Sunday, July 29, 2007
Below is the I sent document I sent as a draft posting to my blog. Pretty cool - everything came through just as I had it in the docuemnt:
I am trying out Zoho, a free online word processor. It is incredible all the free tools available online. I like the cute emotions icons, like this one -- . It seems to have just about all the features you would need, at least for basic documents. For example, here's a table:
I can see that this could be really useful for sharing or collaborating in the future. For example, I recently drafted a proposal for new library software that all the librarians in my district submitted to our administrators. I created the Word doc, emailed it, then compiled all the comments and changes. I could have just created it in Zoho, and let all of them make the changes directly.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Last school year, I started using a blog as a supplement to my library web page for events, hours, a few book talks, and book club meeting announcements. Now that I have explored wikis a bit more, I think a wiki would work better for some of this. I think I will try setting up a wiki for the library book club and use it for the book club meeting announcements, but also encourage the members to discuss books, add book reviews, and suggest and vote on books to read and discuss.
Friday, July 27, 2007
- What are the different options for free wikis, and what are the advantages/disadvantages of each? I didn't find a list of options in any of the resources. (Maybe I missed something.)
- How, if we use a wiki for student input, can we control any inappropriate entries by students?
So, I guess I have my work cut out finding the answers to these questions :) !
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I have liked learning about a variety of tools that use tagging. I can't really see any disadvantage to tags, just advantages. To me, they seem like the current equivalent of catalogers' subject headings, but more free form. I like having books organized by Dewey, but you really need the subject headings or keywords you get in the catalog to make them accessible in a variety of ways. Likewise, the tags used by tools like Technorati and del.icio.us allow for finding sources a variety of ways.
I don't see becoming a regular user of Technorait right now (I already subscribe to more blogs than I really have time to read), but I like knowing about a tool I can use to find blogs if I ever want one on a specific subject. (And, I will remember to search a variety of ways :) ).
Monday, July 16, 2007
I definitely want to try to transition to using del.icio.us as an alternative to my regular bookmarks. I even saw that you can import bookmarks from your browser. The only problem with that is that I have so many old bookmarks - I would want to do a good edit/delete before I just imported everything to del.icio.us. (Another project! :) ) I also want to try using a set of del.icio.us tags for research project recommendations. I have a school library website where I add pages with links for class research projects, but I think using del.icio.us could enhance that, so I am definitely going to give it a try in the fall.
One of the libraries that use del.icio.us tags I checked out and really liked was the San Mateo Public Library. They have prefixed each tag with the high level Dewey classification, then grouped the tags under the classification number. So, you can look at the list of tags on the right side of the screen by Dewey classification category. Very cool.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Well, I had the cool slide show in here, then I realized that I shouldn't have pictures of people online without their permission. So, I've deleted it from here, but I had a lot of fun making it!
Friday, July 13, 2007
I think these Rollyo searchrolls could be really valuable to add to my library webpages for different topics or themes. My only objection is all the interspersed ads. I wish I could have the same thing without the ad listings.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Since I maintain my school's website, as well as my library website, I'm thinking that I should next figure out how I could make these sites have feeds so readers could subscribe to them.
Well, my new MacBook is pretty cool! I've got a lot I haven't yet explored, but so far I love the Phone Booth, and can see that being a fun way to incorporate photos into both lessons and student assignments. And, the zoom in feature will be terrific when I'm giving a lesson using the computer and a projector and want to focus on something on the screen. You just move the cursor to where you want to zoom in, then press the option key, the apple key, and the + keys together to zoom in. You keep pressing those three keys together to zoom further and further. Then, to return to normal, you press the option key, the apple key, and the - keys to zoom out.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I am posting this photo since it is one of the few I have that doesn't include people, so doesn't require that I get their permission. Doing this exercise is making me realize that I would really like to be able to post more photos on my library website and blog, but am going to have to work on setting up a system for getting permission from people when I take photos of them.