Saturday, December 15, 2007

Introduction to Second Life

I know, I really know that I need to begin to understand this whole Second Life thing. The library program at SJSU already uses it in their instruction. This will only continue. I wonder how generational this is (and whether my 46-year-old self can handle it).

5 comments:

Wobbly Librarian said...

I asked my 15 year old about it. He said that he and a friend had fooled around with it quite a while ago. Now they are on to other things. (Ho-Hum was the response). Same thing when I was excitedly telling him that I was going to learn all about Web 2.0 last summer. He almost patted me on the back --kinda like a "isn't that cute". He said "Mom. You've been using those things for years." I was puzzled.

Sure enough. We've had interactive chats with NASA, webconferencing with other schools, he set up my webpage to have book forums so that kids could discuss things about books.

He told me that he and his friends are on Web 2.9 or 3.0 where they are building it.

Just a little funny difference in perspective. Things change so fast. Gotta be careful that we don't look so excited to be wearing midriff shirts with a navel ring when the style is for longer shirts and tatoos....

Wobbly Librarian said...

P.S. Did you see the ALA article on the book flap about the firing? It provided the details that we were looking for, I think.

http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/currentnews/newsarchive/2007/december2007/lastbook.cfm

Tom said...

Yep, we are always three steps behind the teens. Imagine how far behind we would be if we didn't work at it!

Tom said...

I had not seen the ALA article. I do not know entirely what to think. There are two issues:

1. It does appear that there is some issue with the book. What exactly happened I do not know; and

2. Richie should have met with the principal.

As for the rest, the superintendent raises the issue of job performance, but in a vague way and, importantly, there is no comment from Partington either way.

It sounds like a situation that got away from everybody.

Wobbly Librarian said...

Yes.... I'm thinking it was just plain sad. Sad on a personal level for the guy...
sad for the kids who don't have his services....
and sad that the district that had this experience as a brief moment of what a professional librarian would bring. got it wrong. (We are generally pretty open minded and collaborative....)

Anyway, it is easy to do a 20-20 and try to walk in someone else's shoes. Guess the major problem was communication.