Want to try more?

July 31, 2008

There’s always something new to try in Web 2.0!

Now that you are finished with 23 Things, check out more things! Keep up the habit of writing in your blog by reflecting on each new thing you look at…think about how you can use these things in your library and even go find some more! Have fun and keep learning! Please share all the new things you learn on the SCASL Ning! Be sure to join: http://myscasl.ning.com/

Wordle: http://wordle.net

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net

Voicethread: http://ed.voicethread.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com

Skype: http://www.skype.com

Smilebox: http://www.smilebox.com

Bigwig: http://www.yourbigwig.com

Community Walk: http://www.communitywalk.com

 


Week 11, #23 – Reflect!

July 12, 2008

Reflect! (Week 11, #23)

Please note that #23 is the same for beginner and advanced

Wow! Congratulations!! You’ve reached the 23rd thing. Be sure to give yourself a pat on the back for completing the program. 

For your last and final exercise for this program please reflect on your learning journey and post a few thoughts. Here are some questions to prompt you if you’re drawing a blank …

  • What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
  • How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
  • Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
  • What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?And last but not least…
  • If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?

Be on the lookout for a post later in the week with a few more “things” for you to explore!

Congrats to you!

 


Week 10, #22 – Audio books and ebooks

July 12, 2008

Audio books and ebooks (Week 10, #22)
Please note that #22 is the same for beginner and advanced
Check out 7 things you should know about ebooks before getting started.
For this thing, you will explore where you can get free ebooks and get an idea of the types of titles you can find here. Take a look around and locate a few titles of interest. Many school and public libraries have audiobook and ebook collections, so check what they have in their collections. Audiobooks are popular for ELL and Special Education students, as well as communters who enjoy a good story during a long ride. There are a number of commercial audiobook and ebook sources, and many of these companies have exhibits at library conferences.

Discovery Exercises #22:
1. Explore World EBook Fair’ site for FREE downloads from the Gutenberg Project. Also just explore the site – there’s much to check out.
2. Create a blog post about your findings.

Discovery Resources:

  1. LibriVox, audiobook versions of copyright-free books from the Gutenberg Project. Read by volunteers. Started in August 2005 by Hugh McGuire. Check it out!
  2. British Library Online Gallery includes digitized original classics. An audio feature allows a visitor to have the book read aloud. Don’t miss the original version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. Mozart’s Musical Diary includes 75 audio excerpts. Take the tour and encourage your students and colleagues to do so too! This resource is AMAZING.
  3. Check out “Best Places to Get Free Books” site.

Week 10, #21 – Looking for a podcast?

July 12, 2008

Looking for a podcast? (Week 10, #21)

Please note that #21 is the same for beginner and advanced

Take a look at 7 things you should know about podcasts before getting started.

Also watch Podcasting in Plain English (if the video below does not work, try this direct link)

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The word podcast is used to refer to a non-musical audio or video broadcast that is distributed over the Internet. What differentiates a podcast from regular streaming audio or video is that the delivery method for podcasts is often done automatically through RSS.

In 2005, “podcast” was named the “word of the year” by New Oxford American Dictionary and with the growth of podcasting over the last 24 months, it’s easy to see why.

Podcasts take many forms, from short 1-10 minutes commentaries (like the ones used in this Learning 2.0 program) to much longer in person interviews or panel group discussions. There’s a podcast out there for just about every interest area and the best part about this technology is that you don’t have to have an iPod or a MP3 player to access them. Since podcasts use the MP3 file format, a popular compressed format for audio files, you really just need a PC (or portal device) with headphones or a speaker.

iTunes, the free downloadable application created by Apple is the directory finding service most associated with podcasts, but if you don’t have iTunes installed there are still plenty of options.

For this discovery exercise participants are asked to take a look at some popular podcast directory tools. Do some exploring on your own and locate a podcast that is of interest to you. Once found, you can easily pull the RSS feed into your Bloglines account as well, so that when new casts become available you’ll be automatically notified of their existence.

Discovery Resources:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Some really great examples of podcasts:

What? You want to learn how to be a podcaster too?
(Optional Resources for those who want to learn create podcasts:

Discovery Exercise #21:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  1. Take a look at one or two of the podcast directories listed and see if you can find a podcast that interests you. See if you can find some interesting library related podcasts here like book review podcasts or library news.
  2. Add the RSS feed for a podcast to your Bloglines account
  3. Create a blog post about your discovery process. Did you find anything useful here?

Week 9, #20 – YouTube and TeacherTube

July 12, 2008

YouTube and TeacherTube (Week 9, #20)

Take a look at 7 things you should know about YouTube before getting started.

