Monday, June 20, 2011
Learning From My Colleagues
This week I had the opportunity to view presentations from peers about topics related to technology use in the school library. I would like to highlight a few things that I learned about.
Storybird allows users to create a digital storybook. I enjoyed viewing Kathryn Koller's Storybird creation on how to use this resource in your library or classroom. I can see this being a very motivating form of writing for students. I am looking forward to setting up a class and using this with my 6th graders during writer's workshop. I think that they will love it!
Shelfari is a virtual bookshelf that allows users to rate books, write reviews, create book groups, and have discussions with other Shelfari users. I learned a lot by viewing Katherine Block's presentation. This gave me an overview of the features that Shelfari has to offer. This would be a great tool to place on your library webpage. I think that it would also be fun to use with older readers (gr. 6-12). Students would appreciate the social networking features the site offers. I look forward to testing this out with middle school students next year.
PhotoStory3 is a Microsoft program that provides a simple interface for students to use digital storytelling. Dyann Vilez did a great job sharing the features of this program in her presentation. I was disappointed to find that it is not available for Mac. So, I did some additional research to see what else is available. Tech4Teachers suggested using iMovie, which is what I would have suggested as well. I also wonder if iPhoto would be a good option?
Diigo is a Web 2.0 tool I have heard a lot about, but haven't really explored on my own. After watching Kelly Nelsen's video, I will trying this out myself! I was amazed to see all the ways that Diigo can help me make sense out of my hundreds of bookmarked websites! Thank you so much Kelly!!