Thanks to David for sending a comment on the previous posting. This raises the issue of whether we as the teacher librarian community can persuade our school managers to allow access to Web 2.0 tools such as Flickr or YouTube – or at least to particular parts of these sites. There’s a good introduction to Web 2.0 in a PowerPoint by Ken Price in which he mentions the problems of potentially educational uses of Web 2.0 being thwarted by administrators. In some ways, this is understandable as schools have to be wary of extremists in their community who tend to see evil lurking in technologies which students use themselves outside school. A better approach might be to try to ask an administrator to provide access to a particular set of photos on Flickr or a particular YouTube video and if the world doesn’t come to a sudden end when students view this, then perhaps this might lead to further access. Give it a try.
As I’ve noted before, walking along the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga is one of life’s great pleasures and going after work when the sun is low in the sky and the gum trees show off their complex colours, is particularly soothing. There are also a range of bird species – like the one below – some of which flit noiselessly from tree to tree while others, like the cockatoos, scream at each other. The heron in the picture is an epitomy of calm. So a Herring watching a Heron waiting for fish.