Monday, June 30, 2008

Thing #7

Wow!! I took the Google Calendar Tour, and it does everything but kiss you goodnight. You can have a school calendar and a personal one. Reminders can be sent to you via a text message to your phone. How cool is that? You can share your calendar with your family etc. Of course, now I will have no excuse for being late! I also looked at Google Notebook, and it is a great place to record and organize your notes. And yes, you can get to your notes from your cell phone. I do love my cell phone. Does anyone else have a favorite part of Google? I never knew that it had so much to offer. Yes, I am learning new things with each thing that I complete.

Thing # 6 Big Huge Labs

Yes, I loved this site. There is so much you can do here, and your students can do,too. I loved the mosaics, trading cards, and magazine covers. What fun!! I can see using these things to integrate curriculum. For example, you can have the kids make a mosaic about themselves, a book character, or a famous person. Magazine covers and trading cards could be used the same way using content, so they would have to write something to go with the pictures. For example, they could do a magazine cover about the moon and list facts about the moon or they could make trading cards of the planets or different landforms. I would love to hear some ideas that others have for using these things to integrate curriculum.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Thing # 5

Flickr was interesting to me for two reasons. I enjoy taking pictures. Therefore, I can always learn from looking at another photographer's work. It was great to look at pictures of flowers, people, or landscapes that I had photographed to see how someone else chose to set up the picture of a similar subject. I also enjoyed looking at them from a classroom perspective. Pictures are always needed for projects that students do, and this is a great site for them to utilize. It is easy to lose track of time while looking at the pictures, though. :)

Thing #4

I am legal now... registered and everything! Thanks, VB.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thing #3

Well, I think I have my blog set up and my avatar exported. I made it harder that it had to be... of course. Yes, I did have to go back and forth between the directions and the blog. No, I won't say how many times I actually did have to go back and reread. It was fun deciding on the many attributes of the fantasy mini me.
Thing # 2
I think anytime you move out of your comfort zone and try something new, you are a lifelong learner. Sometimes our circumstances force us to do it, and sometimes we just choose to do it. The hardest for me as a person is to begin with the end in mind because I am all about the journey. Don't worry, I will eventually get to my destination, but I want to enjoy it along the way. In teaching, though, I always think about the goal. The easiest part for me is to play. It kind of goes with the hardest part and enjoying the journey.