Tag Archives: website evaluation

Should we be worried about filtering?

As teacher librarians one of our roles is to develop a vitual library of websites that teachers and students can refer to while studying.  How should we react after being told about a great website or web 2.0 app only to find that it has been blocked by our education system’s filtering mechanisms?  Do we just accept that the powers-that-be know best or do we strive for change?  In a recent article in ZDNet a teacher librarian makes the case that the filtering system of the NSW DET is too harsh and blocks the use of educationally sound learning opportunities.

Here is a link to the article in question as as TLs we need to think through these issues carefully.  What I do like about the article is that the ‘other side’ offers its reasons as why it blocks sites and web 2.0 apps.


Now that address is rather long and unwieldly so I am adding an ICT tip here.  The address can also be printed as

http://tinyurl.com/awuk9t  To find out more, visit www.tinyurl.com to find out how to make long addresses much easier to use.


If you have thoughts or would like to make a comment please add them to this posting.  It is an issue we must all address.

New York Times features school library in the digital age

Helping kids critically evaluate information
Helping kids critically evaluate information

Great to see a teacher librarian achieve ‘street cred’ by being featured in the New York Times. This article and accompanying videoclip illustrate the importance of having a dynamic information specialist on staff who is both a qualified teacher and librarian. Presents the importance of the TL’s role in supporting the development of students’ literacy skills as well as critical thinking skills. Note Rosalia’s advice to the young 5th grader about the need to select books that are of an appropriate reading age in order to ‘have fun’ in the coming week.