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Friday, February 12, 2010

Thing #6 continued

I also enjoyed creating my very own trading card. I will have to remember how to introduce this to my students when I am a bonafide librarian. Again, I found this application in http://bighugelabs.com/.
I love the idea of using http://www.pimpampum.net/bookr/ to
have students create their own books by downloading their own pictures or using pictures they find http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/. What child doesn't like to write about themselves? This would be a creative way to have students journal.

Thing #6

I really enjoyed learning about mash-ups and 3rd party sites. I feel like I am on a technology playground. My favorite application was the jigsaw maker in http://bighugelabs.com/. I was able to create a jigsaw of my family. Who knew I would ever see my family inside a jigsaw puzzle? This could also be done by incorporating pictures from http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/. I can really see how mash-ups could be used in a classroom. I believe the students could be engaged in a project where they can have some creative freedom with pictures and writing. My own children are working on biographies in their 3rd grade class and I think it would have been fun for them to create a trading card for their biography character.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Thing #5

I enjoyed learning more about Flickr and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how user friendly and accessible the site is for participants. I am so intrigued by the whole social networking arena, that I see how Flickr is yet another avenue for sharing with others. In this case it helps people to connect with others through the medium of pictures. Flickr makes it so easy to look up specific categories through using the tags and groups. I was amazed at the availability of so many useful pictures in the Creative Commons. I can definitely see how this would be a useful tool in a classroom. I teach a specialized unit for students with autism and I find it difficult to incorporate this form of technology into my lessons. So I decided to choose a subject that is dear to my heart, dachshunds. I chose an adorable picture of a dachshund celebrating his second birthday shared by Lian Chin. I also have a dachshund and love watching the antics of my little guy. I also enjoyed reading about the professor who used the site to create a lesson on sharing pictures of architectural design. What a great idea for collaborating with other students, teachers, etc.