Article: WEB 2.0/Library 2.0
WEB 2.0? First of all I had no idea what the hell WEB 2.0 was before I read this article! After reading it I am glad WEB 2.0 has come about because I can remember when the internet first came about. You'd click on a link or type in an address and 3 minutes later a blurry image would be on your screen. You'd enjoy that page for about 1 minute and then click for another page! Now the internet is so accessible and personal! Finding something takes seconds and running into something new that interests you seems almost scarry. I personally have got on the internet to do research baseball and ended up looking at the HOME AND GARDEN SITE. Its amazing how content is distributed and marketed. Again I started with baseball and ended up with HOME AND GARDEN. Under normal circumstances I would neer have been on the H&G site. Now its one of my bookmarks! This kind of random interactions is what a Library needs. Students now a days students get bombarded with media, action, and entertainment. Getting a child/student into the library with the intent to research or read one topic and expanding their interests, more virtual, educational and interactive entainment is what a library needs!
Article: Emerging Technologies....Public Library.....Models
Like the previous Article: WEB 2.0/Library 2.0, this article focuses on technology in libraries. Everything in this article makes sense. What I want to know is whats taking so long for these technologies to be implemented? It doesn't take a genius to see our library systems need reform. Unfortunately funding for libraries is lacking. At my school we don't even have a librarian and the library is closed most of the week! Its sad to see that we as a society/educators have legitimate and valuable ideas to connect with our students/children but are unable to implement them.
Article: Examining Social Software......
I personally am not a big fan of social sites. I prefer to spend my free time strengthening my relationships personal or professional by actually talking with them face to face or just being in their company. At 29 years old I have come to the realization that I am already out of the loop! As a teacher, ALL my students are in the loop. And to be a good, influential and enjoyable teacher I need to connect with my students. Now I'm not saying I'm going to go find all of my students facebook pages but I need to make more of an effort to use technology to connect with my students academically. I need to learn about their interest, make an educational connection and use technology to faclitate interactions within my class.