Friday, April 24, 2009



First of all this course has been EXTREMELY Valuable.!!!!!! I am glad that I took it, I am glad that I spent time on every lession, and I WILL be using everything that I learned.

As far as improvement or suggestions:
1. The wiki sandbox page design had WAY too many sets of directions! One set on the 23 things page that said to make a wiki page, one set on the sand box to say what to include on the wiki page, another set of directions on how to operate the tools on the wiki pag... there was probabily more I just don't remember... Somehow it would be noce if that was less spred out.
2. We were wanting to do this as a team in the teachers lounge... but many of the youtube was blocked by our school. Some of the school network restriction made it difficult to work together in the lounge, ultimately we just split up and branched on our own... It would of been nice if there was something included in the original description that mentioned some difficulties of using campus computers... However it wasn't a HUGE deal, we were able to do most of it together (until we split up on our own)
3. 23 things does NOT mean 23 hours! :)

Over all it was fabulous... I will recommed it to all!!! and I am SOOOOO glad I took the course!

Thing 23

The Classroom 2.0 was almost overwhelming but insanely amazing!
There was so much to view click see… all useful collaborative efforts to improve my teaching with technology. What a brilliant idea to network teacher brains! This is just another fabulous resource for improving our thoughts and ideas.

My favorite browsing was the tags… I felt I could find anything I wanted more information on… AND blog style personal responses to the information. This is valuable because as a teacher if I run ito something AWESOME or something trouble shooting… This is a format that you could not only inform of the AWESOME tool, but discuss trouble shooting and ideas. Inother words you don’t just learn about the tool, but also HOW others have been implementing the tools!

Ning networks reminded me of delicious… but instead of useful websites it was useful networks.
Almost overwhelming too… I will be venturing back for another “session” of Ning

I feel like I have gone from Home, to planet, to UNIVERSE.

I once went to a website… then a searched list of websites. Then a site of people with lists of websites… now a site of list of sites of lists of people with lists of sites!!!! WOW!!!

Thing 22

My Space and Face book

Well it was about time! My entire family has facebook pages...Now I do Too! I've been the odd ball. It has just been time consuming on the set up end.

My link doesn't take you to my profile... but a login screen. I don't know how to get around that... if it is even possible! But find me under Jill Hager! same id pic that I use for this blog!

I find it interesting... I know from a trusted source that Both my space and Facebook play a role in the court system. Evidence, pictures and needed personal information has been acquired from these sites and used in court as evidence. Some of the stories crack me up and make me think, "Are people really that stupid?" Well I guess if they are stupid enough to commit a crime they are stupid enough to leave evidence eon facebook!

My family has been sharing photos and fun times on face book for a long time now.. it's about time I Join! I will not however share with my students!

Despite my lack of sharing it is important to understand networking to understand modern students. This is something they do frequently, and we are supposed to be role models. We can't help them with ethical moral Internet decisions if we are not familiar with the applications.

Thing 7b

Are you old?
Science is an ever changeing and interesting world... here is an article about genes associated with aging! Maybe one day we will be young forever!

There are several articles on gene therapy for disease, environmental effects on genes... and just more gene understanding.. The more I read the more it scares me!

Thing 21

I have done some of the "Things" of this class... but didn't post a blog. Because of that I had to go back and refresh my memory about how it impressed me. This one though I use so often that I needed no refreshing.
I was a Yahoo person... and I still Yahoo for the occasional IM, but everything else I have leaned toward Google.

I laughed... Last week when I actually browsed google, I realized my "iGoogle" dilima... Since I started the class my google home page changed to igoogle... I WAS CONFUSED... but after investigated last week I realized that it was a google feature and I was remembered on my lap top :)

Picaso I have used before but very limited... I usually prefer Flicker!

Thing 20

I love google docs. I do not currently use them because I am in a place of getting technologically organized. In the beginning of the school year I did play with the processing.

I appreciate how similar to Word the program is... and that makes it insanely user friendly. I also support the "revision history".

This tool can be used for class colaboration. I can very easily see students editing SHARED work through google docs... and me grading on line. I would be able to tell who contributed what so not just one person does all the work!

I love it I'm SOLD!

Thing 19

WOW! How fun is that! A billion and one ways to you voice threading in the classroom. We have tinkered with photostory... and the traditional powerpoints or normal videos for students to demonstrate understanding of a concept... but the creative potential of voice threding is absolutely amaizing!