Within the past year online video hosting sites have exploded allowing users to easily to upload and share videos on the web. Among all the web 2.0 players in this area, YouTube is currently top dog serving up over 1 million video views a day and allowing users not only to upload their own video content easily, but also embed clips into their own sites easily. TeacherTube is also making waves. You can upload (and watch) videos that are great for professional development or teaching students.

Do some searching around YouTube yourself and see what the site has to offer. You’ll find everything from 1970s TV commercials and 60s music videos to library dominos and kids singing about bloopers here. Of course, like any free site you’ll also find a lot stuff not worth watching too. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore and see for yourself what the site has too offer. :) Explore TeacherTube for great educational videos.

Discovery Exercise #20:

Beginner

  1. Explore YouTube or TeacherTube and find a video worth adding as an entry in your blog.
  2. Create a blog post about your experience. What did you like or dislike about the site and why did you choose the video that you did? Can you see any features or componets of the site that might be interesting if they were applied to library websites?OPTIONAL: Try placing the video inside your blog using the copy and paste code for the for “Embeddable Player.” Note: you’ll need to use Blogger’s Edit HTML tab when pasting this code.

Advanced

  1. Create and upload a video to YouTube or TeacherTube
  2. Post a reflection in your blog (be sure to embed your video or provide a link to it)

Other popular video hosting sites:

NOTE: Videos, like music downloads, are bandwidth hogs. It is recommended that you complete this exercise during light internet usage times.

Curriculum Connections (from http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com):

  • Create promotional videos for the library media center, new titles, and special events
  • Post screencast tutorials for classes
  • Access commercial book trailers
  • Post and share student and teacher produced book trailers
  • Post and share student video projects and reports
  • Show instructional videos
  • Allow students to include videos in wikis, blogs and reports
     
  • Entertain teachers and students (video of the day or week)
  • Include video clips in presentations
  • Introduce research topics
  • Teach about video sharing
  • Teach about copyright and creative commons licensing
  • Produce smiles
  • Use in teacher training
  • Highlight special events
  • Link from curriculum pages created with teachers to curriculum related videos
  • Teach research skills
  • Learn new technology and professional skills
  • Share orientation videos
  • Archive student presentations for self-, peer-, teacher and/or parent review
  • Archive teacher/LMS presentations for self- and/or peer review
  • Provide anytime, anyplace professional development and tutorials
  • Share videos about how to do research, how to use library databases, how to do anything….

  • Week 8, #19 – LibraryThing

    July 12, 2008

     LibraryThing (Week 8, #19)

    Please note that #19 is the same for beginner and advanced

    Are you a booklover or cataloger at heart?
    Do you enjoy finding lost and forgotten gems on the shelf to read?
    Then LibraryThing may be just the tool for you. Developed for booklovers, this online tool not only allows you to easily create an online catalog of your own, it also connects you to other people who have similar libraries and reading tastes. Add a book to your catalog by just entering the title (it’s so easy that you don’t even need to know MARC format) or connect with other users through your similar reading tastes. There are lots of ways to use LibraryThing. You can even view your books on a virtual shelf, add a widget to display titles that are in your catalog (see sidebar for sample), or install a LT Search box on your blog.

    Not just for personal collections, libraries have started using LibraryThing as well. “Small libraries are using LibraryThing to catalog their collections. Libraries are using the LibraryThing widget on their web pages to recomend books and list new titles.” (via http://wlaweb.blogspot.com/). Being a non-commercial site makes LibraryThing a good option for libraries. According to their website, LibraryThing “is exploring relationships with libraries, to offer non-commercially motivated recommendations and other social data.” See also a blog comment by the Librarian-in-Black.

    So why not join the ranks and create your own library online. With over 95,000 registered users (LibraryThing also has group forum for librarians) and 6.7 million books cataloged, you’re bound to discover something new.

    Discovery Exercise #19:
    1. Take a look around LibraryThing and create an account.
    2. Add a least 5 books to your library.
    3. Blog about your findings and be sure to link to your LibraryThing catalog. How popular were your books? Did you find any discussions about your favorites?

    Discovery Resources:
    · About LibraryThing
    · Library Thing tour
    · MoBuzzTV Review (3rd story in the 5 min broadcast)
    · LibraryThing blog (updates & news)
    · Thingology blog (“LibraryThing’s ideas blog, on the philosophy and methods of tags, libraries and suchnot.”)
    How libraries are using LibraryThing

    Some Libraries using LibraryThing:
    Shenandoah Public Library
    Creston Public Library
    Southwestern Community College LRC
    Washington State Library (RSS feed also on their blog; Note – They chose to use WordPress as their preferred blogging software).


