Make The Web Work For You – Course Reflection

  • Look back over the course and record the key concepts and tools from each module that you felt were useful and relevant to you. Record how you applied relevant ideas and tools to your project

I think from the first module, searching out new blogs and looking at alternative ways to see updates from them was relevant for me. I found some blogs that were relevant to my project and found some useful information. From the second module, Google’s search tools and specialised search engines re-introduced me to some things I’d known previously but had forgotten about. I was then able to use some of the search tools to find a specific article that I was asked to find. Module 3 prompted me to reconsider how I evaluate information on the internet, and encouraged me to expand my professional networks. Module 4 introduced me to a number of citation tools which are good resources to recommend to students. It also made me think about my current workflows and where I’m not being particularly effective in my information gathering. I created a Diigo account for my project, collecting links to relevant pages. Module 5 prompted me to use Twitter more proactively as part of my PLN. With regards the presentation tools, I have used Animoto and Storybird before for a previous course, but I decided toe to try Glogster for my project.

  • Reflect on the ideas and tools you plan to apply in your day-to-day work

I am definitely going to use Twitter more for my PLN. I’d like to consider more the whole idea of digital citizenship, especially in how I contribute on the web. I’m also interested in exploring Diigo further, particularly the next time I have any kind of project to work on.

  • Think about how you feel about the web after completing the course. Has your attitude changed?

I don’t think my attitude has changed dramatically after completing this course. It has perhaps piqued my interest a little in some tools or perhaps made me think more about problems in my current workflows. I’m not sure yet if I’ve found the right tools to fix these problems, I think it’ll take a bit more thinking and testing. I am planning on developing my PLN and being more proactive with my blog but we’ll have to see how that develops as life gets in the way.



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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


Make The Web Work For You – Final Project Presentation

So my idea for my final project was to plan a (fictional) makerday for a library. I was reminded by Linda at SLV that I had not done a Lotus template document earlier in the course, so I realised that by filling out one of these I could organise and note down the ideas that had been swirling around in my head. It also helped me to clarify to myself a range of points comparing the different issues facing this kind of activity in a school library as opposed to a public library. Lotus template – makerday

Next I used a Diigo account to collect some links I found while doing my research.

Finally I used Glogster to create a poster for my school library Makerday. (don’t try showing up on the advertised day though, I’m afraid it’s not really happening…unless I start getting organised REALLY quickly!)

I found all these tools really useful in this project. As usually happens, reading about them didn’t necessarily instill a huge sense of excitement but once I actually started using them, their value became much more apparent. I think I’ll be continuing to use the Diigo account in the future for keeping track of interesting links.



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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


Make The Web Work For You – Project Plan Reflection (Module 5/Unit5)

  • How do you feel about different publishing platforms? How can you see yourself using them, particularly in relation to your project? Which of the two platforms (Facebook and Twitter) appeal to you most? How can you see yourself using them?

I do like to publish content on my blog, even if I don’t expect anyone to ever read it (apart from fellow course participants and maybe future employers). I like to use Facebook on a personal level but I can’t imagine taking the time and effort to set up a separate professional profile. I do have a few friends who work in libraries who do post relevant information and find this is enough for now. I currently have a Twitter account, which I occasionally use in a professional capacity, so I think of that and the blog as my professional face. In relation to my project, I’d possibly use Twitter to share my learnings if appropriate.

  • What do you think makes a good online citizen and how do we become one?

I think online citizenship shouldn’t be that different from the broader concept of citizenship in society. We need to protect ourselves and our community, be tolerant of others and their differences, treat others as we would wish to be treated, and endeavour to make our world a better place in any ways we can.

  • How do you feel about privacy and sharing ideas online after reading this module?

I think the concept of online privacy is an evolving one. Young people today have a very different idea of privacy than those of us who can remember a pre-internet time. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, they live in a different world than the one we grew up in. They will need to learn that there are consequences and dangers in their behavior online the same as everybody else has had to as they discover the internet. Particularly in an educational library setting but also in a public library it’s important to try to teach young people about privacy issues whenever the opportunity is there. In fact, in my experience in a public library setting it can also be older people who need to be educated. However, we can’t let a fear of sharing too much stop us from sharing our ideas and expertise online. The internet has become such a rich and rewarding place due to the input of a wide range of people and perhaps an onus of online citizenship should be to try to contribute where you can.

Document of the Project plan


Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


Make The Web Work For You – Project next steps

My idea for my final project topic is to plan a (fictitional) Makerday for a library. The idea would be for a library (whether school or public library) which doesn’t currently have any kind of Makerspace, to present a range of activities to show the library customers (and possibly to convince management) of the possibilities of Makerspaces. So I’d like to plan and possibly timetable a range of activities which wouldn’t cost much and take into consideration staff use and supervision. I’m going to use Diigo to collect relevant links which I will find by doing research in search engines. So my next steps will be to research some activities which fit my criteria.


Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


Make The Web Work For You – Workflow reflection

I check my work Twitter feed once a day during school recess. I have a personal (professional) Twitter account but I rarely use it as I find it too overwhelming, there’s always so much to read/look at when I do check it.

I usually check Facebook in the afternoon/evening when I have time and I get a lot of links/articles to read through there but if I don’t have the opportunity to read them there and then, I rarely would come back to them and only occasionally try to remind myself. I would usually send myself an email with any links I think I should read later, however these often sit in my inbox unread. I think that social bookmarking would definitely be a better way of storing these links but I am still unsure if I would ever come back to them at a later date.

I bookmark my most regularly used websites in my browser at work but usually have a few extra bookmarks that I don’t come back to.

At work I get some email digests of relevant articles, and I try to find the time during the day to get through these. I find that I don’t have a lot of extra time to be checking for new information online so I like getting email digests so that I can filter out what’s interesting, and I prefer things delivered to me rather than having to remember to check things. When I need to remember to do something at a particular time, I set up calendar reminders to pop up with a message.

My husband regularly suggests that I get an iphone next time I upgrade my phone so that I can sync my calendar with his but I find that my home paper calendar is much more visually graspable, especially when dealing with the schedules of my two primary school children as well as my own. I also keep my work to-do list on paper at my desk as I don’t really need it to be mobile and I prefer it visually.

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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


Make The Web Work For You – Move from literacy to fluency reflection

Regarding evaluating information online, I am reminded of an experience I had in the public library I work in where an elderly man asked for help with scanning and emailing a document. Once I saw what he was trying to scan I realised that the documents he had were personal identity documents and he was attempting to reply to a phishing email he had received which promised him a large amount of money. ​Having to try to explain to this man why he should not trust the emails he had received made me think more about who we trust online.

When looking at websites online and wondering what to trust, I will look at things like the overall professionalism of the website, the root of the url (whether it’s a known organisation and also looks genuine or whether it’s a page hosted on a university student page). Whether the author of the page is known, do they have educational acronyms after their name, are they representing a known organisation, what other articles have they written. Whether citing links go to external, valid websites or just point to other pages on the same site.

When my children were babies I joined an online forum in which all the participants had babies born in the same month. I found this really useful to talk to other parents with babies the same age, going through similar developmental stages. Although of course the parents weren’t experts in a educational sense, they had the benefit of experience. It’s also true that the experience of having a newborn can be isolating for people who feel they don’t want to bore their childless friends with constant harping on feeding and toileting, so being able to talk to their hearts content with people who understand what they’re going through can be a god-send. Even now that my children are far from the newborn stage, I remain online friends with some of these people (migrated now to Facebook) even though I’ve meet almost none of them in real life and they are scattered across the country. My main network for finding information these days is Facebook, with friends I have never met IRL, people I often run into and also good friends I talk to regularly offline. I, and my friends, often will post queries to see what expertise is hidden in our friend network. This could be from people’s vocations, hobbies or general experiences. With regards work related queries there are a couple of email groups I am part of with specific areas of expertise. Also, my work colleagues at my library jobs are, of course, good sources of information.

I certainly do see the value in sharing information online as I have on numerous occasions solved a problem or gained an important insight based on specialty forum posts and replies. I don’t feel I have any specific expert information to share but will certainly answer my friends’ queries on Facebook whenever I can.


Make The Web Work For You – Don’t Search Find module reflection

When it comes to my own project, which is very broad and looking at current issues, I found that Google has really been the best place for me to search. Services like Trove, digitised newspapers and digitised primary sources would work better when looking for a more historical perspective. It is certainly always interesting to look deeper into and refresh myself on Google’s search, its different databases and functionalities. I will definitely be keeping in mind the Google search tools. I had thought recently that the ability to search on only Australian sites had disappeared from Google, but have now found where they hid it.

Certainly the first thing to think about when doing a search would be what kind of information would you like to get back, for example, blog posts or images or videos or war diaries.Thinking about my project, it seems like the best results for me are usually blogs posts, as I’m looking for current programs being run and this would be the most common way for people to publish this information. Also possibly things could be formally published as articles, meaning that something like Google Scholar could also be useful and this is not something I would have thought about before this module. Videos would also be useful in terms of promotional clips or how-to’s for specific activities.

Regards my findings in my project, there are a lot of different activities being organized for teens in libraries. Some of the major trends include ‘makerspaces’ (isn’t that just a major buzzword at the moment), crafts, passive programming, using social media such as twitter, tying into technology (e.g. coding, gaming and byod activities) and connecting activities with things the kids are into e.g. minecraft. Some of the activities may work better in a school library or a public library, taking into account issues such as the level of supervision required, budgeting, how the teens currently see the library’s function for them and how engaged the kids are.


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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You