Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tool 5: Tagging and Social Bookmarking

I decided to join  Diigo for the social bookmarking. I will be honest I had never even heard of social bookmarking before seeing the post on this tool. It is something that I will take a few more looks at in the future. I do really like that you can store all your bookmarks on the web so that you have access to them even when you are not on your own computer. I also love that you can tag with key words so that you can find those sites that you bookmarked much faster. I LOVE the organization aspect of it all. I do still think I would need some more time to play around with it.

Some sites that I have found and really enjoy are.
Cool Math
Multiplication Games
Fun Brain

Five down, six to go!

Tool 4: Cool Google Tools

I think that Google Docs are great for those documents that multiple people need to edit. Instead of having to save and email multiple copies of documents to your team you can edit them and save them in one place. However there are some files that are not as easy to share and edit with Google Docs such as excel files with many formulas in them. Still this is a great way for teachers and students to share ideas with each other.

I did also like that I could subscribe to a blog and it was much easier to read them because they were all in one place.

Four down, seven to go!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Tool 3: Image Generators & Mashups

I choose to go with math images, since my focus has always been math and this year I will be working with children to improve their music skills.  

This first image represents the four operations of math. 

This second image represents what I think that must of our students see when they sit through our math lessons. My hope is to make it a bit easier for them.
 This final image is how I want my students to feel at the end of the year or after the completion of a lesson. SUCCESS!

Three down, eight to go!!  


Tool 2: Building Community & Comments

1. What are your thoughts about building an online education community and participating in a PLN?
I think that this is a great idea, we are seeing more and more that our students are different then the students that we were. We are also seeing that they are changing more and more each year. They are tech babies and they are good at it. You see babies and toddlers that know how to work iPods and iPhones. So I think that an online community and a PLN are a great way to reach these new digital age learners.

2. What point stood out to you from the commenting advice?
I liked the comment on Cool Cat Teacher's blog about writing meaningful comments and to stay away from yeah or awesome. That struck me because I have always considered that a nice way to give feedback, but the author of that blog has a good point that the blogger is looking for meaning insight or opinions about what they have posted in their blogs.

3. What five blogs did you select for your comments?
Erin's Blog
Thornwood Music
Polar Bear
Meagan Hudek

2 tools down only 9 to go!