Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thing 8

Ok I have resisted doing thing 8 but have to get past it so I can do things I setup RSS feeds to my yahoo version of google reader. I was not very enthusiastic about it until I realized I can add all the websites that I check daily (duh) and not have to check them daily page by page but all on one page - way cool really. If I pick the content right I may not end up with any of the garbage RSS feeds that I so hate. This would be how I would use it in the library - to keep up with ALA and all the library blogs and info that we have to keep up with and won't have time to be checking a zillion websites every day. I could also feed when students change something on their blogs (like I presume Vaughn has done here), I could keep up with school news too like sports and competitions.
The feeds I added that I am MOST excited about are to the Sam Houston State Basketball site since they just WON last night!! (I have a family tie to them).

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Thing 7

I setup Google Reader and found the funniest post from a kid that had texted Haiti 90999 on her cell over 200 times not knowing that she was actually making a $10 donation each time and had donated $2000 from her unknowing parents. That was one of the rss feeds. While it is funny it could be a major time waster, which is why I tend to avoid rss feeds. I just checked it again and there is a UTube Video of a cat dropping a monitor on his/her owner - again extremely amusing but not of much value!
I love Google Maps but wonder about the fears of loss of privacy when you can see everything at street level. I checked my home address and it must have been garbage day when they took the picture because the garbage cans are in my driveway and the recycling is on the sidewalk - kinda spooky really. Google Finance is great too except that lately I feel I want to be ignorant of what the market is doing.
If I taught Geography Gooogle Maps would be amazing. If I taught Business Google Finance would be great and I can think of how you could use it in Math with graphing, predicting trends and calculating returns. I like the Google Search that allows you to search for powerpoints on subjects and will use that. Google Books is the most useful for me in my area to find new ways to present the units that we do.

Thing 6

Library Dog in Sepia
I did this with a picture of my dog in Big Huge Lab by choosing the FX special effects option and then making the picture sepia. The effects you could choose were pretty cool like swirl or it turned a picture into drawings. The ads are annoying but it beats paying to use the site. You can login as your facebook login so you don't have to add yet another login.
The way you could use this in the library is to make quick EASY eye popping posters and or signs. You could also have students use it for projects. You can make mini books too which would be a cool library project.

Thing 5 Continued

I think I mixed up thing 5 and week 5 and did Thing 10 with the image generator rather than a real thing here goes again. The waves picture is from creative commons. I picked it to go with my IPC curriculum because we are studying forces and motion and gravity. I also picked it because I LOVE the beach and it is an amazing picture.