Share and Share Alike
Posted October 10, 2011on:
by hello jenny
Yesterday, my mom sent me an email asking, “Have you seen this site? I think you would love it,” with a link to Pinterest. Perhaps I am out of the loop for not having seen this before, or maybe it is slightly up and coming. All I can say is ten minutes spent on this site, and I’m officially addicted (and I REALLY need more things to be addicted to online! :P). Pinterest is a visual way to display websites and pictures that you find on the web. Perhaps they are favourite recipes, future vacation ideas, styles that you love, diy ideas, or home projects. You simply install the “Pin It” button onto your toolbar, drag an image of your inspiration to the button, and the program automatically sources the link and credits the creator. The site is built around sharing things we love, and that how “EC&I831” is that?!
Over the past week, I thought a lot about Shelley Terrell‘s Personal Learning Networks talk and how wonderful it was to hear her presentation, all the way from Bangkok! Incidentally, when I was looking for a tutorial to teach my staff how to use create a bundle of RSS feeds, the first one on my YouTube search was created by Shelley! She really is a woman of many talents! Part of Shelley’s presentation about the power of personal learning networks and the importance of sharing resources and information. She reminded us that the internet was created as a free tool for people around the world to use. We should be sharing what we have, learning through each other, and creating PLN. Shelley told us about the days as a beginning teacher when she did NOT have the internet yet. I think quite often about what I would do as a teacher without the internet, and it is not something that I like to think about for very long! I am aware of what it would be like, as my Mom taught for 33 years and I saw the amount of handwritten, library-reaserched, hand-created work that she had done. Shelley reminded us that before Google, if you needed to research something that you were going to teach or learn about a student’s medical condition, you had to go to the library, HOPE that the book wasn’t checked out, and research the topic from only a limited number of resources. This Thanksgiving weekend, one thing that I am thankful for is the internet!
During Shelley’s presentation, some of us engaged in a chat in the chat window regarding how little some teachers are willing to share. It is a sad fact that many teachers still do not like to exchange the work that they have created or the lesson plan ideas. We discussed how some seem to feel that if they created something, they want the credit for it. I’m hoping that in this day and age with the amount of PLNs, Twitter, and ed chat sites, this way of thinking will soon be part of the past.
Last night, after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, my husband, brother, his girlfriend, our cousins, and my dad were all discussing our mobile devices. We all started talking about the apps that we use daily, and ones that we recommended. What ensued was a sort of family PLN! We were all checking out each other’s phones and making notes about which apps to download. I marvelled in this different age that we live in, and I am very thankful to be included in it! To end this post, I am wondering if you would like to share your favourite apps with me? Here are a few of mine (and keep in mind that I do not have many, a fact that my brother found disgraceful and provided me with numerous apps to download today!). Most of these are “just for fun” apps, and all are for the iPhone (sorry Blackberry users. If you have any to add, please do!):
– 8mm Vintage Camera – My wedding photographer introduced me to this app when she used it to video part of my wedding using her iPhone. She edited it together to create our video, and it looks like it was shot 50 years ago.
– Hipstamatic – Allows you to change the flash and lens of your camera to give your pictures a vintage feel. There are many different combinations to try, so it’s fun to play with.
– Point Inside – I’m an avid shopper, to put it lightly. This GPS style apps shows you where the nearest malls are. I used it a lot when on vacation!
– Sound Hound – This is one of my favourites. When you hear a song and you don’t know who it is by, the app will tell you, as well as provide the lyrics for you. Gone are the days when I would try to memorize a line of the song, go home, Google it, and THEN find my answer!
Fun apps that my brother recommended (mainly for photo editing):
– PS Express – he said it is his favourite of the photo editing apps
– Colour Splash, iMajiCam Pro, and AgingBooth – fun photo apps. AgingBooth converts a photo into what the person will look like when they are old. It’s pretty funny!
– Sleep Talk Recorder – This app is crazy! It records your entire “sleep process” while your phone is plugged in and charging while you sleep. You can listen to what you said in your sleep!
Have fun, and Happy Thanksgiving!