Sunday, April 25, 2010
I can't believe another semester has gone by. I had a fantastic experience in this course. I honestly wish all my classes were set up like this. I remember reading an article early in the semester that said something along the lines of learning does not have to happen inside a brick building. This class proves that this statement is true. The possibilities are endless with blogs, pod casts, Google Docs, wikis, online conferences, etc. I will be recommending this class to my peers.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I cannot believe the semester is almost over. Yesterday, I mailed my final packets of field work information to my professor. Both classes I took this semester have provided me with a ton of insight into the SLMS profession. I am most appreciative to the practical lessons I have learned. The PowerPoint work we did in this class is so important in the business world--no matter what business you are in! There are so many little things--make bullet points short and to the point, don't use pictures or sound unless it adds to the message, don't put too much on a page, have overt and covert objectives--that will make me appear more professional than my peers.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
This week I finished 50 hours of field work for another class. At first, I thought 50 hours was an inconceivably large number, but now I am surprised at how fast it went. I visited school libraries in my area, as well as, my local public library. I am glad that my professor allowed us up to eight hours in a public library. I thought I was completely set on becoming a school librarian, but I was able to see the public option as well. In either setting, I believe I want to work with young adults. This class gave me options that I did not see before.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
This week I completed my epic WebQuest workshop. It was a lot of work, but worthwhile. There are so many things to think about when putting together a professional PowerPoint. When I was in high school, I thought the more animation, sound, and words the better. I knew that you weren't supposed to read off the screen, but I did it anyway. Now I realize that sounds and animation are unprofessional and distracting. They can be used, but sparingly, and only if it enhances your message. Also, I used to ignore the notes section of PowerPoint. While working on my presentation, I had an "ah-ha!" moment while adding notes--this is where my prompts go! All of these little tidbits of information will help me achieve my professional goals.