the past! However, at this point in my life I don't think I would utilize it much. I think it is great, especially for people who don't have the software &/or can't afford it. I wonder if it truly is more compatible that Microsoft Office? My biggest concern would be accessiblity if the Internet is down. I can also see this being blocked through the school district. I think I would mostly use Open Office or Google Docs if I were away from my computers (at a conference, out of town) and needed to create a document.

23 Things: Thing #17

Rollyo will be a fabulous tool to use for research! I love the ability to add a link to the searchroll to the school library website. This will increase access to this tool. As soon as I get back to school, I am going to create searchrolls for all the research the teachers do throughout the year. FUN!
Here is the link to the first one created (of course, it needs tweaking):