Saturday, April 11, 2009

Podcasting

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!