I can also see using it as a review to touch on or highlight improtant features of the days lessons! (once I design my classroom web site.... this summer!)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thing 18


The first interesting clip is a pregnant Naked Mole Rat at the Dallas Zoo!

The next clip is how to turn your projector into an interactive white board with a Wii remote: (I will Try THIS!!)

And your right... one can get lost in youtube for HOURS!!!!!

I particularly enjoy the music... not artist that I get from i-tunes... but the people imitating artists or creating their own music. That is how I was introduces to Raffi's "Banana Phone" a song in which my Niece enjoys. (warning the u-tube video has bad words... the song is very kid friendly). Another addicting favorite is "little red monkey" a funny kids song that has a 50's style to it.

I did and have accidentally stumbled across things I didn't want to hear... but that happens when I search with no particular topic in mind.

AND I am afraid that some how I will end up on youtube!!! AAAAH!! we have made 2 science safety videos in class over the last 3 years... I'm sure they are posted somewhere by one of the students!

I like teacher tube because it is censored and FULL of useful clips. Any clip that is inappropriate and be marked as such helping to keep the "garbage' out :)

You can find all sorts of songs that teach, laboratory activities and just silly educational videos:

Thing 17


I have been introduced to the benefits of podcasting by my dad who is an avid NPR caster. He uses his i-pod and i-tunes to listen to the greatest and latest.

I subscribed to "Why? The Science Show For Kids" and "60 -second science".

60-sec science is awesome because it is quick interesting information... literally 1 min.

Why? the science show is AWESOME because it is kids asking the questions. Some of it is a level below high school... but a lot of them had obscure interesting facts and simple explanations of complex science.

Using the ideas of the why science cast... I could have students submit their own questions! How neat would it be of one of the students from my class was chosen.

I do not like the podcasts being saved to my desk top... so I will probably change it to my i-tunes... It works great for my dad and will work great for me!

I just need an i-pod adaptor for my car :)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thing 16

Using the Library Thing.


I do not know that I have every seen somany books in my LIFE!
Very insightful, descriptions, reviews, discussions, every possible bit of information that you could want.

Better than a librarian (no offense) when you are interested in a topic and would like suggestions on what to read.


This is a great place to introduce my students who love books... they'd have a heart attack!

I also like the discussion / messaging. Now you can have your on-line book club at the "library" :)

Thing 15

Delicious is actually an extremely resourceful site. Not only is it more heplful than just a google or yahoo browser but more direct and focused in your search. It seems to emliminate much of the garbage sites and gives you what other people find important. When I search "Biology" or Lessons and find sites that hundreds of people have tagged it most likely is worth checking out. Normal browsers just bring up EVERYTHING!

So Delicious is having a people's choice web browser!

For a classroom seting I could use it to organize sites that I want students to visit... Organize sites that I want to visit for lessons, AND have students find sites and tag them with common unique tags to share with class mates or finding resources for a grade. ( a bibliography for a report...hmm)

Extremely useful site

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thing 7a

Revisiting the Reader

What's in your shampoo?

This one is EASY because there is SOOO much interesting news in Biology!

Common fragrance ingredients in shampoos and conditioners are frequent causes of eczema

This is an article discussing how there is an unexpected number of people allergic to the chemicals used to fragrance toiletries.

Scientist look EVERYWHERE for answers,solutions and cures...

This article is interesting just because of where the medication propsed was found... but it makes sense because mesquitos inject anti coagulants/ anti immune response proteins... why not harness that power to benefit us?!

Protein from tick saliva studied for potential myasthenia gravis treatment

Why are we Fat?

WOW! Isolating an enzyme that causes us to absorb fat in the intestines... AND BLOCKING IT! SO many thoughts... will people et what ever they want... will this lead to other health problems... could it be a easy stop to obesity?.. and how can I join the study? :)

Gladstone scientists reveal key enzyme in fat absorption


Reward elicits unconscious learning in humans

Thing 14


I have drawn 2 cartoons (obviously WAY BETTER than the trial job I attempted today)that we use as part of our curriculum when teaching photosynthesis and Respiration.

Cartoons are a great way to make learning fun. ALSO cartoons are a great way to get student to convey their understanding TO YOU! I have frequently asked students to design cartoons for homework assignments and extra credit... But this is much better than the traditional pen and paper. And you can choose to keep your creation private... or share with the world!

