Twosproutsonebean

Friday, November 24, 2006

Lancaster Animal Shelter

Here is the website to the animal shelter in Lancaster. Darya, I tried to find your blog and couldn't. Here is the direct link...

http://lancastercountysc.net/animalcontrol/default.asp

Monday, October 30, 2006

Oops-exercise 15

After entering all my information into the blog, I noticed I had forgotten to blog about Exercise 15.

I do like the iceberg analogy. I notice that when the computers are running slow or down, there is chaos. I prefer gathering my data via the web but I do like knowing how and where to access it if I can't access the web.

As I was reading the articles, I kept thinking of something in my head. I kept thinking about how patrons can not download books in the computer lab at the library. That seems so odd. You'd think this would be the first place this would be allowed/capable. We are assuming that most of the patrons will have personal computers at home. I'd like to think we are offering downloadable books, in addition to the books on tape/CD.

I also find that at work we leave paper trails even though the info we store in the computer should be good enough. At Sor, we are still writing out receipts for lost books/nr fees....this seems like extra work in my book.

There is my .02.

Final Words

I did all of the exercises from home. I didn't have time to do it at work. I remember hearing that some employees did find the time at work, I'm not sure many at SOR found the time. I figured the MP3 player was my reward and didn't mind doing it on off time.

I wish I could have accessed the log from home. I'm not sure where I was going wrong, but I'll have to go in to work to add all my log entries. I work part-time so this may have had to do with my time crunch.


What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? I was surprised how little I knew about the internet! I thought I was up on technology, but after doing the exercises I'm now getting more up to date on technology.

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? I know that I have some resources to draw from. I'm not sure I will use any of the tools immediately. I want to teach my kids what I learned.

Were there any take-a-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? The time it took for me to do it.

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? I think it would have been easier for me to follow if the site was in chronological order, rather than the most recent exercises first. It was like reading backwards, for me.

And last but not least…


If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?

Definitely! I liked being able to go at my own pace and learning something new.

Downloading books

So far my experience isn't a good one. I log in and then down load. By the time my download is finished, it logs me out and then it won't let me open it because it says book has already been downloaded and due to licensing it can't be opened. This huge run on sentence is how I feel about downloading so far....lol. I tried doing Alice in the Wonderland. I'm going to have to try something again at a later time.

I love the idea of downloading books...especially children's books....for van rides. I've never taken out an auditory book for myself but with the MP3 player, it may be worth it for me.

I did enjoy hearing the Overdrive discussion at Imaginon. I was impressed with the presentation. My hubby has an MP3 player but uses it for music. It will be fun to test the waters with his player, as well.

I did it, I did it! Podcast Alley

I applied something I learned forever ago! I added podcast alley to my feeds list on blogline, no problem. I even looked down at the blogline entry and it worked. Go me!

There are a bazillion podcasts out there. Wowza. A bit overwhelming. I was afraid I'd find something not appropriate for work. I didn't listen to the entire podcast but it sounded fine.

Web 2.0 list

This may be a repeat, as my first post didn't seem to publish.

I tried using Hipcal and Planzo. I don't think I'd use either one, especially for personal info. I saw that a college girl posted her schedule and college she was attending. Sounds like a bad idea to me. I must be very paranoid because it doesn't seem to matter what security setting you put on it, there is a possibility for someone to get into it. I did register for both sites.

I am going to explore the award winning sites more in the future.

Wiki

When reading the pro/cons of Wiki, I think the cons outway the pros. Some of the cons were disorganized and spam....enough to drive me away. I think the concept is cool but maybe it isn't as fine tuned as I like.

Zoho

I had the most difficult time logging on so I ended up using the demo. I even tried resetting my password twice, so I'm not sure what I was doing wrong. I did notice a very inappropriate word on the demo calendar that I did report to Zoho.

I do like the idea of accessing the calendar via internet for multiple persons. I've been engaged with an animal outreach group that is trying to become non-profit, I think this site would be helpful. I do worry about putting too much info on sights like this. Hackers are smart people

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Sandbox Wiki

Hmmmmmm, it said I stole a key from someone on the sandbox site. I hope I didn't mess them up. It said that the person who was on, had the key for 49 minutes. I'm crossing my fingers that they didn't get messed up because of me.

http://plcmclearning.pbwiki.com/Favorite%20Blogs

Technorati

I ended up doing a search using PLCMC. I searched tag and blog. There was a difference in the outcome. Tags found fewer sites than tags. I suspect it has to do with the person not using PLCMC as a Tag when given the option. Helene, you are a blogging queen!

