New year, new job

I am once again on the path to newness.  A new school year.  A new job.  A new bunch of wonderful people to meet and learn from. . .

I listened to an awesome and inspiring podcast today.  The original lecture took place last May when I was scrambling for a job in a school library as yet another levy in another district failed and I found myself riffed for the second time.  This portable librarian thing — it’s becoming a lifestyle.

 The podcast can be found here:   http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/172/

I am inspired to challenge all educators to try “23 new things”.  But, let’s create a customized list for the teaching world, and let’s localize it for Ohio. 

Here is the list that challenges us to learn a little about all the new Web 2.0 technologies:

1.  Create a separate email for learning new Web 2.0 technologies. 

Suggestion:  sign up for an email account with Yahoo.  Go to http://www.yahoo.com and click on the “my mail” button in the upper left corner of the page.  Follow the directions to sign up for a mail account.  You can use your new Yahoo address to sign up for all the following services on this list. 

2.  Create a Blog for your class 

Suggestion:   http://wordpress.com/

3.  If you are blogging for your class, you will want to keep track of your bookmarks.  Create a social bookmark for yourself with delicious.

Suggestion:  http://del.icio.us/

4.  Create a Wiki to share with and accept contributions from others.

Suggestion:  http://www.wikispaces.com/

*Don’t forget to add your wikispace to your del.icio.us bookmarks.

5 & 6.  Subscribe to an RSS feed.

First, you will need to create an account with Bloginess.  http://www.bloglines.com/

This page will act as the home where you receive your RSS feeds.

Second, search for “feeds” that interest you.  I searched for libraries and subscribe to several library feeds, such as Librarian’s Index to the Internet and The Shifted Librarian.

*Keep Bloginess in your del.icio.us bookmarks for easy access.

7. Create a site to keep original digital images.  You can use these images to create original content & assignments for your students.  

Suggestion: http://flickr.com/

8.  Keep track of what you read.  Create your own online bookshelf with Librarything.

Suggestion:   http://www.librarything.com/

9.  Podcasting:  With very little equipment, creating online “radio” shows is a blast.  See what other schools are doing:

http://www.mpsomaha.org/willow/radio/

Here is a podcasting tutorial.  http://learninginhand.com/podcasting/index.html

Two free downloads to try at home:  Search Google for Audacity and LAME — they work together.  Audacity is recording and editing software.  LAME acts and an encoder to change the Audacity file to an MP3. 

10.  Explore My Maps on Google Maps.  Create a map for your school and add a picture of it to the map.

http://maps.google.com/

more to come. . .

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