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Learning changes . . .


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Top Tools for Learning 2012

via Top Tools for Learning 2012.

Thanks Lyn Hay for sharing – you’re the MVP of my PLN.

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Guru’s Guide to Tech stuff . . .

Kathy Schrocks Guide to Everything – Home Page.

Heaps of information about apps and digital platforms, links to almost everything (hugh array of rubric samples) and a survey for information about where people are using apps in the classroom and associated Bloom’s positioning.  A gold mine!!



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Stay on Focus

The whole article makes interesting reading . . . some about how communities build online.


May 11, 2012, 9:12 a.m.


Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills

The veteran technology commentator argues that a better understanding of how we connect our attention and intentions online can help individuals and society.

… In that way, attention connects with participation and collaboration. The act of sharing not only builds intelligence but shows good faith in a community. It also has a reinforcing quality; once you go from being a passive part of a community to liking, retweeting, and curating, you increase your activity as well as your value. The act of transforming information into knowledge and making it usable to people will always have value, no matter what platforms exist, Rheingold said.

“The proliferation of media has not stopped — if anything it has gone into hyperdrive,” he said. “If you want to keep up with anything, it’s not about keeping up with technologies, it’s about keeping up with literacies.”

Photo of Rheingold by MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito used under a Creative Commons license.

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Transparency – show your passion.

Transparency is the new fierce « NeverEndingSearch.  Joyce uses the term ‘fierce’ to talk about the passion that many TLs are using to get their message and skills across to the greater learning world.  We need to be seen – and seen through!  “Transparency is the new black!” This very great visibility (as distinct from invisibility!) is what will show the world the things TLs can do – and they need to begin doing it more together.  The networking and sharing of skills and information will increase each person’s knowledge and value within the profession.  Everyday in even little ways. . .

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Information Professional – Librarian 2.0

An information professional in a Web2.0 world should have a very high level of information literacy which is evident in the variety of ways they are able to support the users within their sphere – whether library patrons, students or colleagues.

This service support may be at the level of initial search interview on a face-to-face basis or the provision of timely training and support to access a digital, virtual and global information environments.  I agree with Abram (2007, p6) who suggests that, rather than just passively viewing/receiving information, what users experience through Web2.0 is “characterised by the more human aspects of interactivity (such as)- conversations, interpersonal networking, personalization and individualism”.  These human and social interactions are engaging their users in a more collaborative and collegiate manner.

The information professional in this Web2.0 environment should demonstrate an understanding that their client-users are individuals with differentiated needs and abilities, and with various preferred ways of communicating and learning.  All interactions should enhance their competencies with emerging tools – allowing greater access and integration of information into their lives.

Information professionals (IP) should therefore, immerse themselves in these Web2.0 tools with a view to learning and integrating those assessed as being useful within their professional practice.  These IPs need to simultaneously be building their own capacity and that of their co-workers and clients so that there is an increase in competencies relating to their ability to locate and filter information, then utilise it ethically within the development and expression of their own ideas.

To achieve this goal, information professionals need to become efficient in balancing their time between personal professional development and that of others.  Remind yourself, that explaining the ‘How to’ is often the best way to confirm the skill within yourself.   Connecting with a ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) or being active in a ‘Professional Learning Network’ (PLN) will support this purpose. More on this latter topic in a future post.




Image: ‘My Library’s Learning 2.0 planning group

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More than collecting information . . .

Having been away from the computer for four days – I came back to a backlog of things to deal with.  Through Scoop.it! I’m collecting information on various topics under three curated sites.  Decided one of the links was worth sending to the sissocialmedia site and then went investigating to check what had been happening through that delicious site in the last period.  The Blog entry by Lyn Hay  relating to ‘curating’ caught my eye and was a gentle reminder.

that the art of ‘curating’ is more than just ‘collecting’ the links (I do visit each original site and evaluate for personal relevance before rescooping) – however, I often rescoop the links I value without adding any of my own comments.  In doing this, I am devaluing my own opinion – and need to work at adding my perspective.  I guess the goal of establishing the Scoop.it! accounts was primarily for personal study purposes and to try out the ‘curating tool’.  I had not intended to ‘gain followers’ – though the more I think about it – each socialmedia tool we use becomes part of our advocacy material – and I need to be aware that everything in my cyberlife is sharing more of who I am and where I’m going as a teacher librarian.

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