TL Ponderings


Still Learning and Pondering

Posted in INF506 by sarahcook3 on July 9, 2011
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http://www.personalizemedia.com/media/socmedcounter.swf

Click on the link above to watch the exponential use of social media. Although it becomes quite mesmerising, the reality of social media use is staggering.

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Reflective Statement

Progression through this course has involved a huge learning curve for me (and the teachers at my school who have taken up the new wiki I have set up). It has been a journey of discovery concerning the progressing world of social media and networking and the amazing contribution web 2.0 technologies can make to a new and improved participatory library. In particular I have experienced much serendipitous learning that I have been able to transfer from web 2.0 tool to tool such as the ease of use of the wikis (two years ago I toyed with starting one up but found it too daunting and the time needed to develop my skills too great). Furthermore I have made some deep seated changes within the way I work, habitual change, I now scan my RSS feeds daily, although I don’t let it rule my day and many more of the solutions I come up with for the teachers involve social networking tools rather than ramdon links and photocopies. As the evolution of change that started in the 1970’s surrounding the placement of the user at the centre of library services continues to progress through to best practice for today, being those information institutions who seek the contributions and feedback of users through online mobile devices, my outlook for the future appears exciting, challenging, encouraging and enjoyable.

The areas I have found particularly interesting throughout the modules have been the overwhelming dominance of digital technology amongst a majority of users in the western world (OCLC Report, 2007). I was aware of the prevalence of such technology for the .com generation but was surprised at the rate of uptake for others in our community. The growing power of the behind the scenes mechanics of Internet giants such as Google and Facebook in gathering information about you and filtering your searches according to some algorithm, challenge of finding authentic information on the web and the issues surrounding security, privacy and identity have all certainly intrigued me. I have become a much more discerning user of the internet and in my role as a Teacher Librarian have begun to inform my peers, through small information bites on email (my personal tweets to them), my schools preferred online communication method, although over the next months the wiki will be further developed to include a general school communication page. By educating primary aged students early enough about their digital footprints I hope to ensure that as they become teenagers and enter the workforce they will not have ghosts in the wires that follow them around.  I have been pleasantly surprised at the ease and effectiveness of using Facebook for this subject and my adventures into secondlife although, unfortunately I can’t see them being used in my primary setting for many years to come – although I am happy to say I will be ready when the time comes and am looking for an alternative in the meantime.

Areas I have found most useful for my everyday work has definitely been the recognition and development of my online social networking, my PLN. My involvement is changing making my memberships of online networks more into communities of practice where I now find myself asking, and once or twice, answering queries particularly in regards to my involvement on a Teacher Librarian listserve as opposed to hovering.  I certainly harness the web 2.0 tool of RSS feeds much more effectively (again contributing to my PLN) – my understanding and appreciation of this online tool has grown and I regularly follow a variety of tweets, (although I am yet to activate any of these facilities on my mobile device as I am still worry about falling into stage 3 of PLN adoption where I lose perspective). I love my wiki, I love the way many of the teachers in my school have embraced it and of course I look forward to learning from the students as they take it up and run with it. Slow and steady in introducing library 2.0, I have 6 months to plan for new furniture in the library and therefore six months to convince our leadership of the benefits of a monitor to display student’s social media and to play interactive virtual games resulting in transference of knowledge. The need to educate both teachers and students to be critical about authentic information and information literacies, including  transliteracies,  will be written into my programs from term 3 on.

Areas I have found most challenging – incorporating web 2.0 technologies in a meaningful way, not just for the sake of technology. The urgent need for revamped policies and procedures surround library 2.0 in particular how to monitor its effectiveness. Finally, I have begun to develop a library page for my school, one that fosters community, communication, collaboration, creativity and crowdsourcing, through the embedding of web 2.0 tools into its platform.

De Rosa, C., Cantrell, J., Havens, A., Hawk, J. & Jenkins, L. (2007). Sharing privacy and trust in our networked world: A report to the OCLC membership. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC. [ebook] Available http://www.oclc.org/reports/pdfs/sharing.pdf

Policy Issues and Social Networking

Posted in INF506 by sarahcook3 on June 7, 2011
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The change that has occurred due to the evolution of the Internet and Web 2.0 tools has been enormous. The way we view and consume information and entertainment has changed rapidly particularly in the past six years according to Did you know 4.0 by xplanevisualthinking (2009). How do we as TLs embrace and harness this change yet still have the safety and rights of our students and colleagues at the forefront of our working day? Through comprehensive policies and guidelines.

