Oct 18 2007
How many school librarians run their school websites – I mean the official ones rather than their own library site? I am starting to look at ours with a view to revising and re-organising it.
So, what is the best way to use a school site? In England, we are now expected to develop learning platforms/VLEs. These will give students a flavour of the social networking sites that they inhabit, but with the control of adults. There are interesting from the school librarian’s point of view and many of us are beginning to use them to work beyond the walls of our libraries. I am wondering if we might feel a little constrained by these in the way that we want to develop our use of Web 2.0 technologies. Already, many of the filtering systems used by our schools block many useful sites – especially blogging.
Anyway, back to the school official site. Schools use these for many purposes. We are going to think about developing ours mainly as a marketing tool and using the VLE for the rest. It will be interesting to see how this continues to develop.