Monday, June 29, 2009

The Learning Resource Center – Library as Learning Space

The learning resource center is now in “a central position as the heart of an institution – both symbolically and in terms of its physical placement” (Freeman, 2005, p. 1). The services now focus on pedagogical concerns, interactive learning, collaborative learning where “one can truly experience and benefit from the centrality of an institution’s intellectual community” (Freeman, 2005, p. 2). This shift does not imply that the physical library would be replaced. The addition of digital assets and technology “transforms the library into a more vital and critical intellectual center of life at colleges and universities today” (Freeman, 2005, p. 2).

The library’s primary role is to advance and enrich the student’s educational experience; however, by cutting across all disciplines and functions, the library also serves a significant social role (Freeman, 2005, p. 6).

The new perspective of the learning resource center has been impacted by changes in learning, teaching and technology (Norman and Siminitus, 2005). These changes will continue to focus on the mission of the institution and dynamically impact student learning. The library will evolve further and become “a ‘laboratory’ for new ways of teaching and learning” (Freeman, 2005, p. 9).

Reference List
Freeman, G. (2005). The library as place: Changes in learning patterns, collections, technology, and use. In Council on Library and Information Resources, Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space (pp. 1-9). Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources. Retrieved May 15, 2007 from http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub129/pub129.pdf.

Norman, C., & Siminitus, J. (2005). Conversations with california community college librarians and deans of learning resources programs: Library and learning resource program issues and network applications. Community & Junior College Libraries 13(2), 17-35.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Twitter as an instructional strategy and social technology

With the variety of uses for twitter, which one(s) help you teach better?
  • Twitter can provide updates to students
  • Twitter can provide personalized updates to students
  • Twitter can provide reminders to students
help you learn better?
  • Twitter provides instant connection to other students
  • Twitter provides instant connection to faculty
  • Twitter provides access to a community
Is twitter an instructional strategy or an instructional method?
  • Twitter provides a method for instruction that uses technology
  • Twitter provides "back channel" communication
Does twitter “match” a particular type of learner?
  • Twitter matches digital learning styles
  • Twitter fosters technological literacy
  • Twitter promotes digital literacy
Can twitter promote collaboration?
  • Twitter may encourage collaboration
  • Twitter promotes questioning and answering

Listing of Other Technologies

A Listing of Other Technologies with some comments. It is a listing of the tools/technologies that I have used. It is difficult to look at these and determine they are SOCIAL, NETWORKING or COLLABORATIVE technologies.

  • Wordle (http://www.wordle.net/) – Web-based application. Creates word “cloud” to visually present concepts using key words.
  • EverNote (http://evernote.com/) – Web based and client based application. Create notes, tag notes, import and export notes. Add images, audio and video recordings to notes. Thin client available for different operating systems, smart phone or mobile phones. Plug in available for Firefox browser. Synchronize accounts.
  • SimplyBox (http://simplybox.com/) – Create annotations of web pages. Thumbnails of web pages with user supplied annotations. Share with individuals.
  • Bubbl.us (http://bubbl.us/) – Online concept mapping web site.
  • TokBox (http://www.tokbox.com/) – Create video and audio messages, email attachments. Need web camera and headset or web camera with integrated microphone.
  • Jing (http://www.jingproject.com/) –Create, share video of screen applications. Client version for local machine, upload to “cloud” and share URL.

Listing of Collaborative Technologies

A Listing of Collaborative Technologies with some comments. It is a listing of the tools/technologies that I have used.

