Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Podcast - "Problems in Continuing Education"

My podcast is about my latest read - Problems in Continuing Education
The following will be addressed:
·         Highlights of Content of the Book 
·         My thoughts

·         Author
·         Publication Date
·         Currently in Print
·         Currently available online

I want the listener to learn some of the problems that we face when conducting research in continuing education, understanding human nature, problems with planning and teaching, critics of the three approaches, and what is the purpose of continued education.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Digital Natives & Immigrants

The article Kids 2.0, questions what prevents our library program from quickly changing to meet the needs of the ever-changing student population?  Traditional reference materials are collecting dust, while the computers are never allowed to rest.  “Web 2.0” according to Dictionary.com refers to our internet usage, used for the interactivity it brings us in the forms of blogs, wikis, and forums, and not simply for accessing information.  These various web applications allow us to create communities of users that interact with each other.  I am sure the majority of us have Facebook accounts, have created a wiki for a class, or shared a video on YouTube.  As a matter of fact I just submitted my first YouTube for my other class last week!  Technology moves so fast, and for us “digital immigrant” adults, it is truly difficult and frustrating at times trying to keep up.

Our children nowadays have been exposed to electronic media since birth.  My youngest daughter has been creating PowerPoint presentations since second grade.  She would be a “digital native”, as technology comes naturally to her.  This generation is comfortable with editing web information, whereas the “digital immigrants” are more old school and fear of technology misuse.  One person’s ideas are as good as the next one.  We have a lack of control. The “digital natives” stay connected continuously with their phones, PDA’s, e-books, cameras, iPod’s, and game consoles.  We see services being personalized.  When I make a purchase on Amazon.com, it suggests other items that may be of interest to me.

The Terrible Twos: Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and More article, explains this second wave of web technologies and how they are trying to create easier and more interactive web sites.   A new Web 2.0 example for many of us in this class is Delicious, in addition to others that we are familiar with (Google maps, Flickr, Yahoo! Answers).  Library 2.0 (L2) incorporates blogs, wikis, social networking, and instant messaging in a library services setting.  Comments, subject tags, and ratings on library items are included. 

All A-Twitter About Web 2.0: What Does It Offer Libraries? opens up our eyes – librarians need to learn Web 2.0, fast, or risk losing relevance and customers from our libraries.  Podcasts and blogs (by adding tags they become searchable), are great for libraries to get their information out.  Flickr is also great for libraries to store photos in neat collections and sets.  It is easy to upload and creating online slideshows is a breeze.  Library media specialists should have a clear understanding of Web 2.0, terminology, and sample sites, to assist both the digital natives and immigrants better.   We need to concentrate on sites that make our life easier.  Hurry, because Web 3.0 is just around the corner!

Sources retrieved from Library literature & information science full text.        
Gilmore-See, J. (2007). Kids 2.0 [Electronic version]. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 24(3), 55-8.
McDermott, I. (2007). All A-Twitter About Web 2.0: What Does It Offer Libraries? [Electronic version]. Searcher, 15(9), 34, 36-7, 39.
Notess, G. (2006). The Terrible Twos: Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and More. Online (Weston, Conn.), 30(3), 40-2.

Web 2.0 - USF Library on Facebook

Likes: USF’s Facebook page does a great job with providing us information on many sources and services that we would otherwise not know they exist.
Dislikes: The network is relatively small - having only 564 friends.  Make it more colorful by adding additional graphics, images, photos of facility and events.
·         Library’s resources and services, including workshops available
·         how to search for Library copies of the textbooks you need
·         help with project information on Research Rescue
·         help with conducting research
·         graduate dissertation forum information
·         articles
·         interviews
·         hours of operation, website, address, phone number
·         upcoming/social events
Perhaps USF can put links of the library’s Facebook page throughout Blackboard so that more students could become part of it.
I think overall though, USF library’s Facebook page provides great information for the students.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Delicious - Web 2.0 tools and sites

Please visit my Delicious Site to view my five sites about libraries using Web 2.0 tools and five sites of actual Web 2.0 tools being used by libraries.


QR Code for my Blog

What is a QR code?
QR stands for "quick response." It is a type of barcode that can be read by smartphones and link to a variety of information including websites. You have probably seen them in magazine and other ads but may have had no idea what it was. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Children's Oral Health Questions

At what age do children start to lose their baby teeth? And how long does it take until all adult teeth are in place?

Children can start losing their baby teeth anywhere from about the age of 5 to about 7. Usually the two front teeth on the bottom are the first teeth to be replaced. Your second molars typically appear by age 12 to 13. Some people have third molars which are sometimes called "wisdom teeth" these can appear after age 16.

Should children use a different toothbrush than adults?

Children should use smaller brushes with shorter brushing planes in proportion to the size of their mouths. Most children use brushes that are too big to be easily maneuvered into small spaces in their mouth. By the way, in addition to changing brush every three months or when the bristles appear worn, it's a good idea to toss those brushes after colds or sore throats!

Should children use the same toothpaste as adults?

All that you need from your toothpaste is the fluoride that helps strengthen your teeth and protects them from cavities. The time you should spend brushing and your technique are more important, so go with the flavor you prefer. Remember only a pea-sized drop of paste on your brush is all that is necessary.

Why is candy and other sugary foods bad for teeth?
Sugar on the tooth surface is changed to acid within 5 minutes time. The acid acts to dissolve the tooth surface. When this happens often enough, the tooth surface breaks down. At first you see white spots (known as areas of demineralization), then dental decay occurs.

How many times each day should teeth be brushed? And When?

The two really important times to brush your teeth are in the morning after breakfast and at night before you go to bed. Any extra times you brush during the day is great particularly after eating sticky and sugary foods.