teachweb2 - Glogster

This wiki includes links and examples of Glogster, what it is and how to use it in educational settings. The wiki includes the positives and negatives (the strengths and weaknesses) of Glogster. This site also includes two YouTube videos of how to use Glogster. Glogster allows users to create interactive posters which include pictures, text, video, and music. The uses for this technology in the library could include using Glogster to create an interactive poster promoting the library, posted on the library web page. Glogster would have particular appeal to middle school and high school students. One could also use Glogster to create student projects in any subject area. Another use, provided in one of the YouTube videos, was to use Glogster as a center. The teacher-librarian includes instructions on the Glog of what the student is expected to do. This site can be referred to when setting up a Glog because of the precise how-to instructions given in the YouTube video.

Shelley Scott


This website is a wiki for wiki ideas, and it’s a great find for school librarians to use! It is possible to join and become a member which allows you to contribute to the wiki with you own ideas. Many exciting suggestions for using wikis in the library as well as some great examples of wikis are given. Helpful links are also include that help the user to learn more about Web 2.0 and the tools available there, along with choosing the right tool for the task you have.

I think it could be fun to create a wiki in the school library where students could make contributions. One idea that might be fun, particularly in a high school library, would be to make the wiki all about finding mistakes in Wikipedia, and letting students write the proofs correcting the errors they find. It could be presented as a contest, and students could compete to find the most errors. Another idea would be to create a wiki where students could post comments about books they had read or books or articles they had used for research. A wiki could also be used for teacher input and comments such as scheduling the library for class use, student projects, suggestions for the librarian, sharing of ideas or websites that might be helpful to other teachers.

Mary Shepherd

Library Wiki

This website is an example of a wiki used in a real-life high school library. The usage is ingenious, allowing each teacher to add to his/her own link off the main page to support projects, research, or units of study. Some of the more involved courses, such as AP US History (APUSH to the high school crowd), link off to their own page full of links. This would be a great way to help students without the librarian's taking on the onus of finding all the links herself. The wiki could be one much like this, wherein the teachers who are introducing new units apply for membership and take control of their own links, their own projects, and their own information.
Amy Burriss

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

This wiki is designed to be a resource for librarians, by librarians. From collection choosing and organizing library materials to promoting your library, there are a wealth of good, working links. They have sections for professional development, training and management, and using technology in the library. I will be consulting this wiki frequently, as it is current and up to date with good information on running a library, promoting a library, and keeping up with all the technology (Web 2.0 tools) that can make the library experience a richer one for all patrons.
Jennifer Gonzales

Digital Pencil
Digital Pencil is an interactive web-based journal that allows students and teachers to work through the many different aspects of the writing process digitally. It uses a word processing system that allows students to draft, revise, edit, and publish their writing through the website. It even allows students to add media to their writing, such as video, podcasts, audio files, and images. The best part? It is all done digitally! I think this would be a fantastic, easy way for librarians and teachers to work collaboratively with students on research and creative writing projects without the messy paper trail. And it’s environmentally friendly, too!
Brooke Smith

This wiki has been used to list book talks, blogs, author visits and recommendation at the Illinois School libraries.
I could use a wiki for students to post book reviews and make recommendations to others.
Stacie Poland


Web 2.0 Tools
This wiki was designed to give librarians a comprehensive look at some of the web2.0 tools available. The wiki also gives detail instructions on how to use each
web2.0 tool as well as the state standards, and a personal tracking log. I have personally used most of the tools on the page, for book talks in the library, for professional
learning networks, as a new approach to technology as well as a means to get(keep) students interested in the library and technology. Glogster can be used as a virtual posterboard
for book reports or as a monthly library newsletter. Animoto can be used for digital storytelling. (my personal favorite) Googledocs for collaborating with teachers and other staff.
Twitter can be use to hold bookclubs or booktalks with students.(most districts allow this social network site) Delicious keeping track of websites that can be used in the library,
for easy access to your favorite websites, as well as to share with others. Dropbox, a free online storage website. No more need for usb drives, site and all information is stored
on dropbox wedsites, you have it where ever you go and have computer access. The web2.0 tools listed are just a few listed on the wiki.
Kittra Hewitt


I like the Librarything website. When you find a book like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the page that comes up is a Mashup of a lot of things. It shows tags, Librarything recommendations, members recommendations, member reviews, publisher and news media reviews, external references, member descriptions, publisher descriptions, member ratings, book covers, plus a lot more. All this is mashed on the page to give the viewer a lot of different sources of information. To me it is like the old Siskle and Ebert movie reviewers. I tended to agree with one guy but seldom the other. Well, with all the members giving reviews you can get a feel for what the non-professional reviewer thinks of the book and not rely on a few professional reviewers.
This site can be used by librarians, students, everyone, to get a feel for a book. If a book has a lot of decent reviews and a good rating then it is worth looking into a little more to see if it should be added to the collection.
It can also be used as a Mashup example or reference for the librarian when the librarian wants to possibly add a Mashup page on the library site. It gives a good feel for what a Mashup can really do.
Kevin Loeffler

