We just finished the first workshop on blogs, wikis, RSS and podcasts. I found out about a really cool website, www.Rollyo.com. It lets you as a teacher or the librarian set up a “list” of recommended websites for a particular type of project. Then you can put the link on your website so students use a selected group of sites for their research. I haven’t had time to look at it yet, but it sounds really useful and easy!
I also saw a really neat example of using podcasting(which is really just a recording of a person talking) for booktalks that students can record and put up on website to share, or on the library’s website. (They use Audacity software (audacity.sourceforge.net) and Lame software for this.) All you need is a microphone and the internet.
Another cool idea I heard would be great for independent study students, and that was having the student write their paper on a wiki site. Then you as the teacher could have a password and get in and read their paper as they went, offer comments and advice, and help them revise it. I hadn’t thought of using a wiki that way.
There’s a lot to absorb, but I’ll come back with a lot of great ideas for getting students interested via some of these projects. The next presentation is on e-books and audiobooks.