Sunday, November 30, 2008

My Website!!!!!

This past week I finished my website. I was so proud of it that I showed everyone : ) Even though it was a little tough at first, I really started to get the hang of it after creating a few pages. This was a long process and a little frustrating at time, but I really enjoyed myself and I am satisfied with the product. I took the challenge of creating my website on a wiki and did find it to be very easy. It took a very short time to complete. I think what made it the easiest, other than being able to copy and paste all of my content, was that I did not have to keep linking my pages. I have really enjoyed this course and have gotten much more out of it than I expected. I plan to use what I have learned in the future in my own classroom.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Web Authoring

This week we started creating our websites. Like I said before, I was really nervous. When we first starte, everything was confusing and I was not sure why we were doing certain things. Once we got to fill in our content and customize our site, I really started feeling more comfortable. I have two pages up and am looking forward to finishing the others. My favorinte part was going to the site and seeing it actually on the internet. I even called my husband to have him look at him : ) I am really excited about finishing my site.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tying up loose ends

This week I spent most of my time finishing up projects and tying up loose ends. Since I had my multimedia presentation almost completed last week, I just spent a little time making some corrections and then presented my work to the class. I also finished up posting my 5 sites on the wiki and made a few changes to my PLP bio. I really enjoyed browsing through some websites to select the ones I wanted to post on the wiki. I found several high quality sites that I believe will be very useful to me in the future. I feel very comfortable editing the wiki as well as importing images. I look forward to creating my web page next week, although I am a little nervous.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Multimedia Presentations

I have really enjoyed this past week of class. I have used Power Point for several presentation; however, I have never used it as an interactive tool. My tutorial is based on animal classifications. I believe I could and intend to use this type of tool in my own classroom. This would be a wonderful introduction to a unit of study as well as a review before formal assessments. I enjoy participating in interactive tutorials myself. I like the fact that I can go at my own pace and I feel I master the material through these types of tutorials. Although the process has been time consuming and work intensive, I have really enjoyed myself.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Storyboards for Power Point

I have use Power Point several times to create visuals for leading discussions and making presentation. I am sure I have been using it inappropriately. I have never used it as an interactive activity. I am looking forward to completing this lesson. Another aspect of the process that is new to me is the creation of a storyboard. I really like this concept and think it will be very beneficial. I am a planner and like to map out what I expect to do. I also benefit from visuals. Creating my own storyboard allows me to visualize the process of working through the tutorial. I also feel I put more into my work this way. I am looking forward to the finished product : )

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Interactive Spreadsheets

I've already said that I enjoy working with Excel. This last week I learned a lot about making interactive spreadsheets. By making my own, I was able to work my way through it and learn from my own mistakes. If I had not been able to learn by doing I would not have seen that I needed to choose a date setting or that numbers and letters automatically justify to opposite sides. I believe I would use this type of program in my classroom.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Graphic Web and Spreadsheets

Last week we finished up our work on Inspiration. I was really pleased with how mine turned out. I felt very comfortable using this program and trying new things out. I think this program would be very useful in the classroom. Both by use of teachers and students.

We also began learning about Excel. I have had some experience using this program in a stats course. I enjoy working with this program. I love math and organization. I look forward to learning new ways of using the Excel in the classroom.