Monthly Archives: November 2012

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is one of those phrases that librarians and computer people love to use, but that can sometimes be confusing. So let’s see if we can make some meaning. 🙂

In the early days of the “web”, information was static. People made pages (geocities, anyone?) and other people read them, and maybe got some information. Even online encyclopedias worked this way. Users were passive- they read the text on the page, and that was the extent of involvement.

Flash forward to Web 2.0. The idea behind web 2.0 is that the web is a collaborate space, where users are sharing information and interacting and manipulating the information on the screen. Many of these products have great application possibilities in the classroom. Prezis can revamp “boring” old powerpoints. Glogster is an online, web-based alternative to the paper-and-marker poster. Animoto can allow users to create video book trailers, instead of typing out a book report. Many of these Web 2.0 tools put the user firmly in control- the only limit is the imagination. As a bonus, the vast majority of these services are FREE, especially for students and educators.

Some links:

Check out those web 2.0 applications, and see what you can create!

One footnote: I mentioned encyclopedias before, which often brings up one of the bogeymen of Web 2.0: Wikipedia. The fear that many have is that Wikipedia is bad, because anyone can edit it. But that perceived weakness is actually a fantastic STRENGTH. As I’ve said in my classes “The bad thing about wikipedia is anyone can edit it. The GREAT thing about wikipedia is that anyone can edit it.” While you may get an amateur writing about space, you may also get an astrophysicist writing about space. Because anyone can apply to be an editor, every article is viewed countless times by people who may be experts on the subject- and they are very quick to correct inaccuracies! Plus, most of the articles have sources cited at the bottom- which is another resource for a student. I offer this advice: “Wikipedia is a good place to start- it’s just a BAD place to finish!” Take the sources listed, and explore them further. And if you are an expert on something, consider becoming an editor yourself. 😉

Thanks for stopping by!
Ms. Wojciechowski

Moving Along

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here! I hope everyone has recovered safely from the damage done by Sandy. Things are moving along here in the Stone Bridge LMC- in addition to new books, we have some new clubs happening! Plans are afoot for an after-school gaming club to start, probably early in the new calendar year, and today was the first meeting of the lunchtime Harry Potter Club! This club is for 5th and 6th graders, and it’s a chance to get together and celebrate our appreciation of all things Harry Potter! We had about 30 students today, and we expect more as the word gets out. Upcoming HP activities include making crafts, playing some games, and of course, HP trivia!

We also just completed a very successful election trivia contest. Although the contest was cut a bit short by the Hurricane, we still managed to get 7 daily questions answered. We had daily winners from each grade level, who were able to select a small, patriotic-themed prize. More trivia contests are planned- so stay tuned.

I’m also busy working on a new book order. This time, the focus is on narrative non-fiction, to complement the Common Core Standards. I’m excited about a lot of the selections- no boring textbooks here! These works make informational texts enjoyable and engaging to read.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Ms. Wojciechowski