Thursday, June 28, 2007

Practice to see if I can answer a question

I am trying to see if I can publish duplicate images and find the easiest way to delete the unwanted images. I am still experimenting, now to upload a second copy of the same image.

I was successful. I added the same picture. I went into edit html and deleted one of the pictures. The html designation for the picture is found between the "less than carot (<)followed by "a" and the greater than carot (>) followed by "a". The top sequence of code matches the top picture and the next batch the next picture etc. I highlighted the code for the picture I wanted to delete. This is basic for many but was an experiment for me. I tried to write it as you would see it, but it would leave the example blank because it really didn't represent an image. Write me an email if you need me to try to send it via email that is not in actual html.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Week #9 Thing #23

This course will continue to be an good experience. Thing #23 has just become a temporary resting point before continuing the journey. I have enjoyed and needed the opportunity to learn what is out in cyberspace. I had seen many of these tools in use, but didn't know how to harness them. Most of the course took me to places to become "almost proficient" and then gave me latitude to choose to "make do" or explore and learn more.

I think the course was very helpful. I have gained a great deal of knowledge about blogging and the many potential uses associated with a blog. I entered the course with the desire to find a specific end result for my own need (how to use a blog for a reference log). I have gotten all my answers and so much more. Thank you for sharing the guideposts that allowed me to navigate the course.

Randy de Jong, future librarian

I know enough to know I don't know enough.

Week #9 Thing #22

I have been impressed with the number of free or reduced prices for ebooks and the number of formats available. There is enough free material available to last a lifetime practically. I am amazed at some of the human voice recordings of some of the audio books. The computer generated are distracting and obnoxious to listen to them. I can see a great deal of value for ELL students with the audio books. They would gain a great deal listening to the book alone or while following along with a print version. I realize the audio books are also useful for those with limited time that use an audio book while driving or multi-tasking. I would be concerned that it might cut into our pool of readers. Perhaps the research has shown how it has strengthened the readers in the younger generations. The audio format may also be a springboard for the reluctant reader or those that are challenged by reading.Ebooks will never replace a print format in my mind because it is really hard to curl up with an exciting computer. Noe it may be more feasible if you can curl up with a PDA or an IPod. As long as snacks are available, the reading will go on. I was very surprised to see free ebooks written by Edgar rice Burroughs. His writing is a challenge to many of today's students, but he a=is a classic author that will build any student's reading abilities with practice. I used tread his books to my 7th grade reading classes as a treat. I started reading them at 5 or 6 years old. Never a dull moment. This is the greatest site to find free books:

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Week #9 Thing 21 (part 2)

I have added a feed to Google Reader; it is Tech on the Fly. I hope to get a better understanding of the technology that is available. I will monitor it for a while and then decide if it is worth keeping. I am realizing that many of the available podcasts are a number of months old and not as recent as I had hoped they would be. While playing with adding this to my RSS reader, I did see a great article that helped me understand the concept of open sources and tools. I still need to learn more. (Is there an echo in here? I seem to hear that repeatedly in posts on dejongsplace. Someone should talk to that guy.)
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Week #9 Thing #21 (part 1)

I enjoyed discovering podcasts. I found some things interesting but not of great use personally. I will probably find other podcasts that will be of greater interest through further exploration. I came across many that would not boot up on my system for whatever reason. I had others that came right up. I downloaded a player from Yahoo. I found PodcastAlley to be a waste of time since I could not locate any way to register for the site. I did attempt to play some of the podcasts without any success on all that I tried. I will go back and see if I can get them to work. I even tried to go to some of the recommended sites to download players that would work, but none would respond. I assume it was because I could not log in as a registered user. Some of the sites would be useful for library patrons seeking information or viewpoints about many subjects. Most of what I heard did not give much authentication or validation. Some were silly, homemade, humorous playing around from kids. Each feed would have to be evaluated by the librarian and/or patron to determine aplicability. I know from personal experience about some of the podcasts about other topics such as fishing. I have heard them before but had not realized they were podcasts. They came through on my Windows Media Player. Many seemd to come through the Yahoo tool and some came through the media player. It must have something to do with how they were created or the file type. So much to explore.I had to play around with the background color just to see how it would come out when posted. LOL

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No Week, Voice Thread

I just got an email from Connie that included this site in the samples of text editing she had included. Voice Thread: I went and explored. It has so many possibilities in many classes and especially in language or foreign language classes. Here are some of the thoughts that I will cut and paste from her sample in my email. I am too lazy to retype them. I just heard about a great new site from one of the 2.0 participants! This one can mix photos with voices. There are a MILLION things you could do with this in the classroom and library - Here's my first "out of the bag" thoughts:1. oral history - post a photo and have people comment on what it means to them [ a photo of classmates, a building, an event, a family....]2. Language Arts - reading poetry as in the example on the tutorial, book talking and showing the cover of the book, putting on an action video and describing the action.3. a power point presentation - each slide could have the accompanying voice over.Here's the site:

I can imagine the usage to prepare students for the oral or quick response part of the foreign language AP tests. It gives me, as the teacher, the chance to concentrate on the verbal aspects of their speech. It helps with pronunciation. There will be another value apparent as they become accustomed to speaking into a microphone. I am grateful to Connie and CWilliams.