Del icio us

Rather than signing up, I bookmarked into my favs....Go2Web20.com

I like the description that is given when the cursor is over the icon. Many of the sites featured...I have never heard of before.

I'm so impressed that Helene knows all this stuff....lol!

It would be so easy to get lost in all of these exercises. I hope the info is left so that we can get into it more. There is so much to learn.

skipping around

I like skipping around the exercises. Some exercises I did do earlier in the weeks but hadn't posted about them. It works nice to be able to jump around and then post about it.

Rollyo

http://www.rollyo.com/twosproutsonebean/

Here is a list of news sights I frequent. I have them stored in my favorites but applied them to this for my exercise.

When I have more time, I'd like to browse other's rollyo list. I hadn't heard of this site until doing this exercise. I'm not sure how convenient it would be for me to use but it is nice to learn new things.

Golden Egg

The Golden Egg on the James Letter-Image generator was cool. I tried it with my kids names. I liked it the best out of all the motifs because the letters wrapped around the egg and it looked real rather than computer generated...

http://www.letterjames.com/start.php?S7l8tAXvorzoN6ad22iDaELCD4XX00&c=1

Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsnM2JDOUzw

I find this video on youtube very funny. I watch it every now and then. It reminds me of the silliness of the Numa Numa Yei song. I wonder what the guy in the back ground is doing. They have another video and they same guy is in the background. I think they put him there for interest.

Librarything.com

Leslie told me about this site prior to me getting to this point on Learning 2.0. I have LOVED it. Here is my library thing link...

http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=twosproutsandabean

I could spend hours on that site and probably have. I like being able to connect up with people who read similar books and see what they are reading. This site would be great for school aged children as well. I like the instant gratification of seeing the number of books I've read. When I get enough time, I'll add more books that I have read in the past.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Learning 2.0 link

For some odd reason, I'm unable to get into PLCMC central from home. I guess I'll have to do my log after I've completed the exercise.

http://plcmclearning.blogspot.com/

Bloglines

So this is the link to my blogline. I'm going to see what happens when I post this and follow the link. I'm far behind on the exercised and reading them upward is really difficult to follow. It would have been much easier to follow if week 1 started at the top and scrolling down took you to the next week.



http://www.bloglines.com/public/twosproutsonebean

Twosproutsonebean

RSS Feeds and Search

I did some searching and I'm still not sure if I understand it all. It feels like those sites provide sensory overload to a mind that has been comfy doing her simple blogging. I prefer just linking and popping into new sites, rather than the info coming to me. Maybe after I fiddle with it more, it will seem more efficient but for now, it seems like it doesn't fit my style.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Library Thing

Leslie was telling me about www.librarything.com and now I'm addicted! There is so much wonderful information about books on that one site.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

What I miss about home.....



I miss the smell of the ocean. This lighthouse is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. One of my favorite places to go. It sits on the edge of Fort Williams. My mom has slept in this lighthouse. Her sister married a man that was the keeper of this lighthouse for a short time. The Charlotte Discover Place has a large photo of this in the children's play area. It was fun for my mom to explain to my children that she has slept here.

I copied this photo using a Google image search. I also browsed flickr images and looked at some photos of my "home". Google images is one of my favorite browsing sites.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Lancaster Shelter

Lancaster Shelter

Anyone looking for a puppy. The Lancaster Shelter has lots of puppies scheduled for euthanization. You would have to call and ask them to hold the pup for you. It is so sad. Last month Lancaster shelter had a 97% euth. rate :(. Last month only 20 animals were adopted out and over 550 were euthanized. I'm on a mission to start an Animal Adoption Program in Lancaster County. I'd even figure a way to help a staff from PLCMC adopt and I'd deliver. There is a $10 adoption fee and refundable $40 fee after you have the animal spayed/neutered. Pictures of pups on this site....

http://lancastercountysc.net/animalcontrol/default.asp