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LibraryThing.com and Education June 14, 2009

Filed under: Emerging Technologies — rhodges1 @ 4:31 pm

I enjoyed playing around with the LibraryThing.com website and can see how this sort of collective intelligence can create a sense of ownership between the patrons and their library collection. This kind of buy-in, using tagging, reviews, etc… would create a very easy way to do a mapping of the materials in a library collection and help find what genres your patron’s enjoy and what genres your collection may be in need of when it comes time to add new materials to the collection. I can see that this type of collective intelligence would have been very inticing for the 3rd grades students in my classroom to use this year. It gets them involved and the time flies when you are tagging and reading other people’s reviews. I can see how this could help strengthen my students reading and writing skills by adding that oftentimes needed motivation to do the work or go above and beyond what is required for a class.


Collective Intelligence

Filed under: Emerging Technologies — rhodges1 @ 4:26 pm

The 2008 Horizon Report describes collective intelligence as “the knowledge embedded within societies or large groups of individuals.” It goes on to explain two forms: explicit and implicit knowledge. Explicit knowledge is collaboration by many people like Wikipedia, E-bay, and The History Commons from http://www.cooperativeresearch.org. Implicit knowledge is the creation of new knowledge by collecting consumer data over time like LibraryThing and Amazon.com.

I enjoyed listening to Thomas Malone’s interview and the use of collective intelligence as a “find-it” strategy. I think this is a great way to poll the resources available on the web that you normally would not have access to. I find that when I need to “find” out some sort of information, I tend to first go to my personal network of friends, family, and collegues. I ask the ones I think have the background knowledge to help me find the correct information I am looking for. If I do not know of someone within my network, then I have to search outside resources. Collective Intelligence is very useful as a “find-it” strategy by providing a place with many people and a variety of backgrounds that can help each other even though they most likely have never met. If you ask around enough, you are bound to find someone who can lead you in the right direction. Having a community online that you can go to and post your information needs, increases your likelihood of finding the answer and in a much more timely fashion. I can see how providing a monetary incentive, like in the cases that were discussed in the interview, can also speed up this process and create a motivation for people to submit their best work.


Digital Repositories and Education June 13, 2009

Filed under: Emerging Technologies — rhodges1 @ 1:16 pm

I enjoyed reading Tiah’s blog post on how digital repositories could be used in education.  I too had trouble finding applications for this, but I think Tiah’s idea of creating a repository of student product examples (good and bad) is an excellent use of this technology.  When teachers explain an assignment or project they can refer to the examples from this repository, showing pictures of past projects that met or did not meet the criteria.  It would be an excellent way to get students to think about what the teacher’s expectations are and spur new creative projects.

I think it is also a great tool for teachers to store their Instructional videos as education continues to seek to work beyond the four walls of the classroom, instructional videos are a great alternative for students who miss class due to serious illness or other extentuating circumstances.  This is also a great alternative for students who get in- or out-of-school suspension, so they continue to stay with the rest of the class and have some teacher contact.

Thanks Tiah for sharing your inspired thoughts!


Digital Repositories

Filed under: Emerging Technologies,Readings — rhodges1 @ 12:58 pm

5 characteristics of Digital Repositories include:

  1. Manages & preserves large amounts of digital media (pictures, videos, music, etc…).
  2. Makes resources readily available online to multiple users with minimal boundaries (must be a library patron within that district, patron may not have access to internet outside of the library hours).
  3. Advanced search capabilities with controlled vocabularies using metadata.
  4. Customizable for individualized needs.
  5. Large storage capacity needs (terabytes).

Opensource Content Management Systems

Filed under: Emerging Technologies,Readings — rhodges1 @ 12:46 pm

5 Characteristics of opensource CMS include:

  1. Free website development software
  2. Stays current with frequent updates
  3. Requires minimal web development background knowledge to create and maintain simple sites.
  4. Customizable – many add-ons available and  able to adapt to your own needs if you know php, sql, xml language.
  5. Consistency and control provided within the administration framework.

Exploring New Technologies May 31, 2009

Filed under: Emerging Technologies — rhodges1 @ 9:37 am

I have been fortunate to have learned about some of these from the school district I work in, but will have more time to explore these applications and look for their information architecture.

New to me:






Somewhat familiar with:




I’m excited to learn new ways to apply these applications to my personal and professional life.