Friday, February 20, 2009

Reflection: Chapter 1

According to our textbook, Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools, "the shift to Web 2.0 tools can have a profound effect on schools and learning, causing a transformation in thinking. This will happen because the tools promote creativity, collaboration, and communication" (21).

Becoming a Web 2.0 Library means engaging in a dynamic process that's interactive and creative. These tools embody brain-compatible principles of learning and features "interconnectedness, immediacy, interactivity, communications, and community" (24.). The user plays an active role in shaping the school library environment, its resources and how those resources are disseminated, shared and tailored to individual needs. It's not just about using technology for technology sake, but rather using it as a tool to foster "greater creativity, artistry and play" (p. 12).

I particularly appreciated this chapter's emphasis on 21st Century Skills (19) and how the integration of Web 2.0 tools can help foster these necessary skills for the future:
  • Digital-Age Literacy
  • Inventive Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • High Productivity

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