Connections SCIS

I enjoy reading Connections from SCIS, it generally has very good content that I can pass on to teachers. I sent a twitter out on twitter for librarians and why a library should be called library and not Learning Resource Centre

I have blogged on the staff wiki about the following article

Do you want kids to be safe online? Loosen those filters!

I am on a mission to spread the word that Draconian filtering at schools is a practice that produces negative outcomes. The time to speak out about such constraints is now!

I am challenging readers to make a New Year’s resolution to work for gaining more internet access for students and faculty members in K–12 schools.

This has long been a mantra with me, and I believe that, as time goes by, the stated reasons for such filtering become harder to justify. Let me hasten to say that I am not campaigning for frivolous surfing at the expense of bandwidth that should be used for educational purposes. I am talking about the kind of filtering, often banning any use of words deemed objectionable, that keeps kids and teachers out of so many great educational resources.  Read More here

The gist of the article is that as educators we must train to be safe and smart internet users and help students to search the internet with a constant and vigilant presence.

widgets and widgetry

 
Here is an interesting article from Connections and online journal for librarians about widgets and widgetry.  http://www1.curriculum.edu.au/scis/connections/2009/69widgets.htmWhat is a widget?  here is a definition from WikipediaA web widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation. They are derived from the idea of code reuse. Other terms used to describe web widgets include: gadget, badge, module, webjit, capsule, snippet, mini and flake. Web widgets usually but not always use DHTML, JavaScript, or Adobe Flash.

Widgets often take the form of on-screen tools (clocks, event countdowns, auction-tickers, stock market tickers, flight arrival information, daily weather etc

You can find lots of widgets on Yahoo  http://widgets.yahoo.com/, but the article in Connections has many useful sites for educators

 

diigo

Today I have finally gotten around to joining diigo a tool which enables you to add your comments to articles that you are posting and sharing. From wikipedia

Diigo (DEE-go) is a Social bookmarking website which allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag web-pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. These annotations can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to someone else. The name “Diigo” is an abbreviation for “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff”.[1]

It was easy to sign up and there is an option to join diigo as a face book application and only took me a few minutes to have the toolbar downloaded.

I have the perfect article to test however you will not be able to read my highlighted comments unless you have downloaded the diigo toolbar.