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.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I Movie and Inspiration

Last week was great because we got to do a lot of hands-on work. Monday we looked at I Movie and got to make our own movie. This was really fun. I had always thought this would be something I could never use. It was very intimidating and I did not think I had the skills to work with it. Once I got to mess around with it on my own and not worry about messing it up I really enjoyed it. There were so many ways to customize my own movie and it was not difficult at all. I could see me using it again, especially since it was so easy.

We also used Inspiration to make a web. I wanted to use similar information as my webquest to see our similar information can be displayed. This would be a wonderful tool for students to use to demonstrate their knowledge instead of filling out a sheet. I also like the order and organization.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Digital Images

This week we looked at digital images. I have had many experiences using digital cameras. I have a few of my own and upload them to my computer for storage. I have also saved pictures from the internet as well. I have not done much work using picture editing programs. I have enjoyed cropping and reformatting pictures. I also did not know how to take a screenshot. This was an interesting tool and is something I will use again. I really enjoyed the digital scavenger hunt. It included all of the aspect of working with pictures (taking them, cropping them, reformatting them, and uploading them to the computer). I also benefited from the extra practice using Power Point.