And now for something completely different.

Well I should be working on my presentation but as I have Monday off and my lovely husband is at work I’m going to polish it then. To be honest it needs more of a sand than a polish but I’ll give it a go.
So the last few weeks my head has been filled with online gaming and digital citizenship and work has continued as normal. However today I was excited in a very librarianesque way… some slat wall arrived. At the beginning of the year I spent one Saturday listening to Kevin Hennah concerning library design. Now for us we were never going to give our library a big over haul as we are thinking we may get a refit in about 2 years. So we need to do simple stuff just to improve access and the look of the place. So after several months of waiting the slat wall finally arrived.
What a massive difference it makes! It helps hide the 80s shelving, looks modern and fresh and allows us to display our beautiful new books to the best of our ability. Only five were fitted today but I know we will be buying more. I can’t help but feel happy and I know it’s just shelving but… Take a look. What do you think?

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And finally.

Well assignment 2 posted to EASTS and now uploaded to slideshare. Now I just need to finish the presentation, or polish it up a bit and away we go. I’m not sure what is happening on Monday, or Tuesday can’t remember at the moment, but I’m not going to stress.
My main concern was getting the notes down to 1500 words. The area was so big I’m afraid I’ve wasted words on stuff that I should have glossed over instead of leaving more words for the main part. I don’t know. Regardless I’ve learned lots about DC that I didn’t know before and about the positive aspects of online games. The readings have been great and I’d fully recommend them to any teachers thinking about using online games as a club or in their classroom. I’m now contemplating using QUEST ATLANTIS with my kids next term. I’ve also found some other online games that are worth exploring as they may be useful for school. The Educational Games research blog provides a good list.
So here is the presentation. Let me know what you think. Sorry I can’t post the notes as I have to save them for Judy until it’s all been marked. I certainly don’t want her to think I plagarised them!

Enjoy!

Too much information

Well firstly I’m really excited because while I’ve been in the Philippines I’ve got quite a few more hits on this blog. Not sure who reads it or if anyone finds it useful but it makes me feel positive when I see the hits counter increase. I’m hardly a blogging superstar but nearly 2000 isn’t to be sniffed at.
So to the assignment. Well plenty of research done and words written. Too much in fact. I think I’ve wandered from the plan and will need to rearrange the info and the slides but I think I’m almost there. I’ve particularly enjoyed learning about this as I knew nothing before and i have to say I was a nay sayer. My son can’t believe that I now think games have some value and that some should be utilised within the classroom.
Just read a great article by Waelchli Playing with process: video game choice as a model of behavior. A really interesting read, especially as it relates to librarians and the research cycle. In essence he is saying that librarians should use games with learners and then demonstrate how gaming and research are similar. This would enable our learners to make connects and frame research skills and information literacy in a positive light. Watch this great video by Paul Walchli. A brief summary from my notes is as follows…

Our digital citizens are required to be able to plan their inquiries, locate and analyse information and evaluate information. (ISTE 2007) Waelchli (2010. p. 380 ) argues that games require players to search out information, organise it, evaluate its usefulness and make decisions based on it’s value. This imitates the research cycle we expect our students to follow.
When gamers are actively engaged they need to make decision based on the information available. These decisions, or choices, are where information literacy skills are used. To be successful, players must be able to collect, evaluate, organise and apply information within the context of the game. These skills alone are enough to provide justification for using games with our learners. (Waelchli, 2010. p. 383) Even when playing action games, which are renown for their fighting and shooting, the most successful players need to assess the situation, consider resources and tools and make a plan of action, just as successful researchers do. (Waelchli ,2010. p. 386) As with the other ISTE standards, games are used not for their educational content but for the educational processes players use when engaged in the game.
Persistence is also a virtue that needs to be developed within our learners. Learners who look for a quick way through the research cycle will not be rewarded with rich and deep understandings; this is mirrored by players who will be unsuccessful with only one single game play. Research, like gaming, is not a one hit wonder, many engagements are necessary in order to gain a more focused end product or a higher ranking. (Waelchli, 2010. p. 385)

WAELCHLI, P. (2010). Playing with Process: Video Game Choice as a Model of Behavior. Public Services Quarterly, 6(4), 380-388. doi:10.1080/15228959.2010.521091
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