Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Task 19 Rollyo

Decided to check out accounts created in rollyo with those who have completed this task. It took forever to load, so long in fact I ended up closing the site as it was going no-where fast. I have tried a few times now to open rollyo without much luck.
I can see that this could be a great application as its meant to be a fast and easy way to create personal search engines using sources you trust and know are worthwhile.
As a student if I had to wait as long as I have had to load sources I wouldn't.....

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Task 18# Wikis

We don't use wikis here at school. I can see that they have pros and cons (like anything) What concerns me is other people can edit your work and replace it with inappropriate information.

Having said that, great for the class environment particularly group activities. Information can be added at anytime and edited. Also the teacher can view and comment on the wiki. I really liked this tool and can see its benefits.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Task 17# Delicious

No matter whether you are at home or at work you can access your bookmarks making this a wonderful tool
You don't have to use the same computer which is great for a class assignment as the reality is they don't get to use the same computer each time. You can tag sites and more sites added as you find them. This is a time saver for the student as they have access to relevant sites without spending time looking for the sites and wasting time.
For me personally I can see its uses particularly for hobbies I am interested it. I can bookmark all my favourite sites and have them at my fingertips

Task 16# Stay informed

Aside from subscribing to a few sites I think that is all I have to do here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Task 15# RSS Feeds

I have played a little with this. It is certainly a time-saver not having to go through google. At the click of a button the sites you are interested in is there. Great for both personal and professional use. I am always looking for ideas and inspiration for library displays so I now have these "on call" on my igoogle homepage.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Task 13# & 14# My Space and Facebook

These 2 social websites are blocked at our school, and going by the length of time my kids would like to spend on them I know why they are blocked (pity I cant block these sites at home- I may get to the computer a bit more often)
I asked my kids what site they prefered and they were 50/50. One prefers facebook as more of his friends are on it, my other son likes my space. Alot of my friends (who are 30+) seem to favour facebook. Will I be creating my own "space" probably not in the immediate future I just get excited to get on the computer to check my e-mails.
I must admit I sometimes wonder if we posted their over-due library books on myspace and facebook we actually may get them back!!!!
I can see why libraries etc use this tool and like everything it has its place when used in the right context.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Task 12# Flickr

I have managed to upload photos and have a play. To me it was alot of mucking about. Like all things I suppose the more you use it the easier it is, however the amount of mucking about it took me I wont be in a rush to use it too often.

These photos were taken in Sydney - what a difference a day makes as we were in the dust storm yet the next day almost perfect.....

Task 11# Library Thing

I have really liked Library Thing. I can see so many wonderful uses for this application, not only to keep a record of my personal reading but a great way to get suggestions for similiar books on the same genre.
It could be used for suggestions for students on what to read, could be great for bookclubs. They could post a list of highly recommended reads for other students to enjoy.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Task 10# Online Image Generators

I really enjoyed playing around with this, much more than the virtual world. I will continue playing with this as the possibilities are endless