Monday, July 25, 2011

Thing #23

I can't believe I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!  When I started this class I did not know much about technology.  I just used it to do the basic things.  However, now I feel like a whole new world has just opened up for me.  I know that there is so much more to learn however, I have a place to start, to start exploring and seeing what is out there.  The one problem that I have is getting lost on the net.  With three little boys I don't have time to spend just surfing the web.  Hours will pass and I am not even sure where the time went.

I learned lots of new things that I still use.  My favorite was google docs.  I can see my self using that at work to get my paperwork done.  I like it better than word and excel.  Also, I am using the RSS and Delicious everyday.  I like that I don't have to go many places to read the things I need to.  I mean who has time for that.  I have found lots of resources for counseling.  I know that students respond well to technology using things such as blabberize will help reluctant students to hopefully open up.  I have shown my blog to my family who was quite impressed.  I am glad the blog is out there so I can refer back to it during the year to see a quick review of the things I learned. 

The class was organized in a very user friendly format.  I liked that it was self paced.  I learned so much about time management.  Thanks to all who read my blogs, made comments, and encouraged me.  I couldn't have done it with out you. 

Thing# 22

I was surprised to see this site classroom 2.0!!  I never knew such a site existed.  I do use face book.  However, I am very careful and only show my profile to my friends.  I am one of those people who have a hard time sharing information and just talking to someone I do not really know.  There were some things on this social networking sites that interested me.  I read an article about ADHD students and the use of smart boards.  I saw lots of different groups and forums.  This could be a great resource to get ideas so the wheel does not have to be reinvented.  However, most of the information I saw were for teachers.  As a counselor I do not see my self using this very often.  It does have lots of neat sites that other educators have gone to that I have never heard of before.  They even give their feedback on the sites.  This would be something that I would share with other teachers on campus.  I think a new teacher could use this to get many ideas and start adding to his/her files.  I was glad that we did not have to sign up to see the site!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thing # 7b

An article that I read on my RSS that really interested me was E-Book liabrary expands offerings. It was a real eye opener to me to see how technology is changing our world.  I couldn't believe that they were adding more to their already existing 19,000 titles.  The cool thing about it was anyone can get a free trial before buying it.  Also, with e book it seems like everything is available with a simple click like the table of contents.  The ebooks mentioned includes print, save and share capabilities and full text searching.  There was a related article on the side that interested me.  The article was titled K - 12 educators' view on e-books.  I went ahead and read that article to.  Now I see how this can get addicting:) 

Thing #21

Twitter was something I had heard a lot about but never explored. Honestly I probably would have never went there if it was not for this class. I have a facebook account and I also have a orkut account. Orkut is what I use to stay in touch with my friends and family from UK and India. However, noone I know has twitter. I went in and created an account. That part was very easy to do. It was very simple to search what you needed. I felt it was different from facebook and orkut. I really don't see myself using it very much. I am not much of a celebrity news follower and don't always keep up with current news. I do not want to be connected with many social networking sites because I have seen people addicted to them and I do not want to be one of them. I did some searches on school counseling and got lots of interesting things. However, just to see I did a search on divorce to see what it would bring up. I was seeing if I could help my counseling students who come talk to me because of divorced parents. However, I did not get anything that would be helpful for students. Now that I have an account set up I might go and explore more when I have time. Overall I am glad I learned about it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thing # 20

Google Docs is one of the most useful tools yet. I always use microsoft word but I find this even easier. I like the fact that everything is right there. It is so easy to make a table and put pictures into the document. Since it was summer time I did not really have anything specific that I was working on. I just played around with it and found it very user friendly. I will definitely be using this this coming school year for things like parent permission slips and other documents.

The spreadsheet was also very user friendly. At this present time I am busy coordinating VBS at my church. I thought that it would be a good idea to use this spreadsheet to make a schedule for VBS. I even shared it with one of the other coordinators. As a counselor I am in charge of keeping up with 504 students and at risk students. This will be a very helpful tool to create spreadsheets of this information. I consider myself very lucky that our district provides us a account for this:)

Thing # 19

I think voice thread is a great program that could be very helpful to educate my students but also integrate them into the learning experience. This kind of reminded me of blabberize. Students can add their own voices to pictures and watch videos that their teachers have made. Similar to podcast this is learning that can happen outside the classroom. Some ideas would be to use this in teachers' blogs so that students can refer back to the material. I did find one that be helpful in a counseling situation. This voice thread can be used to talk about feelings:

Thing # 18

You tube is something that I am very familiar with.  My boys love searching for cartoons and song videos on You Tube.  I have even used it when doing guidance lessons at school.  Once when I was doing a Moving on to Middle School lesson with 5th graders we explored you tube on how to open a locker combination.  It had step by step directions that the students could follow.  They could even go home and with parent permission view the video at home.  You tube has hundreds hundreds of how to videos.  The links to these videos can be shared with parents in teachers blogs so that they could see them at home.  However, videos MUST be viewed by teachers to make sure it is appropriate for their students.  I have never used teacher tube before.  This was a new experience for me.  I viewed a social skills video on teacher tube that would be appropriate for my elementary students. 

