Saturday, April 11, 2009


Wow! That was a lot of information regarding podcasting. It seems so simple to do and there can be quite a number of applications for it. I can see a teacher using it to prepare the students for an upcoming class, or a principal giving a weekly address with it. I have a little more difficulty seeing a school library media specialist utilize it, unless she would use it for book reviews or previews on upcoming soon-to-be published books. However, all the possibilities are still unfolding and it is definitely a technology that is used by students all over (and all the time!) The application of Jing was really cool. I think I would need to fool around with it quite a lot to become comfortable with using it, but I can visualize the applications in a classroom quite vividly. Maybe the responsibility of the SLMS is to introduce these new technologies to teachers, to show them what is out there, and what could be used to help teach their students.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gale Reference Databases

Databases have so much information it can be overwhelming. I did a project for a SLMC, adapting databases from the NYPL portal into a list that would be compatible for a high school. One of the databases (of course) was Gale Reference Library- whew- it was huge. The amount of information available on it was unmanageable. I went through each database and commented on the ones that were on the level of high school. I did searches on each one and examined the results. Accessing the databases was not difficult and pretty intuitive, if you know what you were looking for. It is hard to see how they would promote this to high school studentws as it involves a few steps to access it-I think teenagers would just want to Google something instead (I think this is called the laziness factor!)Howevere, the results were much more put together and gave you a lot more informatin available in 1 place - instead of searching a whole bunch of sites and the results were vetting for accuracy. But the amount of information is still overwhelming!

Friday, March 27, 2009

K-12 Conferences in 2007 and then Powerpoint

The K-12 Conferences in 2007 were informative. The presentation of Web 2.0, share the adventure, had the interesting concept of have the students join the teacher along the path of using web 2.0 tools. This concept is a different view of the one saying that the teacher should direct the student in how to use WEb 2.0 tools. Having so many helpers will enable the teacher to use and access and research the web 2.0 tools faster than having to do it by his/her self. The teacher, however, must decide the educational goal, the mission. Otherwise, this can be an exercise in futility as there is no purpose.
The Wiki put up by Karen Richardson had a tremendous amount of useful links. Having a search available on Creative Commons is very helpful to me personally, since I am always worried about using copyrighted images from the web. Her Disney film was cool, but not very coherent.
And I am powerpointing! I like it though, since I can be very creative with it!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Online conference

Hi. I enjoyed my spring break, even though I did work though it! The K12 online conference was very interesting and I enjoyed being able to watch it at my leisure. This format allows for re listening and watching whenever one needs a refresher and it does not cost anything!
The keynote presentation by Professor Stephen Heppel was very informative. I like his English accent. His phrase of "this is the death of education and the dawn of learning" was really true. If we now have the technology, we have to figure out what we want it to do for us. It is no longer true that the machines can't do something, since it can do everything, but rather, what do we want to do-how can we use this to further education in a new fashion, befitting the twentieth century. I think at this point we are in a flux and this will be realized in the upcoming future as we see the change in learning.
To other news, my powerpoint presentation is slowly emerging. I find if I work on the slides with pen and paper first, so I know basically what I want to put on there, I do not feel so overwhelmed when I work on the actual slides. It is a slow method-but it is working. The tutorial and presentations posted by my teacher really helped a lot as I never worked with powerpoint before!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Web 2.0 tools, Reality and Powerpoint

I just read the article on Knowledge Quest on Ethics From 1.0 to 2.0: Standing Outside the Box. One of the points that it made was just as students use the library for pleasures (e.g. fiction books), they should be able to use the computers for pleasure (e.g. surfing, etc). It seems a contradiction to what I observed in SLMCs over the past month. Very few of the teachers/schools seem to be using Web 2.0 tools in their teaching repertoire, whether due to the students not having access to computers at home or they did not have enough time to cover it. However, the computer usage of the students in the LMC was mostly for fun or researching information for papers. They did not seem overly restricted.
I am working on my powerpoint presentation about blogs-Who knew there was so much information available on it!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Very Busy!

Wow-this has been a busy week!
First of all, we are starting to get started on the google docs page. It was funny, since this was supposed to be on online collaboration, that the first email I get from the other students was if we could all meet face-to-face! That is not going to work out, so we have a date on google chat!
Second-we are starting to work on our powerpoint presentations. Unfortunately, I have never worked on powerpoint before, so this seems a bit overwhelming. I would like to present to teachers about blogs-but that topic is huge! Why blog, literacy standards blogs meet, what students gain, what teachers gain, how to create a blog. I am trying to create the scope of what the powerpoint will teach but there is a massive amount of information available. I am also trying to think of the covert reasons for this presentation-maybe to form connections with teachers and show them that I (hopefully) am a resource for technology. Anyway, I will post later on how it is going!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Internet Safety

Internet safety is a key issue nowadays. Since restricting access to information because of the inappropriate activity online is not feasible, allowing access and teaching Internet safety is a plausible solution. It was news to me that the SLMS is responsible for teaching this to student and staff, but on reflection, it made sense as the SLMS is responsible for the information literacy and Internet safety is a tool that needs to be used to obtain this information. I think within the LMC, a SLMS can direct students to databases and the computers are filtered to a certain extent. However, at home or elsewhere, the student may come into contact with bullies, predators etc and due to their naivete, not realize the proper course of protocol. Internet safety is a life skill, since even adults should not be giving out personal information online as well as the fact that once something is posted online whether a picture or information, it is then always accessible. I am in midst of taking the I-safe course and I will post when I am done as to what I think about its efficacy.