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Classroom 2.0 Educators Share Their Experiences

SLJ Rules the School!

Don't miss this article by Steve Hargardon in the new School Library Journal:

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6484336.html

Blogs, wikis, podcasting, social networks… it seems the entire world has gone 2.0 crazy. Among the followers are educators, who, in ever increasing numbers, are integrating these online, interactive tools into their classrooms and yes, even libraries.

In these profiles, you’ll meet a few of these ordinary, in-the-trenches folks—just like you—who have taken the plunge, launching blogs, signing on to social networks, and stepping up to the podcast mic in order to create innovative learning opportunities that encourage collaboration as never before. While these innovators range widely in their experience and comfort level with technology, every one’s a part of Classroom 2.0 (classroom20.ning.com), a social network for educators exploring new technologies

This article and its accompanying graphics are incredible:

The profiles include images, and little "social network-like" details, such as Nancy's best friend Jackson Browne. This enhances the social connection. If this were online, Nancy might find that school kids hat had a dog or beloved pet might seek her out to chat about animals.

Hurrah for sharing favorites as well -- Project Runway, favorite reads, etc. Note that the links in the profiles WORK - providing more information on each educator.

The last profile features Barbara Barreda, a school principal: Critical to our success has been taking time to build a common vision and understanding. Each month, for example, we hold a “technology playground,” in which teachers explore a variety of basic literacy skills, including effective Web searches, site validity, blogs, and more. From an administrative perspective, it’s essential to provide every opportunity to reduce the teachers work load that allows them the time to explore. My job is to help them sort the important from the urgent, to empower them to try new technologies and to be willing to join them in the trenches.

I would urge the teachers and teacher librarians who may be struggling inside schools and schools systems that don't allow access to social tools to use this article as a discussion starter that may help break those barriers down. Well done to Hargardon and the folks at School Library Journal.

(Disclaimer: I saw a bit of this issue and article last week while visiting the offices of SLJ. I flipped for it then and urge you to take a look.)

Comments

Thank you so much for the mention!
I am passionate about moving forward to meet the needs of our students and to help them master 21st century skills. At NECC I had the privilege of hearing Joyce Valenza speak and I also got to spend time with her at the BLC conference. I have truly come to appreciate the importance of the role of librarian. Unfortunately we do not have a librarian and so I find myself trying to fill the role of research assistant along with my job as principal. I see the role of librarian in a whole new light. The librarian is an essential resource to support information literacy for teachers and students alike.
Thank you for everything you do! I know I would love to have a 2.0 librarian on staff!

Hi I am Judy and I am very keen to chat to teachers around the world and understand their experiences. I am a Math and Natural Science teacher at a primary school in South Africa and I am brand new at teaching as well so all information is valuable in my situation. Regards Judy

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