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Pageflakes As a Personal Learning Network Portal: Learning and Research 2.0

Back in January, I wrote a post about Pageflakes and the screencast we had created for our media center.  Now Joyce Valenza has inspired me with her latest blog post  about ways we can use Pageflakes with our patrons!  As Joyce points out, we can certainly use iGoogle with our patrons to help them design … Continue reading

Podcasting and Poetry: A Powerful Combination or Poetry 2.0

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” Rita Dove Ever since taking Dr. JoBeth Allen’s Poetry course at the University of Georgia in 2003, I have had a passion for reading, sharing, and teaching poetry….no small feat as I hated poetry before taking this life-changing course.  Inspired by my Podcasting class with … Continue reading

Article Reflection: “The ABCs of Website Evaluation”, March 25, 2008

In Day 4 of Information Literacy, we were asked to read “Teaching Media Literacy in the Age of the Internet:  The ABCs of Website Evaluation”, an article from 2002 by noted educator Kathy Shrock.  In this article, Shrock points out that a media specialist is not ever-present on the web to help users determine the … Continue reading

It’s “Tweet”!: Twitter, A Seriously Fun Social Networking Tool

Last summer, I registered for a Twitter account, but drifted away it from it quickly as I thought it was more of a “fun” social networking tool that did not have any real meaningful application. Was I WRONG! I reconnected with Twitter last week thanks to my friend Stephen Rahn at the Kennesaw State Ed … Continue reading

Journalism 2.0

Yesterday I did a lesson on RSS feeds and Google Reader with Mr. Tamanini’s 2nd period Journalism class; here is our pathfinder at .  Many of the kids seemed really impressed with the concept of RSS—most had never heard of it!  They also seemed excited about the uses for Google Reader, too.  We looked at … Continue reading

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of The Way: Library 2.0, The Concept of Authority, and Social Scholarship

There is an old cliche that says, “Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.” Over the last year, I have been focused on trees.  Those trees have consisted of web 2.0 tools and how to incorporate those web 2.0 tools into my library program and information literacy instruction.  Those trees have included things … Continue reading

Reflecting on My First Experience Teaching a Teach 21 Course!

This past Saturday I had the honor of teaching my first Teach 21 course.  Although I did this kind of training a few years when I worked in Technology Services and was very fortunate that fellow Media 21 colleague Kristine Woods shared her course template with me, I was still very nervous.  I know from … Continue reading

Cool Tool: “Kwout”!

We all know how cumbersome it is sometimes to work with screenshots when we are creating screencasts or handouts as part of a tutorial or “help” resource.  You have to use the “alt” and “print screen” keys to capture the image; then, you have to use some kind of photo editing application to edit and … Continue reading


Today we started a research project with our 11th Honors American Literature/Composition.   To help facilitate the research, we set up our pathfinder to point them toward literary criticism articles on The Great Gatsby or Catcher in the Rye. Students could go to either or from the  main pathfinder page.  All links work, and students have … Continue reading

My Latest Library 2.0 Moment: Video Tutorials Made with Camtasia

We are proud to announce the debut of our Video Tutorial page @ The Unquiet Library! These tutorials are viewable in Windows Media Player, but we will also be converting them to an iTunes friendly format so students and faculty can download them into their iPod players as well.   Our first set of tutorials will focus on … Continue reading