Add These to Your Summer Reading List
Rosenfeld, Esther, Teacher Librarian
As teacher-librarians we are fond of summer reading lists. We prepare them assiduously, and we package them as attractively as we can so they entice and motivate our students to read, read, read, during their summer break. In that tradition, I want to offer you, dear readers, some professional summer reading with a bit of a twist. They are titles on my must-read list, and they are both electronic.
The first must-read is a brand new wiki, WebTools4U2Use, which is available at http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/. The wiki was created for teacher-librarians by Dr. Donna Baumbach and Dr. Judy Lee of the University of Central Florida. It is the result of a survey of over 600 teacher-librarians about their knowledge and use or web 2.0 tools in their school library programs. It offers information, tutorials, and links to hundreds of tools for blogging, RSS feeds and aggregators, management and productivity, audio and podcasting, photo sharing, presentation, social bookmarking, social networking, conducting online surveys, creating portals and web page starters, and so much more. This site is a blockbuster! It is comprehensive in its coverage of these tools and offers much valuable information on how they can be used and are being used by students and teachers. It easily serves as a stand-alone self-directed professional learning program. However, as an example of the best of the collaborative read/write web, it offers even more. Because it has been set up as a wiki, users are able to and are encouraged to add information to any page and also to use a discussion link on each page in the interest of sharing knowledge and ideas within the teacher-librarian community. Thank you, Donna and Judy, for creating this invaluable resource and for setting it up as a wiki so it can continue to collaboratively grow. …