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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WIKI-BLOG-BLOG-WIKI

I'm at the WIKI-BLOG training at Pat May - until 6:30tonight. But at least I know what she's talking about. I feel so empowered!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

THE END. FINAL. Am I smiling?

I think I'm about done, but I will need our fearless leader to check all my work! About this course. . .

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?

  • My favorite thing was the fish gadget. I want to put it on my computer for my screen saver or desktop or wall art.
  • I already knew that I work better with a partner. I'm glad I have a friend who loves to do stuff on the computer! I needed her to talk me through a few things. Then, like the good teacher she is, I had to go back and do it myself. That worked about 90% of the time.
  • Setting up the blog was interesting. Now I'm signed up for the blog thing from the district (March 24) so I can figure out how to do one on my web page so kids can discuss the books. At least I know a little more about it now.

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?

  • There are some kinds of things I don't want to learn first hand. I've read and seen TV show about all the evil on the Internet. I know that kids can get into things without meaning to. There were things I didn't want to see or know that I got to see. I saw things by clicking NEXT BLOG that broke my heart. So how has this affected my lifelong learning goals? I want to preach Internet safety to everyone, all the time. I DO want to keep apprised of the up & coming things out there, but I'd rather be shown those that are appropriate for elementary than explore all the world out there. It scares me!

Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

  • I've never blogged before. I don't 'journal' except for an occasional prayer journal. I hate to write. Always have. So, I'm taking away the verification that writing on the Internet--blogging-- is just as awful for me as writing on paper! I guess I'm not surprised, but I really don't want to read anyone else's blog either. When I do a google search about son's movie, there are all these blog entries. It's not that I don't want to hear what the "common man" is saying, but I guess I really don't. Am I an awful person???

  • I'm surprised that so many people have nothing better to do that to blog about the mundane things of life. I feel sorry that they don't have more contact with living breathing people. BUT, it is a great tool for long distance communication! Wish is was available for UNT group projects

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?

  • I will guess I agree with Debe that more feedback would be welcomed. I know Kiera reads our stuff (she has to) and on one hand, I'm glad no ones else reads mine (except Debe), but it would be nice if 1 or 2 others commented on the blogs. I've tried to go in a couple of times a week and comment on somebody's blog - even when Kiera didn't tell us to. It was helpful when we'd get a message in the email (which we see all day long) that someone was having a problem with something. It's nice to know others needed extra help! And when then those who COULD do it chimed in, I knew who to contact to get help.

  • The format is fine. I did online masters from UNT, so this concept is not new to me. And I had to PAY for the UNT one. And will be paying right up into the grave. I'm glad we had lots of time to do it and not a 2-3 week course.

And last but not least… If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?

I probably will. Bribes always help. Will I enjoy it? I don't know. I've taken the FLIP VIDEO class 2.5 times and still aren't any good at it. I think I'm becoming technically challenged. Yes, I need to challenge to keep my old brain going.

NetLibrary

I finally got registered through the the LDB site, but of course can't get to it from school (NetLibrary) so will have to go home to do it. I've never downloaded an audio anything. Hubby & sons do music, but I don't have a computer in our bedroom, so it wouldn't do me any good. Computer is in "Garry's room" (computer/file cabinet/ his clothes) so his music is always playing. I love it when the dog leaves his room and comes in with me. Very discriminating taste!



My MP3 problem will be finding earphones that fit me. Garry has some that go over his ears, but his ears are huge and they just fall off me - the plugs, not his ears. The big kind that fit over your head make it difficult to move around in - cleaning, etc. The kind that fit IN my ear are usually too big. I have lovely, dainty ears. But I'm will to try it when I get my free'cuzIdidthisclass MP3 player!

Monday, February 22, 2010

NET LIBRARY ???

Well, I tried. It says to see my librarian. But I AM my librarian. I will try from school tomorrow.

I don't have an MP3 player or anything else to download on, so can't do that part anyway. I do listen to audiobooks a lot: in the car, while knitting, crafting, or anything I don't have to THINK too hard about. I couldn't listen to one while doing this stuff!

till tomorrow. . . .

HARRY POTTER PODCAST

I love HP books. I'm still having withdrawal. Will have to read the last one again this summer. I added this to my RSS feeds. I'll check it out longer if we're snowed in again and I DON'T loose power this time. Interesting to listen to others talk about movie vs books. But, didn't have 20+ minutes to finish it.

I checked out other podcasts. Once again, I saw things I didn't want to see. I looked at FOOD and there was a lady in a black bra. I don't own a black bra. I really didn't want to see hers.

This is one of those things - like YouTube- that I only go to when someone I KNOW (and knows me) sends me one or tells me to go look at a specific one.

Maybe the rapture will come and I won't have to know all this :0)

The K-Swiss Ping Pong Challenge


This took place in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. My son, Tony (Anthony Burns) won the tournament. Someone - K-Swiss I guess- made this video. It's pretty good!

I do love YouTube, but I don't spend much time there. I could be hooked!

UPCOMING Web 2.0 winner

This was interesting. It told me everything (I guess) that is going on around here. You can choose comedy, education, family, festivals, mustic, social, sports and many more. I like the fact that I could choose TODAY or RECENTLY ADDED. I found out there was a Maverick game tonight without looking for the TV guide. If I hadn't been working at 11:00 today, I could have watched the sloths being fed at the Dallas World Aquarium. Why are they feeding sloths at the aquarium? Are they going to feed them to the sharks at 2L00?

Lots of choices for these "winners" for those who like to sit in front of the computer. To think, people actually get paid to sit around and figure all this out. My mind is boggled.