Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Week 9 Discoveries (Thing 23)

What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
There were a few weeks in which I couldn't figure something out. As I proceeded through the weeks, I would learn something and could go back to a previous post and make additions/changes. This happened with Rollyo. I wanted to post the search box into my blog, but couldn't figure it out. When I worked through the YouTube exercise and added a video, I went back to Rollyo and was able to post it as well. It seemed if I kept returning to things that confused me, eventually I could figure them out.
I used YouTube quite a bit to watch tutorials to figure out how to use various tools. I think this is one of the biggest things that will stick with me. If I am stuck or need a basic overview of a particular tool, I can search to find tutorials to help.

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
I feel like it has been difficult over the past few years to participate in staff development because I have a 3 year old and 1.5 year old at home. I have been wanting to learn more. I saw a two day course on Flip cameras that I was interested in, but don't have daycare during the summer. Participating online during hours that worked for me (nap time) was exactly what I needed. It has also sparked me to begin thinking about the upcoming year and how to incorporate more 2.0 tools into my life and my teaching. I am still thinking about what is appropriate for the elementary school level. I would love to have more conversations about this.

Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I don't think I knew exactly what web 2.0 is or how HUGE web 2.0 is. I still have some uncertainty about the way many things are positioned due to their popularity. There could be quality research hiding...

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
I would like to see more classroom applications of various tools at all levels. Concrete examples how some librarians/teachers are using various tools would help me envision possibilities that might work for me.

If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate? Yes.

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?
Challenging and gratifying.


Jackie S, 2.0 project manager said...

Congratulations! You have successfully completed School Library Learning 2.0 and you are now an official member of the CSLA 2.0 Team! You clearly learned a lot and will continue your discovery learning adventure. Hope you will continue to use your blog to record new discoveries and examples of how you and others use web 2.0 at your school.

If you would like to continue to learn new technology tools, please go to "Discovering Assistive Technology" at

Best wishes.

chwms said...

Congratulations! Finishing ANYTHING with a toddler and a baby at home is an incredible feat! :) I am glad you were able to work through the 23 Things and discover all the cool things you can do with these tools both at home and with students. Thank you for your suggestion about adding more classroom applications. We will look into how to best do this - it's an excellent idea.
Have fun with your students this next year!

Connie Williams
CSLA President
2.0 Team

Sheryl Grabow-Weiss said...

Congratulations - You did it!!!! Now that you've discovered all of these great tools, share them with your fellow teachers. I found that I used a number of these tools to keep in touch with colleagues and to keep myself organized.

I've enjoyed following your discoveries. Thanks for sharing.