*February 5, 2009

Nings and Things


Nings = peace in Chinese

You don’t have to be a power library to access the Power Library Ning – (online social network)

Web 1.0 Web 2.0





Britannica online


Personal web sites


Content management systems


http://www.commoncraft.com   – …in plain English videos

Social media is a way to create your own product and share it with others. 

A National School Board Association study’s findings such that adult concerns over using online communications within a school setting is based on fears, perceptions, and assumptions rather than actual data regarding student behavior (Cowan, 2008)”

Almost 60% of students who use social networking (chatting, text messaging, blogging or online communities such as MySpace and Facebook) talk about education related topics. (Grunwald Associates, 2007)

How does Web 2.0 help us related to our students, parents, teachers, and administrators?

Millennials (born between 1982-2002), will outnumber both baby boomers and gen-xers and will be the most significant consumer sector for media b 2010.

Millennials – gravitate toward group activity, spend more time doing homework and less time watching tv (tv may be on in the background), growing up with interactive technologies – no fear, are fascinated by new technologies

Ten attributes

1.       Computers aren’t considered technology

2.       Internet is better than tv

3.       Reality is not longer real  (Second Life, club penguin = 2nd life for kids)

4.       Doing is more important than knowing

5.       Learning = Nintendo (Wii)

6.       Multitasking is the only way of life

7.       Typing is preferred

8.       Staying connected is essential

9.       Zero tolerance for delays

10.   Blurring “property lines”

What Millenials say about their teachers

1.       Technology in school is disappointing

2.       Teacher’s use of technology is uninspiring

3.       There are better ways to use technology

4.       Restrictions, older equipment, and filtering software inhibits use


1.       94% use the internet for school research

2.       78% believe the internet helps

3.       70% use instant messaging

4.       41% use email to contact teachers about classwork

5.       81% use email to stay in contact with friends and family

Google Scholar – reputable citations and articles (fee service)

Google for educators www.google.com/educators/index.html

Adams 12 Google Docs for students across district

Eduplace: check out Fake out!


Nobel Prize


Top 100 Interactive Educational Games


web 2.0 links for the teacher




Webquests @ the Bernie Dodge site

Blogs – building relationships

Social Software in Libraries by Meredith G Farkas


Online notebooking – good for groups

Nings allow for discussion forums

Teacher Library Ning


A ning is a blog on steroids.


Digital Storytelling


Voice/writing leads everything.  Use what is yours.  Create/take your own pictures instead of Googling images.

Use Primary sources from LOC for projects.  Show examples first.  Then story circle to brainstorm/plan stories.  Next is image prep then editing and one-on-one work.  Limit to 250 words for short digital story. 

Workshop overview

·         Intro digital storytelling

·         Story circle (groups facilitation)

·         Image prep tutorial

·         Individual script work – 250 words maximum

·         Image prep, voice over recording

·         Editing tutorial

·         Individual editing work

·         Group screening and celebration

Teachers are the roadblock because they don’t know how to use the technology.

Digitally Speaking


Ways to integrate technology into literacy classrooms.



Online stories

Ah-hah moments


Ah-hah moments foster 3 important keys to learning

·         Metacognition – knowledge and control one has over one’s thinking and learning activities

·         Intrinsic motivation – Being aware of the excitement of discovery makes us want to learn that much more

·         Celebration – we naturally want to share our enthusiasm about what we’ve learned

Builds community in the classroom – using common terminology


Website designed for teachers to share ideas about teaching literacy.

Still under construction – not able to save information for parents/others to access later – currently you can type in a list of ah-hah moments to print out, there is a blog for submitting teaching ideas