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The ALSC ChildTech Wiki

 

The ALSC ChildTech Wiki is a new resource that I recommend. This wiki was created for members of the ALSC – the Association for Library Service to Children – and for those interested in library service for children. I recommend it first so that you will go to the wiki and add content to help other school and public librarians who work with kids and technology and, second, I ask you to check it out because the wiki already has some good resources and examples.

Computers in Libraries/Internet@Schools Conference Update

I was finally able to go through some of my notes from the Computers in Libraries/Internet@Schools conference I attended last week in Virginia. The conference was great and as with many conferences I learned as much from talking to other attendees as I did from the presenters.

We have highlights!

I met some interesting, fun techno-library folks from Louisiana, New Jersey, Alabama and Tennessee. To Andy from St. Tammany Parish Public Library – I’ve already checked out your website (and I love the George Washington ink pen you bought for your 7-year old daughter). To Scherelene from Trenton, NJ – I will check out JerseyCat (and I know that your pets were very happy to see you when you got home from your train trip). To the media specialists from Nashville – thank you for your nice comments on my presentation and I hope you had a smooth flight home, I know your flight in was bumpy. I met many interesting people and that made the conference better than ever.

The keynote speaker on the first day of the conference was Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project. Lee gave an entertaining talk on Web 2.0 and the Internet World. He compared Web 1.0 to Web 2.0: publishing/participation, content management/wikis, directories/tagging, etc. Rainie also discussed Six Hallmarks of Web 2.0:

Hallmark #1: The Internet has become the computer. Examples: wireless connectivity, percentage of Internet use, broadband at home, 50% of users have gone online from a library, 89% of online teens have access at home, broadband intensifies people’s Internet use, video is a big part of Internet use and broadband makes Internet use more social.

Hallmark #2: Tens of millions of Americans, especially the young, are creating and sharing content online. Examples: 55% of online teens have created their own profile on a social network site like MySpace or Facebook, 20% of online adults have such profiles, 51% of young adult Internet users have uploaded photos to the Internet, 37% of all users have done this, 39% of online teens share their own creations online, such as artwork, photos, stories, or videos, 22% of online adults have done this, 28% have created their own online journal or blog (33% of college students), 12% of online adults have a blog, 19% of online young adults have created an avatar that interacts with others online,
9% of all adult Internet users have done this.

Hallmark #3: Even more Internet users are accessing the content created by others. Examples: 46% of young Internet users read blogs, 44% of young adult Internet users seek information at Wikipedia sites, 14% of young Internet users download Podcasts.

Hallmark #4: Many are sharing what they know and what they feel online and that is building conversations and communities. Examples: 33% of young adult Internet users have rated a person, product, or service online, 32% of online young adults have tagged online content.

Hallmark #5: Tens of thousands are contributing their know-how and/or their processing power to the online commons. Examples: 40%+ of Internet users participate in peer-to-peer exchanges, there are 10,000 – 30,000 active developers in the global open source movement.

Hallmark #6: Online Americans are customizing their online experiences thanks to Web 2.0 tools. Examples: 40% of younger Internet users customize news and other information pages, half are on specialty listservs, a quarter to a third of younger Internet users get RSS feeds.

Rainie also talked about the Michael Wesch video “Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us” which is a very nice example of Web 2.0 comparing the old Web with the new. He also played the very clever “Ask a Ninja – What is Podcasting?” video.

My presentation on “Wikis + Media Specialists = Community!” took place right after the keynote. I think it went very well based on the great questions and comments. I talked about the REMC wikis, the MAME conference wiki and the Library of Michigan Media Center Marketing wiki. A library school professor told me that she now has some good ideas about how her students can create some wiki projects.

Joyce Valenza presented on “Web 2.0 Meets Information Fluency.” Joyce and Ken Rodoff of Springfield Township High School, Pennsylvania, have created an excellent wiki on information fluency also titled “Web 2.0 Meets Information Fluency!”

