Thursday, 18 November 2010

nativity

Here's the presentation I gave at the Digital Natives conference for School Librarians at Berkhamsted School yesterday. It's the latest iteration of the talk I've been giving for ages, but it does evolve and change as it goes along.

At the conference Nicola McNee, a librarian hugely passionate about social networking and all kinds of digital tools for teaching and school libraries, said that none of her Year 10 class knew about RSS feeds.  This is important.
The older generation like to say that young digital natives understand the web and oldies never will. This is nothing but a cop out.
Actually being used to a technology doesn't amount to understanding it. I grew up taking TV for granted but still don't understand how the box works, or instinctively know how to structure a programme.
Young people hang out on Facebook and know how to click their way around websites, but of course  they need professional guidance on how best to use digital means to research and inform themselves in an educational context.
RSS feeds, Twitter, Delicious, Readers etc are information tools which those who work with information should be able to explain and promote, whether or not they personally feel comfy using the web.
It's no different from a librarian helping students access books they don't like or understand the content of.

At if:book's AGM last night, trustee Fiona O'Brien showed us round the library at Westminster University where they've created a range of spaces for solo and group learning, silent reading and thoughtful chatter - all very relevant to Unlibrary thinking.

I'm delighted to announce that if:book is developing a collaborative relationship with the Centre for Democracy at Westminster University whose Director, Ricardo Blaug, is the author of How Power Corrupts. 

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