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EDITOR'S NOTES: From Nuts and Bolts to Web 2.0

By David Hoffman - Posted May 1, 2007
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As I review the conference program for Internet at Schools East (which will have happened by the time you read this) and the program we're just building for Internet atSchools West in October, I note with satisfaction that we continue to succeed in covering cutting-edge Web 2.0 technologies and the issues that derive from them, while also faithfully discussing the nuts-and-bolts issues school media specialists are faced with year after year. This is a balance we want to strike at our conferences and in the editorial material we feature in this magazine. The May/June issue, I think, is successful from this standpoint.

Nuts and Bolts

Like Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences, literacies—including information literacy—now abound. One that's currently garnering attention is data literacy. And the LMS is, as usual, front and center in the effort to further it. So this month we feature Glenda Gunter writing on Building Student Data Literacy: An Essential Critical- Thinking Skill for the 21st Century (p. 24) to provide you with guidance and tools to help.

Then there's another of Charlie Doe's "A Look At …" roundups, this time looking at administrative and counseling software (p. 29). And Sarah Cooper covers the ever-relevant subject of how to create and promote a research-friendly, teacher-friendly, student-friendly, and overall super-effective library and library program in her article, Building Enthusiasm for a New Library (p. 32).

Web 2.0

This month's cover story, Collaboration in Today's Classrooms: New Web Tools Change the Game (p. 9), is squarely in the 2.0 realm. In it, Kelly Driscoll focuses on a range of communication and collaboration tools that, she writes, are leveraging the power of Web 2.0 design principles and are "proving to finally break through with a real impact on students and teachers." You've heard of them; you may already be using them. Now get deeper insight into blogs, wikis, online learning communities, online office tools, and more.

The "other side of the coin"—the dangers and problems that arise when some of these communication and collaboration tools are pressed into service—can't be ignored, of course. So we also include an Internet safety piece by cybersafety expert Jayne Hitchcock. Cyberbullies, Online Predators, and What to Do About Them (p. 13) is meant to give you a 2007 update on these issues, with lots of information on how to work with students and with their parents.

And finally, Stephen Abram's Pipeline column, Future School Libraries: A Third Presence in Second Life? (p. 20), makes a case for school libraries in virtual library spaces such as Second Life Library 2.0. Having created an avatar there, Stephen was pleased to note, "It's great to have hair again in my Second Life."

David Hoffman , editor


 
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