Thursday, January 20, 2011

2 of 3 Article Reviews

Web, Library, and Teen Services 2.0
This article brought forth some interesting information about Web 2.0, I did not know what this was until I read this article. Everything and anything can be found on the internet today thanks to fast growing technology. Web 2.0 can range from Wikipedia to Facebook, information to socialization. One of the greatest elements of this growing software is it always people can find quick answers to complex questions in seconds and communicate with distant relatives for free. This Web 2.0 phenomenon is slowly making its mark on the way we use our local libraries. I have seen the changes throughout my educational career as Library 2.0 has been revolutionizing how we look for educational information. You can now converse with librarians and ask specific questions about how to find specific relative information; which can be done easily through email. There is hardly any room for students to be shy for a student to ask a librarian a question since sending an email does not involve face to face interaction. This may be the key factor to why more and more students are more willing to interact with librarians. Moreover, Library 2.0 allows students to be "in the know" around their desired libraries, being updated about upcoming events, books, and meetings the library may be hosting in the near future; not everyone notices signs on the walls. Library 2.0 will hopefully engage more and more students to interact with librarians and thus have a better experience when they are looking for specific answers.

Examining Social Software in Teacher Education

This article seemed to grab my attention from the get go. You cannot dispute what Ferdig was talking about when he stated what he found of an advisee's Facebook page. For those that have any knowledge of social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, you are aware of the crazy and sometimes humors information you will find on individual's pages. Just like any new technology, there are pros and cons to it; social networks are great for support groups, communicating from long distances, meeting new people and much more. Most kids today have numerous ways to interact with one another and these social softwares just make it even more accessible for them to reach one another. As for educators, we must find a away to positively utilize these networks in order to continue to find ways to effectively reach them. Moreover, we need to be able to teach them how to use these networks in them most effective way possible in order to keep them safe from possible dangers, future and present. The fundamental foundation of the success of these social networks for young kids is the basic element most human beings search for, which is human contact. As human beings we are built to interact with one another, it is instinctive.   

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