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Sunday, October 25, 2009


I worked with a social studies 6th grade teacher in order to create my webquest. It focuses on Ancient Greece, and helps students to come to their own conclusions about the similarities and differences between Athens and Sparta.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thing #17 Sandbox Wiki

In 4th grade we spend a lot of time writing Brief constructed responses. With Wiki's, I could have students go on, and fix a poor BCR, or add to each others. With this type of online collaberation, students could work together in order to create a group final project.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thing #16


I have had some experiences with wiki's before, and I think that they are particularly useful for the classroom and library settings. They can be used to have students or patrons discuss different topics, books, or make recommendations to each other. It allows everyone to have a say, and say what they would like to say in an arena that is dedicated to a particular topic.

My school is doing a book study currently, and made a wiki for the discussions. I think that this was a very good use of a wiki, because anyone and everyone can go in and post their thoughts, or create new discussions based on the book.

The nice part about Wiki's is that everyone can participate, which differs from blogs, where there is one participant, while others can comment.

Thing #15 Copyright.

Copyright is a great topic for all librarians and educators. The more I learn about it however, the more I feel that I know nothing about it. I'm always nervous when I make copies, or scan an image for my class that I am breaking some copyright law.

I loved the Did you Know 4.0 video! I enjoyed it so much I posted it on my facebook account. While I am sure that no one will watch it, I just got into a debate with my neighbors about how important it is to teach children how to effectively use technology (Im hoping that they check it out at least)

Creative Commons is a neat tool to use. I enjoyed watching the "Wanna work together?" video as it helped me to better understand the use of creative commons. I think that in the future, if I create things, I will be sure to use that resource.

I also really enjoyed the copyright comic book. I wish I had found all of these fun resources when I was creating my copyright blog last year!

I found the proof that the program had been modified from its original "Learning 2.0 is a discovery learning program created by Helene Blowers. Content and style for School Library Learning 2.0 and Classroom Learning 2.0 have been borrowed and duplicated with permission, under a Creative Commons License."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thing #14

Again, I find myself disappointed with a resource. I am not sure why or when I would use Technorati. While I see the purpose of tagging with Flickr and Delicious, I am not sure why I would ever use it with blogs. As a general rule however I don't read blogs anyway, unless its from a person friend, or a legitimate source. Blogs can be written by anyone, and I therefore don't read them as a rule.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thing #13

Delicious is an interesting tool. However, this is the first "thing" that we have used that I haven't seen immediate professional application for. While I can see that personally, this tool can be used if you are person who uses multiple computers, I am not sure why you would use this if you are a librarian or educator. Why not make a wiki, blog or website instead?

Most bookmarks that I use anyway are sites I'm not really going to go back to in the future... Im not sure that I will use delicious personally or professionally.

Did anyone else think of wonderful applications for this tool?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Thing #12

I really enjoyed Rollyo! I had no idea that you could create your own search engine. This is applicable for all sorts of educational settings. The Rollyo that I created, I created for my husbands History Class. His next unit is on Ancient Greece, and so I created the Rollyo with websites that are based on Ancient Greece.

I will be using this for my class with different books online, reading strategies, reading practice sites, etc. Im very excited!

Thing #11

Thing #11

Web 2.0 Sites
I was familiar with Pandora before this exercise, and it was a ton of fun to experiment with last fm. Being able to find music in the online environment is a ton of fun.

I joined Classroom 2.0. This is a neat way to network with others who have the same interests as you. I really enjoyed seeing professional conversations with others about implementing technology into the classroom.

Travel IQ
This is a fun game I have played before. For some reason it didn’t work so well playing it with my mac book…. it wouldn’t click where I was actually clicking at. I would love to leave this as a center in a social studies class to help students to start orienting themselves with the world, country, etc.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Thing #10 Pictures!

This has been the best "thing" yet:) I have had a lot of fun playing with pictures and changing them up and creating videos, etc.

This is a picture I took last summer of a black eyed susan in my yard!