Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Some Tech Stuff for the Summer

So after the first summer tech discussion at Katie's house, I came away inspired to try one new thing and to practice and old thing...nothing happened. After I read about the second tech discussion at Karen's house I was once again inspired to try one new thing and practice an old thing...this week...something happened!

I finally took the plunge into Twitter, Franki has been bugging me for about a year, maybe more, to get hooked. I kept putting it off because I wasn't sure why I needed to join. Truthfully, I still haven't figured that out, but after talking with Karen, I learned that was one thing that took place at the last tech discussion. Everyone who didn't have a Twitter account, now does. I didn't want to be left out, so here I am. If you have any suggestions for things I should do with this Twitter thang, let me know. Right now I'm mostly just lurking and have only tweeted on my Twitter once. That was the new thing.

The old thing I practiced was the book mosaic idea I came up with last summer. Basically the idea is to put together a collection of 9 pictures that represent a book in some way. I've done them for The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis, Savvy, and Make Way for Ducklings. I also created one for a family vacation. I hadn't done one in a while so yesterday I sat down and created one for Countdown, my first pick for some Newbery attention this year.

7 comments:

  1. I love the book mosaic! What tool are you using to create your mosaic and where did you find your pictures? I would love to use your idea with my students this year!

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  2. CStakey: I used BigHugeLabs to create the mosaics and the pix either came from Flickr or my own iPhoto stuff. Flickr cannot be accessed at my school due to filters, so you may want to check on that.

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  3. We were actually talking about this at the tech meeting also. This is such a great concept (book mosaic) that there has to be a way around using Flickr so that students could compose their own mosaics. It is an amazing idea -- kudos to you, partner, for taking ML's idea and creating something like this!!

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  4. I added you to my Twitter followings. You are now with an exclusive group that includes Rascal Flatts, Club Trillion, and Mike and Mike in the Morning. Tweet away!

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  5. Yea, Bill, so glad you took the Twitter plunge.

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  6. I KNEW I had seen these book picture mosaics somewhere and imagine my surprise. Or not, really, cause I do enjoy your blog. Do you mind if I direct more people your way? Got another workshop I will be doing in early June on different tools like Big Huge Labs/Picnik/Aviary/etc and how to use them in the library or classroom ... and your book mosaics would be great examples.

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  7. Feel free to send people over! We love the company. Since it's summer, maybe I'll have time to create some new mosaics.

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