Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Audacity project

I should have mentioned in my previous post that the tech tools I am working with teachers on are for them to increase productivity. At this time we can access some 2.0 tools as faculty but are not allowed to use blogs, wikis, or other tools with students. I do believe that by introducing these cool tools to my staff that they will be more than ready to plunge in when we do have permission to use them for working with students. One exception so far has been the use of Audacity. Our Literacy Coach wanted to work with students to record books on CD for younger students to use in school. One of our tech people and I downloaded the software and we purchased 6 inexpensive microphones. There were some glitches at first with saving the correct file in the correct format where we could find it but that was easily solved. The students are having a GREAT time and are improving their pace in reading. We will be putting together 4 books with a CD in a zip lock bag. Hopefully we will have 200 sets completed by the end of the year.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jan. E2T2 Reflections

The videos of Introducing The Book and Stuck On An Escalator were hilarious. I am trying to decide if I should show them at a staff mtg. It seems as though everyone is so occupied with preparing for the MCA's that nothing else seems important.
Before the January session I had the opportunity to share/coach teachers on the use of Animoto, Delicious, Googledocs and Blogger. Having a structure to use for checking how I can improve my coaching skills is great. I found the practice quite interesting and very valuable. I realized that it is easy for me to bring my own personal experiences into the situation and get off topic. I am looking forward to our conversations with Nancy Guldberg.
The session with Elluminate was fun and also revealing. When participating in online classes during my MLS program several years ago we used chat sessions for discussions. It would have been much more effective if we would have had the options available in this program.
A great weekend of sharing and learning!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Image Hosting

Our art teacher is interested in saving photos of student work online so she can use them in projects without taking up so much space on our school server. I suggested she look at Flickr, Picasa or Photobucket. I would welcome any other possiblities.