Sunday, April 18, 2010

Week 14: Not The End but A New Beginning!

This marks the final week in LIS 568 and overall, I have enjoyed the course. I learned some new techniques such as Web 2.0 tools such as Wikis, podcasts, blogs, googledocs and many others but, most importantly the affect they have on a school, students and SLMS in running successful technology in a school library.

I just finished my iSafe certification and having completed that, I am only going to be more cautious about downloading and using communication tools such as chatting and instant messaging as well as social networking sites. Anybody can be a predator because you don't know the person on the other side which all the more reason not to add anybody unless you personally know the person and it is someone you can trust. All of the activities and stories were interesting enough and I believe that before students use these tools, they must be educated on them and learn the risks and precautions that come with them. I look forward to someday setting up an implementation plan and share what I have learned through my school so they can be safe on the internet.

The last discussion topic is on the Saber Tooth Curriculum and how it will impact the School Library Media Center and Specialists. After reading the entire document, the curriculum to me seems more practical because of its focus on doing rather than thinking. It's one thing to have an idea but, the idea is worthless unless action is taken and the idea is brought to life. That is definitely a practice I will apply to when I become a Library Media Specialist.

Lastly, to Sue, Thank you for your guidance, teachings and criticism. I have learned a lot and as you said there is a lot more and I do agree that we should all continue to educate ourselves. I look forward to hoping to see you in the future and share all of the accomplishments.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

LIS 568 Week 13

This week in LIS 568 is all about sharing what we have learned about computer applications in the School Library Media. I have said before that before starting this course, I was a bit frightened because my knowledge of some of the tools were limited and when I heard that I had to use googledocs for one of my projects, I had heard about it but have not used it.

This week we have to submit the last item in our portfolio, our resume. Luckily for me I have already created one and all I have to do is update it. Sue told us to include our ISafe certification due to the percentage of applicants hired having their certification making it a crucial element of our portfolio. I have watched the stream video on resume building given by the University of Buffalo and I have gotten some really good tips for the future for updating my resume such as emphasizing your education and work experience in relation to the job you are applying for.

We were asked in the discussion board that now have learned all of the necessary tools, have we developed our vision of the computer applications portion of being a SLMS. I mentioned that technology changes everyday and it is IMPORTANT that we stay on top and inform students, teahcers, parents and administration of those changes and implement them. Technology is a unique different learning approach and the simplicity, helpful, engaging and most importantly interesting attracting students to learn.

Before this class, my knowledge on Copyright was limited also and thanks to Carol Simpson my knowledge has piqued. Now I have the right amount of knowledge to increase awareness in my library of copyright especially with material taken from the internet. Not everything on the internet is copyright free and if there are royalties included, the proper steps to grant these royalties or clearance for the material are now known.

I have learned so much out of this class and I am now more comfortable with blogs, wikis, podcasts, googledocs etc. Comfortable enough to apply and implement them in my school library. With even more tools out there, I can't wait to search and explore more tools to add to my tool belt.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

LIS 568 Week 12

I am going to start this blog by saying how accomplished I feel for completing my professional development workshop. I am in love with book trailers and what they bring to the library. When I become a SLMS and have my own library, I would definitely be using and creating them for a new way of booktalks.

This week in LIS 568 is all about Creativity, Copyright and Web 2.0. Throughout this course, my knowledge of Web 2.0 has increased and I am amazed how many tools are out there to add to our tool belt. Since tool belts were last weeks topic, this week is all about copyright and the role it plays to SLMS. The big question was should SLMS be responsible for copyright issues whether or not colleagues, students and administration are liable for infringement. I believe that the SLMS role is all about awareness and bringing forth the consequences and penalties that are associated with infringement. When it comes to the actual infringement penalty and enforcing, it falls on the administrator's (Principal) shoulders.

I am in shock how fast this semester went and happy that I am in a course that really sparked my interest and looked forward to every week. I enjoyed both textbooks and will definitely be using them in the future, especially Carol Simpson's Copyright for Schools: A Practical Guide. I know much more about copyright and I am certain that my interest has peaked. More to follow in next week's post.

Monday, March 29, 2010

LIS 568 Week 11

Well, this week is Crunch Time! It is almost the end of the semester and the projects and reports are starting to pile up. This is the final week to work on the Professional Development Workshop and as of right now I do believe that I am in a good place making this the best presentation I have ever done in my entire college career and with this being a Masters course. I have learned so much about book trailers and was fascinated with them so much that I was actually saving some articles on the side of jobs constructing book trailers. Since I do have a production background and the majority of my experience revolves around videos, it seems like a great fit so after this workshop I am going to look into it more in depth.

