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1 Put A Blog on the Fire! Light That Wiki! Web Tools to Inspire Learning Anita Brooks Kirkland Library Consultant, Information Technology Services Waterloo Region District School Board

2 The Old Web Knowledge of HTML Static Websites OneMany Web-authoring Software Proprietary Knowledge Expertise

3 Web 2.0 OneMany

4 Web 2.0 Many

5 Readers Discovery Tool Reviews Description What do other readers think? What might also interest me?

6 The Life / School Disconnect Social Networking Text Messaging Podcasting Blogging MSN Chat Music Sharing Online Communities User-Created Content ? Video Sharing Video Games

7 Library Service Delivery Library Service Delivery Professional Development Professional Development Student-created Content for Learning Student-created Content for Learning Information Literacy Information Literacy Teacher-Librarians Toolkit

8 Blogs & Blogging What is a blog? The Blogosphere Citizen Journalism Library Service Delivery Library Service Delivery Professional Development Professional Development Student-created Content for Learning Student-created Content for Learning Information Literacy Information Literacy Teacher- Librarians Toolkit Finding popular blogs Finding library / education blogs Subscribing to blogs Creating blogs

9 Anatomy of a Blog: One to Many, and Back Again News Commentary / Opinion Simple design: last item appears first. Ability to comment. Ability to subscribe.

10 Blogs and Citizen Journalism

11 The Blogosphere Shaping public opinion. Gauge of public opinion. Manipulating public opinion?

12 Truth in journalism?

13 Finding Blogs Search for controversial topic Results ranked by relevance and popularity

14 Finding Blogs of Professional Interest Check colleagues blog rollsSubject-specific Directory

15 Libraries are Blogging Readers comments.

16 WLU Library Blogs Library News Whats New RSS Subscription Options

17 Blogging for Learning UWO MLIS Course Blog Macgregor P.S. Gr. 8 Literature Circle Blog

18 Glenview Park Secondary School Library Book Blog

19 GPSS Library Book Blog Sample Post Post Categories & Tagging

20 Evidence of Success? Motivation: Students like writing online Quality: Students take more care with authentic audience Peer Interaction: Response form fosters discussion Flexibility: Students can participate from anywhere, anytime Participation: Students who would not come to a library book club are eager to participate in the GPSS blog, especially boys

21 Learning More from Other Library Sectors Waterloo Public Library Book Club Blog Posts include links to: Authors website Reviews in NoveList Library Catalogue WPL flickr Account

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23 Wikis What is a wiki? Wikipedia Learning from Wikipedia Library Service Delivery Library Service Delivery Professional Development Professional Development Student-created Content for Learning Student-created Content for Learning Information Literacy Information Literacy Teacher- Librarians Toolkit Wikis for professional collaboration Wikis for student learning Creating a wiki Wiki?

24 What do you know about how Wikipedia works? What are we doing with Wikipedia? What are you teaching students about how Wikipedia works? Do you allow students to cite Wikipedia? What are you telling students about their use of Wikipedia?

25 Authority? Citations? Anonymous contributors? Vandalism? Inconsistency? Bias? Malicious Content? Teacher-librarian Wikipedia angst.

26 Wikipedia Vision Collaboration Consensus Community Quality Control through collaboration Neutral View The more its used, the better it gets Make you nervous? Authoritative source?

27 Bot Collaborations Community Portal Deletionist Edit War Google Test Inclusionist Mergist Pokémon Test Sandbox Stub Systemic Bias To do lists Troll WikiFairy Wikipediholic Wikiphobic Wikiac Village Pump

28 Wikipedia Quality Control

29 Perhaps the best source for some topics?

30 Dynamic content Comprehensive content, broad range of topics. Controls

31 User Profiles: How much do they matter in Wikipedia model of consensus? Not happy with Wikipedia controls. Contributor to article on Stockwell Day. (Yet article is quite benign.)

32 Try contributing to Wikipedia from a WRDSB site.

33 WRDSB Users cannot access red links. (Gee, I wonder what our students have been up to?)

34 Is Wikipedia a legitimate source? Considerations: Topic Purpose of research Audience Who needs to understand how Wikipedia works, what it is and what it isnt? Teacher-librarians Teachers Students

35 Collaborative Writing and Research with Wikis Penn State Course Wiki Teaching Hacks: Wiki Collaboration on Integrating ICT into Curriculum & Instruction. Elementary School Literature Circle Wiki.

36 OSLA Council Wiki: Developing Advocacy Resources (Under Construction) Different sections for different writing groups

37 Shared writing page Sharing resources Text Table Uploaded Files

38 Wikis for Student Learning Wikipedia Vision Collaboration Consensus Community Quality Control through collaboration Neutral View The more its used, the better it gets Wikis for Learning Vision Collaboration Synthesizing Understanding Group Structure & Roles Quality writing through collaboration Broadened View The more its used, the better it gets Library Service Delivery Library Service Delivery Professional Development Professional Development Student-created Content for Learning Student-created Content for Learning Information Literacy Information Literacy Teacher- Librarians Toolkit

39 Web 2.0 How To: Homework! Step One: Start reading some blogs, especially from library / school library thinkers Step Two: Start subscribing to blogs, and responding to blog posts Step Three: Try creating a blog Step Four: Participate in a wiki, and/or try creating your own Step Five: Make the connection to existing instructional goals, and use in your library teaching program

40 Step One: Start reading some blogs, especially from library / school library thinkers Joyce Valenzas Neverending Search Blog David Warlicks 2 Cents Worth Blog Jenny Levines Shifted Librarian Blog Doug Johnsons Blue Skunk Blog johnson.squarespace.com/blue- skunk-blog

41 Step Two: Start subscribing to blogs, and responding to blog posts Browser Fine, if always accessing from the same computer. Online Service Keeps track of what youve read, no matter where you are and what computer you use. Great additional features.

42 Create an account. Create your blog. Use WYSIWYG Editor to write posts. Edit posts, monitor comments. Publish your blog. Step Three: Try creating a blog

43 Step Four: Participate in a wiki, and/or try creating your own Create wiki and add pages Add & edit content with WYSIWIG editor Share resources by uploading files Develop a common vision through powerful online collaboration

44 Step Five: Make the connection to existing instructional goals, and use in your library teaching program Library Service Delivery Library Service Delivery Professional Development Professional Development Student-created Content for Learning Student-created Content for Learning Information Literacy Information Literacy Teacher- Librarians Toolkit match to existing strategy use for added value, enhanced learning use strategically dont use technology solely for the engagement factor: make sure it makes sense and has the potential to improve practice

45 Quality Models + Wiki Templates = Powerful Learning Experiences

46 The Life / School Reconnect Library Service Delivery Library Service Delivery Professional Development Professional Development Student-created Content for Learning Student-created Content for Learning Information Literacy Information Literacy Teacher- Librarians Toolkit


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