7 Things Meme

Hmmm … why do I think of this?

I was just tagged by Ann Oro in the meme going around the education blog circles called “Seven Things”. See the video does make sense!

Here are the rules:

  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post – some random, some weird.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter and/or Plurk.

So here are my 7 Things You Might Not Know About Me:

  1. I have lived in 5 states in the U.S. and 1 foreign country, Canada, and even went to high school in Canada.
  2. I am the oldest of 5 children in my family, only 4 of whom are still living.
  3. I was a major teen idol “fan” way back when and spent way too much time & money following The Osmonds around the country. I’m the mother of two “fans” of my own these days which explains my knowledge of the video above – that and the fact that I teach elementary & middle school girls!
  4. Speaking of being a “fan”, one of the first groups I loved was The Cowsills and today I am their webmaster. If only I would have known what would be when I was 12 and in love with John Cowsill.
  5. I am a wanna be photographer (okay maybe you did know that one) and take a lot of pictures for my daughters’ dance studio and for my school’s yearbook.
  6. I love to scrapbook – okay these days this should be, I love to think about scrapbooking since I can’t remember the last time I actually did any scrapbooking. I do still have lots of supplies though and I even have a Scrapbooking Website … that I haven’t updated in ages.
  7. My two favorite drinks are Diet Coke and Snake Bite (the lager & cider variety if you please).
  8. Oh and a bonus one, I met my husband in a bar – okay really a PUB which is different than a bar. Yes you can meet people in a bar (uh, pub) and to tie it in to some of the other 7 things … I was at the bar to see Bob & Susan Cowsill (#4) and I was drinking a Snake Bite (#7)!

Now it’s my turn to tag and I’m supposed to tag 7 others. The problem is most everyone I would normally tag has already been tagged so I’m only tagging 4 and they are: JoNelle Gardner, Amber Coggin, Kevin Jarrett and a non-edublogger, Tracy P! Tell me something I don’t know about you.

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I’ve been tagged: Wordle Meme

I was tagged by Nedra Isenberg and Ann Oro for the Wordle Meme started by Lee Kolbert. So, I took the challenge and here’s mine:

It’s obvious that I talk a lot about student projects on my blog and that’s a good thing since that’s the purpose of my blog. You can tell that the election was a recent subject of posts … and actually of projects in the lab. It will be interesting to see if this changes over time. I’ll have to try this again every few months or so and see.

And now I tag Maddy Shapiro, Michelle Russell and Heidi Pence.

Here are the directions:
1. Create a Wordle from your blog’s RSS feed.
2. Blog it and describe your reaction. Any surprises?
3. Tag others to do the same.
4. Be sure to link back here and to where you were first tagged.

Professional Development Meme Results

Back in July, I was tagged by Nedra at My Journey into the World of Elementary Tech for the PD Meme started by Clif Mims and at that time I picked my 3 goals which were:

  1. Read at least 1 of the books on my Shelfari shelf.
  2. Become familiar with wikis and set up 2 of them so they are ready to go in September. The first one will be used as our Class Website for next year. I have set this up however I have just started adding all of the content that I want to have there. I need to set up the students since I will have them do some posting to the wiki and I haven’t even attempted that yet. The second wiki will be used as a year-long Social Studies project for the 8th Grade. Once again, I have set this up but have a long way to go with content and I have to establish student accounts.
  3. Like Nedra who tagged me, I too want to learn all about podcasting. I’ve read a lot about it but never really done it and I want to use it with at least one class next year so I need to know as much as possible.

And how did I do?

I actually read (okay read & listened to) two books on my list:

  • Teaching Computers in Pre-K through 8th Grade: One New Teacher’s Voyage in Education by Salvatore Mamome: I was really looking forward to reading this one since I too teach computers to grades K through 8. I was hoping that this book would be both a fun read and maybe give me some pointers in handling some of the issues that I have run up against. I’m sorry to say that I was disappointed. Most of the book is sample projects & lessons which could have been helpful but tended to be more test oriented than my classes are and did not take advantage of newer Web 2.0 technologies. If you’re looking for general information on setting up a computer lab, grading and lots of concrete examples mostly using Word then this might be a book you would find useful. It wasn’t what I was looking for though.
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Updated and Expanded by Thomas L. Friedman – My timing was great on this one since over the summer this was offered in audio format as a free download from the publisher. I took advantage of that and listened to the book. I don’t know that I necessarily agree with all the ideas put forth in the book but it definitely gave me a lot to think about and helped to solidify my idea of a theme for the Computer Lab this year – It’s A Small World. This book I would recommend and have to a few people since I finished it. I plan to read Mr. Friedman’s latest book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America when I get a chance.

I’ve been using the Computer Lab Wiki for about a week now with the students and it seems to be working fairly well. It’s very nice to be able to change something easily either from home or while I’m at school. I know I still have a lot to learn about the potential here and my students haven’t started contributing – yet. I have plans for a few grades to add to the wiki and will begin this shortly. I’ve only just introduced the 8th Grade Social Studies Wiki to the class. We will begin using this once I get back signed permission slips from all of the parents. I’m hoping this will be a successful project. I did run into one problem last week in that wikispaces went down while I was teaching. When that happens I don’t have access to what I’ve planned to do so because that happened, I’ve started putting my lessons plans in a Google Document that I can pull up if need be.

Podcasting is still somewhat a mystery to me. I am going to start working with 8th Grade on this in the next few weeks so I’ll see how it goes. I would have liked to work more with this over the summer but ended up spending a lot of time getting the lab set up for the new year and I just ran out of time.

Professional Development Meme

Back in July, I was tagged by Nedra at My Journey into the World of Elementary Tech for the PD Meme started by Clif Mims and I posted this on the StM Computer Lab Blog. I am now moving professional development & teaching reflection information over to this blog so I’m reposting it so I can comment on it next week.

Directions

Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular work or the works of a particular author, beef up an existing unit of instruction, advance one’s technical skills, work on that advanced degree or certification, pick up a new hobby, and finish many of the other items on our ever-growing To Do Lists. Let’s make Summer 2008 a time when we actually get to accomplish a few of those things and enjoy the thrill of marking them off our lists.

The Rules

  1. Pick 3 professional development goals and commit to achieving them this summer.
  2. For the purposes of this activity the end of summer will be Labor Day (09/01/08).
  3. Post the above directions along with your 3 goals on your blog.
  4. Title your post Professional Development Meme and link back/trackback to http://clifmims.com/blog/archives/353.
  5. Use the following tag/ keyword/ category on your post: pdmeme.
  6. Tag 8 others to participate in the meme.
  7. Achieve your goals and “develop professionally.”
  8. Commit to sharing your results on your blog during early or mid-September.

My 3 Goals

  1. Read at least 1 of the books on my Shelfari shelf.
  2. Become familiar with wikis and set up 2 of them so they are ready to go in September. The first one will be used as our Class Website for next year. I have set this up however I have just started adding all of the content that I want to have there. I need to set up the students since I will have them do some posting to the wiki and I haven’t even attempted that yet. The second wiki will be used as a year-long Social Studies project for the 8th Grade. Once again, I have set this up but have a long way to go with content and I have to establish student accounts.
  3. Like Nedra who tagged me, I too want to learn all about podcasting. I’ve read a lot about it but never really done it and I want to use it with at least one class next year so I need to know as much as possible.

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