ETL501 Topic 5 Web 2.0 and the school library


My thoughts on the key aspects of Web 2.0 that are likely to impact education in today’s schools:

  • Opportunities for creativity
  • Engaging and dynamic
  • Offers focused collaborating tools for students, teachers, parents and the wider community (blogs and wikis)
  • Offers tools to collaborate globally
  • Learning and communication not confined within the four walls of the classroom. Students can share presentations anywhere, anytime and with anyone (even a global audience)
  • The technology more accessible and easy to use
  • Students can present ideas, projects, assignments in more creative and dynamic ways (other than PowerPoint)
  • Tools can be used for professional development, curriculum planning, setting student assignments and homework e.g. Wiki’s
  • Online global collaboration and social networks for teachers, for gathering resources and ideas from others in the same profession (wealth of knowledge, better for students), creating resources

Opportunities here for teacher librarians:

  • As information and technology specialists they can be instrumental in introducing Web 2.0 tools to teachers and students and teach how to use.
  • These tools foster opportunities to improve students information literacy skills
  • TL’s can lead by example, by using many of these tools to share information about what’s happening in the library with the staff, parents and students e.g. Blogs, Wikis
  • Great opportunities to be creative with the technology and show the school community what is available and how these can be used to engage students and help to meet their learning needs for the 21st century.

Can teacher librarians afford to ignore Web 2.0 tools?

  • TL’s can not afford to ignore Web 2.0 tools, it is the responsibility of the TL to fulfil their role as an information provider and information specialist. They need to be aware of and competent in using these tools
  • This will enable the TL to help teachers and students to use these tools and benefit from their educational potential
  • It supports the information literacy needs of 21st century learners
  • Supports and is relevant to the General Capabilities in the Australian curriculum

What might be the problems a teacher librarian would face in maintaining a school library blog?

  • The main problem I see are time constraints

My thoughts on how you might use a Wiki in a classroom:

  • Collaborative tool: collaboration between students, or students and teachers and the wider school community
  • Use a Wiki to access online resources and tools, this offers immediate access for students, anywhere, anytime

My thoughts on how curation tools such as Delicious and Diigo can be useful? What are the limitations and issues relating to the use of such tools


  • TL’s can use this for bookmarking websites that are potentially useful web resources for specific groups of students. Then the TL can go back and check these against criteria later to add to resource collection
  • Students could access a library Delicious account to look at resources. Tagging could make it easier for students to access resources for a specific topic or subject
  • Limitation: Potential for students to access information that is not appropriate for their age level, so this would need to be carefully monitored


  • Can be used as a search engine
  • Create groups that students could use to work collaboratively to collect relevant information for a project (great opportunity for students to use website evaluation criteria to bookmark and share quality & relevant websites)


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