    Week 8, #18 – Online Applications & Tools

    July 12, 2008

    Online applications and tools (Week 8, #18)

    The availability and use of online productivity web-based applications (think word processing and spreadsheets) has exploded and for good reasons! These powerful applications provide users with the ability to create and share documents over the internet without the need of installed desktop applications. Some experts speculate that this emerging trend may mean the death to Microsoft Office and other software-based productivity tools, while others think web-based applications have their place, but not in the office. But no matter which side of the office suite platform you side with, on this both sides seem to agree; web-based apps have their place.

    One large benefit to web-based applications it that they eliminate the need to worry about different software versions or file types as you email documents or move from PC to PC. Another bonus is that they easy accommodate collaboration by allowing multiple users to edit the same file (with versioning) and provide users the ability to easily save and convert documents as multiple file types (including HTML and pdf). And, you can even use many of these tools, such as Zoho Writer and Google Docs to author and publish posts to your blog. It’s this type of integration with other web 2.0 tools that also makes web-based apps so appealing.

    For this discovery exercise, participants are asked to take a look at a web-based word processing tool called Zoho Writer, create a simple document and then document your discoveries in your blog. If you’re up to the challenge, you might even export your document as an HTML file or publish it through Zoho to your blog.

    With Zoho and web-based applications, the possibilities are endless.

    Discovery Resources: 
     
     
     
     

     

    A short list of web-based productivity applications – Note: I authored this list in ZohoWriter and exported it as HTML.

    Discovery Exercise #18:

    Beginner

    1. Create a free account for yourself in Zoho Writer.
    2. Explore the site and create a few test documents of two.
    3. Try out Zoho Writer’s features and create a blog post about your discoveries.

    Advanced

    Using Zoho’s “publish” options to post to your blog.

    * Note: You can also explore Google Docs , Google’s online word processer, as an option for this exercise.

    Curriculum Connections (from http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com):

    • teach technology literacy
    • teach information literacy
    • teach visual literacy
    • teach students about collaborative online productivity tools
    • teach teachers about collaborative online productivity tools
    • foster collaboration
    • share meeting notes
    • collaborate on articles, presentations, lessons with teachers and colleagues
    • produce research articles
    • provide writing tools for students in the library media center
    • provide presentation tools for students
    • provide spreadsheet tools for students
    • inform students and faculty about tools they can use at home or school
    • plan events with faculty and colleagues
    • use with English teachers
    • provide tools for writing practice for students
    • provide tools for students to collect information for research projects and produce drafts and final documents
    • provide feedback on student writing and projects
    • allow peer review and comments on student writing and projects
    • transfer notes and documents between work and home
    • create instructional documents and pathfinders
    • create student-created stories and books
    • use as a drop box for student work
    • design instructional materials and write articles at home and access at school
    • avoid software compatibility issues
    • create assignments
    • share ideas with colleagues
    • provide a mechanism for teachers to review policies and procedures and comment so all will be happy and informed
    • store ideas for easy access
    • share documents in progress
    • list and share resources within and between schools and districts
    • plan curriculum benchmarks
    • provide a common tool for group projects
    • share planning documents with state association board, committee members, teachers
    • write letters, applications, memos
    • provide low-cost or free suite of software applications for all school and/or library media center computers
    • avoid students having to carry diskettes or flash drives to save and transfer work
    • take notes and write reminders for later use
    • help students create group papers and projects
    • create parent workshops
    • compile lists for teachers
    • promote special collections (bi-lingual books, recorded books, themed titles, etc.)
    • work collaboratively on budget with other school library media specialists in the school
    • share links with students and teachers
    • author monthly and annual library media center reports
    • access documents from cell phone
    • write and review proposals
    • maintain a file of cover letters and forms that can be easily customized and updated

     


    Week 7, #17 – Add an entry to the SCASL wiki

    July 12, 2008

    Add an entry to the SCASL wiki (Week 7, #17)

    Please note that #17 is the same for beginner and advanced

    For this “explore-and-play-with-wikis” exercise, you are asked to add an entry or two to the SCASL wiki. Add your blog, your Flickr page, your Twitter account information, etc.! If you don’t have any of that yet, just add something to the “Favorites” on the Sidebar : Favorite books, favorite vacation spots, favorite restaurants, favorite anything …all you need to do is play and add your thoughts. When you get to the SCASL wiki and you are ready to add something, the password is reading.

    You may also want to add a title or two to the Suggested Resources to Support South Carolina ELA Standards page on the wiki…if you want to add something to that page, please send it to Valerie Byrd Fort ([email protected]) or Janet Boltjes ([email protected]) and we’ll add it for you…all of the other pages are open for you to edit/add on your own!

