Posts tagged ‘web2.0’

Technology Trends

Librarian in Black, Sarah Houghton-Jan, summarises her contribution to ALA 2008 in Sarah’s Top Technology Trends – virtual presentation for ALA 2008. I would like to draw attention to point #3 in the hope that the comments may filter through to the bureaucracy running our organisation.
I really like the way so much of the technology trends that are buzzed in Library circles were used in this presentation.

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June 30, 2008 at 4:29 am 1 comment

Web Taming Ringmaster

Michael Stevens’ blog, Tame the Web, has two articles this week that I find particularly thought provoking.

1. Keys to a Successful Self Check-Out Project (linked from Michael’s blog)
Our new library is under construction (it’s exciting to see progress with the new building across the road) and it would be good to consider implementing a changeover to a fully automated checkout policy. Please don’t argue until you have read the report and its answers to possible objections.

2. Brian Kelly: What if We’re Right? & Libpunk’d
Brian poses questions aimed at the detractors of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 and proposes that there are more risks involved by not accepting such things as social networking and open source technology than by adopting them whole-heartedly.

June 27, 2008 at 4:35 am Leave a comment

Web 2.0 Tutorials

As anyone who reads this blog regularly will have guessed I am a great fan of using Web 2.0, particularly its potential for making libraries more “with it”. This list of 100 Free Library 2.0 Webinars and Tutorials from the College@Home blog will help anyone who wants to find out more or give instructors ideas for spreading the word amongst unbelievers. I’m sure that library staff have already been converted but part of my mission is to get others to understand. Any library that hasn’t yet run a variation of the 23 Learning 2.0 Things programme should consider implementing it as soon as they are able.

June 24, 2008 at 1:31 am Leave a comment

Wordle Cloud

This is fun. I Used Wordle to create a web cloud of my tags in del.icio.us (see how interested I am in web 2.0 and Second Life). Similar clouds can be created for any body of text you choose.

Thanks to Phil Bradley’s Weblog for giving me this idea.

June 17, 2008 at 3:13 am Leave a comment

7 Things You Should Know About

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s (ELI’s) 7 Things You Should Know About… series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. If you have ever struggled to explain why various Web 2.0 tools are useful in the library or teaching environments here is a most useful series of explanations about technologies that may demonstrate positive learning impacts.

Currently there are 37 applications in the series which should give you all you need to stay up-to-date on emerging technologies.

May 28, 2008 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

Open Source and Web 2.0

iLibrarian directed me to an article about open source software in online learning in the April-June 2008 issue of Educause Quarterly. After defining it and giving the history of open source software the authors go into detail about it’s impact on learning and describe some of the applications that are used by education institutions around the world.

For me the most significant segment was a description of web 2.0 enabling students to participate in information sharing and combining that with open-source software(How can I persuade my director to reconsider attitude towards web 2.0?).

With Web 2.0, the concept of student-centered learning has acquired a new dimension. Previously, the greatest critique of student-centered learning was the lack of resources and the isolation of each student from other learners. Web 2.0 has provided a means through which both collective and individual intelligence can be harnessed, while students bond in stronger, redefined ways.

These concepts all have the potential to change distance education but still need more focussed developers to produce reliable, quality online education.

May 8, 2008 at 2:06 am Leave a comment

Web 2.0 distractions

I was asked to do my standard presentation on Wikis and Blogs yesterday but “to make it fun”. Well, these workshops are always fun but I thought that I could provide a new slant on this one by running through a few Web 2.0 applications and letting participants make whatever use of them they could.

I gave everyone the following handout and we worked together through each of the activities, referring along the way to what other people (myself included) had done with the tools available.

What are we doing here?

1

Create a Google account
www.google.com

2

Create an iGoogle page
www.google.com/ig

3

Add elements to your iGoogle page

4

Create a Blogger account www.blogger.com
Write about what you hope to achieve today

5

Create an avatar — a representation of yourself. Go to http://avatars.yahoo.com/ ; design an avatar with a funky background. (You will have to set up an account if you don’t use Yahoo!) Save your avatar and export to your blog.

6

Create a reader and add some RSS feeds
http://www.google.com/reader

7

Facebook http://facebook.com
Create an account, find some friends and send them a message.

8

Del.icio.us
http://del.icio.us/

9

LibraryThing
http://librarything.com

10

Picasa – organise your pictures
http://picasa.google.com/


Participants were fully absorbed throughout and I had to get stroppy to get them to stand up after a couple of hours to help themselves to coffee and biscuits.

These are only some of the activities that we do in the 23 Things programme. I’m still thinking of rolling it out to the whole college but also struggling against lack of support for such “distractions”.

April 24, 2008 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

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