Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Aviary has 6 applications, most of them work in Internet Explorer, but they work better when using Firefox.
1. Image Editor - This is similary to Photoshop, it used layers and many other editing tools. It also have very good tutorials that walk you through a project. I may finally understand layers. Of the 6 applications this one is the easiest to use.
2. Image Markup - Use Falcon and Talon to quickly capture images and web pages from your browser and crop, resize or mark them up. I tried using Falcon with Internet Explorer and it would not work. I did not try with Firefox, but I am sure it will work with Firefox.
3. Effects Ediors - This is definate an advanced application, but I bet some of the high school students that like to work with graphics would love it.
4. Myna - audio remixer - Use Myna to remix music tracks and audio clips. Apply sound effects and record your own voice or instruments!
5. Vector Editor - Another more advanced tool -Use Raven to create fully scalable vector art appropriate for logos or tee shirt designs.
6. Swatch Editor - Used alone or in conjunction with our other creation tools, Toucan gives you the features you need to inject color into your creative process. This is something I will use if I need an html color code. I can't do html, but I can find a color and put a new code in its place.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Make your own Glitter Graphics
Friday, August 14, 2009
There are also a few tools that surprised me, I didn't think I would have any use for Google Reader, but some of the websites that feed in are great and I have added many blogs that I like to follow. The reader makes it so much easier.
I have found Twitter to be a big disappointment, I guess I'm just not that interested in what everyone is doing at the moment. I also didn't really expect to enjoy blogging since I don't really like to write, but it has become very helpful and I have created a blog for our Outdoor Learning Enviroment.
But I am also going to send out 1 thing each month to my teachers and offer a mini workshop. I already have a Library Wiki and plan to expand it to offer much more. I also want to develop and continue this blog.
Teachers can use podcasts in many ways. Studens or teachers can make booktalks, record lessons, class instructions.
The Education Podcast Network http://epnweb.org/ is a resource full of education related Podcasts.
The Library Success Wiki page has some great tools for "publishing" podcasts under its "How to Podcast" section.
I have listened to "Twilight Series Theories" with is a podcasts by a teacher and her sister. It keeps me listening because:
Their personalities come through, they are having fun
They stay on task
The sound quality is very good
They have a format and I know what to expect.
They have a good length.
I have listened to other Twilight Podcasts but they never hold my interest, in those podcasts many times they:
get off topic
have sound problems
are unprepared which leaves gaps
go too long, you have to know when to stop.
I would like to try podcasts as a way to promote library events - like a radio comerical. This would be a great way to get students involved. It is also a good way for students to publish writing. I want to see if a podcasts can be placed on our schools web site. I'm sure I can embed them in the library Wiki
Any and every kind of video can be found here from cute animals to how to videos or science lessons.
I first used it to see the funny and weird videos and thought of it as a place where teens spend hours watching others be silly. I then discovered that one of my favorite art instructions had several videos on YouTube, I found his videos as well as several made by other people watching his demonstrations. It is now the first place I come to learn how to do anything including using a new kitchen appliance, ActiveInspire, how to crochet flowers and much more.
In the library I would love to make book trailers and technology how to videos. However with YouTube being blocked by the district I probably will not spend my time there. But I will continue to use it as a great resource at home.
Looking though some library related videos I found that public libraries are making great use of YouTube.It is great free publicity. There are some videos that have great quality and have had some thought and editing put it. However just letting a camera run and then uploading it to YouTube doesn't always make for an interesting video. A video needs good light a quality, and good sound, a fuzzy picture with poor sound is just anoying.
What I really love is some of the book trailers make by the fans, they are great and so creative. They really show the protential for student work. I also found a book trailer for The Graveyard narriated by the author Neil Gaiman. How cool is that!
For example the Reading Dep. chair needs to gather information from each of her teachers into a common document. This would require each teacher to gather her date create a document and give it to the Dep. chair who would then reenter the data into a common document. She would then send out that document to the teachers to review and make corrections. They would then send the document back to the Dept. chair to make corrections. This process would repeat until all were satisfied requiring a lot of reworking and multiple copies.
The magic of Google Docs is that you create a document invite others to collaborate. You decide if they can view or edit the document. They can also insert notes.
Google Docs. has unlimited value for both administrative purposes and instructional uses. I love the fact that you can access the document anywhere and that it can be exported as an Office doucment. I am going to do my best to get my teachers to create an account so we can start collaborating.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Over the last couple of years I have looked at Wikipedia and have gone to never using it to using it as a tool for basic information. It is also a great way to show students how the Internet has its own point of view and how web sites can developed.
I went to a sample page set up for the North Texas 23 participants. It was very easy to add pages and pictures. The process is much like other web applications and there wasn't much of a learning curve.
I would love to have some of our students create an entry in Wikipedia for our school. I think this would be a great experience for them.
Lib work is apparently down tonight. I'll keep checking back and let you know what I think.
There are also many other features, many of which are social. If you want to chat with other readers this is a great place to start. I do like the recommendations tab. Here you will find recommendations based on the books in your catalog.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Digg started out as a site focused on Technology and has since changed to include a great deal of general news items.
I find Digg to be a useful site if you are really into the latest news and want a source outside of the local paper or network news. It is also a great place to look for information new a breaking news.
Delicious is fairly simple to use, you have to set up an account, and import your bookmarks. You can then edit and add tags and put tags together into bundles. I do highly recommend cleaning out your book marks first, it is much easier in Explorer.
The great thing about Delicious is that it allows you to share your book marks with others. You can gather a set of book marks and make them available to your students or teachers.
I really do think tagging has a place in the library. If our patrons do use tagging in their online life, why disconnect them in the library. Any tags I create are for my personal use and will not interfer with anyone else. It is not different from creating specific bibliographies. Just easier and more personal.
Friday, June 19, 2009
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Friday, June 12, 2009
I did these in a few minutes using the randomizer, but you do have the ability to select you own colors, background and fonts.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
One of my AR plans was to have a "Walk of fame" and some how incorportate the hand prints. But this makes me think about haveing a virtual "Walk of Fame" and they could get their name on a star and post it in the library Wiki. This would be easy for me, every few weeks I could sit down and update them all at once. No ink or paper involved.
These were all made on Imagechief, scroll down to catagoies and select animations
This movie poster is exactly what I need. Next year my AR theme is going to have something to do with Hollywood and the whole be a star area. When a student gets 100 points I am going to make them a movie poster.
For these fun toys and more check out Big Huge Labs.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I do feel that wen it comes to web 2.0 technology that I am playing catch up always running a behind. It seems that I learn something new and before I get to incorporate it --- it is old and done. Stephen also comments that our knowledge will change the way we perceive our students. We can't be intimated that they know more than us, but we need to be able to enter the arena on a level that is at least respectable in their eyes and ours.
I also watched the video Web 2.0...The Machine is Us/ing Us. It was really fasanating. It really captured the way Web 2.o makes me feel. You can't take your eyes off of it and it moves faster than you can possible keep up. But I hope to pick those jewels that will benifit my students the most and hang on.