In the same email I also pointed to a voicethread called The Face Off: Databases VS Google by Technolibrary (Carolyn Foote) because I had been talking the my teacher librarian about specialized information sources that student were overlooking due to their overdependence on Google regardless of the purpose of their search. It is a clear and logical explanation and one more reason to experiment with voicethread.
And lastly I pointed to The Not so Distant Future blog by also Carolyn Foote, a librarian at a large public suburban high school, Westlake High School, in Austin, Texas. I’ve met Carolyn on a number of occasions on Ustream events and have come to respect her wisdom. Her latest blog entry ‘Learning in a Community’ is an example of that wisdom:
So, here are some ways to build a learning network if you want one:Fabulous.
- Read a few blogs. Pick four blogs. Read them, and make a comment fairly often. Part of the idea here is conversation with others.
- Create your own site that people can visit. A blog, a wiki, a website–so when you post on their blog, they can see who you are, and what your work or interests are.
- Join a network, like Classroom 2.0 Ning, or Global Education Ning or Teacher Librarian Ning or Librarian 2.0 Ning. It’s a great way to find out projects other people are starting and join them. Those are also great places to post a question or to ask someone to join a project you want to do.
- Join a network that has to do with your outside interests–visit a knitting blog or a football blog or a travel blog and post comments there.
- Join a site like Twitter. The thing about twitter is–you can’t just join it and sit there if you want to get the power of it. Join Twitter, search for 4 twittees that are educators, librarians, biology teachers–whatever your area of interest is.
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