As I've studied this year and, more recently, read Joyce Valenza's blog about library websites, I've been thinking about the implications of Web 2.0 for both libraries and education. I always saw myself as pretty advanced along the tech integration pathway, at least compared to other teachers in my school. I used list-servs and webquests and digital storytelling/documentaries as a regular part of my classes. I even had a (fairly disastrous) foray into podcasting. (grin--nothing in Egypt is ever easy!) However, blogs, wikis and their use in education are all new territory for me.
More specifically, I'm wondering how to use them as I design my own library website. I looked around several websites Joyce listed as "exemplary" in her Library webquest. Pretty impressive, but as she pointed out in her blog a few days ago, almost none of them incorporate aspects of the read/write web. How much of this is a time factor? I realized during my practicum that this "library thing" is FAR more intense than simply teaching English. Multi-tasking is the order of the day! If we really try to incorporate the ideas behind Information Power, we're heavily involved in teaching and collaborating--so just when will we have time to maintain an interactive website?
Assuming we DO find the time, how do we put these technologies to best use? I love the idea of a (moderated!) reading recommendation blog for students/teachers. Of course, a library blog on "what's up" at the library each month seems obvious, too. I thought of including a page of student podcasts where they "sound off" on topical issues. But this all seems fairly mundane and not the most creative use of media.
I've ordered a book--just out!--called "Using Technology in the Classroom" that, if the blurb on Amazon is right, looks like it will provide some good ideas. I'll post more as I continue to investigate.