This site is a wiki set up for school media specialists to share ideas. The site has tons of different topics to explore such as podcasting, calendars, social networking tools, and many others. There are many different ideas on using wikis in school libraries including helping students with research, teaching about copyright laws, posting trivia questions, online book clubs, publishing student work, collaborating with teachers and parents, and publishing policies and procedures.
I would like to have online book clubs that would encourage students to read and share what they read with others. Students could join book clubs based on interest so the clubs would involve students from different classes and grades. Students could create Glogster projects or GoogleDocs presentations as a group to share their book with others.
Kerry Gray


This is an awesome reading wiki that is devoted to many aspects of reading and books primarily for the young reader. This site offers podcasts, reader's recommendations,blogs, fan sites,e-book portals and even a list of young adult genre authors who Skype. This eye-catching wiki is designed to have input from young readers and educators alike. This wiki or something like it would be an asset to any school library because it gives students the chance to go beyond the pages of the book and get to know the author or find out more about specific genres. It allows students to have a voice about the books that they are interested in. It also encourages reluctant readers to give a book they may not have normally tried a chance.
Cecylia Godoy

Book Trailers

This wiki spotlights great literature for kids and teens. The homepage of this wiki contains book trailers much like trailers film makers produce to hook movie goers. These ready-made book trailers would be an invaluable resource for librarians to hook reluctant readers. In addition, this wiki includes instructions showing members how to create their own book trailers using a variety of technology, including Prezi. Furthermore, this wiki features a discussion area with questions and discussions about new and favorite books. I was intrigued by the Student made blockbuster book trailers because it revealed new possibilities in using technology in my classes. Content area teachers could collaborate with librarians in helping students prepare book trailers for books in any course. For example, students could create book trailers for a biography they have read for a history course.

Paula Artho

Wikis in Elementary School

This website gives many different ideas of using a wiki in elementary schools across the curriculum, including wikis for students, parent, and teacher collaboration use.

I was excited to find this website because my school is geared toward the younger elementary children (pre-kinder through 4th grade). I was impressed with each of the ideas but I wa particularly interested in the wiki for literary circles. I envision building a wiki for 3rd and 4th graders to write reviews and comments of the books they have read. In addition to the different ideas of incorporating wikis into the classrooms, this website also gives links to websites to help you build a wiki, as well as examples to view.

Sharon Prince

Wiki- Texas Bluebonnet Nominee Wiki page

This is a wiki page from Kids-book-club wiki. The wiki is the creation of school librarian Ms. Murphy. This page of the wiki was set up to introduce students to the 2010-2011 Bluebonnet Award nominees. She includes many activities, videos, on the books. She provides links to author websites and links to Amazon so you can take a look at a page from the book. She includes pages for discussions of the books and suggestions on activities for each book. There are also videos of the authors discussing their books. Ms. Murphy runs contests for her students by asking them questions on the discussion page.

I am so impressed with Ms. Murphy’s site. Because it is public, any student can use it at any school. This wiki could be used with students as it is. The school librarian could introduce students to the Bluebonnet books by using this site. Teachers librarians can use the lessons here. This would also be an excellent way to introduce students to wikis. Also, a librarian could create their own Bluebonnet wiki using this fabulous one as an example. Then, contests could be run at the local school and discussions with classmates at the school could take place.
Carrie Stewart

Using Wikis as Collaboration Tools in Libraries

This article references the many benefits that Wikis can provide to librarians. They are easy to use, and a great way to build a functional, online library resource that can be incorporated into a library curriculum with a variety of uses. The very nature of a wiki is collaboration, and this is an important tool for a librarian.

A wiki can provide a way for librarians to collaborate on current and upcoming projects with their staff and students, and provide a way for staff and students to interact with the librarian in an online environment. I can see myself using a Wiki as a library webpage with resources for scheduling, collaborating with students and staff. I also imagine using the Wiki as a place for staff to store relative and helpful online resources that we can use as a staff.
-Lucas Loughmille

Use of Wikis in Libraries
This website is created by Ohio University Library, and is a great source of information for the users. It has various sections and under each section the research can be conducted for various subjects such as business, literature etc. These wikis provide an opportunity to have an access to multiple databases for research and collaboration purposes. Each section streamlines the area of research and the navigation tools makes it user friendly.

Wikis can be used for instruction and research in school libraries. A literacy specialist can align library objectives with the instructional curriculum by providing research sources for different subjects under different sections. This makes it easier for the students, teachers and parents to get the required information. The interactive feature of wikis allows collaboration and communication among the staff members and makes it possible for the information to be current.
Noma Bajwa