I'd used Photo Story in the past, but not to try to introduce a book. Next step: adding narration!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
And I found at least one author, Lurlene McDonald, who has several videos on YouTube. This is one of them:
And just because I actually saw it when it was on "Saturday Night Live," Jesse Jackson reading Dr Seuss.
With students so conditioned to watch videos, it's obvious why it's so great to have access to those that could be used to improve a lesson.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The second surprise was that I was already familiar with some of them because of the "23 things" program.
And, for those that I found that had educational uses:
Swivel: this site explores and compares data, graphs, and maps. Both math and social studies teachers might be able to use this site to locate data or to practive reading charts and graphs and both students and teachers could use it to convert data into charts and graphs. The Swivel confectionary helps import Google spreadsheets into Swivel, so those who have learned to use Google Tools from one of our earlier lessons could find specific use here. On the other hand the Swivel Toolbar enhances Microsoft Excel so those spreadsheets could easily be Swiveled. Since library circulation figures are already in an Excel spreadsheet, this might be a way to view them graphically.
PBWiki: Another way to take collaboration online. Just need to check from a campus computer and see if it's blocked.
And for personal use:
Zillow: nice site to find a retirement home.
Oodle: I found a free kitten for my sister on this classified ads search site.
The main advantage to Google Docs is the ability to work on the documents from any computer; the disadvantage to some is the necessity to register. Because of the other attributes of Google, however, I think that others might wish to register and explore those other possibilities.
Just because of the number of users and popularity, Microsoft Office has more templates and bells and whistles. For just basic, quick use, either of the other programs is very quickly mastered and usable.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I found a wiki used to provide information about Roland Elementary School. When I consider how difficult it seems to be for some teachers to update webpages, this is probably a quicker way to provide information to parents. Here is a list of suggested ways to use wikis in schools--the idea to use a wiki for literature circles is one I'll think about.
The Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading Program will soon be inaugurating a wiki for suggestions of activities and displays to use with the reading list. This is will be a very useful collaboration if librarians and teachers across Texas will be willing to add their unique creations to it.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wikipedia defines Library 2.0 in this way: Library 2.0 is a loosely defined model for a modernized form of library service that reflects a transition within the library world in the way that services are delivered to users. The focus is on user-centered change and participation in the creation of content and community.
To me, in an elementary library, it means organizing services so that they are user-friendly and listening to feedback from students to allow student participation in design and/or creation when possible. For example, I am anxious to begin school and show students how to use the new Destiny update which allows them to rate books or leave a text review.
For school libraries, it means continuing to move towards flexibility, participation, and collaboration. My greatest concern is in the area of participation, not for myself or for my students, but for staff who continually feel that time doesn't allow them the time to explore online tools. And, just in case one of them stumbles across David Warlick's guide for becoming a 21st century educator and reads step one (Find two or more other educators in your school who are interested in learning and using emerging information and communication technologies. It would be of enormous advantage if you can include your school's library media specialist.), I need to have some of these 23 things ready to pull out and dazzle.