The information fluency wiki is chock full of links on standards, research, videos, survey tools, information ethics, digital storytelling, presentation suggestions and more, more, more!!! Joyce is a well-known media specialist who is also an author, presenter, facilitator, blogger and user of all things Web 2.0. You will definitely find useful information on this wiki and, of course, you may also add some useful content to the wiki.

Joyce also mentioned that her students are using Web 2.0 tools for projects such as: “Live from Salem” a Podcast on the Salem witch trials and a wiki where you ask one question for kids to answer. This way they are not writing a long paper but they are expressing their views.

At least two presenters mentioned Zoho. Joyce Valenza and Gary Price praised it so this is a resource I want to check out. Zoho is a free resource with tools including Zoho Writer, Sheet, Project, Meeting, Wiki and others.

It’s time to wrap up this post so I want to mention a few more sites that you may like:

http://jstor.org
http://www.response-o-matic.com/index.html
http://www.surveyscholar.com/
http://www.ning.com/

Informationfluency.wikispaces.com

Joyce Valenza and Ken Rodoff of Springfield Township High School, Pennsylvania, have created an excellent wiki on information fluency titled “Web 2.0 Meets Information Fluency!”  I heard Joyce speak at the Computers in Libraries/Internet@Schools conference in Arlington, Virginia. She was the keynote speaker the second day of the conference.

The information fluency wiki is chock full of links on standards, research, videos, survey tools, information ethics, digital storytelling, presentation suggestions and more, more, more!!! Joyce is a well-known media specialist who is also an author, presenter, facilitator, blogger and user of all things Web 2.0. You will definitely find useful information on this wiki and, of course, you may also add some useful content to the wiki.

AASL Region III Affiliate Meeting in Ohio

I leave Thursday for the AASL Region III Affiliate meeting in Dayton, Ohio. I will return next Sunday. So, I had hoped to post some updates on the CIL/Internet@Schools conference in Virginia before taking off again but I don’t know how much I will blog this week. I have a lot of catching up to do at work and then I’m off to the Ohio meeting. I really will write about some of the interesting items I picked up on in Arlington and I will try for this week but if not next week for sure!

PBwiki – No more ads on educational wikis!

I just got back from the CIL/Internet@Schools conference where I presented on wiki projects in which I am involved. I told the attendees that there are ads on the PBwiki templates but that has now changed for some wikis. When I checked my MAME conference wiki yesterday I found a notice posted indicating that PBwiki has now removed all ads from educational wikis. That’s good news and I hope you try this site. It is extremely user-friendly!

This is the announcement from PBwiki:

All educational PBwikis are ad-free. We listened to educators and we recently made all educational wikis ad-free, so we want to spread the word about PBwiki. Any positive words are much appreciated 🙂

Our tagline is: “Make a PBwiki as easily as a peanut butter sandwich”. And as you know, setting up a PBwiki is free and takes only 10 seconds.

In all seriousness, please write honestly about what you use PBwiki for, and what you like and don’t like. We are always improving PBwiki and want to get honest feedback from our users. The main point of this is to spread the word about PBwiki to your friends, family, and coworkers — so they’ll use PBwiki, too.”

Back to Michigan!

The CIL/Internet@Schools conference is now over. I will be leaving VA for MI tomorrow morning. I had a great time, met some very interesting people and learned a lot that I want to pass on to all of you. Next week I will try to get some posts out on sites, tips, etc. I learned about at the conference.

Arlington, Virginia

Day one of the Computers in Libraries/Internet@Schools conference in Arlington, VA. The weather is WINDY! They Hyatt in Crystal City is very nice. Information Today staff announced that there are about 2500 attendees at the conference including on-site registrations.

My session on “Wikis + Media Specialists = Community” took place this morning at 10:15 at the Internet @ Schools conference. About 100 attendees were present. The session went very well. Media specialists had really good questions and I had to hurry up at the end to finish on time.

I also attended a session on “Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets” and it was very interesting and entertaining. I will try to report on some of the gadgets mentioned in the presentation in a future post.

Another session was about new web features that people use to enhance websites. More later!


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