Thing # 17

I have an itunes account on my iphone so I chose to go with the stretch activity.  I am totally in awe with the free information out there in podcast.  My favorite one that I previewed was Mighty Mommy.  I liked it so much that I subscribed to the podcast.  I also found a few podcast on manners and etiquette that could help in the counseling situation.  Having the iPhone makes it really easy for me to download a podcast and take it on the go, so I can listen while working out, or even hook it up to my car radio.

Thing #16

This is so awesome.  There are so many reviews on this website so you can find if a book is good for you.  Also, this is a book lovers dream.  The social component of this site is amazing.  There are message boards you can post to, there are groups you can join, there are tags you can do, the possibilities are endless.  This is also a great way to organize your personal books.  With this you can lend your books to others and mark it on library thing.  For someone who has lots of books this can be a life saver.  This site can be great for students to join with others who share the same interest as them.  However, I think this site is better for someone in middle school or high school.  Although there are elementary books listed, the site is more geared towards older children. 

Thing # 15

This was a very new experience for me.  I am fairly new at this and do not really have bookmarks saved on my computer.  There are a few : areas of interest that I like to search when I am on the internet.  It was interesting to see how many websites were connected with one key word.  I can see myself using this as a place to save many of my professional and personal journals and websites I use.  This is better than a search engine in many ways.  I was able to tag many things of interest to me.  Here are Agnes's Delicious Links :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Thing #7a

Say Yes to Science was an article I read in the RSS about a community program to help bring more awareness to science.  This program YES stand for youth exploring science.  It encourages the community to make donations for this program.  Also, the youth chart their progress on a website and the community can read it.  It made me happy to read about programs like this.  I strongly believe that programs like are needed.  I read a few other things in my RSS.  I enjoyed reading the blogs have my 23 things classmates.  It's so great that it is all there in one place.

Thing #14

Blabberize is the tool I used to create this.  It was lots of fun.  My oldest son Benjamin had so much fun telling how he felt at that moment.  I can really see how this would be so useful in a counseling situation.  Kids don't often speak up and say how they are feeling.  If allowed to express their emotions using a tool like this I could see so much potential.  For the social aspect things created in this can easily be shared.  It has links to share in various ways.  I did not see a place to leave comments on the site however, I am sure comments can happen once it is shared.  Also, I noticed photo tagging was available.  Wow I am so glad I found this.

Thing # 13

Trading Card Maker is the tool I used to create this cards of my three boys.  I loved this easy to use tool.  It is so much fun.  It can be incorporated into my counseling in so many ways.  Kids can make trading cards to describe themselves or family members and friends.  I could see my self using these to spice up my counseling sessions.

Thing #12

Three Friends by Smithsonian Institute

[Wid Conroy, Washington, AL (baseball)] by Library of Congress

Jubilant American soldier hugs motherly English woman and victory smiles light the faces of happy service men and civilians at Piccadilly Circus, London, celebrating Germany's unconditional surrender. England, May 7, 1945., ca. 1900 - 1982 by The US National Archives

This slideshow is the START of something that I would like to use to help my students understand different emotions and community interactions. It would work well with my social skills group. I am very excited to use this feature in the future!

Thing #11

Username: The Library of Congress

I learned that Flickr is a great way to keep my students in the loop with what's going on. I chose this picture, which came up under "emotions", to speak to my counseling students and show them the different kinds of emotions. I can also use Flickr as a gateway to extend the education of these students.

Thing # 9
Here is the link.  Whooh I am glad to be done with that.  This was the hardest thing yet.   Took lots of time but I was proud to see the end results.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Thing #10

I went a little out of order because I am waiting for permission to get on the wiki.  While I wait I thought I will go ahead and read about creative commons.  I have noticed the C on papers and things but to be honest I have never noticed the cc.  I like the video where it compared it to a red light and green light I thought that was a easy to follow comparison.  I remember there was a time when songs were first put online and people were downloading them illegally from sites like limewire????  I always thought that was not right.  If someone does not want you to copy there work I think it should be respected.  However, after reading this I realize that even sometimes photographs, and other things we may not think is a big deal may have a copyright on it.  I am glad that there is a cc and people are willing to share what they have created.  I am not a very creative person myself.  However, if there are things out there then it is a good resource for me to go find it and use it.  I am happy that the internet has so much out there.  However, we need to teach our children how to properly use it and when to respect others work.

Thing #8

Wiki's seem like such wonderful resources for teachers.  I mean why reinvent the wheel when someone already came up with it.  There is just not enough time in a day to search all that is out there.  The neat thing is you can get so many different ideas from everywhere.  The first wiki I looked at was it was so interesting to see what other classes where doing different when learning the same thing.  The Kindergarten Counting Book was a creative way to get to a 100 doing very interactive things.Thousands Project   that Mr. Monson's 5th grade class did seemed so fun.  They were trying to get 1000 different topics each month.  The Schools in the Past was my favorite.  It really helped to be able to see more than one outlook and more than one interview.  I would really like to contribute to a wiki especially if I joined one and started coming up with more ideas.  I think it would be a great way to network with other professionals.

