Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thing #5

I spent quite a bit of time exploring the Flickr website. The Creative Commons was interesting and I'm sure we will be looking at these images when we work on our power point. My oldest daughter is studying art in college and I can see how this website would be a great tool to getting feedback on her work. I spent some time looking at the photos in The Commons including pictures from the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and George Eastman House, some beautiful and interesting photographs.

Thing #4

My blog is officially registered and I'm ready to continue this 23 things journey. I'm learning that anytime I turn on my computer to do classwork I need to clear my schedule for three hours or more. There's so many interesting things to learn and before I know it hours have passed.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thing #3

I'm an Avatar!! If it weren't so late I would have spent more time picking out an outfit but like usual I grabbed a t-shirt and a comfortable pair of jeans.
Setting up a blog was like every other thing I do these days with new technology. I'm not sure what I'm doing, I take it a step at a time, go back and read the directions if it's not working and then I surprise myself when it works out.

Thing #2

I've just finished viewing the 7 1/2 Habits Of Highly Successful Life Long Learners,

The habit that comes easiest for me is habit #2, Accept Responsibility for Your Own Learning. Whether it's at work or in my personal life I seek out ways to keep learning and become better at what I do. As my role as a special education teacher has changed over the years I have sought out ways to continue learning including seeking out staff development, learning from co-workers or observing successful classroom teachers.
I don't always "begin with the end in mind" (habit #1), and as a life long learner I don't alway think that is a bad thing. Some learning, like going back to school to get my library certification, has a very clear end in mind. For me, sometimes the end doesn't become clear until I've learned a little. Like the 23 Things. I have no idea what I'll be learning but somewhere along the end will become clear....I think.

Thing #1

"There's no use in trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things."
"I dare say you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." -Lewis Carroll

I have no idea what Web 2.0 is or even one of the "23 Things" but I'm ready for a new challenge.