Category Archives: Web 2.0

The Future of Libraries

Eric Hebert, the editor of degreetutor.com emailed me about an article entitled “The Future of Librarians.” It takes a close look at how libraries, and librarians as a profession will evolve in the future. Over 25 librarians were interviewed and the entire series of interviews are posted here. They are actively seeking input from others who would like to give their viewpoints. The submissions will be selectively published on the site to contribute to the ongoing body of information on the subject.

SSR with a blogging twist!

This is such a noteworthy post! Mark Ahlness writes about  SSR – “sustained silent reading” with a 2.0 twist.  He has his kids reading blogs. He has turned them loose on blogs – to read. Mark points out that he will probably not do this every day as there is still value in cuddling up with a book. But he goes on to note that by the time they grow up their reading preferences will be worlds away from where he and his students are now.

This statement by Mark jumped out at me “So much is made of young kids creating content, that I think it’s real easy to overlook the positive aspects of young kids consuming content – created by their peers – and who knows who else?” Mark gives us  much to think about! He is doing some remarkable work with his third greaders.

– David Warlick

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I couldn’t have picked a better way to kick off a conference than attending David Warlick’s pre-conference session on “Web 2.0: Harnessing the New Shape of Information.” Dave started the session with a creative and engaging twist by having his workshop participants introduce themselves. The twist was that no complete sentences were permitted! Lots of laughter and sharing followed. I was the only blogger in the crowd but I suspect we’ll have more come onboard after he took them on a whirlwind trip through the world of web 2.0. Here is the link to his online handouts.

A few highlights:

  • started with parts of Will’s video
  • education is about conversation in 21st century
  • landmark-project.com
  • handouts.davidwarlick.com
  • ˜Coming of Age” free for download, also a print version, edited by Terry Freeman, proceeds go the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • education is about conversation in 21st century
  • gave history of wiki and how it was created, quick web became wiki wiki web (Hawaii word)
  • Dave demonstrated creating a wiki all for the audience,
  • putting an idea out and learning from ensuing discussion
  • showed how he posts a blog post, showed dashboard in word press, type in title, text and publish
  • amazing how people are using blogs, in a sense this is a magazine that I publish, no publisher, no editor, publish to a global audience
  • it is not about paper and books but about information
  • “literacy “ most of his work is there, literacy has changed,
  • teachers get excited about students blogging, it stops being writing but it becomes communicating
  • “Technorati.com” best place to go and find blogs
  • Technorati is to blogging is like what google is to the web
  • “Wikipedia“ knowledge is coming from community, info you could not get elsewhere
  • Poster child of web 2.0, content is coming out of conversations
  • Answered web 2.0 question here, 1.0 went to get info, 2.o added conversation
  • Web 2.0 content is from contributions from conversation
  • 1.0 library 2.0 conversation
  • skip to good part, you will be on edge of seats, Using an aggregator that makes it easy for him to demonstrate what he is talking about, rss changed everything, Dave Weiner invented it
  • now we are starting to train the information to find us
  • finding best answer to our questions is now much richer, much more exciting
  • think del.icio.us – can set up own online bookmark service
  • how to get an aggregator, recommends bloglines.com or google.com/reader
  • Second life will give you real estate, running a whole virtual second life, it is gaming but people are taking to it, offering free space for educators- per participants
  • a podcast is a blog that has a link to an audio file, have a blog, a way of recording, need software like audacity, place to upload audio file so if you have a laptop with a microphone you can podcast for free
  • Nneed to redefine literacy, participants did podcasts
  • showed how he transferred it and saved it, then opened in audacity
  • to get it on internet, he recomments a web podcasting service called podomatic.com, you can log in and go to my podcast, post an episode, type in title, tags, text (show notes) , can add picture, upload audio and you can do the audio right then, can import file, click browse to find audio files and open and post and it uploads it to server
  • He uses slapcast.com and it costs 5 dollars a month

Wow! And this is just a few of the highlights. I like his style. It is warm, honest, and he initiates  conversations with his audience. He gave practical items, demonstated a lot, provided humor and got back to all the questions that were asked.It was a great workshop.
He closed with

  • We’re not afraid.com

His closing statement ……

“When in history have people like you and I been able to whisper to the world that we are not afraid.”
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