Sunday, July 12, 2009

Thing 10 - Images - Let's Play!

Word fun with Wordle

I am going to make posters from my classroom with vocabulary and print as a poster at Wal-Mart. This is a fun way to become familiar with words.

First Things First

Kids will notice and relate to characters that they are familiar with. You do have to use a little caution when dealing with the Simpsons. lol

bart-simpson-comic-strip comic strip

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Thing 9 - Useful Blogs and News Feeds

I found Blogline's search tool very easy to use. I found information i was looking for quickly with this site.

Edublog Award winners was little frustrating because it wants you to vote every time you click.

Technorati was easy to use with the categories set up.

There is definitely a ton of information out there!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thing 8 - RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are an awesome time saver. With a small amount of time you may view a large amount of information that is narrowed down to your interests.

I think it can be useful in the classroom in several ways. I will be more aware of up-to-date topics that will interest my students. I try to assign projects that students are interested in. It will also all me to keep up with technology more closely.

RSS feeds could benefit teachers by allowing them to connect and link to current issues. It could point them in a new direction with current teaching resources. I think it will keep teaching FRESH.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Thing 7 - GOOGLE

Google is so much more than a search engine. They are anchoring the tools that they offer into everyday life. I already use Google Calendar. I love being able to access my calendar from anywhere and I sync to my Outlook and would sync to an Iphone - if i had one. lol

I also uploaded a doc to Google Docs. This is an excellent way to store and organize files that are accessible from any online computer. Love It!

Thing 6 Mashups

I could spend days looking through all the wonderful applications - and I may later. I have heard some of the hoopla about Flickr but did not "get" what was so grand about it until now. The uses and applications are over whelming. WOW!!!!
I did create a trading card - just for fun. I will use some of these resources in my digital graphics classes. This is awesome.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thing 5 - flickr Photo

As a Photoshop project, students find their favorite place and insert a picture of themself on it.