Technology Trail

Posted in 21C Technology tagged at 4:42 pm by Katie

Technology Trail

After reading A Revised Manifesto by Joyce Valenza (2010) and many other articles discussing the role of the TL, I had to find out about many new terms and ideas:

LinkedIn = A professional online networking platform similar to Facebook

Other networks such as TeacherLibrarianNing and Classroom 2.0


Synchronous communication (chat, Skype, instant messaging) and Asynchronous communication (e-mail, Voice Thread) http://thejournal.com/Articles/2012/04/09/Rethinking-digital-citizenship.aspx?Page=2

What is Web 2.0 technology?

Definition from http://www.unimelb.edu.au/copyright/information/guides/wikisblogsweb2blue.pdf

Web 2.0 is the term used to describe a variety of web sites and applications that allow anyone to create and share online information or material they have created. A key element of the technology is that it allows people to create, share, collaborate & communicate. Web 2.0 differs from other types of websites as it does not require any web design or publishing skills to participate, making it easy for people to create and publish or communicate their work to the world.

The nature of this technology makes it an easy and popular way to communicate information to either a select group of people or to a much wider audience. The University can make use of these tools to communicate with students, staff and the wider academic community. It can also be an effective way to communicate and interact with students and research colleagues.

There are number of different types of web 2.0 applications including wikis, blogs, social networking, folksonomies, podcasting & content hosting services. Many of the most popular websites are Web 2.0 sites such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr.

Free ebooks from Google Books, International Children’s Digital Library

Social Networking tools such as Shelfari, Good Reads and Library Thing. Virtual bookshelf’s for book lovers.

Tags – An aid to classify information e.g. in a blog

Hash tags – In a way, hash tags allow you to create communities of people interested in the same topic by making it easier for them to find and share info related to it. #tlchat #edchat on Twitter


Pathfinder Swap – Wiki guide for researchers to find information

RSS feeds – An RSS file contains details of the latest items available within a website; it helps you keep up to date without having to check the site itself. Just copy and paste the feed URL into podcast software or feed-reader.


Students can publish work – pathfinders: DigitalStorytellingTools and DigitalPublishingTools

Creative Commons Licensing:

CC licenses are standardized copyright licenses which grant permission to use copyright works, in accordance with the particular standard set of conditions selected by the copyright owner (‘licensor’). The copyright owner retains ownership of their work and licenses others to use the work on liberal terms. Under each of the CC licenses, users are granted permission to: reproduce the work, distribute it, display or perform it publicly, make digital public performances of it (e.g. webcasting), and make verbatim copies of the work in a different format. http://www.ands.org.au/guides/cc-and-data.html

Social Bookmarking tools like Delicious and Diigo to track resources.

Boy am I excited! There is so much new technology, but it has made me realises how much time TLs need for research, self-education and reading. This is definitely a huge part of the TL role that needs to be valued by school administration and the wider school community.


Valenza, J. (2010, December, 3rd). “In the 21st century, what does a school librarian do?” Retrieved from http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/neverendingsearch/2010/12/03/a-revised-manifesto/

(Photo: Technology Trail – China, Shanghai, 2006)

Comments »


  1. My TL Travel Log - Assignment 2 – A Critical Reflection by a Preparatory Teacher

Leave a Comment