WARNING! my drawings were just for testing purposes!!! Check out TOONDOO

\pigment trial\

We have a better school made comic of "The adventures of Mr. Pigment" Understanding Photosynthesis... But it would be FABULOUS to digitize him!



This activity was really cool and could become very time consuming... not a bad thing, just it is so fun and creative! Today is my second attempt on this "thing" due to being distracted from completing the project and playing with graphics instead!

I did run into some problems getting the embedding text for some of the sites, but over all it was extremely fun and very user friendly!

ImageChef Word Mosaic -

Using this in the classroom setting... IT IS JUST COOL!
no one wants to look at boring text whether on a PowerPoint or web page. This is EXTREMELY useful for grabbing attention and keeping things interesting!

Thing 12

VERY AWESOME! I have created many slide shows and edited several small videos, but I have never played with using on-line programing and embedding the shows into a web page. How incrediby useful as a teaching tool!

ONE DAY ( when I put the toold learned in this class and organize my own on-line teaching classroom page)

I can use this to embed picturs, diagram or explanations of concepts in Biology.

HOW AWESOME! and better yet EASY

Below is a short slide show of the "many versions of Jill"

Different pictures found on Flicker that people taggeed as "jill" OOPS!

Sheep by david.nikonvscanon
Ghost Project by exoskeletoncabaret
Bird by CoreForce
Map Drawing by jonny goldstein
Slayer Cartoon by jylcat
Christmas photo is ME by ME!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thing 11

Most of my family uses Flicker to stoore and share photo's and have been for a few years now. I get e-mail updated from familymemers notifiying me that there are new family pictures posted and inviting me to come see them.

It has actually been a tremendous tool used for our own family sharing.

Just for fun, I searched "Jill" photo's to see what other works share my name.

by jylcat

It was very interesting to see the "Jill" pictures.

i also views biology and again was supprised as to what people would consider "Biology"

by the mad LOLscientist

As far as educational use... I could see how this could be used just as friendly as google images... yet maybe even a little more personal.

Thing 10

Copyrighting has become interesting with the current availability of information. Very different from the pen and parchment world. I do not know that I have paid enough attention to notice a "CC" on a web page before.. but I will now be looking for it.

It's one thing to view other individuals work... and another to modify their original work. Yet it is even another to modify and pass it off as your own or just share the modification with many others.

It can all be very confusing, but with creative commons spelling out the allowable intent of any project, picture or paper, it makes it clearer as to how far you can go to use something in the masses or as yours.

But again... the Internet has desperately changed the face of copyright and copy protected!

Monday, March 2, 2009



None of the objectives of thing nine were that difficult... it was just the different places for instructions and making sure that all of the necessary parts were included. (I still don't know if I did it right...(but I have audio, video and a talking cat!)

Check out the BIOLOGY BOOGIE!

I enjoied exploring and playing... but I feel like I had to juggle between 3 or 4 sets of instructions and it got confusing at times. Actually I believe it was more like 8 or 10 different sections of direction! *Wink*

Lots of potential and I am glad for the experience...

Wikispace is WAY MORE user friendly than Pbwiki! Just FYI

The sandbox is a great place to learn about my collegues in this class. It is fun and creative.. full of interesting personality and BURNING QUESTIONS!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thing 8 WIKIS

Similar to blog pages I find that the individual wiki pages carry personality. Some of them are straight forward... get the information across, while others are very fancy and advanced. I found Code-blue and Reich-chemistry to be similar in that they both present lists of information. Not good, not bad, just seemed plain. Both of them were full of useful information and easy to find links... but I felt as though it was done in a hurry to get it completed. Obviously this is probably how my page would turn out being as teachers have SOOOOO much spare time right?

Despite the plainness it is still a phenomenal educational tool. A teacher can list assignments with due dates (that would stop the straggler student at your desk each class period saying, "what did you do last class?"). Any important upcoming events, extra credit opportunities , and links to supplement or complement homework or classroom understanding. In addition to individual classroom applications, you can provide links to school websites, web based assignments or other general important links!

One of the problems I had while viewing different educational wikis was that I visited "Room 15". This site was so absolutely amazing that it made the others visited look plain. I first viewed the top 2 listed and thought they were nice, easy, user friendly with useful information... But then I visited Room 15 and had to repeal my opinion of the first 2.

