Post #6 - Website
My website URL is:
My website URL is:
As discussed in class today, I feel that there really is a strong digital divide. The thing is, it is not just between the generational gap, but it is also between those that need to learn how to use technology and those that need to teach it. Within the No Child Left Behind Act for technology, there is a goal to have all eighth graders computer literate by graduation. There is also the purpose and goal to give professional development for the teachers to teach the students how to use the technology. The problem is very clear. There are too many schools that do not have the resources available, there are too many teachers who do not want to learn or do not know how to teach different technologies, and there are many who feel that they already know all that they need.
For my group project, I have been researching the uses of Flickr. Thanks to Michael Stevens, I have found some interesting information from his blog http://tametheweb.com/library_20web_20/flickr_rocks_my_world/. (There is so much information, and a lot will be discussed in class). I find Flickr to be a great tool and source for libraries to go to. I do not want to go into too much detail, but I found it interesting that one e-mail that Michael received stated: "We are outraged by any public library open to children having an affiliation with Yahoo's Flickr adult oriented amateur porn website."
After reading about how Wiki's support collaboration, the first thing that came to my mind is how I could use them in the school library. I understand the concept of how to use a wiki, and I even see the benefit of corporations and other businesses using them. I like the idea of public libraries using them, especially having the community involved.
When I think about the internet as what it is, I still feel a bit overwhelmed and confused. To think that it all started for research purposes, and now it is used for everything from keeping in touch with family and friends, reading the news, and even doing your weekly grocery shopping. I have become addicted to checking e-mails (I have three different accounts), shopping for clothes, shoes, and now looking at baby stuff, and self diagnosing any ailment by using the medical sites. The internet has come a long way and as an educator, I feel that there are so many positive things that can be done, including the IMing system. I do not IM myself, but this is another part of the internet that is being discussed.
This is a picture of my husband and I in New York last year. You can find this trading card, and others of librarians on Flickr.
Three of the articles that were to be read for this Internet Fundamentals class has the issue of MySpace up for discussion. I do not want to repeat what has already been said by myself or any other peer in the class...but my feelings are getting stronger every time I take a look at the site itself.