2. As a teacher librarian, I can promote new books or library activities through placing news or blog feeds, or I can develop my own feeds for a direct connection to my students.
I know getting my students to subscribe to a library RSS feed is no easy task, but here's where it makes sense: when some new books and activities being held frequently and interested students tend to come to the library frequently.
3. As the new education reform (NSS) is coming, there is a need for new educational concepts that support the learning demands of a late modern society. The use of portfolio can support learning as an experiential, self-guided, lifelong process that is situated in social contexts. Blogs can be designed as digital portfolio and suit the need of improving the assessment of students and evolve to pedagogical tool with many applications.
I find that the most useful Web 2.0 is youtube while considering the liberal studies. It is because students can search a lot of diference point of view when they are discussing the current hot issues. Moreover, video can attract students to watch because of its mutli-media power.
2. Is there anything you learnt in this course that you would use in your work?
Limited to the teaching and learning in the classroom is not enough for students to broaden their basic knowledge. We need to stimulate them to learn other difference kinds of knowledge through reading. In the past, I would invite some teachers and students to introduce their good books. However, the students will forget the speech of good books recommendation although they can access the library homepages. On the other hand, the presentation skill of students should be trained before they recommend the good books. So, I want to build up a videocasting for students to watch the speech if they have forgotten. Moreover, students also can have a self-learning of the presentation skill before they have a chance of recommend some good books.
3. Did you like using blog to organize your portfolio and why?
Although I have learnt how to develop a blog in this course, I would like to develop my homepage further. it is because I can post up my difference kind of topic in a logical position. My homepage readers can choose the interested topic easily. On the other hand, blog is similar to hand write daily. It is easily for user to record the experience through the multi-media method.
A protopage is created. News, columnist of world famous paper, comics... can all be viewed in the same page. And several usful tools are also addded, like weather forecast, google map, calculator, calender and games, too!
Actually,Netvibes and Pageflakes also provide similar function as Protopage. Netvibes even being awarded as the 50 best websites 2007 by Time magazine and several web 2.0 award. On the other hand, Pageflakes provides TV listing and movie showtimes. Unfortunately, these service only offered in US.
Till now, protopage is capable to satisfy our needs. But if you want to try something new, netvibes give you another choice.
Scribd is a tool for document sharing. You can upload PDF, word, excel, powerpoint...different kind of files and share it in your blog or the website of Scribd. Another special feauture is Scribd is iPhone compatible.
I used Scribd to announce the answer of a library puzzle game which held a week before. Students can easily browse the whole document through my library xanga . Let's have a look of it first:
My opinions of Scribd: Its useful for publishing library publication or exercise on library homepage. Quite simple to use, you just upload the word or excel document into Scribd and embed it into library homepage. Others can read it easily. Users can zoom in or zoom out, choose which page to view, function is quite similar to viewing PDF format file. Moreover, you can view the file in list mode,slide mode or book mode. Another advantage of Scribd is it has search function.
We will compare two web 2.0 tools : xtimeline and digity.
Xtimeline allows teachers to see who contributed what to the timeline. Teachers can add photos when necessary. It is specially useful for group project. Xtimeline author controls who is permitted to change content, helping to ensure inappropriate material doesn't find its way onto the end product.
The aim of Dipity timelines is to bring communities together. The idea of ity is to use all of the data available (in this case from your Facebook profile) to create an actual timeline which can then be used to create connections with your community. Here you can see things like who has attended (or will attend) the same events, the same schools, the same groups.
We use Harry Potter as an example, let's have a look of two different versions on xtimeline and dipity:
The outlook of dipity is better than xtimeline. Moreover, you can insert video into dipity. You can see the photo at the same time. You can use the zoom bar to view the select the time in dipity