I am honored today to be presenting virtually via Skype at 4:30 PM to my friend and colleague Amy Kearns and the wonderful librarians of the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative. We’ll be talking about tips for “fighting the filter” and gaining access to social media for instructional use, information delivery, and content creation. Please feel free to visit the resource page I’ve created to supplement and support the ideas of the presentation.
If you would like to share your ideas, stories, and strategies for “fighting the filter”, please join us in the conversation and post your thoughts on the blog.
I am jumping for joy at the latest cool addition to my new favorite tool of the 2009-10 school year: GoogleSites! They are now offering pre-designed template to help you get started with your web design! As someone who has used both SharePoint and GoogleSites, I can assure you it IS much easier to work with GoogleSites in terms of editing and filing documents—fewer clicks and a much cleaner interface. Students and teachers who have used it at my school love it, and so do I! Google Sites has been a staple in my Media 21 toolbox for my students this semester.
Here is a sneak peek of the templates—they are up and running this morning! I encourage you to give Google Sites a try!
Creekview High School LibGuides – Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees and Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl 2009-10 – Home via kwout
We are kicking off Teen Read Week 2009 with a brand new research pathfinder for some of the most popular authors and books at The Unquiet Library! Check out our new Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees and Reading Bowl research pathfinder page! I have created a landing “home” page with general resources and information as well as book widgets for the Georgia Peach Award nominees and the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.
I am also in the process of adding tabs for each nominated author that will include:
- RSS feeds for each author’s blog (if available)
- RSS feeds for each authors’ Twitter account (if available)
- YouTube videos featuring the author and/or his or her works
- Websites related to the author and his/her books
- The “Books from Our Catalog” feature spotlighting some of the books by each author; there is also a link to the Destiny catalog so you can search on your own
- Other links of interest, such as interview with the author or official websites for a book or for a series by the author
- Book widgets with previews of the author’s books when available
This is a work in progress, so please check back often!
As I began a short story project this week with Ms. Frost, 9th grade English teacher, some students gravitated to the print books available for finding their short stories, and others preferred e-copies on the web or through Google Books.
Some, though, turned to their iPods to access and read their texts. Some students read e-copies through their Safari browser while others downloaded free or inexpensive apps from iTunes to get their stories.
A quick search for Poe and short stories in the iTunes store reveals a wonderful menu of inexpensive or free apps for iPods and iPhones as well as podcasts that can be played on a computer or any number of devices.
Some librarians and educators are in real denial about the reality of eBooks and Reading 2.0 as it exists now and what may be to come. Others, understandably, are still making sense of this new reading landscape: what counts as literacy and how that definition is rapidly evolving. Some feel it is an “either/or” proposition and see the issue in black and white terms rather than realizing that different forms of reading, in whatever containers they may exist, CAN happily co-exist as depicted in the photo above.
The kids know this—what part of this don’t the adults get? At the end of the day, our focus needs to be about meeting their needs, not ours.