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.