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
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.
4. Create a Wiki to share with and accept contributions from others.
*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.
8. Keep track of what you read. Create your own online bookshelf with Librarything.
9. Podcasting: With very little equipment, creating online “radio” shows is a blast. See what other schools are doing:
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.
more to come. . .