Thursday, April 30, 2009

gps geochaching

We recently embarked in a journey using GPS navigators. Nichole and I were given two points on campus to search for an object. As you can tell by my picture I did not find my point. Well, I did just not the object.
I could possibly use this if my students were studying treasure island. I could have them use it as a project to find a buried treasure.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

professional port...gag

I have been working on a professional portfolio all semester long. I have finally decided on a layout that I liked, however, the more I sit and look at it..the more I hate it! Most of the semester has been devoted to reading about usability in web design. What makes it difficult, is that everything was in the old professional portfolio is everything I'm NOT suppose to do. So, where do I go? What do I do? I don't want to dismiss everything that has been already done, but at the same time..I was the most accessible website that showcases my teaching ability and knowledge of web design. These nights are going to be very long..which means that I could be so grumpy up until Thursday. ICK!

Thursday, April 23, 2009


So, we recently learned about a bookmarking tool called Zotero. This would be a great tool to document various tools to use throughout the school year.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I created a jing to show my little presentation on Delicious by using Jing

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I have used twitter for a while, but recently got a new account. It is not my favorite thing but it's a good connection with others. I use to tool called "twirl" that allows me to log into several social networking sites at once but keep it organzied.
It can be downloaded at Twittering can be useful in the classroom in a lot of different ways. It could be an interesting way to have a classroom continue a conversation about a subject, or discuss for groups. Twhirl would be an interesting tool for students to use various tools and maintaing their seperate identities.

There are tons of tools out there that could be used with twitter, but one must really consider the credability of those sites and the people using them. That is my biggest worry for it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

sketch up

and there we go.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

twitter? What? google, where?!

So far we have learned twitter and google sketch pad. I have used twitter for several months and it was interesting to watch others get so confused in the beginning...because I think everyone hits that point. Twitter can be so addictive, so it will be interesting to see which one of my peers gets sucked in by twins, tweets and becoming twitterific!
Google sketchpad is very Sims meets Cad developing. It is not difficult to use, but it is not the best tool to use. It would depend on how much time you have to create something and how detailed you want to be. Looking through the image archives to see what others have already created and available to download is interesting because there are the most intricate items..and there are some really crappy ones. This is also a tool that depending on your creativity level will show what you are capable of or what you want to spend your time on.

I can see myself using twitter in my classroom, but maybe not google sketchpad. I could possible use the sketchpad to have students create various scenes..but I think that could be a really long process and depending on their knowledge of the tool and the time available..would this be a real project I would want to start in the classroom.