Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Post #3 Embedding Videos

YouTube and TeacherTube are common "go to" sites these days. SchoolTube was interesting but video and audio quality was not always good. For them all, you have to search and preview everything! United Streaming is tried and true and after a while, you figure out the tricks to having content available without the kinks. To have a search engine for videos like should be a huge time saver.  Embedding them is not too difficult. Regarding copyright and fair use, my attorney daughter has repeatedly advised me that as long as I keep the media within my classroom or school community ( secure locations) and not out in the public, I am good to go. Tool 3 concurs. I think I will still go to Google Images as my first attempt at finding content pictures, but and are on my list to try again. Google Images user right filter is good to know about. I had to subscribe to Dropbox for a district committee and love its organization and accessibility features. I created a new folder just for my use and might finally be able to get rid of the 10+ USB drives I have from years past. I am curious as to how fast the allotted storage will be used and how easy it will be to acquire additional space.

Post #2 Building a PLN

At first I visited the blogs of close teammates and friends just to see their posting personalities and admire some of the clever and creative designs. This is all very new to me and I find it somewhat time consuming. I do know, however, it will only get easier and faster the more I use it. I then ventured to the blogs of HCE teachers who also teach Math and Science to see what they have found to be of interest and helpful in their classrooms. That was a big help in pointing me in the direction I wanted to go. Thanks ladies! I am likely to be more of a blog "eavesdropper" for a while as I get comfortable with sharing with strangers. I do not like the idea of public following and will keep it private for right now. As in everything, etiquette goes a long way. Asking leading questions and inviting comments is just good teaching (and conversation). I see my oh so tiny microcosm expanding with my PLN.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Post #1 Create a Blog and Embed a Voki Avitar

Wow! That was way easier than I expected. Francie, you did a great job bringing it to the lowest common denominator for all of us, especially the novices in the group. Your organization and handouts show you are really a good teacher. I love the Voki characters. I think the kids would have a lot of fun with this in any content area. My "fear factor" has just been greatly reduced. YEA!