He uses great design with colorful fun icons. The site is extremely organized and easy to use packed with student and teacher resources. I searched almost all of the recommended sites and this was by far my favorite.

IN ALL FAIRNESS while investigating the author I found that he was the Technology person of his school. But still the site is amazing and I would LOVE to create something that was just a fraction of what he created!

I think he is using a Wii Mii!!?? you can create your own Mii!

One of the sites that I felt would have been better served as a blog rather than a Wiki was the Schools in the Past. This site had a good idea but probably would of been better served as a blog. It was very plain and didn't hold my interest. Every thing ran together and was overwhelming. It is a cute idea... if it was for blogging.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Thing 7 Leaving Comments

Very interesting dynamic. It is easy to leave comments to individuals of the class. I know they are in education I know they are Mesquite and there is a level of security. I know that I am in a class with people who want to learn technology and will be understanding with errors, mess-ups and the occasional strange comment. Commenting on sites outside of the safe realm of mesquite was scary at first. After the first 2 I began to think, "dude these people don't know who I am... who cares if they think what I have to say is stupid!" But is is still intimidating. As far as others commenting on my site I find it fun and a little competitive. If someone has something contradictory I feel compelled to reply... same with other blogs I have commented on. I can definitely see how this is an engaging forum for communication!

Thing 6 New Blogs!

Browsing and skimming the WORLD I have found many interesting sites that "tickle my fancy". It is a little overwhelming to keep up with, my scanning skilles will need improving to maintain my sanity. The RSS is amaizing how organized it keeps all of the new information and how readily available it becomes. One of my favorite sites it the Biology News that I mentioned in Thing 5 post. The stories are very interesting from a scientific view. There are many teachers shraing information and keeping up to date. A LOT of great ideas and opinions!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thing 5 RSS

The reader is an excellent tool to help mainstream hundreds of interesting blogs (thoughts and ideas). I can also imagine ways to use this in the classroom. Of the visited and subscribed blogs, my most enjoyed was the Techlearning Blog. One of the posts is "Teach Paperless" and has an absolutely fabulous video on creativity. This is a 20 minute video of a presentation by Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity? This video is interesting, thought provoking... AND ENTERTAINING several laugh outloud moments... One of my favorites being when he discusses the corpus collosum differences in men and women! If you have not already visited this video I recomend it. The actual Blog site TeachPaperless has vaulable information about using technology in the classroom. Some are activities of this class complete with consolidated set of instructions on set up and ideas on how to use them. But again, my absolute favorite was the Sir Robinson clip... Hope you visit it!


Great RSS with biology current events : Biology News Net... One that caught my eye this week was the blog about evidence of Whales transistion from land to water. Fossils found that suggest birthing on land. Check it out. You might enjoy it!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Thing 4 Interesting Blogs

Each of the blogs that I sampled seemed to have a unique style and personality. Some used sophisticated professional language, while others used more conversational dialect. All of them were interesting, yet occasionally I found myself wanting more information and not having a good feel of the issue. An example of one that seemed too short to where I didn't have a feel of the authors commitment to the issue discussed was the blog about the Florida Sturgeon. Granted it was enough to Begin a Biology discussion with students and probably designed to not give too much influence to allow student creativity and comments, but it didn't satisfy my taste.

The No Homework blog was extremely interesting. it shared some of the very same frustration I face in the classroom and provided thorough documentation and support for his points of view. The author has apparently done a Master's thesis using his classroom for the study on the values of homework. The limited results of one teachers classes may not share the validity of a national study... but his evidence is still yet compelling. It's easy to read and believe when positive improvements on student learning and engagement are discussed.

The technology Spy blog was scary. The overall layout was filled with bold print, quotes and many supportive links... but the actual reality of the blog was frightening. This blog informs you of all the negative media implication that can occur in your classroom due to the accessibility of today's technology. Not only does it mention the situations that will scare the %$^# out of you, but it provides the links to show that it was not made up. Definitely an eye opener! Very worth reading!

WOW not to interrupt... but I've learned the value of AUTOSAVE! If something happens and you lose your post go to EDIT POSTS and it should be there waiting for you! EVEN IF YOUR INTERNET SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUSTED!

Back to Blogging

A more serious blog would be like the Educational Blogging Blog... (Say that 5 times). This one was down to earth and thoroughly discusses the abundant uses and benefits of blogging in the classroom. Both student and teacher issues are addressed in a sober convincing manner.

