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CSLA introduces TeenLearning2.0

Once again, the fabulous and irrepressible leaders of the California School Library Association offer us all a little gift to use with learners this coming school year.  Teen Learning 2.0 is an updated social web tutorial, tested with middle school students.

TeenLearning 2.0 explains its purpose:

This tutorial is designed so that you can learn how to use the tools of web 2.0 for your classes or for fun.

You may do it on your own or as a part of a group.

We hope that you will have fun – because these websites are full of creative ideas for you to use. Take time to explore and enjoy all the tools of this new Internet. Read on!

Here is a “teacher moment” for you: A word for you to consider: responsibility. Before you begin this tutorial, you need to know that you are entering the big world of the Internet and “social networking”. This means that you will possibly encounter images and ideas that may be different from those that you are used to. While we have limited the places we’re sending you, you will still be interacting with your fellow students in a way that you may not have done before. Therefore, we expect you to behave respectfully, always be positive and, when asked to critique others ideas, you will do so in a way that promotes learning and is constructive.

The site’s activities are aligned with the California Model School Library Standards and relate to the following topics.  Each topic takes about a week to complete.

  • Digital Citizenship
  • Blogging
  • Avatars, Photos and Images and Giving Credit
  • Good Manners and Commenting
  • Creating Your Own Images, Creating Animations and Videos
  • Creating Documents and Presentations
  • Fun with Books and Reading
  • Evaluating Information Websites and Bibliography
  • Online Sharing

The program includes a letter for parents, teacher’s manual, and student blogging guidelines. Interestingly (ironically?), the site’s history reveals that the teacher-librarians who developed, piloted, and updated the program are “now in the classroom.”

For more information, contact the CSLA Team 2.0.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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