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I have been using Google Images for the last couple of years.

To satisfy the requirements of Thing 14, I did a search for my daughter in Google Images. I was surprised at what came up for her.

My daughter is a model in Jakarta and I discovered that there are a few hits for her.

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I was surprised to find out that she has just been on the front cover of another Indonesian magazine. Plus, they wrote an article about the new photography studio that Aimee and her husband have opened in Jakarta.

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I am always excited when I see her photo somewhere. It is weird when I go into a department store in Indonesia and I see her photo on display in the makeup section. Gee, she is even on the little bags that you get when you buy a product from Ultima II.

Aimee (my daughter) has a great 1st Life – I am going for a great life in Second Life!!

I have also been looking at iTunes U. I have discovered some really good resources.

I came across some good info regarding Second Life. Amongst them was a podcast “Using Virtual Worlds for Teaching and Learning”. Here is the address –

http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/ox-ac-uk-public.1659430276?i=1465480796

In the podcast David White talks about some students he knows who use Google docs, so that a number of people can be editing the same document, at the same time.

Here is a screenshot of the iTunes screen.

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I have also discovered that iTunes U has a lot of resources that I can use with my students.

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Pepsi123, Corriefan and I have worked on an Excel file in Google docs. Here is a screen shot of our pathetic attempt Google docs

I was thinking of using Google docs with my students but I am not sure what the policies/rules are at Swinburne, re using such things with students. Does anyone know? According to the Swin polices site, we aren’t supposed to send emails to students’ non-Swin email accounts, so does that mean I can’t get the students to open a Gmail account? It seems that you can’t use Google docs unless you have a Gmail account. If it is possible for me to use them with students, then I would be interested in using them but if not, I don’t have any other use for them – other than using the calendar.

Also, what are the rules regarding using blogs and wikis with students?

I have used Google Maps a few times. I think Google Maps is good if you want to know how to get from A to B.

If I just want to use a street directory, I use http://www.street-directory.com.au/sd_new/mapsearch.cgi. The maps look just like maps in a Melways.

Not long after Google Street View was launched in Australia, one of my students showed the class Google Street View. Everybody in the class had great fun searching for where they live. I looked up some addresses that I had lived at during my life. That was funny – a lot of my old homes have gardens that are so overgrown that it was difficult to see the house. When I looked up my current address, it wasn’t my street that showed up. My street has 2 marked lanes and normal street parking. The street that showed up was much narrower, with angle parking. A few weeks later I tried again but still got the same wrong street.

Here is a photo of the house I lived in when I was a teenager. I love that house.

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I have been using Del.ico.us and Facebook for about 12 months. I love Del.icio.us – I have it setup in all my browsers and on all the computers that I use. I could probably make more use of it –  I don’t tend to look at other people’s bookmarks.

I got one of my classes to sign up to Delicious – that reminds me that I should ask the kids if they are using it.

I have inserted a Delicious widget on this blog page, so you can click on it and you will find my bookmarks.

Well, participating in 23 Things has been really good. Although I was already familiar and/or experienced with a number of the “things” we have been required to use/do, I had not really considered how I could utilise them for my classes. Since commencing this competition (I REALLY want to win one of the iPods), I am now thinking about alternate ways to present my classes.

I don’t know if you remember, but in a previous post I mentioned that I had created a blog for my students to sign up to. I didn’t tell them that they HAD to sign up – I just asked them to. Anyway, only 1 student signed up. So, I considered that idea to be a no-go.

My next foray into Web2 for educational purposes, was to spend a bit of time in YouTube having a look at videos. I have looked at YouTube before but it didn’t grab me. Anyway, over the last 2 weeks, some of my students have been utilizing YouTube in their presentations (quite successfully too). That got me thinking ……. I have noticed that whenever I have the students in a computer room, the first thing they do is look at Facebook and/or YouTube.

So, I started thinking that maybe “mixing-up” the variety of communication between myself and my students would be good. So I created a new Facebook page for myself (under a different name – I didn’t want the students accessing my personal Facebook page). I also created a “group”. Surprise, surprise …….. a few hours after I sent the first “invitation” to a group of students, I had “friends”. I am not sure where we are going with this … but I now have a lot of student “friends”. I have a high security level on my new page and the group. Gee, a lot of the kids spend a lot of out-of-class time in Facebook.

I am now interested in trying to utilise Second Life in my classes. I have downloaded the software and I have a look around Second Life but I am not good at moving around in SL. I am going to do more research on it to see what ideas I can come up with.

I am not sure about using MySpace ….. I think a lot of the kids are “over” MySpace. I have cretaed a page for EduSpaceLounge in there but I am not going to do anything with it yet. There isn’t any point putting a lot of stuff into into it, unless the students are allowed to join and I am not interested in MySpace for personal use.

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