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The secret reasons why teachers are not using web 2.0 tools and what…

by Peggy Milam Creighton

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Are you a novice at Web 2.0 tools or have a faculty who is? If the answer is yes, then this brief volume could get you started. It covers basic topics that help define what Web 2.0 tools are and makes many recommendations for how to get them going in the school. We all know the barriers of lack of access for lack of control over networks to adequate access to wireless and devices. So if you are having those problems, there are some suggestions here. We want to remind everyone that all students are to take national examinations on computers by 2014, so perhaps that will make access a bit better. The recommended Web 2.0 tools for librarians center mostly around books and reading. Other tools are mentioned, but the role of using Web 2.0 tools as mainstays in the entire school for teaching and learning is not the emphasis here. We wish it were, since the teacher librarian can be the champion of technology boosts of learning throughout the school. However, for a basic get started book, this one might be useful, but will need to be supplemented by other books and periodicals such as Teacher Librarian that regularly introduces various new technologies.
  davidloertscher | May 28, 2012 |
There is no question that there are tools available to schools that will benefit both the teacher and the student. Some of these can find excellent homes in a school library as well as a classroom. This text provides excellent definitions of what is Web 2.0, but it needs to extend itself into what the future looks like beyond Web 2.0 as well. Also, while it stresses the need to be a part of any technology conversation, ideas about what a technology plan might include need to be articulated with a template and an explanation for why each part. Who should be at this discussion is also something to consider at all times.

Bottom line: This is a basic text for many school librarians unless they are totally unfamiliar with the concepts of collaborative work using technology. Buy only if you need this basic understanding or have professionals in your building that need convincing regarding technology of this kind. Not a lot new here……Not recommended.
  BettyM | May 16, 2012 |
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