Web 2.0 for Library Media Specialists

Things we'll cover today:

What is Web 2.0?
  • What does it look like?

My professional blog: http://sharpsitrt.edublogs.org

My son Jonah's website: http://www.jonahsharp.org

Characteristics of a Web 2.0 site:
  • Collaboration and communication
  • RSS Feeds for easy following
  • A "social" aspect to the site
  • Groups of people communicating and sharing information easily, through a web browser.

This page--a wiki: a collaborative space on the internet.

  • How is it used?

Web 2.0 is used by people more and more all over the world. Some of the more common places are TeacherTube, YouTube, and Facebook.Each of these serves a purpose and works from within a web browser, so users don't have to know anything really technological to participate. If one can point, click and type, then one can participate.

Some samples of Web 2.0 pages can be found at


What are some of the different "Web 2.0" Technologies?
  • Blogs

Common Craft's short movie on Blogs.
  • Wikis

Common Craft has short movies on many different Web 2.0 technologies. Here's one on Wikis.
  • RSS Feeds

Another Common Craft movie on Real Simple Syndication or RSS.
  • Podcasting

See the link in the navigation bar to the left for a page of information on Podcasting.

Some links of interest:

web2.0 wiki link

Web 2.0 in classroom from Assorted Stuff

Pedablogy Wikispaces Site

Teacher Librarian Ning Site

Librarian Philosopher Blog

Acceptable Use and Web 2.0 K12Online Conference

Bob Sprankle

Ed Tech Leadership Blog

David Lee King

Article on Blogging and the LMS by Doug Johnson

LMS 2.0 from Eduscapes

The Unquiet Librarian

Class Blogmeister

A good example of classroom use of this is at:

Room Twelve

This is a class blogging project set up by Mark Ahlness in Seattle, Washington with his 3rd grade classroom. Good stuff and excellent use of Web 2.0 technology.

A new technology:




-How do I set up a Del.icio.us account?
-What is it good for? Stay tuned/see below.
-What is tagging?--see above.
-How can I use this in my classroom?
  • Set up del.icio.us accounts for students to use to keep track of sites they visit on a particular subject area
  • Set up your own del.icio.us account and add sites based on specific tags for your students to use as resources.
  • Explain ways of organizing information--based on tags--so that your students know about how to "tag" specific websites.
  • Subscribe to specific topics in del.icio.us
  • Add other educators to your network in del.icio.us to keep track of what they are using.
  • Add specific educators that you might be doing class-wide collaborative projects on to keep track of sites that are added.
-How can I make sure that my students are being safe?
  • Common sense Internet Safety practices
  • Verify verify verify--make sure websites have reliable information
-How do I share my bookmarks?
  • Give others your URL for your del.icio.us account
-Can I embed them into a blog or other website?
  • Yes, just get the code from the "Settings/Blogging/Link Rolls" area of del.icio.us
-What is my "network" on Del.icio.us?
  • These are other people's del.icio.us links that you are following. You add them by adding their del.icio.us username. Great tool for following what others are tracking.
-What are "subscriptions" in Del.icio.us?
  • You can follow bookmarks by tag name. Great for following the whole social site of del.icio.us on a particular tag or tags.