Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kin 710 - Week 2 - Social media in Education readings

Web, Library, and Teen Services 2.0

Today's libraries are going through an evolution. Its challenge is to stay relevant to today's population and if not careful could find itself being outdated and forgotten. Instead of looking at the Internet as being a threat I think this article provided some good examples about how libraries can use the web as a valuable tool to reach out and engage the populations they serve, especially teenagers. This requires libraries to experiment and try new things to include and engage children so they not only use but become proactive members of the community that uses the library and its services. Allowing users to post comments, rate items, and even make recommendations for others to read and comment. Libraries could use this information to make recommendations to others so they might be able to find items they are interested.

Emerging Technologies Changing Public Library Service Delivery Models

This articles reminds of many of the same ideas as the one above. Today's libraries need to continue to change and engage the community. People today, especially myself, are accustomed to being able to obtain the information required 24hrs-a-day and seven days a week. One of the ideas I like more than anything is providing podcast. For example, if I was doing research and was using a never before used search engine, having a podcast of step-by-step instructions playing in the back ground telling me what to do would be extremely useful. And what I like most about podcast it is allows the user to listen when it is convenient and wherever they want. The ideas are endless for ways for libraries to use the web to communicate, its just going to take a lot of work and exploration.

Editorial: Examining Social Software in Teacher Education

As libraries are going through an evolution so is the education. Today's educators have the opportunity to engage those they are trying to educate. In reading the articles I started to think about having a class blog or website where students could post comments or questions. This would be a great tool because it would all students access to the content at all times. Today's youth is extremely comfortable with technology and as an educator if I could allow my students access to the content in a manner they feel comfortable then I am increasing the chances of students connecting with the material. But this requires educators to embrace and experiment with the resources available. The only potential negative is its use to distract, and this requires educators to be just as tech-savy as the students they're attempting to educate.


  1. Hi Charles,

    I really like your idea of having a class blog or website for the students to post comments and or questions. When I was a broadcasting teacher back in Vegas, I was thinking of doing the same thing with our class but I wasn't able to get around to it before I left.

  2. I like how you stated that the libraries need to experiment and try new things. I couldn't agree more! I mean what do they have to lose...Funding! Ha! They/we have to definately think outside the box, not just books on a shelf or manilla folders with documents in them. The key is getting the youth involved and interested and the adults to believe and vote for funding.

  3. Hi Charles,
    I love the idea of a class blog or website where students are able to post comments and questions. It seems that now days almost every student has some type of smart phone and would be able to participate.

  4. Hi Charles,

    I agree with you in how libraries and schools are undergoing change in response to the Web 2.0 technology. I think you brought up some good ideas about how we could utilize the Web 2.0 with our students. I think a class forum where students could talk about our class material and ask questions would be great. I think as teachers, we need to embrace change and try to connect with our students to help them be successful in learning. This course is giving me some ideas like you said of possibly creating a class blog and forum for our students.

  5. I agree with your Web 2.0 take when you said that the children and teens can become more proactive members of the community. I think that the best way to get the kids and community involved is to give them some ownership over the library and how the process is developed and ultimately, the end result of how it's presented.