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  • 1. Social Software and The Day School Librarian A Brief introduction to Blogs, Wikis, RSS and other web 2.0 stuff Karen Ulric, School Media Specialist [email_address] Bernard J. Meislin Memorial Library Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex & Union, Upper School West Orange, NJ 2007
  • 2. What is this web2.0 anyway?
    • The read/write web
    • User-focused and user-driven
    • Web 2.0 is a concept, not a defined set of applications
    • What web 2.0 promises is interaction and engagement
    • New ways of communicating professionally and personally
  • 3. Why bother with Web 2.0?
    • Creative writing assignments
    • Student ownership
    • Wider audience than the classroom
    • Meet students in their world to engage them
    • Professional enrichment – reading and contributing to relevant blogs and wikis
    • Jewish Day Schools have unique needs – these tools can help us fill them!
  • 4. The “Millennial Generation” are DIGITAL NATIVES We are DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project
  • 5. Some of the most popular Web 2.0 applications
    • Blogs/RSS
    • Wikis
    • Audio/visual sharing
    • Social networks (myspace, facebook,etc.)
  • 6. Blogs (Write One!)
    • Create a blog!
      • Library news, Book Reviews – add a link from your library webpage, or use a blog as the library webpage
      • Popular blog hosts:
        • General:
          • (now part of Google)
        • Educational: Designed for Schools
          • BlogMeister
          • ePals (more than blogs – classroom to classroom sharing, etc.)
          • Gaggle (secure email, blogs)
          • imbee for Teachers and Schools (secure Social network , email, blogs)
      • Examples of library blogs
        • Nothfield Mount Herman Library Blog /
        • Library of Congress Blog
        • Gargoyles Loose in the Library
      • Blogs can incorporate audio (podcasts) and video
        • The Book of Life
  • 7. Blogs (Read them!)
    • Read blogs! Great for professional development!
    • Blog Readers let you keep up with multiple blogs in one place
    • Blog Readers use RSS (real simple syndication) to create a “feed” that you can subscribe to
    • Popular Blog Readers
        • Bloglines
        • Google Reader
  • 8. What I Read - My Blogroll
    • Education technology Link to Ed-Tech Blogroll
    • 2 Cents Worth
    • Alice in InfoLand
    • Blue Skunk Blog
    • eHub
    • Free Range Librarian
    • From the Trenches of Public Ed.
    • Giveaway of the Day
    • Joyce Valenza's NeverEndingSearch
    • Information Wants To Be Free
    • Jewish School Libraries
    • comments
    • LibrarianInBlack
    • Library Stuff
    • Mark's edtechblog
    • NYT > Technology
    • Search Engine Watch
    • Talking Out Loud
    • Techcrunch
    • Tools for the TEKS Updates
    • Ubiquitous Thoughts
    • Weblogg-ed
    • The Websearch Blog
    • Library Link to Library Blogroll
    • AssortedStuff
    • Gargoyles loose in the library
    • Google Librarian Central
    • Google Librarian Newsletter Google Group
    • HigherEd BlogCon
    • Infosearcher
    • Killin' time being lazy
    • Librarians' Internet Index: New This Week
    • Library Garden
    • Library of Congress Blog
    • Library of Congress: News
    • Library Stuff
    • The Liminal Librarian
    • The Plagiarism Blog
    • The Shifted Librarian
    • Literature Link to Literature Blogroll
    • A Fuse #8 Production
    • Brave & Brass Book Blog
    • Brooklyn Arden
    • educating alice
    • Hennepin County Library - Bookspace Blog
    • The Longstockings
    • Muller In the Middle
    • NPR Topics: Books
    • NYT Book Review
    • wayfarers all
    • Ypulse
    • Religion Link to Religion Blogroll
    • Mayim Rabim
    • Rabbi without a cause
    • Renegade Rebbetzin
  • 9. Wikis
    • Community driven websites where multiple people can edit the information in real time
    • Wikis can be open to the public or limited as the creator desires.
    • Uses include:
      • Pathfinder & subject guides
      • Industry/ Career specific collections of information and/or best practices
      • Group projects
  • 10. Wiki Examples
    • Pathfinder/Subject Guides
      • SSDS Holocaust Research Guide
      • SJCPL Subject Guides
    • Industry/Career Specific
      • Jewish School Libraries
      • Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
  • 11. Wiki Examples cont.
    • Group Projects
      • Google Documents is a very simple way to do a group document.
    • Events
  • 12. Social Networking
    • Purely social sites are often not appropriate for schools – ie myspace, although many libraries are creating pages
      • Brooklyn College Library Myspace page
    • But many sites for sharing information can be useful
      • (photos)
      • (video) search “schechtervision”
  • 13. In Conclusion!
    • The tools are cool, but they are not an end in themselves
    • It is most important to determine what you want to accomplish – and then decide if these tools are appropriate
    • Effective use of technology requires major pedagogical shifts
    • Have fun – the more you know the better you can lead your library, your school, and your community!
  • 14. Interesting articles, blogposts & resources
    • Wesley Fryer: Moving at the Speed of Creativity. Let’s ask teachers to rethink assessments
    • Web 2.0 Meets Information literacy!
    • Teacher Librarian Ning : a community for teacher-librarians and other educators
    • Which Wiki is right for you? Shonda Briscoe, SLJ 5/1/2007
    • Microsoft Digital Literacy
    • Partnership for 21 st Century Skills
    • 21 st Century Skills for Strengthening your school library program. Pam Berger, Infosearcher
    • The question IS the answer: Creating research projects for an age of information. James Mckenzie
    • RSS Tutorial
    • Coming of Age: an introduction to the NEW world wide web. Terry Freedman (ed.)
    • TRAILS: Tools for real-time assessment of information literacy skills
    • Using Blogs as a Novel Approach to Engage Students. Learning Now - Andy Carvin ,
    • Pew Quiz: What’s Your Technology Temperature? Part of the Pew Internet & American Life Project