Web 2.0


external image samp57b10021eb45d39f.jpgWeb 2.0: refers to the second generation of web-based services—such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies—that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users. It is also often referred to as the read/write web. The tools are called social software and emerging techologies. They include: blogs, wikis, social bookmarking managers, photosharing and rss feeds as well as other online collaborative tools such as mind-mapping, wordprocessing, spreadsheets, and calendars.
Web 2.0? What is it? a series of three YouTube videos on Classroom Tech Tips, two of which illustrate the theoretical and historical basis of Web 2.0 and one, Kathy Cassidy: Telling the New Story, that provides an understanding of how web 2.0 tools can be used in the classroom.

The Tools

Digital Literacies & Emerging Educational Technologies - A Wiki - a great introduction to Web 2.0 technologies by Alec Couros from the University of Regina
Learning 2.0 - a "23 Things" series of tutorials about Web 2.0 tools from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Very cool! A great combination of audio, text, images and personal discovery!
Ten Tech Trends for Librarians 2007 by Michael Stephens of Tame the Web: Libraries and Technologies Blog

Michael is an Instructor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. His writing does not focus specifically on school libraries but this post based on his presentation at the Ontario Library Association, addresses trends that impact school library programs.
  • He describes the following trends and their implications for librarianship
    • conversations
    • convergence
    • content
    • redefining LIS job descriptions
    • citizen journalism
    • openness and sharing
    • participation
    • experience and play
Web 2.0: Where will it take Librarians by Michael Stephens from the OCLC Newsletter, NextSpace

The Big Picture

Did you know? Shift Happens!

Essential viewing!
First created by Karl Fisch this video has been modified by several individuals. This version is from Scott McLeod at Dangerously Irrelevant. If YouTube is blocked you can find other formats on Scott's post where he describes how he uses the video. Teacher-librarians will find the lack of referencing in this video disconcerting but in his blog post Karl Fisch attributes the information to futurist David Thornburg.

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A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Listen to this series of Alan November Podcasts with Daniel Pink
Alan November Interviews Daniel Pink
Alan November Interviews Daniel Pink Part II: New School Design
Alan November Interviews Daniel Pink Part III: Intrinsic Motivation and Persistence

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century by Thomas Friedman [Real Player required]
Watch the MIT video in which Thomas Friedman discusses the flatners. Friedman’s list of “flatteners” includes the fall of the Berlin Wall; the rise of Netscape and the dotcom boom that led to a trillion dollar investment in fiber optic cable; the emergence of common software platforms and open source code enabling global collaboration; and the rise of outsourcing, offshoring, supply chaining and insourcing. Friedman says these flatteners converged around the year 2000, and “created a flat world: a global, web-enabled platform for multiple forms of sharing knowledge and work, irrespective of time, distance, geography and increasingly, language.

Sir Ken Robinson on TED Talks
Sir Ken Robinson is author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, and a leading expert on innovation and human resources. In this video, he makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it.

The 21st Century Learner

external image purdce42ff14aef0d1a.jpgIan Jukes
Digital Immigrants Digital Natives by Marc Prensky
An attempt to explain the growing differences between the 'net generation and those that did not grow up with computer technology.
Is it Age or IT (Dianne Oblinger)This is the introductory chapter of the online book, Educating the 'Net Generation. The Net Generation has grown up with information technology. The aptitudes, attitudes, expectations, and learning styles of Net Gen students reflect the environment in which they were raised—one that is decidedly different from that which existed when faculty and administrators were growing up.
The New Face of Learning by Will Richardson
What happens to time-worn concepts of classrooms and teaching when we can now go online and learn anything, anywhere, anytime?
A new crop of kids: Generation We from CNET News.com
On the Net, geographic boundaries disappear--a teen can watch a scene in New York, and another teen in Nebraska can watch and comment on that same scene," and they can both create something new, she said. "The Net creates that community aspect.
The Net Generation and School by Don Tapscott

Young Canadians in a Wired World
Pew Internet and American Life Project: This site is full of statistics, interpretations and reports and as Doug Johnson says "dang near all of them" are worth reading! Including:
  • When Libraries get Social
  • Teens, Social Networks and Safety Online
  • Young and Wired
  • Digital Natives: How today's youth are different from their "digital immigrant" elders and what that means for libraries
  • The New Media Ecology and how it will Affect Work and Learning
Teen Content Creators and Consumers: More than half of online teens have created content for the internet; and most teen downloaders think that getting free music files is easy to do

School 2.0

external image sampbf6228d00176ba62.jpgUsing Social Technologies to Redefine Schooling: a podcast (54:50) with Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli.

School 2.0 (A Podcast Series) Steve Hargadon interviews leading educators about how web 2.0 tools are changing teaching and learning

The Read/Write Web--A Shifting Notion of What it Means to Teach The Web is Changing our Assumptions about Knowledge, Information and Literacy. A Will Richardson presentation - lots of good links

School Library 2.0

external image purdd6cf6fd9b9fc10f.jpgOnline Powered School Libraries by Will Richardson
With all the buzz about "Web 2.0 technologies" and the implications that new social Web tools such as Weblogs, wikis and the like have for education and information literacy, it's no wonder that school libraries are suddenly on the front lines of change.