    Discovery Resources: 

     
     

     

    Discovery Exercise #17:  
     
     

     

    1. Access the  and create a login account for yourself.
    2. Add your blog to the School Librarians Who Blog page. That’s how we’ll know that you’ve been there. It’s easy to do if you follow this simple syntax:

      Example:

      [ URL | Title of blog]

      [ http://scasl23things.edublogs.org| SCASL 2.0: Experience the Journey ]

      With brackets [ ] and just a little typing, you’ve added a link – yup, it’s as easy as that!

      OPTIONAL: Add a favorite or two to a few other pages (Favorite books, favorite vacation spot, etc). And, if you feel up to the challenge, you might even want to create a separate page for book review or short travel essay and link up to that.

    3. Create a post in your blog about the experience.

    Week 7, #16 – Wikis

    July 12, 2008

    Wikis (Week 7, #16)

    Please note that #16 is the same for beginner and advanced

    Take a look at 7 things you should know about wikis before getting started.

    Also watch Wikis in Plain English (if the video does not work, click here for a direct link):

    A wiki is a collaborative website and authoring tool that allows users to easily add, remove and edit content. Wikipedia, the online open-community encyclopedia, is the largest and perhaps the most well known of these knowledge sharing tools. With the benefits that wikis provide the use and popularity of these tools is exploding.

    Some of the benefits that make wikis so attractive are:

    • Anyone (registered or unregistered, if unrestricted) can add, edit or delete content.
    • Tracking tools within wikis allow you to easily keep up on what been changed and by whom.
    • Earlier versions of a page can be viewed and reinstated when needed.
    • And users do not need to know HTML in order to apply styles to text or add and edit content. In most cases simple syntax structure is used.

    As the use of wikis has grown over the last few years, libraries all over the country have begun to use them to collaborate and share knowledge. Among their applications are pathfinder or subject guide wikis, book review wikis, ALA conference wikis and even library best practices wikis.

    Discovery Resources:
    Use these resources to learn more aboout wikis:

    Discovery Exercise #16:
     
    For this discovery exercise, you are asked to take a look at some library wikis and blog about your finding. Here’s a few examples to get you started:

    More educational uses of wikis: http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis

    1. Create a blog post about your findings. What did you find interesting? What types of applications within libraries might work well with a wiki?

    So what’s in a wiki? Find out by doing some exploring on your own.

    Curriculum Connections:

    • Use a wiki instead of a pathfinder
    • Use a wiki to compile booklists

    Week 6, #14 – Technorati

    July 12, 2008

    Technorati (Week 6, #14)

    Please note that #14 is the same for beginner and advanced

    So now that you’ve been blogging for awhile, you might be wondering just how big the blogosphere is. Well, according to Technorati, the leading search tool and authority for blogs, the number of blogs doubles just about every 6 months with over 51 million blogs currently being tracked by the site. If the blogging trend continues, it is estimated that Technorati will have tracked its 100 millionth blog in just 5 months.

    Yes, these numbers are astounding, but as you’ve already seen for yourselves, blogging is so easy that these publishing tools are being taken advantage of by almost every industry, including libraries.

    So how does a person get their blog listed as part of the blogosphere and how can you tag your posts with keywords to make them more findable through a Technorati search? The answer to the first question is that your blog is probably already being captured by Technorati due to the fact that you’re already using Blogger, the most popular blogging tool. But if you want to join the party and have your blog officially listed on Technorati and also take advantage of the watchlist and other features, you’ll need to claim your blog yourself. As for tagging posts with Technorati tags? This is easy, too. All you need to do is add a little bit of HTML code to the bottom of your post (see my example below) and Technorati will pick up these tags when it spiders (or web crawls) your site.

    There are a lot of new features that have been added to Technorati this past summer, including new ways to search for blogs. You can search for keywords in blog posts, search for entire blog posts that have been tagged with a certain keyword, or search for blogs that have been registered and tagged as whole blogs about a certain subject (like photography or libraries).

    Discovery Resources:


    Technorati Tour
    – videocast of new features & new look
    Technorati Discover & Popular features

     

    Discovery Exercise #14:

     Take a look at Technorati and try doing a keyword search for “Learning 2.0” in Blog posts, in tags and in the Blog Directory. Are the results different?

    1. Explore popular blog, searches and tags. Is anything interesting or surprising in your results?
    2. Create a blog post about your discoveries on this site.OPTIONAL: If you’re up for a challenge, learn how to tag your posts by with Technorati tags so they can join tag searches. Create a post about something. It can be anything you want and add the HTML code to the bottom to tag it as “SCASL2.0” You may also want to consider claiming your blog and creating a watchlist.
      NOTE: When adding HTML code, you’ll want to make sure you’re in Blogger’s Edit HTML window.

    There’s a lot to explore.