Thing #7

Leaving comments on others post is something that I have to get used to.  I tend to not leave comments due to time.  However, I love to receive comments so I am sure others love to receive it and  a part of blogging is to leave comments.  One of the sites in my RSS was difficult to leave a comments.  It said that the comment was awaiting approval from a moderator.  I waited a while but did not hear anything and I am not sure if my comment posted.  Also, on a school counselor's blog I did not see any comments posted or even a place to put comments.  However, there were a few blogs that I thanked them for providing the post and then related it to my own experience and then asked a question.  I can't wait to see what I get back!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thing # 6

This thing took me a very long time to do.  I went through many blogs and subscribed to two educational blogs in my RSS.  One was entitled Moving to the Speed of Creativity.  In this blog I was interested in the article about the child's right to online privacy.  In this article it talked about the importance of sitting down with a child and explaining to them what does and doesn't remain private online.  Other articles that caught my attention after I subscribed to the RSS was about how to talk to your students about copy right and how to undo a mistake on iphones by shaking it.  Another blog I subscribed to was Action Reaction.  The artice about the $2 white boards really interested me.  I loved the idea of using white boards for instruction.  They even mentioned prometheam boards.  This is something that I am trying to use in my guidance lessons.  I searched for elementary counselor in the google blog search.  I found a blog from a school counselor at McNair Elem.  This was interesting to me because it is something that I would like to start one day for my parents.  I know it is impossible to read all of it.  However, like a newspaper it is good to be able to look through and read things that capture my attention.  I subscribed to two classmates blogs as well.  Wow this gets more exciting by the minute.

Thing #5

The RSS seems like a very cool feature.  I am still getting a hang of it.  I subscribed to the two on my google feeder.  The tech learning one has lots of interesting articles to read.  However, it is overwhelming.  There is just so much to read and not enough time.  I am going to like the fact that I do not have to open so many different pages and view so many different things to get to the pages I need.  That is very frustrating.  I have never heard of the RSS but it is something I am looking forward to.

The item of interest for me from my reader was Apps for Autism
it was very interesting to see the part about apps that could be used to teach social skills to those on the autism spectrum.  As a counselor I have seen many Autistic students use I pads and they seemed very interested.  I recently got an Iphone and have found it very interesting for teaching students.  It seems to really capture their attention.  Also, the related articles on the side really caught my attention.  Especially the one titled Cheap Apps.  I could really see my self getting lost in this.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Thing # 4

The writing is very informal! Anyone can do it. When I read the duck blog I found it funny.  Every blog was an opinion from the writer and then comments, of course, were a free for all!  Reading a blog takes a little time to get used to. It is different from other types of writing because it is from the perspective of the person writing it.  Also, comments is another thing that is interesting to read.  Blog writing is different because anyone can do it. We see first graders even blogging.  I think it is also very interactive because almost everyone loves to read comments posted by others.  Atleast I am really looking forward to that part. There are so many uses for blogging!  We can see blogs used all over to facilitate learning in many ways.  Students can comment on other students blogs and even parents can see what their child is learning.  Now we can even blog with our iphone! Although that blog titled Spies Like Us scared me a little with the technology available to students on their iphone.   Blogging definitely could have a place in our  classrooms, but the necessary precautions need to be taken! The blogging could certainly get out of hand or cause problems for students like in the article about cyberbullying!

Thing #2

As a counselor I am beginning to see how my job is changing as technology changes.  We are dealing with new issues such as cyber bullying and students using the internet for social skills and a social life.  The internet is beginning to affect more and more students either in a positive or negative way.  I know that I will need to begin to using more technology during guidance lessons and even in one on one counseling.  Technology sure has come such a long way.  I can't even believe how much cell phones are starting to replace computers.  Even with my own personal children I would like to be able to stay up to date on what they are doing and learning.  When the time changes we must also change with the times.

Thing #1

OMG I can't believe I am actually doing this.  I am so not a technology person.  I have read other people's blogs but I never thought that I could actually do one.  Wow this course is already a confidence booster for me.  I am glad we had to look at the 7 and a half strategies of an effective learner before starting this course.  When I feel overwhelmed I just do not want to start on anything.  Looking at this information has really helped me to get started.  I think thinking of problems as a challenge is going to be the most difficult thing for me.  I get really frustrated when I can't figure something out.  I just need to look at it a different way.  I think the easiest thing for me is the play part.  I don't know much about technology but it does excite me.  Infact I am so excited about this class that I have decided to get  an iphone so I  can be more up to date with technology.  I think the biggest strategy that will help me with this class is the plugging in and getting help from others.  I know I can't do it alone and will need all the help I can get.