Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I cannot imagine a library without books. The introduction of Kindles would be wonderful, but to stop purchasing actual books. Now I would love the $12,000 coffee maker in the library! :)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
My all time favorite book Looking for Alaska is on this list. I knew when I saw After, the book I am currently reading and loving, it had to be a great book too! The Point of View books have been some of the most popular books in our library. I need to get to the book store and buy Hold Still. I cannot wait to read that too!
Welcome to the Digital Citizenship blog. The work on Digital Citizenship has been going on for years but now that there is an overwhelming amount of technology out there we are beginning to see issues. Whenever there is a change in technology as we have seen in the last 20 years there was bound to be some backlash.
What is Digital Citizenship? It focuses on using technology in an appropriate way, but it does go further than that. It begins to look at how we are going to work and play in the years to come. It begins to look at how technology has become a part of our lives to an extent that sometimes it seems hard to separate. The issue at hand is how we handle the use of technology in our daily lives.
The other part of this issue is that we have an entire generation that has grown up with technology. By its design the technology community has not imposed many rules or regulations on its users. Now we are having issues in homes, schools, and in society with how technology is being used.
This blog will begin to explore some of these issues through the nine themes of Digital Citizenship. If you are interested in this topic go to the site www.digitalcitizenship.net and explore some if the concepts on those pages. Enjoy the technology, but don't let it become who you are.
I am so excited to go and pick up Tempted tonight. It is the 6th book in the House of Night Series. We have the other five in our library. If you like books about vampires, you will love these!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
"50 Intelligent Video Sites
in Video - Arts & Culture | October 21st, 2009 1 Comment
Back in June, we first posted a handy list of web sites where you will find free intelligent videos — documentaries, classic films, public television programs, university courses & lectures, interviews with big thinkers, etc. The collection has now grown to 50 sites. Below, you can find the first ten sites on the list, and you can check out the complete collection here. Feel free to share it with friends and, of course, tell us if we’re missing something valuable by using the comments section below."
Friday, October 23, 2009
One of the best parts of my job as a teacher librarian is finding new tools and media for our teachers and students to use. This week I found a few new ones and here they are:
Google Sites is an incredible resource! It is very easy to use and has a lot to offer. I created one for our library and you can see it at http://sites.google.com/site/vanmeterschoolsecondarylibrary/ I am going to use Google Sites to create an electronic portfolio for my graduate work at the University of Northern Iowa.
Posterous...in which I created one for Our Library VOICE at http://vmlibraryvoice.posterous.com/
I subscribe to the Google Blog. This morning they had a great new resource listed called Freedom of Expression Google This is what the blog said: To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we're launching a YouTube channel — youtube.com/GoogleFreeExpression — to highlight and celebrate free expression around the world, and we want to hear from you. What a great new website....We like that we can hear others with a VOICE too using this resource!