Week #9 Thing #20

YouTube is a rather interesting site. It has a great deal of potential-good and bad. I can see a definite place in education, but am not sure how to monitor it. OOPS! Will this touch upon freedom of information, intellectual freedom, or censorship? Probably. What a fine line and now to see if we can manage the tightrope act 1000' up. Now to experiment with a few valuable inserts. (Beware! I have no clue about embedding anything in my blog, or using html code or editing.)

Super Librarian: Here is a scene that shows just all we librarians are made of and what we can do-

It looks like it may have worked. This is now bringing out the possibility of using a site similar to YouTube etc. for informational, humorous, tutorial videos etc. It looks like a tool to help students with projects that can span and cross the curriculum. I have seen a few videos that were interesting and gave a fun presentation to a high school library. I will have to put on my thinking cap and plan a multimedia presentation for my library orientations. there are many possibilities. Once again the main limiting factor is "TIME". Where do we get all that we need and still read, catalog, weed, teach, interact, collaborate, and have a life, besides doing courses to improve our knowledge and skills? I still have a lot to explore.

Week #8 Thing #19

I have been exploring Library thing. It is very interesting. I had hoped it would also have a Dewey Classification tool. I didn't find it..YET. If someone has discovered this tool, I would love to know. I added about 14-16 books to my personal library. It is simple to do and allows tags, ratings, and reviews. this may be a good place to to research reader advisory queries. The tags seem to offer a lot of possibilities if the person adding the book gives a variety of tags to each book. the historical novels by G. A. Henty were part of the listings, but not so very popular. some oh his books do not show publication dates. Some were guesses from other copies listed. There were quite a few of the Gerald Lund series. I realize that I did not label some of the "Work and the Glory " series in the same fashion as others and they do not show up as shared. I checked out the groups. There were none for my books. I did find some groups that were found by indicating related tags. there is still much to learn about the site. I followed up a few links from some of the groups I explored and discovered quite a bit about bloggers and the depth to which they might go and how much they reveal of themselves. I discovered quite a few links to valuable, useless, and unique web sites on some of the blogs.

My library list can be found at the above link or here:

For the curriculum connection, I have no class since it is summer. I will attempt to input and catalog more of my library as I get time.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Blog Week 8 Thing 18

This is my masterpiece using the word processor from Zoho. I should put something very exciting here. Think. Think.! Think.!? Well I thought and I thunk and I am still thunkthinking. I am anxious because I am waiting for a job to be posted officially but haven't seen it fly so far. I saw the original email (to all the librarians in my district from the person leaving the position), now I look at the district posting of open positions every day. I really don't want to miss the opportunity. Now to attempt to link this to my blog at Blogger, dejongsplace.

dejongsplace: Week #8 Thing #18 the Zoho experiment

Week #8 Thing #18 the Zoho experiment

I have explored part of Zoho Writer and found it easy to follow. I saw a link from SLL 2.0 that had a sample document. It mentioned being able to post on Blogger using Zoho Writer. I haven't figured out how to do that yet. I will cut and paste my document. I will also attempt to link my document from Zoho Writer to this blog. Will it work? I don't know, but when it is posted the proof will be in this blog entry (is this a new type of pudding?). I have read that earlier editions of documents can be recalled using Writer. there also seems to be a capability to save your work online and doing away with the need for a flash drive. It seems there is more exploring to do.

I attempted the link. It turned out to only allow me to email the document. I did open the document from the internet. It may solve problems for students at school because it will allow them to work on documents at home and school. this is important because my district does not allow flash drives, cds, or floppies brought from home to be opened on the school's computers. I attempted to use the link line above this post to connect the two documents but only liked to Zoho Writer and a blank document. The document can be located on the left side of the screen in the document archives. I have just discovered how to post from Zoho Writer. It should be on the following entry, I think!?!

Here is a copy of the document from the Zoho Writer:
This is my masterpiece using the word processor from Zoho. I should put something very exciting here. Think. Think.! Think.!? Well I thought and I thunk and I am still thunkthinking. I am anxious because I am waiting for a job to be posted officially but haven't seen it fly so far. I saw the original email (to all the librarians in my district from the person leaving the position), now I look at the district posting of open positions every day. I really don't want to miss the opportunity. Now to attempt to link this to my blog at Blogger, dejongsplace.