Posted by: eheino | October 21, 2013

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 tools have the potential to make a huge impact on education, as students continue to gravitate towards platforms they can interact with and comment on. Classroom teachers and teacher librarians can use these technologies to communicate with their students and the greater school community through the means of blogs, wikis, and bookmarking technologies. They can create sites using these Web 2.0 technologies and have them accessible to students both inside and outside of school.

What are the opportunities here for teacher librarians? Can teacher librarians afford to ignore Web 2.0 tools?

A great starting point for teacher librarians would be to create their own blog, recommending new books in the library to students to borrow, and advertising new and interesting features of the library. The blog can have a comments section so students and parents can interact with each other and the TL as well.

From there they can create Wikis and interactive websites to be used for information literacy projects.

Web 2.0 has so much to offer TLs, they cannot really afford to ignore them. Changing demands from students require TLs and libraries to evolve to keep up with the demands.

What might be the problems a teacher librarian would face in maintaining a school library blog?

Time constraints would be a major issue for TLs, with so much going on in the library, TLs may not have the time to blog regularly. However, if they fail to blog regularly, the school community may stop checking the blog, and any new posts may be missed by the community. TLs may find they need to update the blog in their own time.

How might you use a wiki in a classroom?

Wikis can be used for library pathfinders, online curriculum, and a way for students to communicate with each other regarding their schoolwork in a way that is moderated by the classroom teacher.

How can curation tools such as Delicious and Diigo be useful? What are the limitations and issues relating to the use of such tools.

TLs and classroom teachers can use Delicious or Diigo to collect useful links for themselves to use in the classroom, or to share with students to use on school computers or at home.

The list of links on these pages need to be regularly checked to see that the links are still valid. Websites change all the time, and sometimes go offline completely. If there are too many broken links, students won’t use them.

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