Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thing 5: Exploring Flickr

I was able to set up a Flickr account and even put a photo in as part of my profile. (I won't tell you how long this took me though!:-)

One of my problems: Unless I use one of these Web 2.0 features on a regular basis, things like user names and passwords drop out of my brain within 5 minutes and the next time I attempt to access an account it's a mad scramble that inevitably leads to setting up a new password. (Drat!)

But! There is a silver lining! Our tech guy at school gave me a wonderful tip that I've embraced. I have a little black address book that I methodically keep updated with new user names and passwords for the various Web 2.0 technology sites I participate in. I also include computer logins and even the names of my children. (Just kidding on the last one!) I shudder to think if I loose the little black book though.....

Flickr would be a great tool for locating photos to accompany a wide variety of projects. I can see where individuals who enjoy taking photography would love joining groups to compare their work.

The following picture taken from Flickr made me chuckle. Are there still librarians like this around?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thing 1 & 2

I was able to take time to explore the "Raven About 2.0 " site and read about the program. I enjoyed watching the "Points From Lifelong Learners" and after reading about the 71/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners and applying them to my habits I determined Habit 3 and 4 are my biggest challenges. I need to look at problems as challenges, not road blocks. Confidence in myself as a competent, effective learner is another mind set I need to get past when dealing with technology.

I appreciated the Learning Contract. I especially liked the area where I needed to write down the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of individuals who can help me along the way.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thing 3: Take 1

Whew! I thought I had completed Thing 3! I tried creating a person avatar similar to everyones and wasn't able to using my mac. I kept getting messages saying that it wasn't possible with a mac. ( If anyone has tips for mac users, let me know!) I then found this cute reading bear avatar which I downloaded and copy/pasted into my profile. I can see it just fine on my profile page, but am not able to see it on the blog entry in the public format. Sooo, I'm still playing around with this. I also signed up for an AkASL membership while I was working through lesson 1.

Hey! I checked out this entry a couple days later and my avatar has appeared! Magic!