Sunday, August 15, 2010
I enjoyed every adventure. Did I learn new things? Yes; however, I felt like I was being rushed and couldn't devote enough time to adventures that I really enjoyed, like glogs! One of the other librarians taking this class thought it would be a good idea to include podcasts in the course. Why not incorporate the technology that we are learning in the course. Good idea Ms. M. Gonzalez!
This isn't the end of my blog. I am learning new technology applications that will lead to more adventures. Adventures never end; so, keep tuning in techies....................The fun is just beginning.
There are two sites that I really like for free eBooks; one is the Gutenberg Project and the other is Many Books, found at http://www.manybooks.net. You can browse in Many Books by author, title, genre or language. Their are many different formats for download including PDF files.
Another site was mentioned, http://www.friedbeef.com. This site provides "best places to get free eBooks." However, this site was not working properly.
For elementary schools, there is a website called Tumblebook Library but you must pay for a subscription unless you can access it through a public library.
If you are interested in purchasing eBooks, you can visit The World e-Book Fair for websites.
That is all for now techies.....................
There are many podcasts that are found in directories on topics such as current news topics, education (found one on beginning Spanish) and any other topic you could think of.
One of our librarians last year created podcasts with her students. They read books; then, they created book review podcasts. What was interesting and exciting was that Derek Landy, author of Skulduggery Pleasant, found out about her podcast and scheduled a phone interview with her students, all the way from Ireland. Kudos to Amy Marquez, librarian extraordinaire!
So, my podcasting adventure is just beginning. I will post more on this adventure at a later date. So until next time techies........
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
TeacherTube is not filtered in our school district; so, I plan to view videos in TeacherTube and post one or two that I feel I could use successfully in the library. So, until next time techies......
I was able to add a Library Thing widget to my blog. You just have to go into the HTML and paste the code. Hopefully, it will update when I add more books. I will test this out tomorrow. So, until next time techies......I'm off to the pool.
I also found out, as you can see from my previous posts, that you can save a document and post it into your blog or publish it for other Zoho Writer users to see. I am off to another adventure. (This was a fast one....felt like I was just passing through but I actually went in depth with it.) Until next time techies................
I am experimenting with Zoho Writer. It is similar to Google Docs. Registered users are able to create word processing pages, spreadsheets and many other items without having to have Microsoft products installed on their computers. Now, I am going to save this; then, I am going to try to post this to my blog. It has this feature, but let me see if I can get it to work. More on Zoho Writer later.......
What I did enjoy, however, was looking at other wiki websites. The one I really liked is a California Curriculum Connections wiki found at http://calcurriculum.pbworks.com. This provided me with a lot of ideas for wiki use.
Wikis could be used as a place for librarians to help each other (within a school district), especially new ones. In fact, I think I am going to start one, let the librarians know about it, and see where it goes. Librarians could also collaborate on creating standard documents to be used in all elementary or secondary libraries. Library uses: Scavenger hunts, genre study, technology wiki for teachers and students, book discussions....and the list could go on and on.
Another wiki I enjoyed was the TeacherLibrarian wiki found at http://teacherlibrarian.pbworks.com. Okay, enough of wikis. I am ready to move on to web-based tools. So, until next time techies.
Some of these adventures tend to overlap; so, I hope I don't repeat myself. Wikis are collaborative websites that allow users to add, delete and edit content created by any of the registered users.The wiki website that I researched is PBworks, found at http://www.pbworks.com/. The PB wiki is an easy to use wiki for elementary school implementation. In addition, the teacher can sign up as many as 100 students under him/her without the students needing email addresses.
4th graders, in Texas, are tested in writing; so, this would be a good tool for editing and peer feedback. This would also be a good resource for story writing across grades, as well as collaborative research projects. I can envision a state or country project!
PBworks is not filtered in our district which is a plus. I am just hoping that I can get the teachers to jump on the PBworks wagon with me. If not, then I will set up one for the library for an on-going research project....maybe a road trip! Who doesn't like road trips?
Better venture on. The next adventure is the same as this one: Wikis. So, wait a few minutes and come back. There will be another entry.
If you want to see my website creation, go to http://www.lostintimergv.com/. Sounds like I'm promoting right? Until next time, techies....