Weekly Entry, Week 7

Well, this week has been interesting, frustrating, meh... Lots of things have happened with my research proposal/project. I had an original partner, but that is no longer because I guess our topics just didn't mesh well. Now I have another partner, which I feel pretty good about. Hopefully a topic can be settled on sometime soon. I really want to get things rolling. Also, I changed my tutorial topic, because I just can't find any material on Pandora being a social media application. I guess Pandora had plans to take a social feature on, but they never got around to really implementing it. So, now my topic is GoodReads, which actually works out better for me. I actually decided upon this social media service after I wrote a short bit about it on Google+ for one of the last activities for this course. It just seems so much more applicable to this field than Pandora, and it will help at my media center with book recommendations by teaching me how to really use the application. SO MANY CHANGES WITH SO LITTLE TIME LEFT! Let's hope I survive it.


Weekly Entry, Week 6

Well, things are progressing quite nicely in this course. I missed the first tutorial questions, but other than that, things are going well, I think. I learned quite a bit about Tumblr and The Google Drive this week. I am just wondering if I am going to have to use the YouTube format for this assignment. I am hoping to start on mine SOON, and maybe use KeyNote for the presentation. I found out that KeyNote on the iPad does not have the audio record function, but KeyNote on a Mac computer does! So, I will be purchasing that soon. I have to get mostly everything done before my school DC trip, so it is going to be crazy for the next few weeks.

I just have a few comments about the video, A Vision of Students Today... I guess the message was that technology is the answer to some of the issues of tomorrow. I guess they are saying that technology could help in the classroom and that something like the chalk board doesn't have a place in the 21st century classroom. While I agree that technology is great and can be very beneficial, what about when that technology doesn't work? This makes me think of the classrooms at my school... Now they use electronic whiteboards to "write" or put information on the "board". These are in place of the chalkboards that are now covered up. Do you have any idea how often this technology fails and their entire lesson is put behind because they are so reliant on that technology? It's absurd. Either we have to become less reliant on technology, or we need to find ways to ensure that this technology doesn't fail over 50% of the time. When it comes to public schools adopting technology, it has turned into a big mess, because there is not enough money to provide students and teachers with the technology and tech support they need. It seems like it would make more sense in a University that has more funding... But what do public schools do?

A vision of students today. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o


Weekly Entry, Week 5

So, I am happy to say that I have a partner for my research project in this course. I hope that this development will work out, because I have some MAJOR stuff coming up with my job at the end of the semester. FCAT, evaluations, DC chaperoning, inventory, just EVERYTHING at once. I hope that having a partner will make for better research, while dividing the work load. Speaking of my job at school, I found out some great information from Saxton's Information Tools: Using Blogs, RSS, and Wikis as Professional Resources. It can be very difficult to work in an environment when you have a job like no one else. I can't go to my fellow media specialist at school and ask questions or collaborate, because it's just me. Sure, I can talk to the teachers about some things, but staying abreast of library related changes isn't in their job description. Saxton suggests staying up to date and networking with other librarians and information professionals by means of blogs, RSS feeds, and Wikis. She mentions tons of sites that information professionals can access to develop their careers. I will definitely be utilizing some of these resources including: www.ypulse.com; www.yalit.com; atn-reading-lists.wikispaces.com; www.libsuccess.org; and wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/ Teen_Tech_Week.

Saxton, B. (2008). Information tools: Using blogs, RSS, and wikis as professional resources. Young Adult Library Services, 6 (2), 27-29. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.lib.usf.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=28717241&site=eds-live


Weekly Entry, Week 4

I have found that it's probably better to write my blog post little by little throughout the week and save it as a draft, just to more accurately log my thoughts, then post it on Sundays. Sometimes I can't even remember what I had for dinner last night with my schedule being as hectic as it is... This will work best for me...

FETC was fun... I wouldn't say it was worth the money it cost to send me there, but still fun. I think I didn't get as much out of it as I could because I am still finishing up my masters. A lot of the ideas I heard about at the conference are things I am already actively doing in my masters program. I think it would be more beneficial to someone who is not in school and needs to stay up to date with changing technology through some authoritative source.

I have often felt the way Cordell describes in the beginning of his article How to Start Tweeting (and Why You Might Want To)... I don't really know how to get started on Twitter, and I honestly haven't had any interest. I think his tips are great and they could really be effective in a professional setting, but I'm still not sold. I just don't have any interest in being wired to more than I have to be.

I hope I'm not in the wrong profession :P Maybe I'm just in the wrong time period...

Cordell, R. (August 11, 2010). How to start tweeting (and why you might want to). The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/how-to-start-tweeting-and-why-you-might-want-to/26065