Thing 20: Tools for creating websites, pathfinders, portfolios and more

Reading Joyce Valenza’s list  20 things she wished that school librarians would “un-learn” was enlightening and motivating. While the focus on this lesson was on #5 I really needed #2 “That Boolean logic is the best search strategy since sliced bread.” I have been internally battling about removing Boolean operators from instruction all year but felt that I had to keep them in there. Her comments really validated my thinking and I will be significantly changing my lessons next year.
Earlier this year I created a Weebly website that would provide me the functionality and flexibility I was unable to get from my school hosted website. You can see the work in progress here This was something I threw together very quickly but was very useful but I stopped working with it because I didn’t feel I had the flexibility I was looking for. After looking at the sample Google sample site I decided to play with it a bit. I was able to quickly re-create my website and also incorporate my Picasa album using photos from my phone. I also like the feature of embedding the Google calendar.
I also took some time to work with Diigo. I created a short pathfinder and added post-it notes to the webpages. In the future I will be working with another librarian and the functionality of sharing Diigo bookmarks lists and annoting notes as to why we feel items are useful would be valuable.  After we decide on our sources I would use either a google site or a wiki to gather the links and categorize them for students.

About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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