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Why Web 2.0

  1. 1. Why 2.0? Professional Development through expanding your knowledge of Web 2.0
  2. 2. Definitions – Web 2.0 <ul><li>Phrase coined by Tim O’Reilly in 2004 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ ..refers to a perceived or proposed second generation of Web-based services—such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies—that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users..” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Participatory web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Sites where online interaction can take place </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Learning 2.0 23 things Program
  4. 4. What the Learning 2.0 program is all about <ul><li>An online learning program designed to help staff explore Web 2.0 technologies and applications </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies include: blogs, wikis, flickr, RSS, mashups, tagging, audio files… </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why do it? <ul><li>Know the information environment </li></ul><ul><li>Keep abreast of technological advances </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to utilize these tools in your workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Offer your user the best possible available services </li></ul>
  6. 6. Remember… <ul><li>You may not be an advocate of all new technologies… </li></ul><ul><li>You may feel skeptical and unequal to the task of keeping up with these advances… </li></ul><ul><li>You will not become an expert and no one expects you to be… </li></ul><ul><li>You may find you never use certain tools again, but being aware of the opportunities and advances affecting your profession is important . </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Program <ul><li>The 23 discovery exercises are set out on a blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff are guided through each exercise via the blog. Some exercises include a podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Staff make their own blog and use this to comment on each exercise as they explore </li></ul><ul><li>Staff can comment or ask for additional help at any time </li></ul>
  8. 8. Advantages of online learning <ul><li>Self paced </li></ul><ul><li>Do as much or as little as you want </li></ul><ul><li>Added links allow the participant to explore further if they wish </li></ul><ul><li>Distance is overcome and separate groups can work together online </li></ul>
  9. 9. Outcomes? <ul><li>Staff skills are honed and their confidence boosted </li></ul><ul><li>A heightened understanding of our users’ needs </li></ul><ul><li>Wider variety of online classes are offered to the public by staff who are sharing their learning </li></ul><ul><li>Staff use these technologies daily via blogs, wikis, RSS feeds… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Staff Training Wiki
  11. 11. News from the CEO
  12. 12. Reader’s Advisory Wiki
  13. 13. Applications <ul><li>Some applications that can be used in a school library are: </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis and blogs for student group projects, communication and staff development programs; </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds to databases, e-journals and relevant websites; </li></ul><ul><li>Online word processing for collaborative projects boith for staff and students; </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts of relevant broadcasts as well as seminars and conferences; author talks, school presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark organisers and personalised search tools </li></ul><ul><li>And more… </li></ul>
  14. 14. Australian Government Consultation Blog http://www.agimo.gov.au/services/consultation_blog
  15. 15. NZ Government Wiki http://wiki.participation.e.govt.nz/wiki/Main_Page
  16. 16. NZ Police wiki- a collaborative Police Act?
  17. 17. The ups and downs… <ul><li>Filters- school filters caused a huge problem- if you are exploring new technologies, discuss it first with your IT department. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability- depending on the time of day, speed of internet access and technological infratructure some technologies may not work. Don’t give up, revisit at a later time. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Ups and downs continued… <ul><li>Flickr- great idea, some fiddly problems. Other photo sharing sites are Bubbleshare, Photobucket, and Picasa. </li></ul><ul><li>Google Tools- yes, they are taking over the world but Google just keeps getting better. During the Learning 2.0 program, this was most people’s favourite week. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>“ Library 2.0 …it’s not primarily about machines and software: it’s about using the best tools and ideas to provide the best possible service to our users” </li></ul><ul><li>A presentation by Marylaine Block </li></ul><ul><li>for the British Colombia Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>April 19, 2007 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Relevance <ul><li>Don’t adopt a new technology just because others have- determine its relevance </li></ul>
  21. 21. Center for Learning and Performance Technologies http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/Directory/
  22. 22. Innovation blog http://www.innovation-unit.co.uk/about-us/publications/whats-next.html
  23. 23. Horizon project http://horizon.nmc.org/australia/Main_Page
  24. 24. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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