The Plastic Bag blog reminded me of the Florida fish mentioned above. This one was more fun to read and provided more in site and information. It started with a problem and a currently implemented solution and then left the board open for other possible solutions, opinions and discussions. This blog encourages great ideas on how to set up a situation and use blogging for the classroom. This site has a line and bait and you can't help but to bite and leave your 2 cents. Getting students to leave their 2 cents and help them reinforce and solidify concepts discussed in class.

As far as language and learning, blogging from the examples above (and my own) seem to promote a more conversational language rather than literary thesis. I tend to write as I would speak and so do others rather than present the information in a professional literary masterpiece. However where as some are more vocal than others some are still written with literary sophistication despite the norm. Aside from the educational benefits of communication, collaboration, and student voice; blogging would force students to write their thoughts. Writing... any writing... can help to build vocabulary and language skills. Furthermore, to get to a point where they are writing a competent comment... they have to READ first! It may not be the rich literary text of Charles Dickens, but it is still reading! I feel that Blogging would have a better impact on our youth than texting. I grow tired of seeing "IDK" and other abbreviations on homework assignments and quizzes. At least with Blogging the students are more encouraged to write something meaningful and non abbreviated for the world is listening!

Thing 2 Learning and Technology

Technology has become a necessity for success for both students and teachers. Not only has information become more accessible, but communication has grown exponentially. Students live in an age of technology: TV, computers, IPhones and MP3 players are their language and what they enjoy. It has come to pass that these are the very resources to reach students and help to create life long learners. Reaching students through the technology will help to engage them and increase their learning potential. In addition, developing their familiarity with technology promotes career opportunities and highly qualified workers.

Technology for the teacher is becoming a mandatory tool for communication both outside and within the school. E-mail has become the main source of discussion both between co-workers and to parents when at one time passes the corded telephone was the veins of communication. A teacher can potentially have an organized well communicated classroom with out ever picking up the phone. Parents can know everything going on in the classroom and what is expected of their child with a mere click of the mouse. Coordinating lessons among teachers and across the curriculum is potentially easier then it has ever been in the past.

Technology needs to be embraced as our friend, used as a tool to make teaching organized, a means for mass and easy communication, and above all a way to keep students Engaged in Learning.

Thing 1 Life Long Learning

Most Challenging Habits:
Being a life long learner is some aspects can be second nature and yet there are characteristics that continue to be a struggle and require more effort on my part. Being goal specific is probably one of the most difficult for me. I frequently find myself either starting a project with a goal in mind, then during the progress of completing my goal I diverge on to many different paths. In the end... I have NOTHING. I didn't finish my original goal, nor were any of the auxiliary paths successful. I seem to take on more than I can chew, get frustrated, then abandon the project. I had never taken the time to analyze my routine until considering characteristics of life long learners... which leads to the second difficult characteristic... Making Time!
It's easy for me to say, "never mind, it wasn't important, or I don't really need to know that" and do something less mentally enriching. I literally need to schedule time and force myself to abide to the schedule. Life is so busy and crazy, especially with all the side projects I accidentally create for myself, scheduling time is a necessity.
Combining these two characteristics with efforts to improve should help to increase my learning :)

Easiest or most resonant as Life long learner:
View problems as a challenge. I actually work more efficient under stress. I came from the medical field prior to teaching where stress was normal. I could do twice the work because I felt like if I could do the job that was more difficult that my usual I would be proving my skills to myself and others. It is a competitive nature that I have always had, but helps me to excel under pressure.
Teach others. I changed careers to teaching because regardless of occupation I was always teaching. Operating room, Clinic, Laboratory, classroom, home... Always teaching :)

Which qualities will be the most important?
Confidence. If you don't believe, you will not succeed. It's easier to get to the end, and summon the strength to not give up if you have the confidence to know you can do it. Confidence in yourself makes literally the world of difference! You are able to change your stars if you believe in yourself.
Technology. The world has always been compared to a working machine... but now it actually is. technology is in every field of study, every home, and every classroom. It has improved communication and made information extremely accessible. Familiarizing yourself with as much useful technology as possible can make your life easier, more organized and make you more marketable as an employee.
Being a life long learner is important for maintaining healthy brain functioning as well as psychological mental functioning. Without learning your brain would rot, you would fall behind all of society, and be lost floating in your own worthlessness.