Monthly Archives: February 2010

22 posts

Storytubes 2010!

Entries for the third annual contest will be accepted for the public library sponsored “two-minute or shorter” my favorite book online contest from January 20 through Feb. 28.  The contest is open to all, with prize awards available to young people entering kindergarten through high school (K – 12). Storytubes won the PLA Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award in 2009.   Alan Harkness, Director of the Piedmont Regional Library System, chaired the PLA award jury.  He said that the StoryTubes project was chosen for the prize because it “captured the essence of using technology in an innovative way […]

Open Conversation: Learning 2.0

From Michael – This is a reprint of a column originally published last year in Digitale Biblioteek. Michael Stephens and Jan Klerk pick up their Twitter conversation again talking about Learning 2.0, education and what librarians should do in the future. Spreading All Over the World JK As u described in your research proposal, Learning2.0 has become a worldwide phenomenon. It’s also very popular in Dutch libraries. MS I am very excited about the Aussie Learning 2.0 research ? I would be very interested to expand to the Netherlands next! MS Because I’ve watched the programs blossom from afar. Rob […]

Zähmen das Web : TTW Goes to Germany & Switzerland

The plans for the March trip to Germany and Switzerland are shaping up: March 8, 2010: Geneva: Program with AILIS librarians and tour of CERN March 9, 2010: Geneva: Tour of UN Library & program with senior librarians, followed by program at US Mission. March 10, 2010: Hamburg: The Hyperlinked Community Library at the Hamburg State and University Library March 11, 2010:  Berlin: Ten Trends & Technologies for 2010 at the US Embassy March 12, 2010: Tour and meetup with librarians from followed by an evening event: “a get-together with other librarians, social media specialist and cultural manager to exchange and […]

On ALA Emerging Leaders – Please Welcome TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke

Note from Michael: I’m serving as a mentor for ALA Emerging Leaders Group J this year. One of the members of this outstanding group is Justin Hoenke, who’s joining the TTW family as a contributor. This is his first post.   What does it mean to be an ALA Emerging Leader?  I’ve heard a lot of things come out of peoples’ mouths.  Some have told me that it’s just something fancy to put on my resume, others that it’s just a lot of work that will remind you of a library school project.  I’m not big on negativity, so I’ve […]

Finding My Tribe – A Report from EDUCAUSE Learning Initiatives

I have a new post at ALA Techsource about attending EDUCAUSE Learning Initiatives last month: Keynoter John Palfrey, co-author of Born Digital, gave a thoughtful presentation on his work studying Digital Natives. The revelation that the room should have been filled with librarians as well as faculty and IT staff came when Palfrey acknowledged the issue of information overload facing the natives as well as all of us and noted that the wealth of information out there now available to young people via mobile device presents a key challenge for librarians: “In a world of information overload, who are […]

Utilizing Emerging Tools to Extend the Classroom

Links from my Dominican “Technology Bytes” session tomorrow: Finding My Tribe at EDUCAUSE LI WordPress as a Learning Management System – Move Over, Blackboard Slides: Links from ALA Techsource Post: Born Digital: ELI2010 Presentations: Gardener Campbell’s Blog: Google Moderator: Michael’s Hyperlinked Campus: Twitter Symbiosis:

WordPress as a Learning Management System – Move Over, Blackboard

Don’t miss this interview with the Kyle Jones all about the WordPressMU/BuddyPress sites he’s developing for my classes at Q: What are the pros and cons of using BuddyPress in an educational / classroom environment? A: No other LMS that I’m aware provides such a human touch on learning. We really see the students personalities show in BuddyPress – they open up to each other, they open up to the world. We get to read their academic reflections on their blogs and are provided insights into their thought process on their wire posts. If you’re an instructor and you’re […]