Thursday, September 27, 2007

Information Fluency Ning

Come visit and join the Information Fluency Ning started by Joyce Valenza who is helping librarians to network in a social Ning space with the support of the the Information Fluency Project at IMSA.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Web 2.0 Professional Development Class

On Thursday September 27, Chris Rios and Judy Gressel will present "Engaging Students with Web 2.0 tools" in the New Trier Library, Room C before school. A second session is scheduled for October 25, 2007 for more advanced users of Web 2.0 tools.

If you aren't planning on attending the class, be sure to check out the wiki we built which is a good set of links to a variety of tools. The tools are organized into categories: Social Networking; Social Lending; Wikis; Blogging; Google; Geotagging; Photosharing; Tagging; Audio/Visual Resources and miscellaneous.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Second Life and TeacherTube

Tonight at the NICE meeting we viewed a demonstration of Second Life. Very time consuming but a fascinating way to rub elbows with the tech gurus. There's an ISTE party there every Thursday night. I will miss the party tonight, but our speaker Lori Abrahams was leaving the NICE meeting to change her avatar into a ball gown for the gala event tonight.

We also were reminded about visiting TeacherTube, a site very similar to YouTube with teacher created content such as lesson plans and other useful items to show in your classes. I looked for one on Noodle Tools but couldn't find it. So perhaps our own New Trier Library can upload one when it's ready. See the one created for how to cite a book in a bibliography. There is also one created for David Warlick's Citation Machine.

Citing a book in a bibliography

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The proliferation of web tools is both amazing and exhausting.

Judy Gressel

Electronic Field Trips

Has anyone tried an electronic field trip such as those offered by Colonial Williamsburg? Here's the link:

Pricing -- which is on a per school basis -- seems pretty reasonable ($120 per trip or $500 for all seven). Supporting materials include a teacher's guide and web resources containing background material, lesson plans, and primary sources. In addition, there is a chance to participate in an interactive lesson – either during the live broadcast or via email with volunteer historians -- all student questions are answered.

The grade level for which these Electronic Field Trips are designed is 4-12 (though most are 4-8) and it might be a nice enhancement for at least some of our classes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Garrison Keillor and Librarians

Garrison Keillor spoke to many in the library field at the annual conference of American Library Association (ALA) in Washington, D.C. this past June 2007. Afterwards he spoke with American Libraries.

He was asked "You don't believe that everything is on the internet?

In part of his reply, he said, "People have limited amounts of time, and if you take a hard look at the amount of time you can spend drifting, trying to get your bearings on the internet, you are grateful for people who can save you time and that's what librarians do -- they save you enormous amounts of time."

Thursday, September 06, 2007

FactBites - Where results make sense

FactBites - Where results make sense
This new tool is a cross between a search engine with an encyclopedia. The search results page itself includes key sentences from each of the sources retrieved. Uber-researcher Mary Ellen Bates, in her BatesInfoTip Newsletter recommends this as a "useful filter on search results that may help you find in-depth answers quickly." Although it will never replace Google, its advocates say that "We think Factbites is better than other search engines when it comes to presenting you with clearly summarized factual information."