Delicious was the most beneficial tool for me. I am excited to be able to access my bookmarks from any computer. Not only is this great for educational sites, but also for use with everyday life. <br />You may visit my delicious at http://delicious.com/erikadobson1<br />What is Delicious?<br />
Twitter is a wonderful tool for educators. At first, I felt like an educational slacker because educators are constantly sharing educational resources and I felt that I could never keep up. As I began to get more comfortable using Twitter, I started to enjoy the information and not be overwhelmed by it. Overall, it is a great resource for networking and professional development.<br />My twitter account is http://twitter.com/erikadobson1<br />What is Twitter?<br />
My Ning<br />http://erikasdiscoveries.ning.com/<br />This tool is beneficial for collaborating with other educators on any given topic. I created a Ning on differentiating instruction. I feel my Ning was very time consuming to create and finding people to join has also been a challenge. Most likely I will probably use my Ning the least of everything I have created. <br />What is a Ning?<br />
What Nings did I join?<br />Valleyeducators.ning.com<br />Womenofwishes.ning.com<br />
Animoto is a great tool to enhance any lesson in the classroom. Let’s face it, kids love pictures. Because I am home on sabbatical leave I used Animoto to create a short video of my family. Check it out at<br />http://animoto.com/play/XofwxE69C2u7ZHgRzZsJ3w<br />What is Animoto?<br />
I have found that for being out of college for fifteen years my technological skills definitely needed some updating. Once I figured out how to use the tools I actually enjoyed them. Because my computer is also older downloading programs took a lot of time. <br />The Social Media I will most likely use is the Delicious. It’s awesome that anything can be bookmarked: recipes, restaurants, etc. It is a very practical everyday tool for everyday life. <br />Successes and Challenges<br />
The biggest obstacle for me was remembering my username and password for each account . Multiple times I was locked out of programs. Initially, I also used my school email to set up my Ning on a Friday. This went to Spam so I was unable to work on the site until Monday. This resulted in me losing an entire of weekend of work time. <br />
I love the Moodle. It is easily accessible and very organized. However, online learning isn’t for me. I learn better by seeing an instructor demonstrate material. Teaching myself from a video was challenging. In addition, having children at home made it difficult for me to set aside time to dedicate to my learning. When I had a question, the instructor always answered in a timely manner. In addition, he made himself available for me to work in the lab when I needed to. <br />Moodle and Online Learning<br />
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