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culmination…the tree of life

The concept behind the tree of life is that all things are connected.  This seems an apt metaphor for web 2.0 and my experience with the 13 things @ Coe.

This learning project has been amazing.  I always felt like I was technologically savvy; I learned that I knew some, but not nearly very many of the fantastic things available on the world wide web.  Much like I would have initially guessed, there are a lot of valuable applications and sites out there, and there are even more that may just be an additional time suck.  I will probably find a few more that will continue to give me energy (Facebook does this for me now) and a few others that I may never use again.

I continue to be blown away at the elements we can use to aid students in learning and to help make it an authentic experience.  This blog is proving to be an excellent outlet for my own authentic self and a chance to reconnect with the writer inside.  I wish I could have kept up with it more consistently and have already begun thinking about how the blog will continue now that the project is over.  Part of me feels like it should be focused, but the other part of me knows that my random stream of consciousness is rarely as focused as I would like.  Who knows what will come of it.  It will be something, this I know.

In terms of feedback for the creator of our wonderful project, I really enjoyed the self-discovery aspect.  I was able to dig into topics that really interested me and leave the ones that were less interesting alone.  Self-discovery also lends well to those of us who are generally familiar with many of these web concepts — meaning that I don’t have to sit in a room waiting for someone to figure out how to open a new tab, let alone understand the project.  I’m a quick learner when it comes to stuff like this and my patience wears short when it comes to the technology transplants in the web 2.0 world (other than my mom of course).

I appreciated that we were required at some points to comment on one another’s blogs and follow them.  I have enjoyed reading the colleagues’ blogs which I chose to follow.  The inner extrovert in me wishes there would have been a few more opportunities to connect in a more intentional way.  I loved the comments I received and understand the importance of the connected nature of all of these wonderful concepts.  What good is a blog if no one is reading it?  Lucky for me, a few of the colleagues with whom I work on a daily basis were also doing the project and we were able to chat about it at the lunch table.

Here’s the link to wordle.net‘s interpretation of my blog.  Apparently, I write a lot about great things : )

http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/2322136/rootsbecometrees

13 things @ Coe = check.  Now I’m just crossing my fingers for that iPad!!

hugs, ekg

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toast…slightly underdone

The final “official” thing, thing #12, is using video tools.

I signed into ScreenToaster.com and created an account.  It’s actually a really interesting process — it would be even better if I had a microphone or webcam, I think.  There have been few times when I have actually thought, “oh, I wish I could just show someone how to do this instead of explaining it,” but those few times, ScreenToaster would have come in handy!  I’m thinking in particular of the day my mom called asking how to post photos to Facebook.  An hour later, and we were still on the phone, and my mom still didn’t have a clear idea how to post photos on her Facebook page.   I tried to email her detailed instructions, but that was too overwhelming.  She’s come a long way where Facebook is concerned, but this application would have been very useful!

In honor of my mom, I created my ScreenToast of how to upload photos.  Granted, I only got halfway through because Facebook decided to be stupid.  Nonethless, here’s my toast:

This would be a great way to help students understand using Moodle and mycoe.edu as well…oh, the possibilities!

Only one more…ekg

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reading roots

Okay, in case I wasn’t clear the first time around, I love google.  A lot.  Google’s “app,” the google reader, is a big part of that.

I follow an inordinate amount of blogs; many more than I realized.  This is probably because I rarely follow them all individually or visit their websites.  Google reader allows me to see all the posts from today (if I’m checking daily) or saves all my unread posts for me until I can swing onto reader and catch up.  Currently, my reader has 32 unread posts.  This means that I have not had much time for general Internet fun recently.  I’m looking forward to the end of summer, settling in, and catching up soon!

I usually check my google reader on my “igoogle” page.  This is my google “homepage” and it displays my gmail, reader, and a few other apps.  I love it and am excited for something similar to make it’s way to the educational side of google.  I’m not sure how I managed it, but my start page for Coemail has my google reader on it : )  Yea!

read on!  ekg

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common roots

The concept behind Creative Commons is awesome.  Like Lisa mentioned on the 13 things @ Coe blog, I’m sure I’ve used information and images from the web without giving proper credit where it is due.  Though I feel like I have a good understanding of plagiarism, I don’t think I have a great understanding of copyright law and how it applies, especially in an educational setting.

Creative Commons appears to be doing great work to offer folks ways to find things legally instead of snagging the most convenient stuff.

At the same time, it’s hard to really find things that I’m looking for.  Case in point, I looked for some ideas on diversity activities, especially related to social justice, and found pretty useless results.  The same search on google was far more helpful.  I am not sure where my “borrowing” license begins and ends when it comes to finding things like this, but google seems more effective for now.

If I were completing or assigning a research paper, it’s likely that Creative Commons might prove more useful.  It offers the opportunity to expand our understanding of copyright, but may give students an “out” where the lines are already blurred.

ahead! ekg.

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