Thursday, July 5, 2007
Pod casts and You-Tube can either provide you with live audio or video of your favorite broadcasts.
I did like the idea of meeting with you girls to help me along at the beginning of the program, I would have liked to have met more often.
Thanks you for your efforts. I AM DONE. (WHEW!)
I like to hold the book I'm reading in my hand. I don't think I would read the E-Book before it was due. I could however use this feature if I were reading a textbook and needing to refer to information often.
My son's Middle School is hoping to set up the school's website with access to grades; school assignments; and textbooks. This would be a good thing.
Thanks to 2.0 I am prepared for reading books on-line.
Yahoo Podcast was the easiest on the pod casts systems for me to use. The search engine is very thorough and efficient. I looked up a local podcast from Jefferson City. I was able to find it quickly using the Yahoo Podcast. I will have a good time using my new MP3 Player with favorite tunes and broadcasts,with the knowledge I gain here.
What fun I had discovering You-Tube. I felt like it was my portal into the past. I am a big fan of Jazz singers. I was elated to find old footage and music with Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole. I can use this for fun and information. The You-Tube website is set up so you can choose video, channels, categories and community (personal video). I could not imagine posting home video images on a public website. I did appreciate the video used in the 2.0 Learning it is a great learning tool. Libraries can benefit by sharing instructional techniques. Go You-Tube !
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
But, for this lesson I was most floored by the Pod Services provided by the PodOmatic. The layout for the site is so orderly. There aren't many
pictures or much clutter on the web pages at all. I found the site easy to maneuver
and not over stimulating - even though it was chosen as number three in Pod Services.
I could surely see this being used in Library Services. It is user friendly and so easy to navigate. Customers can get pod casts for whatever they want.
Monday, June 25, 2007
I like the idea of Music Trends. Here you can get lists of best selling artists from around the world.
Transit seems to be a tool worth developing. It includes cities and countries tourists frequent. It would work well with Ride Finder. Customers could use these sites to make one good mash-up. Patrons could book transportation before going on a trip or to find shuttles after arriving at their destinations.
Suggest, I think is unnecessary along with Trends, and Related Links. These tools duplicate functions that are already in existence like MySpace and Technorati.
Ride Finder and Transit would make swell graduates from the Lab. Go Google Labs !!!
Monday, June 18, 2007
WEB - BASED ONLINE PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS has me surprised. I was thrilled to learn there are software applications you can use no matter where you are. Not only that, they are compatible with Microsoft Office and other software. Sign me up. I just purchased an older computer from the the library. I am adding to it features I will enjoy. I am interested in these tools for sure. I did explore the word processing possibilities more than spreadsheets etc. Another cool fine!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Yahoo was similar to Google in its results. It gave links to: news, entertainment, and facts. The homepage reminds me of the American Online Homepage. It has your mail, maps, sports, news, radio, weather and many other opportunities at your fingertips.
Mooter Search Engine was also pretty cool. Mooter combines information in clusters. If you search for a rock star your results provide quick links to music, video, history, lyrics, news, people, movies, eBay... you name it.
Wink however is horrible... Wink is a Free People Search. Real persons can create their own profiles and share personal info. The way to find a person requires: first and last names, or user name, city, state, zip code or province. This social search engine is small and poorly put together with limited information. I didn't like it.
I did enjoy learning about different search engines. I am glad to share my opinions about Yahoo, Mooter and Wink.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Customers use the web more for information. People want to access information at work, play, home, school and even during the commute. Libraries will have to digitize collections of journals, books, photos etc.
I think that is great. It will require lots of data entry. I'm glad we can get a question answered, within a matter of moments from the web. But, I'll always like the printed format. Give me a dusty ole' book!
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Online Image Generators were a challenge for me. I used the Flickr generator. I read the lessons and thought I'd just get through it in a zip.... Wrong!!! I do now have a better understanding of what a "jpeg" file is in comparison to what a word document is. I had been saving my pictures and other images as word documents, so I was not able to upload my images.
Frustration mounted, then I remember Robin saying, "You must save your pictures as jpeg", some years ago, during another computer class. I have always had beginners luck, then after that I've had to work real hard. You think I'd know this by now.
Here's the link I used for the online image generator: http://bighugeslabs.com/flickr/deck.php
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I'd heard of the RSS Feeds and even read some of them. I will now purposely look for them as I surf the web. I was most fond of the Topix.net. What a cool way to look for syndicated information,you can use phrasing and keyword search,I like it.
Technorati though I luv there blogs. I didn't like the complicated steps it took to set-up a blog finder. I won't be using it.
Anyway, I'll use the blog finder account when we're not busy. We will be busy in Children's this summer though.
Monday, April 2, 2007
Looks like our Guinea Pig Frodo:
Flickr has been a fun and enlightening read. I would like to learn to use Flickr because I have large collections of photos at home in boxes and boxes. I used to scrapbook about 12 years ago. I, so would like to share my pictures with family and friends and even archive albums for myself and my high school reunion class. I,my f friends, could be an archivist. So, watch out Robin, I may be in the computer lab real soon scanning, cropping, and saving pictures onto a disc.
I also got to visit a mash up called www.Chicagocrime.org. It was a combination of Chicago street maps and crime history for the city combined. I was surprised to see how much crime takes place in my old neighborhood.
Monday, March 5, 2007
I'm more of a facts person. So, I was excited to suddenly have links to informative websites about politics or travel. I'm learning lots...... Thanks girls, ....
Friday, January 26, 2007
I read blogs on myspace accounts at several libraries. Some I was impressed with, while others I felt were slow, tacky, and just plain bad!!!
I did find one Library in Orange County Florida (http://blog.ocls.info/teens) that I thought was soooo very contemporary. Their myspace pages have a blog for teens called Techno Teens. Here they can read book reviews given by librarians and learn about current library events.
One teen group and the teen librarians passed out free library stuff at an outdoor rock concert. At this same library, teen librarians keep the space up to date and promote programs with lots of enthusiasm. Teens can let staff know if they enjoy or hate an activity.
As I continued to peruse myspace accounts I found that there are resources for parents that focus on child/teen cyberspace saftey.
This has been good learnin'.
Monday, January 22, 2007
I was most amazed by a Wiki News story that took place over a year ago. It was started during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. It began as a storm indicator and later became a locater for missing family members; a map of flooded and blocked streets. This Wiki became THE, on the ground eyes /ears for people all over the world.
What an awesome form of expression a Wiki can take!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I'm good with the stuff I use everyday like Millenium, Google, Amazon etc. But new stuff can be like a tough math problem. Math is hard for me... I'm a good student: but lots of tutorials will be needed!
I read blogs on AOL all the time. I enjoy the up to the minute opinions about goings-on in the world. However creating my own blog has taken a few hours-between customer service here in Childrens. I am looking forward to learning about different uses of the web. If I get a head start, I'll know what my soon to be teenage son is talking about.
Thanks girls for making this opportunity available.