Sunday, September 30, 2007
I feel that the program was very well-structured. The discovery resources for each Thing were beneficial, and the discovery exercises were clearly stated. My main drawback to the program was that, as a reference substitute, I did not have any "work" time to complete the activities. I have put in many hours here at home - just me and the Things, sometimes getting along with each other and sometimes not so much!
My blog is entitled, very uncreatively, Lifelong Learning and my participation in this program has certainly been an exercise in acquiring much new knowledge along with many new skills. This activity is now complete, but the learning and exploration will continue as all of the Things to which we have been exposed are constantly changing, developing, and expanding. Knowledge and learning are not static but rather an ongoing - lifelong - process.
I had a bit of difficulty getting some of the podcasts that I was interested in hearing to play. I think it might have something to do with the pop-up guard on my computer. I disabled the guard for that particular site but still didn't have success in some cases. The pop-up would display, but nothing would happen when I clicked the "play" arrow. At the other extreme, I couldn't get one of the podcasts to stop playing, and it was a 30 minute cast that I didn't really want to listen to after hearing the first few minutes. I finally had to turn the sound off on the computer!
I think that podcasts are great resources for many people. I, personally, will probably not use them much as I have hearing difficulties and much prefer to receive information visually.
Well, it seems that all went well with that endeavor. Yippee!
I explored YouTube's categories and its search engine in an attempt to find the video of the security guards sleeping at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Plant. This is of interest to me because the plant is located 2 miles from my town. I thought this video would certainly be available on YouTube since it's received a lot of attention in the news recently. However, none of my search terms (Peach Bottom, atomic plant, guards, sleeping, etc.) turned up any matches. I find that surprising.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Zoho vs. Word
Well, hi there. Bill Gates doesn't allow me to start off with a kiss! I am creating a test document in the Zoho Writer program ( oops, web-based application). So far it seems fairly similar to Word. I can't find a tutorial on the site except for the FAQ section, so I hope I don't have too many questions. Let me see if I can get this over to my blog. Bye now.
Now I'm back in Blogger. It was quite easy to get my Zoho document over to my blog. Zoho Writer is a neat site. I was interested in looking over the templates on the site as I need to create a poster about an upcoming concert, but I didn't find anything that would help in that endeavor.
I'm off to explore Google Doc. Bye - sorry no wink this time!