Sunday, February 22, 2009

Library Makeover 2009

I have been working hard to redecorate my library. Please tell me what you think so far.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Video Editing

Guess what? I went out and bought a flip cam (ultra)! And...I love it. I am not the most technologically advanced person in the world, but this is the simplest device ever for creating videos. I have been playing around with editing a few of my videos.

I used the Muvee editing software that comes with the camera. It was really easy to capture a still image, add music, mix it up, cut out parts. I actually read the reviews on Cnet to decide which model of the flip cam I should buy. If you are thinking about purchasing one I would highly recommend you check out these reviews.

In addition, I am comparing some free online video editing sites. I have been reading some reviews from ExtremeTech about 5 Free Online Video Editing sites. I haven't tried one out yet, but I think I might try One True Media or Jumpcut. I'll let you know what I find out and which I prefer.

My first video conference

Thursday 2/18 I set up my first video conference with the MegaConference Jr. 2009. I can't say everything went smoothly but we survived and made it work. I set up my unit at about 8:15 and I couldn't get it going for some reason. (Remember this was my first attempt at using the unit.) Well after looking at all the connections and making sure everything was plugged in I realized I hadn't turned on the video conferencing unit's main switch. DUH! Well, one thing accomplished. Then the images started streaming in however they were highly pixilated and indistinguishable. Also there was no audio. I called the service providing the stream from the MegaConference and I was assured nothing was wrong on their end. So I called my district Tech department and they came to the rescue. One of our technology integration specialist walked me through a few things and then decided he would come straight over. In the end 3 techs showed up and worked on my connection.

The problem, I was told is that our school runs on a T1 connection and since all the classrooms in the school (about 50) were on the Internet ahead of me by the time I tried to squeeze in there was not enough bandwidth left. But our specialist saved the day, they made calls and slowed down some Internet connections across the school to accomodate the video conference and from there it was pretty much smooth sailing.

It was a realy great learning experience. My favorite part of the conference was watching the world's youngest teacher Adora. Click on the clip below to learn more about her.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Love Your Library Month

Sorry it has been so long. My master's classes and my job are keeping me quite busy. Here's a recap of what's been going on:

February is Love You Library Month
so we are having an art contest in the library where students complete the phrase: "I love my library because..." Then they draw, paint, etc. their reason why. So far I have receive about 5 entries. I can't wait to see all the reasons the students love the library.

Appreciation- Last week one of the parents from my school gave me a potted plant and a really nice compliment. She said something along the lines of, "This is the first year my kids have been really excited about the library. Thank you for that." Wow! That is so great to hear and I hope I am able to continue making the library better and better.

Makeover Library Edition- My assistant and I are working on redecorating the library. I am not sure what it was, but one day I walked into the library and I looks so I thought about some decorations and came up with a plan. I have been taking some pictures and will post some before and afters of our hard work. It is not major changes, just decorative touches.

Technology Inspiration- I finished my Intel Master of Technology class here is the link to the site I created for my final project if you'd like to check it out. It inspired me to start using Flip Video to create some videos for work. I went out and got one yesterday, but I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I also got a microphone to use at home and work and plan to start having some of the kids make podcasts where I interview them about their favorite books. I am a little intimidated by Audacity, but I am going to give it a try. I post a link when I have them ready. Back to the Flip, I purchased the Ultra because of the reviews of cNet. I especially liked the software (MUVEE) that is built-in and allows for easy editing and movie mixes.

Library Science Master's Classes- I am taking Library Administration, which and I know this sounds corny, is a lot of fun. I have to create some action plans, floor plans, budgets, etc. I really like this side of library science. For my other class I am taking Computer Science. Yes...I love that one too! I am creating a mock library website, although I think I may use it as my school library homepage after I get it all set up.