A Conversation about the Future of Libraries: a 10:00 minute podcast from Connect Learning, with David Warlick
A great, great conversation that explores the future of school libraries and the role of the teacher-librarian.

Participants are:

A Digital Re-shift

Christopher Harris Infomancy Blog
If school libraries fail to make a digital re-shift, they are going to loose relevancy in the world of digital information.

Research 2.0: Using Emerging Online Technologies to Facilitate Research
Eric Hoefler, a teacher and writing consultant illustrates how Web 2.0 tools can be used to facilitate research process.

Online Research video from Casting Out Nines
Explores the concept of scholarly information found online - the pros and cons compared to print journals.

When Digital Natives go to the Library Suggestions for Librarians

  • Avoid implying to students that there is a single, correct way of doing things.
  • Offer online services not just through e-mail, but through instant messaging and text messaging, which many students prefer.
  • Hold LAN parties, after hours, in libraries. (These are parties where many people bring their computers to play computer games, especially those involving teams, together.)
  • Schedule support services on a 24/7/365 basis, not the hours currently in use at many college libraries, which were “set in 1963.”
  • Remember that students are much less sensitive about privacy issues than earlier generations were and are much more likely to share passwords or access to databases.
  • Look for ways to involve digital natives in designing library services and even providing them. “Expertise is more important than credentials,” he said, even credentials such as library science degrees.
  • Play more video games.

Joyce Valenza - 21st Century Research Skills: Navigating the Shifting Information Landscape

Capture the 20/20 Vision for Libraries: A Slideshow from Judy O'Connell

Newest Spaces/Places

What can MySpace teach us in school libraries? by Stephen Abram
Just as I get nice and comfortable with Web sites and learning mobile applications, blogging, and downloading streaming media, the Web world goes and mutates yet again!." Multimedia & Internet@Schools 13.4 (July-August 2006): 22(3). Expanded Academic ASAP. Thomson Gale. Saskatchewan Schools - Region 6. 11 Mar. 2007414956564_b60d3b8af7.jpg

Who's Watching Your Space?
This 3 minute video is a great encapsulation of the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) Symposium: How do we operate as educators and information professionals? If you haven’t joined the conversation, or become part of the action, then it really is time to start.

Second Life
Meet the New You By Kelly Czarnecki and Matt Gullett -- School Library Journal, 1/1/2007. In Teen Second Life, librarians can leap tall buildings in a single bound and save kids from boring assignments—all before lunch!


Metamorphisis of Libraries and Learning Spaces by Judy O'Connell author of Hey Jude Blog
The aim of a Learning Commons is to provide a physical environment which addresses the profound changes affecting how we teach and learn and which complements the evolving integrated, virtual/online teaching and learning environment of Web 2.0, advanced technologies, and Social Networking of the web.
2020 Vision Reshaping the Future through Dialogue
Judy continues her thoughts about school library space moving from the concept of Learning Commons to Knowledge Commons. I moved to the idea of Knowledge Commons, as our role in schools as teachers and teacher librarians is somewhat different to the role of library staff in other sectors. Our focus is the learning environment and teaching strategies within that environment, and it is this that must drive our creative efforts for innovative change.
Judy points the way to this very interesting podcast by Alan November in which he shares a conversation with an architect and a teacher-librarian. Alan discusses the changing role of librarians, along with what the ideal school library might look like given the anticipated impact technology will have on teaching and learning.
Learning Spaces by Martin Brown from the online book, Educating the Net Generation. Although this book approaches learning spaces from a higher education perspective many of the concepts of the "learning commons' can be applied to K-12 schools and school libraries.

Teacher-librarian 2.0

Joyce Valenza

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"But a librarian must also lead in the area of information technologies, however chaotic the landscape. A librarian must be able to craft and customize new landscapes. A librarian must lead in the areas of intellectual freedom and information ethics. In the areas of access to information, both physically and intellectually. A librarian must be able to lead the community in and model best strategies for finding, analyzing, and using the best available information for particular information tasks. A librarian must be able to facilitate and inspire creative communication of information in the most effective formats, and those formats continue to emerge and surprise.

If a librarian cannot lead his or her learning community, perhaps that librarian really is obsolete."
About our Obsolescence

David Warlick

2¢ Worth Blog
  • Who need 'Em? David Warlick asks readers to respond to a question he was posed. "We’re trying desperately to find ways to deal with budget crunches. With all of these computers and access to online information, do we really need librarians or libraries any more?” Follow the conversation in the many comments that follow this post.

Doug Johnson

Blue Skunk Blog
"A good question to ask ourselves is what do we do as librarians that justifies having us on the job, the cost of which results in more kids in a classroom, less technology, older curriculum materials or lower taxes?"