As a masters of library and information science student, the CSLA School Library Learning 2.0 program was an easy and fun way to get acquainted with web 2.0 tools and concepts. I especially appreciated the comments and words of encouragement that I received from my district librarian and CSLA School Library Learning 2.0 team that were posted on my blog. Knowing that my efforts to learn were being acknowledged inspired me to complete all the exercises in this program before the deadline of September 1st! Receiving these comments and reading the thoughts of school librarians' in their blogs or on the wiki really made me feel like I was participating in this wonderful learning community that will support me in my future educational endeavors.
My favorite exercises were many and they include playing with the image generators, subscribing to blogs via RSS, discovering Pandora and Del.icio.us (these are the websites I use everyday!), learning about wikis and how to apply them in libraries and classrooms, and recording all my thoughts into this blog. This my first time blogging professionally, and I plan to continue posting in this blog.
One important take-a-way I culled from the program is the power of collaboration and how instrumental it is to the learning process. Before I completely understood wikis, I castigated Wikipedia as a reliable source of information. After this program, however, I have an understanding of its origins and its aim that makes me look at it more positively. I was also surprised with the number of online tools that would be beneficial to libraries and classrooms. I want to know how to choose which web 2.0 tools are useful and applicable to my school and library.
My learning experience was LIBERATING. It gave me the confidence to break my chains of self-doubt in my ability to utilize web technology in the classroom and in libraries.
Thank you CSLA School Library Learning 2.0 team!