Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Flickr Still on the top of my list

I am not using all of the 23 things that I learned, but I am using some very frequently. I have used Flickr to send photos to Grandma, photos to my son's friends mom and dad to send "trophy" fish photos :-) and most recently to help sell our International 656 Tractor. I LOVE that I can upload photos so quickly and send the link--we still have dial up at home and sharing photos used to be quite painful.

Thanks 23 Things!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Boys and Books

Very interesting article about boys and books....
I have heard other reports on Sax's research as it applies to teaching boys in a classroom/homeschool setting.

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Every BOY Ready to Read @ Your Library
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 by Anne Robert
On Sunday, June 24, I attended the program “Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Every BOY Ready to Read @ Your Library,” presented by Dr. Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. He explained the gender differences between boys and girls and how we could use this in our storytimes. A few highlights from his Powerpoint presentation:

•Gender gap
-Between 1980-2004, gender gap of leisure-time reading
-1 in 10 boys now reads for fun
-Gender gap has become a chasm (“…a marker of gender identity: girls read, boys don’t.” –Bauerlein & Stotsky 2005, Bauerlein 2007)

•Sex differences in brain development (Harriet Hanlon, et al. 1999)
-studied 224 girls, 284 boys, ages 2 months to 16 years
-fine motor skills and language : girls develop faster
-gross motor skills, spatial memory, visual targeting : boys develop faster

•Learning styles
-Boys listen better when they are standing (rather than sitting – “their brains shut off”)
-Most young girls learn better when sitting
-Does not mean there is a difference in rank (or abilities)
-Boys are taught to sit still in school like the girls (so then school = girly … why they hate it)
-Best temperature to learn: 60 degrees boys, 75 degrees girls (children and young adults for normal size) – 6 degrees of separation

•Extraneous noise (Colin, Elliot and assoc.)
-Bother girls and women at sound levels 10 to 40x lower than boys/,men
-Girls are aware of what’s going on around them
-90-92% of boys not bothered by noise

-Offer Noisy Time Story Time (and Quiet Time Story Time)
-Turn the thermostat down
-Seats are optional (bean bag chairs?) – boys love to crouch
-Rule: No hitting, can’t disturb others
-Choose stories boys enjoy (Watch out for “demand characteristics” – what’s the right choice?)
-Allow buzzing/tapping/clicking

For more information, visit Dr. Sax’s website: www.boysadrift.com (same title as his new book, being published in August 2007)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It's Alive!!

I did it! I made it work!?! "What is it?" You might be thinking.... It is my cell phone which doubles as a mp3 player. I finally got the software from verizon that I needed and now it is working. I synched my first songs today from my PC. I am moving into a new era. How exciting!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

More Fun...

Check out my ballerina princess....

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

Thing #23 The Final Thing

1.What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
One of my favorite discoveries was Flickr and the ability to share photos without emailing them. Also finding out that I still love learning and I can still have fun with technology.

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? Maybe I am not as afraid as I was to play with new things. And also to not feel guilty for experimenting with new technology on work time -- all of this applies to our jobs in more than one way.

3. Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? I was surprised that it wasn't as difficult or monumentous as I had anticipated looking at it from the beginning.

4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
Wow...tough one. I will have to think about that for a while...Right now I would have to say it worked very well for me.
And last but not least…
5.If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?
Absolutely. I would participate. But just don't assume that I will ever get high speed internet at home?!?

6. How would you describe your learning experience in a few words or a few sentences, so we can share our successes and promote this program?
This was learning by immersion. I needed to get my hands, arms, and the rest of myself immersed in the Web 2.0. It was high time to know about it and experiment with it. I am hopeful that I will be able to be a resource for others--not because I feel like I can do it better or understand it all perfectly, but just to say if I can do it, so can you! We have to be willing to learn new things and move forward. I don't want to be ignorant of what is out there. It doesn't mean that I have to embrace all of these new things, but I do know about them and how they work now. I also have an opportunity to harness their powers for good instead of evil... (ha ha ha).