Monday, August 31, 2009

Using Google Docs

Although it is great to be able to share documents, it really is only another tool for doing what we are able to do already. This means there is familiarity with the process to start with - which is good too!

One gripe - Google's duopoly rivals Microsoft in that to be able to share, all participants must be members - even though it says that any email address is accepted.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What is Web 2.0?

I read with interest the Larry Sanger article on Web 2.0 in education. This is obviously an extreme, but I can already see small elements emerging in Secondary education. Given that education as a whole changes very slowly, I wonder if we would, or could, ever reach this level of independence.
The online environment, whether through mobile devices or desktop devices, is obviously here, though a computer/device is still only a 21st century pencil. It is what can be done with it to enhance learning and skills acquisition for students which must be the measure for accountability.
The potential is there. It's the practical application that is the interesting bit!

Monday, August 24, 2009

First post

In establishing this blog, I will record my thoughts about the application of Web 2.0 tools in the Library. I think they have enormous potential, so am keen to put them into use.