We presented our posters in a library and information science class yesterday. My group’s topic was “Using Social Tools to Make Your School Library Cool.” We focused on blogs, wikis, and podcasting. Each can serve to involve students with information services in our schools.
Joyce Valenza’s article in the April 2007 issue of Information Today (http://pdfs.voya.com/VO/YA2/VOYA200704tag_team_tech.pdf) was an inspiration to me! If we as educators use the tools that students are most comfortable with, they will more than willingly try to learn something new.
Of course, there are stumbling blocks. Schools often block sites that educators would need to use for blogs and wikis. But even the National School Boards Association has recommended that the power of social networking be harnessed for educational purposes. (See their report – which has interesting statistics – at http://nsba.org/site/docs/41400/41340.pdf ).