If there is one thing I really like to do, it is organize. I have no idea why, I just do. I love things to be neat and tidy and I cannot stand a messy desk. If you have a messy desk, it doesn't bother me. But, if I have to sit at your messy desk, it will make me crazy. That is why I love all things digital. Less paper means less mess for everyone.
This week, I aggregated with a website I would deem an oldie but a goody! Protopage is an aggregator of all things on the internet. It doesn't have a lot of flexibility in certain areas, but it allows the page builder to add many different types of elements. For instance, I was able to add Youtube playlists in two different ways to accommodate two different looks. I made one a nice list of words and the other was an actual embedded video that, when clicked on, will lead you to the actual youtube playlist page.
I found it interesting that when I posted a twitter hashtag it showed up nicely. But when I used the @ symbol to do a search for things I've posted, it looks like a bunch of coding, instead of worthwhile posts. I don't really like that.
I really enjoyed spending time looking through the news feed options and the cartoons as well. Since I love Dilbert, I thought it would be fun to add him to the page in addition to everything else. I did have a bit of a struggle with the weather widget though. When I clicked on it, it said San Francisco, CA and it had the weather from there. So, I edited the widget to have my zip code and then changed the name, but the name reverted back to my zip code. I never could get it to change. I am guessing it is a glitch in the widget itself.
When I begin my final project evaluating, selecting and incorporating these types of tools into my instruction, I will use some other tools I would like to learn/relearn. I think I might try iTunesU to deliver full course and Discovery Education's Board Builder (similar to Glogster) to deliver course components or individual instructional activities. Using these two items will give me a chance to not only relearn an old tool, but to create examples for the teachers in my school to see when I present this in future PD.
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