Note that you may need to do some of these at home--many districts block video sites, social networking sites, and anything downloadable. But don't let that stop you from choosing the ones that interest you.
Thing 18. One Student Thing
- What are your students talking about in regard to technology? Anything new out there?Ask them how they think a new technology can be used to enhance teaching.
- Have some fun playing around with an online image generator.
- Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list or Edutopia's Top 10.
Thing 20. Podcasts, Downloadable Audio Books and More
- Learn about podcasts, find some interesting ones, and if you feel up to it, make and share your own.
- Local public libraries offer audio books to download to your MP3 player or computer.
Thing 21. YouTube and More
- Looking for that TV episode you missed? Or how about a science fair project recorded on video. That and more is available on YouTube.
- Explore some other video services aimed at educators. TeacherTube or Yahoo! for Teachers are two.
- More online resources available for reference or reading.
Thing 23. Technorati, Tagging, and Del.icio.us
- Enter the world of blogs and social bookmarking.
- Read a few perspectives on Web 2. tools, Library 2.0 and the future of libraries.
Thing 24. Online Gaming
- Metronet sponsored a conference on gaming in libraries a few years ago. Take a look at the speakers' presentations.
- Have a Second Life?
Thing 25. Digital Map Collections
- The Internet does open the world--of maps. Take a look at these digitized collections.
Thing 26. Digital Image Collections
- Museums, libraries and other institutions share their image collections. Browse these for inspiration.
- Responsible Use applies to images, too.
Thing 27. Customize Your Home Page
- Want to consolidate all your interests in one spot? Try customizing your homepage.
Thing 28. Photos & Images
- Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site.
Thing 29. Online Learning
- There are many tutorials and courses online that can help you learn new skills or brush up on your current skills.
Thing 30. Field Trip Options a. and b.
- Metronet will pay for one field trip per teacher that is directly related to the information literacy aspects of a research project.
Thing 31.Bibliographic Tools
- Responsible Use requires proper citation of resources. Learn about free online tools and introduce them to your students.
Thing 32. Wikis
- Wikipedia is bashed as a poor choice for reliable information. Learn more about it.
- Wiki software is free--think about how you can use it for a class project.
Thing 33. Some Other Thing
- Have we missed something? If you find a Thing that we should all do, let us know!
Thing 34.Research Organizers
- There are many free online resources to help you and your students organize their research. Take a look a few and try them out.
- Keep up with what's new and find tips on using what you know better.
Thing 35. Online Productivity Tools
- Need to create a PDF or an online slide show? Take a look at these free productivity tools and more.
Thing 36. Social Networking
- Facebook and MySpace can be the bane of a school's daily life. Learn how colleges are using social networking as part of their learning communities.