Optional Things

You get to choose what you want to learn about in the rest of your 23 Things. Choose 6 (or more; no limits on learning!). Be sure to blog about each one you do!

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.

Thing 19. Just for Fun

  • 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.
Thing 22. Ebooks and NetLibrary
  • 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.
Thing 35. Smart Tips

  • 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.

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