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Carla Shinn

Catching Up With The Kids: Moving School Libraries Into The New Media Era - 45 views

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    Libraries have done a world of good for schools. They provide a self-directed learning environment and a quiet place to work and study - not to mention the wealth of carefully organized stories, articles, reference materials and other information for students to use whenever they need it. It's no secret that the library is essentially a campus warehouse for media products. Trouble is, media is changing....
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    I heard that a lot of school libraries closed recently. That's too bad. Maybe this could help school libraries alive.
Craig Seasholes

Information Literacy - Professionaltips - 0 views

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    ALA infoliteracy page, good resources
Javier Mejia Torrenegra

Crece el interés por las redes sociales de lectores - 1 views

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    Los lectores empiezan a tener cada vez más presencia en las redes sociales especializadas para la lectura. Ya existen multitud de plataformas en todo el mundo como Library Thing, Goodreads, Spinebreakers o aquí la recién llegada Entrelectores. Se está demostrando cómo este tipo de redes pueden ayudar a incrementar la visibilidad de un libro.
Joyce Valenza

Learning Tools Family Feud (video) - 21 views

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    The most fun any of us ever had presenting a workshop!
Javier Mejia Torrenegra

Más allá de la Folcsonomía - 2 views

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    La Web 2.0, con sus aplicaciones y servicios, posibilitó interconexiones sociales que, hasta hace pocos años, solo se daban en historias de ciencia ficción. La Folcsonomía es una de estas interconexiones y se relaciona directamente con dos conceptos que la posibilitan: Marcadores sociales y Etiquetado. El concepto de Folcsonomía, novedoso y complejo, difícil de precisar y definir, únicamente se da cuando confluyen el uso de aplicaciones de marcadores sociales y la actividad de etiquetado por parte de los usuarios de Internet. Por lo tanto, para entenderla debemos tener claridad en lo referente a cada uno de sus dos componentes.
Pam Jeffrey

Digitally Speaking / Blogging - 7 views

  • Using Feed Readers

     

    Feed readers are probably the most important digital tool for today's learner because they make sifting through the amazing amount of content added to the Internet easy.  Also known as aggregators, feed readers are free tools that can automatically check nearly any website for new content dozens of times a day---saving ridiculous amounts of time and customizing learning experiences for anyone. 

     

    Imagine never having to go hunting for new information from your favorite sources again.  Learning goes from a frustrating search through thousands of marginal links written by questionable characters to quickly browsing the thoughts of writers that you trust, respect and enjoy.

     

    Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?

     

    It's not!  Here's a Commoncraft tutorial explaining RSS Feeds in Plain English:

     

    Feed readers can quickly and easily support blogging in the classroom, allowing teachers to provide students with ready access to age-appropriate sites of interest that are connected to the curriculum.  By collecting sites in advance and organizing them with a feed reader, teachers can make accessing information manageable for their students. 

    Here are several examples of feed readers in action:

     

    Student Blogs

    http://www.pageflakes.com/wferriter/20982438

     

     

    This feed list includes several elementary, middle and high school blogs that students can explore during silent reading or while online at home.

     

     

    Current Events 

    http://www.pageflakes.com/wferriter/16714925

     

    This feed list includes links to several news websites that cover topics that are a part of one teacher's required social studies curriculum. 

     

    Global Warming

    http://www.pageflakes.com/wferriter/22534539

    Used specifically as a part of one classroom project, this feed list contains information related to global warming that students can use as a starting point for individual research. 

     

    While there are literally dozens of different feed reader programs to choose from (Bloglines and Google Reader are two biggies), Pageflakes is a favorite of many educators because it has a visual layout that is easy to read and interesting to look at.  It is also free and web-based.  That means that users can check accounts from any computer with an Internet connection.  Finally, Pageflakes makes it quick and easy to add new websites to a growing feed list—and to get rid of any websites that users are no longer interested in.

    What's even better:  Pageflakes has been developing a teacher version of their tool just for us that includes an online grade tracker, a task list and a built in writing tutor.  As Pageflakes works to perfect its teacher product, this might become one of the first kid-friendly feed readers on the market. Teacher Pageflakes users can actually blog and create a discussion forum directly in their feed reader---making an all-in-one digital home for students. 

     

    For more information about the teacher version of Pageflakes, check out this review:

     

    http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/2008/02/pageflakes-for.html

     

     

    For more information on using feed readers to organize and manage information, check out this handout: 

Beverley Humphrey

Free Web 2.0 Books - 0 views

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    Downloadable PDFs on using web 2.0 in education with age graded projects
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