Virtual Libraries

David Brown

Things that I Learned from this Seminar

1. That "participatory" web sites are more attractive to today's students than the old fashioned informational web sites.
2. School newspapers are more appealing to students if you included items like blogs, comments and videos.
3. I learned about a resource on the web, www.rottentomatoes.com, that is a great site for students to write reviews about books or movies.
4. I also learned about a great source for creating a virtual library- the knowledge building center template available for free at Google sites.


My Reflection

This was a very interesting webinar about how to make your library virtual using the flipped learning model. The person doing the webinar included video links to interviews in the webinar. Most of the videos included an interview with an expert on virtual libraries. The end the webinar includes a live video of a real classroom with kids who were "participating" in a flipped library. I learned a lot about flipped libraries in this webinar. I thought the inclusion of video taped interviews made the material more appealing and easier to understand. The webinar moderator did a great job of playing "devil's advocate" by quizzing experts about the negative sides of flipped libraries. The one thing I would highly recommend is text/captions since the slides don't tell even part of the story and the sounds was not clear at times.


Additional Resources

1. Knowledege Building Center https://sites.google.com/site/knowledgebuildingcenter/
This is a wonderful free resource that can assist you with building a virtual learning commons. It is a template that users can change to make it fit their own learning environment. You don't have to know HTML to use it and it comes with a professional design built in.
2. Emerging Technologies for Virtual Libraries http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/07/09/leveraging-emerging-technologies-to-construct-virtual-libraries/2/ This resource is a must see for anyone interested in this webinar topic. It describes in detail the five rooms of the Virtual Library- the Information Center, the Reading Culture, the Knowledge Building Center,the Experimental Learning Center and the School Culture. This site does a great job of explaining how to create a virtual library and links to some helpful resources.
3. Flipping the Classroom- Pros and Cons http://www.slj.com/2013/04/standards/flipping-the-classroom-a-revolutionary-approach-to-learning-presents-some-pros-and-cons/ . This is the most comprehensive resource available for building a virtual library with the flipped classroom model. It details every step and discusses some great resources. It also includes success and failure stories. The inclusion of cons, and not just pros, is very helpful to anyone wanting to avoid problems that have already been encountered. This is a lengthy site but is a must see for anyone thinking of "flipping" their library.