  • Delicious (http://delicious.com) – Save URL’s or bookmarks. Tag bookmarks with user created terms. Organize bookmarks by tags. Web-based. Access URL’s with internet access. Can download saved URL’s or bookmarks. Share URL’s or bookmarks with others in networks or with fans.
  • Wikis (http://pbwiki.com) – Web-based wiki application. Create multiple wikis. Create pages, update pages, link to pages and media. Manage access.
  • Wikispaces (http://www.wikispaces.com/) – Web-based wiki application. Create multiple wikis. Create pages, update pages, link to pages and media. Manage access.
  • Google Documents (http://docs.google.com) – Web and browser based document folder. Upload files (Word document, PowerPoint presentation, Excel spreadsheets) to application. Edit files using GUI. Share files, monitor access, revert to previous version.
  • Ning (http://ning.com) – Social networking site, group discussions forums, moderator/administrator roles, member roles. Focus on creating community or network organized around specific or shared topic. Collaborative and shared spaces.
  • Google Sites (http://sites.google.com) – Web-based wiki application. Create multiple wikis. Create pages, update pages, link to pages and media. Manage access.
  • Webnotes (http://webnotes.net) – Create annotations on and for web pages. User based annotations, highlights. Create pages and folders around topics. Share page annotations. Create “report” or PDF of webnote page. Web based application with browser extension (Firefox).
  • Diigo (http://diigo.com) – Create and annotate web pages using web-based, browser based application. Web based application with browser extension (Firefox).
  • Loosestitch (http://loosestitch.com) – Online web based collaborative space. Upload or create outline file, share with collaborators, track changes.
  • DoingText (http://doingtext.com/) – Online web based collaborative space. Upload or create text file, share with collaborators, track changes.
  • EssayMap (http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/essaymap/) – Create web-based essay outline. Print map/outline.
  • SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/) – Upload, share presentations. Tag presentations with keywords, description. Allow presentations to be downloaded. Comment on presentations, number of views of presentations.

Listing of Networking Technologies

A Listing of Networking Technologies with some comments. It is a listing of the tools/technologies that I have used.
  • Delicious (http://delicious.com) – Save URL’s or bookmarks. Tag bookmarks with user created terms. Organize bookmarks by tags. Web-based. Access URL’s with internet access. Can download saved URL’s or bookmarks. Share URL’s or bookmarks with others in networks or with fans.
  • RSS Readers (http://reader.google.com) – Aggregator of RSS or ATOM feeds. Settings to provide summary of web-based articles, set number of articles in feed, set feed update frequency.
  • YouTube (http://youtube.com) – Create playlist of videos, multiple playlists. Share playlists with others.
  • Ning (http://ning.com) – Social networking site, group discussions forums, moderator/administrator roles, member roles. Focus on creating community or network organized around specific or shared topic.
  • Facebook (http://facebook.com) – Individual pages and group/organization pages. Create groups of “friends.” Various applications for enhancing social connections between friends. Comment on pages or “wall.”
  • Webnotes (http://webnotes.net) – Create annotations on and for web pages. User based annotations, highlights. Create pages and folders around topics. Share page annotations. Create “report” or PDF of webnote page. Web based application with browser extension (Firefox).
  • Google Groups (http://groups.google.com) – Online discussion forums.
  • Twitter (http://twitter.com) – Web-based and smart phone or device based application. Provide 140 character (including spaces) updates to “followers.”
  • TwitPic (http://twitpic.com/) – Web-based and smart phone or device based application to share pictures with Twitter account. Upload pictures, tag pictures, search by tag or keyword.
  • TaskBarn (http://www.taskbarn.com/) – Web-based task management, project management application. Add and assign “tasks” to members, receive and update task status.

Listing of Social Technologies

A Listing of Social Technologies with some comments. It is a listing of the tools/technologies that I have used.
  • Ning (http://ning.com) – Social networking site, group discussions forums, moderator/administrator roles, member roles.
  • Facebook (http://facebook.com) – Individual pages and group/organization pages. Create groups of “friends.” Various applications for enhancing social connections between friends. Upload and share photo albums, tag pictures in photo albums for easy of search.
  • Google Groups (http://groups.google.com) – Online discussion forums.
  • Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) – Blogging software site. Create and publish blogs online. Create collaborative blogs, create blog specific roles based on user.
  • Tagging (http://delicious.com) – Save URL’s or bookmarks. Tag bookmarks with user created terms. Organize bookmarks by tags. Web-based. Access URL’s with internet access. Can download saved URL’s or bookmarks.
  • Twitter (http://twitter.com) – Web-based and smart phone or device based application. Provide 140 character (including spaces) updates to “followers.”
  • TwitPic (http://twitpic.com/) – Web-based and smart phone or device based application to share pictures with Twitter account. Upload pictures, tag pictures, search by tag or keyword.
  • Friendfeed (http://friendfeed.com) – Aggregator for Twitter and delicious. Provides single point or single stream of feeds/updates from twitter and delicious.
  • TinyChat (http://www.tinychat.com/) – Web-based chat client.
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