Friday, June 19, 2009

Thing #5: Explore Flickr

Today was the first time that I did a search on Flickr. I have some relatives who post their photos to the site and then send me e-mails with a link to check them out, but I had never looked at random photos on the site. If I have a search, I usually use Google Images, but Thing #5 reminded me of the copyright laws with images. In college, I HATED putting together presentations with images because you always had to include the information about where you got the image on the PowerPoint slides. I attempted to read the information on the Creative Commons page about licenses, but I'm still a little confused. I understand that attribution is going to be the least stringent about copyright and that no derivative works is, "the most restrictive," but am I supposed to be giving some sort of credit to the photos I use from the attributions group? I looked through some of my fellow bloggers' posts and didn't see anyone who had posted a credit. Thoughts, anyone???

I think I could use Flickr in my classroom in at least two different ways. First off, I am DETERMINED to get PhotoStory into my curriculum this year, and Flickr would be a great resource for my students to use when creating their own PhotoStories. Second, I would like to use Flickr to find an interesting photo to put up on the projector and have students create a story to go along with the photo. Now, I'm going to leave you with some images I found about reading, because that is my main goal today. Well, that and to have my electrician hardwire my dining room with electricity for my chandeliers and wait on a window repair man to come fix my front bedroom window which my loving husband destroyed after mowing over a rock in our front yard! Ciao!

(Okay, I got the images on here, but they posted at the beginning of the post, and I don't like where they are! How in the heck do I change this? I've tried a few different things, but I haven't figured it out. If you have some suggestions, please let me know.)

Thing #4: Register

I have successfully registered my blog, but if you look for me on the Library2Play Players list, I'm showing up as, "Gal Called Al sb." Not really sure why, but that's how you can find me.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Thing #3: Setting up the blog and avatar

So I have officially set up my blog and created an avatar. Honestly, I hated making the stupid avatar and will spend time putting up real pictures when it is not time for bed. I had to follow the note on the Library2Play blog about saving my avatar as a JPG and then using the picture gadget to put it on the blog. I REALLY want to re-design my blog to suit my personality better, but after a day of tie-dying with ten year-old triplets and shopping for an anniversary present for my husband, I'm going to call it a day and will "redecorate" at a later date.

To quickly answer Thing #3: It was not hard to set up a blog or create the avatar. I viewed other blogs last week, but I have not made comments on any. I feel a little awkward doing that, but I'm sure I'll get over it soon. Good night!

Thing #2: 7.5 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners

Okay, so I'm officially a slacker... I viewed the online presentation about lifelong learners over a week ago and am just now getting around to setting up my official blog! Yikes! I am definitely pro people being lifelong learners- you live, you learn, right? I aspire to go back to school for an advanced degree or two (someday!) and have this sweet tooth-crazed notion to eventually enroll in not just any old culinary institute, but rather, a pastry school where I can bake and indulge in chocolate-filled croissants a la my favorite fast food French- La Madeleine. Therefore...

The easiest habit for me is obviously habit number one: Begin with the end in mind. Set goals for myself? Check. Accomplish those goals without procrastinating? I'll get back to you on that one.

The hardest habit for me is habit number three: View problems as challenges. As much as I hope to teach and raise my own children to be optimistic and happy, I often find myself full of self-doubt when things go awry. It is very hard for me to see the obstacles as just a small hurdle (Quite ironic, as I was the captain of my high-school hurdling team!) and often end up thinking, "Why me!?!" I'm 23, so I feel like this is something that I will be able to work on as I live and learn.

Well, those are my thoughts in a nutshell on the habits of lifelong learning. Fingers crossed that I actually publish this post without messing it up!