This week is all about e-books and how they have their place in the library. Sue mentioned that e-books are not a commodity in most libraries and this week's discussion question Sue wants our opinion on that. Personally, I think e-books are the greatest material ever invented due to the implication of technology mixed with reading and research shows that kids prefer to watch movies than read books hence the creation of movies based on books. Also from a reference perspective when I was in school we were restricted to checking out fiction and non fiction books and reference material could not be checked out. E-books allows students to access the same reference book they need for their project and work on it on the go without even stepping foot inside the library.

To conclude this week's blog, I continue to perservere in making my professional development workshop presentation the best it can be and have it in by Sunday 4/4 and I really hope Sue and my fellow colleagues learn something from it and apply it to their careers.

Monday, March 22, 2010

LIS 568 Week 10

This week in LIS 568 was talking about tools to add to our belt and implement them when we go on to great careers as a SLMS. Sue mentioned that there were some that felt that they would not use our social bookmarking site Diigo because all it does is that it lists websites and doesn't provide features to implement the sites and send to others. Sue mentioned in response to that, the reason why Diigo specifically said to add tags to the websites because the tags are what gives suggestions to other websites that relate to that specific topic to add on to the toolbelt and that there is a feature to create folders in Diigo for better organization of sites.

This week Sue introduced us to Google Earth and Primary Access to broaden our tools and see what else is available to share with our students, faculty, parents and administration. I was fascinated how effective google earth was creating the exact location of where you want to go such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Buffalo Science Museum or even the Planetarium without leaving the classroom. Technology has revolutionized everyday tasks and now has created a new spin on taking a field trip right from your classroom.

I have to conclude this blog by saying that the more tools I am introduced to, the more I am going to share with students and colleagues. I did feel a bit ambitious by having the vision of have a "technology library" that would be 100% electronic with no paper materials. After realizing that I would be cutting out a big chunk of multimodal resources out. Hearing about major newspapers possibly eliminating paper copies and making it all electronic tells me that the view is not too ambitious and with the invention of ebooks it makes the dream much more possible and most importantly achievable.

Monday, March 15, 2010

LIS 568 Week 9

After a relaxing week long break, I am ready to get "back to the ol grind" with LIS 568. This week we will be attending an online conference on Professional Development Workshops and what it takes for a successful, interesting and captivating presentation. We must respond on the discussion board 6 times and this time we won't be in our two groups (G and H). Each board will be broken down by each thread presented in the conference and we have to respond to at least 4 classmates to increase sharing of ideas.

I have never been to an online conference and the topics threads that Sue mention sound interesting and exciting. The two that caught my eye immediately were "Week In The Classroom" and "Leading the Change." In comparing the two one was intriguing and interactive and the other was lecture based comprised of useful information to help with construction of my Professional Development Workshop. My favorite one had to be "Week In The Classroom" and the Keynote speaker Rachel Boyd. Boyd constructed a presentation that provided so many visual aspects making it hard to not pay attention. I was initially shocked to find out that her six-year-old students are learning Web 2.0 tools such as googledocs, blogs and wikis to display their work and EVEN critique work of other students across the globe AT SIX YEARS OLD! It's amazing to see how technology implements skills that everyone can take with them whatever they do.

Overall, I had a good time attending the conference and learn about all the different Web 2.0 tools out there implemented in classrooms. Reading comments from my classmates was fun finding out how they reacted to the presentations and I picked up some suggestive tips in constructing my Professional Development Workshop.

Hopefully, by the next time I write in my blog I'll have more information about the progress of the Professional Development Workshop. After hearing advice from professionals and pointers from my classmates, I feel a lot better going into the presentation and striving for nothing but excellence.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

LIS 568 Week 8

This week in LIS 568 the moment has come and our biggest project ever that is essential for our portfolio has finally begun. We have to begin our Professional Development Workshop. Overall by the sound of the project I was a little intimidated and frightened by the whole thing but after listening to Sue's podcast and the podcast by Dave (an expert presenter), I feel a lot better.

Having a communications background will really allow me to shine for this project. For the project we have to use Microsoft Powerpoint to construct our presentation. There are so many elements to powerpoint that can make or break a presentation such as font, colors, animations, content, pictures, clip art and the overall function. I have dealt with so many situations where little things like these have completely ruined the overall performance of my presentation and the professional development workshop is no exception for not being overall the best and professionally done.

I had a balst working with my group for the googledocs paper on "what constitutes a good library website." We equally contributed to a section and communicated frequently to make sure each question was answered the best it can. I am dying to know how we did since we submitted it on Sunday but, now it is time to get back to work and stop anticipating due to how much the Porfessional Development Workshop is worth and since it is a portfolio item, it could be the deciding factor on whether or not I will have a job after I graduate from library school. Hope to see you next week for Week 9.