ERIC Number: EJ869029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
The Value of Social Software in School Library Instruction, Communication, and Collaboration
Summers, Laura L.
Knowledge Quest, v37 n4 p48-50 Mar-Apr 2009
As budget cuts loom in school districts across the nation, school librarians are expected to show artifacts and share data to cement their credibility as instructional leaders, since according to Zmuda (2007) and many others, the effectiveness of the school library media program must be measured by what students learn as a result of their experiences. Social software enables this evidence building through cumulative evidence archived publicly in 3-D virtual worlds, collaborative spaces, and social networking tools. Their features support students' knowledge articulation and critical thinking processes, impacting the way students learn through searching, sorting, and synthesizing multiple sources of information. This article discusses the value of social software in school library instruction, communication, and collaboration.
Descriptors: Cooperation, Computer Software, Articulation (Education), School Libraries, Cognitive Processes, Library Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Social Networks, Virtual Classrooms
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/knowledgequest/knowledgequest.cfm
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
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