Within my primary library and classroom context, (educating students about the correct use of the Internet is not only the TL domain as classroom teachers are using technology more and more throughout the school day), we try to educate the students to make the right choices when using online resources hoping that this ‘responsible for your own actions’, ‘earning trust’, moral education extends to the home. We have clear consequences in place for students who use the technology inappropriately through the Acceptable User Policy that each student signs at the beginning of the year. Furthermore, we try to impress the importance of each person’s rights with regard to privacy and permissions surrounding what is said and uploaded to the Internet. Our governing body has some filters in place with regards to inappropriate sites but does not block Facebook for example, the CEO’s policies and guidelines for the diocesan are also close to six years old – an issue that needs to be addressed.

Our teachers are so busy that if they get a chance to look at personal social networking sites at work then I’d be amazed. I think education around privacy, copyright and leaving a digital footprint is more realistic for our context as opposed to regulations regarding the use of social networking sites during school time. In particular the footprint or record you leave online. Search engines and organisations have become so powerful that they are able to track your searches and then create a profile of what they think you need – filtering your searches for you. This strikes me as being the exact opposite to what the internet was at first, unlike the library where your librarian has ‘filtered what is on the shelves’ through their collection development policy, the internet allowed you access to everything without prejudice. The underlying problem here is that the majority of people don’t realise they are being manipulated like this, that they are not anonymous.

Some Ponderings

Posted in INF 506 by sarahcook3 on April 19, 2011
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Tagging/folksonomy for user – generated content allows everyday jargon as access points thus opening up databases without specific training. I think my library mind may need retraining. meaning is shared. Like minded people can access each others content – maybe if you’re not in that group you can’t find that stuff, is that what some people want? A degree of privacy and elitism?

i need to sort this out, its a password/signin/login/account nightmare. yahoo is linked to flickr is linked to igoogle is all different usernames and passwords arrrggghhh, i have begun an excel – i need to tidy up!!!

Ok i have rediscovered my flickr account – when did flickr get advertising? Very disappointing but i suppose an indication of the way things are going. It was never going to remain free!

Have closed some windows to see i have a yahoo pulse account – don’t remember doing that one – nevertheless to the excel i go!

Social Media and Business

Posted in INF506 by sarahcook3 on April 2, 2011
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Nodalities – Charlene Li – online 09, Social Networking

Word of mouth through social media for businesses is powerful. You can be there but u can’t buy your way in it must be relational, it makes me think this is a backlash to the recorded messages that we get on help desks all the time, people are chosing a more personal experience.

From the view of business is the sense of giving up control – must talk to customers ARRHHGG the customer talks back and we don’t have control of that. So too in the classroom, students learning is moving out of the teachers control, through the technology being used and the abundance of information available that not one person can know. Teachers must provide scaffolds and criteria to enable students and guide them to become independent learners and problem solvers or lose credibility and authority. Finally to share what has been done, whether it is your feelings and frustrations, joy and successes or the new way you have created something seems to be paramount to a sense of achievement.

INF506 ponderings

Posted in INF506 by sarahcook3 on April 2, 2011
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New and evolving social applications and the way they are pervading our lives (ubiquity) has the ability to turn us all into knowledge creators. No longer the written essay but the movie with sound, image and commentary, not passive but active.

Explaining Web 2.0 by explaining computers reinforced these notions by categorising them into interpersonal computing, web services and saas (software as a service). I often marvel at how experts analysis and compartmentalise our behaviour and actions when the ordinary user usually just reacts, we experiment and play with what is on offer without a thought to the how or why we do.

 Not only how we learn but how we relate to each other is evolving. social media revolution (socialnomics, 2009) reinforces this by commenting on social media as being a fundamental shift in the way we communicate. I certainly see this with my own children and the students at the bus stop each morning with ear phones in or texting the person next to them or all huddled around a handheld screen sharing the lastest music video or gossip. I do love the view of Kevin Kelly that we are defined by the technology that we don’t use rather then by what we do.