Work is play…@ the Library

Creative Commons  is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the works available for others to build upon legally and to share. I’m sure I had a couple of assignments on this topic in my library science classes, but just don’t recall. Here, I viewed several takes on  the 23 Things workshop. Modifications were made to each one to meet the needs of the participants–be it librarians, college students, teachers, etc. I was dissappointed I couldn’t find one for students. Maybe I need to keep searching…if not I might have to modify one from the Creative Commons site that will suit them. We’ll see.

WRAP UP…or answer/reflect on my 23 THINGS experience…so that I can get credit  ; )

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?  I really enjoyed creating & updating my blog. It was a bit intimidating at first, but there’s lots of help out there  (on the web) to facilitate the process. On a personal level, I’m so glad I finally “discovered” delicious. It has made my life so much easier.
2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?  This workshop helped me realize I must keep an open mind if I wish to be a lifelong learner. Prior to signing up for this summer workshop, I had considered doing this program before but always found an excuse not to do it.  I overcame my fear of  “oh, so much technology”, I followed  through…and now I’m very content I finally did it!
3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? Some THINGS took longer to do than I expected.
4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? Maybe have some chatting incorporated to a couple of THINGS.
5. If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate? Most definitely!!!!

6. How would you describe your learning experience in ONE WORD or in ONE SENTENCE, so we could use your words to promote CSLA learning activities?  Technology + Learners = Innovative Mind!

P.S. I stopped watching the video on copyright law because I could not follow it…it’s very choppy.

I explored the  World EBook Fair’ site the other night, and I found a short story my best friend had asked me to read a couple of years ago on this website. As I read it (An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce) I recalled that it was a reading assignment in my literature class my freshman year at UTPA. I reviewed it and rediscovered Bierce’s vivid writing. I continued searching for more of his works on this site and was delighted with A Bottomless Grave and amused with some of the entries in his Devil’s Dictionary.  I’m glad that sites such this one and Project Gutenberg give all readers the opportunity to enjoy timeless classics.

World EBook Fair allows libraries to become members which is great!  I will further look into this matter because my students would most definitely benefit from having access to over 500,000 ebooks and audio books.  Thumbs up!

PODcasts (Personal On Demand broadcasts) are webcasts (audio or video) that are released periodically and can often be downloaded.  The Common Craft’s Podcasting in Plain English video is the perfect way to get a better grasp on the basics of podcasts. Watch it!

I searched a podcast directory, Podcast Alley, and found thousands and thousands of podcasts under many categories. After narrowing it down to education podcasts, I listened to several and found a couple of them interesting. Isubscribed to them. 

Before this THING, I had listened to a few podcasts embedded in school library pages.  It was usually students reviewing a book from their school library.  I’m going to encourage some of my students to do the same this next school year. I think they will be excited to know that their ideas will be voiced in cyberspace for all to listen to and enjoy!

I’m familiar with You Tube because many of my friends like to share videos with me from this website. And although it does includes many educational videos, I have found that our school district blocks this website. So instead a couple of years ago, I created an account on Teacher Tube. There are so many wonderful, useful, educational videos here, you’ll need plenty of time to search and decide which ones you can incorporate to your lessons.

Here are a couple of videos I will be using next school year:

 

I must confess that reading books and knowing the status of my personal library are not at the top of my priority list right now. Finishing up this workshop is. So trying to recall some of the books I have at home in my bookshelf, including the ones right next to my bed on my nightstand wasn’t a doozy.  I’m glad I brought a couple of my books on this trip to include on my LibraryThing bookshelf. I also had to remember some of the books I just finished reading to add to it. In the end I had 8 books on my bookshelf  and many recommendations from members based on my selections. I liked that very much.

What I disliked was that I spent quite a while trying to add my widget to this blog and failed. Apparently, I have to download a plug in and go through several other steps that I’m skeptical to do because I’m not using my own PC right now. I’ll try to add it very soon! Till then, my LibraryThing bookshelf will remain a mystery to my blog followers! My very few followers for now!

I was able to access Zoho Writer using my gmail account information. I wasn’t familiar with these tools; however, I had used google docs a while back and found it to be similiar. 

According to the Welcome message from Zoho Writer, it has a new user interface designed for people on the go. This word processor (with all its apps) allows you to access all your documents online from any computer.  Its instant collaboration feature helps the user share documents with other users who are all able to view, edit,  and/or  save the information in real time.  

I played around a little and checked out some apps under the productivity tab. First I checked out “show”, and it  is the equivalent of a Microsoft powerpoint presentation. Since I’m familiar with that program, I decided to look for some public shows I can use to introduce Zoho docs and Google docs to my students. I found them and bookmarked them on my delicious account.

I guess now its all coming together for me. It took 18 THINGS for me to see how all THINGS can be connected…and how their connectedness can assist my lessons in the library. Moreover, I can now expose my students to these tools that I know they will easily and eagerly implement in their classroom projects and in their cyberworlds.

I’ve included the links to the google docs & zoho docs presentations:

Zoho Docs   http://show.zoho.com/public/sathisht/Zoho+Docs

Google Docs  http://show.zoho.com/public/jantrim/Using-Google-Docs-ppt

 

 

  

I had never worked with wikis before until this assignment. I had the notion that they probably worked similiar to wikipedia.  And although I was skeptical at first (and made a few boo-boos, I edited the frontpage by mistake but was later able to add a comment), I can truly state that this has been one of the best THINGS I’ve worked on so far. 

After “playing” for a while, I checked out a page called  “Off the top of my head” and was able to add a couple of ideas to the list. I also created a page: “Library 101″ to begin a list of ideas for a colleague new to the secondary setting.

Today I created my own workspace http://vvjrhighlibrary.pbworks.com  where I was able to create the skeleton of my library page. I can’t wait till I complete my end of the space so when school starts, I can begin promoting it with my students. I think they will love the bookclub and booktalk pages since they will get to interact with each other on that space. I also included a forms page to make the library resources more accessible to them.

Thumbs up for PBWorks!

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