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Hello! Welcome to Library 2.0




    This tutorial is designed so that you can learn how to use the tools of web 2.0 effectively and creatively.


You will explore 10 different topics and complete the activities within each.


Why do this? You will be asked to make many presentations in your other classes. These tools can be used to create interesting displays both online and in print. It will also show you how you can work with your friends online.


How to complete this tutorial:

  • Complete each step.
  • Each topic takes about a week to complete.
  • Next, you have an activity to complete using the website or ‘tool’.
  • The important thing you need to do is to post about what you learned on your blog.
  • You may work ahead if you like, just be sure to complete each task in order.
  • IF you do work ahead, please help others!

      •  If you get stuck doing any of the activities while at home –skip it and continue on to the topic

         •  DON’T STOP when you get stuck on a tool.



It’s not always easy to learn these new tools. Here are some hints:

                  •Take your time to view the site tutorials

                  •ask questions of your blogging classmates and try to work things out on your own                

                 •Most of the time you can figure it out by yourself or with a friend. Don't give up!                  

                  •Email your instructor if you do need help or drop by the library for some 'hands on'                         



       Need extra credit? Add more things to your blog!



Topic 1: Blogging

A blog is an online journal.


Your job is to create a blog in which you will share your insights and experiences and to demonstrate some of the things you'll be learning in this tutorial.

This blog is how we will grade your work for this project.  


Ask for a copy of the grading rubric.


Your task:

• create a blog in class.

• ‘dress’ up your blog by adding pictures, background, and the ‘things’ you’ll learn.

• comment on everything you do … THAT’s how you’ll be graded. If  it’s not there on the blog- there’s no way to grade it. 



You will be writing blog POSTS. Here are some helpful starters to use throughout this tutorial in case you are stuck on what to write. Just pick one or two to use for each post:


You may use the following sentence starters if you want:

                  I watched a video called:______; from it I discovered….

                  Today I learned….

                  From the blogging guidelines I now know…

                  The hardest part about making a blog was…

                  The easiest part about making a blog was…

                  Three things I learned about blogging are….

                    I chose ______for my blog name because….

                  I expect this_______to be……


and some starters from Bill Ferriter (a 6th grade teacher in North Carolina)

  • This reminds me of…
  • This is similar to…
  • I wonder…
  • I realized…
  • I noticed…
  • You can relate this to…
  • I’d like to know…
  • I’m surprised that…
  • If I were ________, I would ______________
  • If __________ then ___________
  • Although it seems…
  • I’m not sure that…



Let’s start:


Blogging Activity 1: If you do not already have an email account: set up an email account. If you do not have an email address and are over 13 years of age, you can set up an account with gmail by Google or any other email program. In addition to having an email, it is important to know how to access your email online so you can send and receive email from any computer. If you are under 13, ask your parents if they are willing to set up a family account for your use.


Recommendation: create a new school email address. This way you can separate your school-work mail from your personal mail. Just remember to read it when you have school assignments!


TIP: A word about creating a user name / password / blog name: Sign on with a name that does not identify you



Blogging Activity 2: Once you have an email account, you will set up your own blog.

We will create this in the library together. Come to class prepared with an email address and a unique password for this assignment; plus a clever name for your blog.


You can make all these things using topics you’re interested in. For example, if you like to skateboard: your avatar can be a skater, the images you choose can be of famous skaters or excellent skate parks, or if you want to choose a color theme, or icon...use it widely and creatively.


Directions for creating your blog:

1. -  go to Posterous and follow the directions there to  create your own blog. 


 POST your 1st entry: write about how your blog was created. Was it hard? Easy? What do you expect to learn in this tutorial?


2. - REGISTER YOUR BLOG   This is your most important step. When you register your blog you let your teachers know that you have completed task #1.We can give you the credit you deserve! Once your blog is registered, you will know that it was received by looking at the "blogroll" on the right for the name of your blog.


3.Review our blogging guidelines


4. Watch this short video tutorial to gain a better understanding of what blogging is all about. (There is a short commercial before it starts.)


5. Write and post your 2nd blog entry about the tutorial.  Write at least 4-6 sentences…was it useful? List 2 things the tutorial says. Answer the question: why is it important to pay attention to your online reputation?



Topic 2: Digital Citizenship

Here are 2 questions for you to think about:

  • What is digital citizenship?
  • What are the rights and responsibilities of a digital citizen in today’s world?

       •    With the freedom of online creation, comes the responsibility to practice good  

              etiquette as a digital citizen. 


Digital Citizenship Activity 1:Watch the following 2 videos and take 1 survey.

                  Watch these two videos and play one game:


Digital Citizenship Activity 2: Blog about the videos and “A Tale of Two Footprints”.

                  Here are some sentence starters if you like:

                  Privacy is important online because…

                  I learned…. From watching the video “Post to be Private”

                  I learned…..from watching the  video “Protecting Your reputation Online”

                  Playing the game “A Tale of Two Footprints” showed me that….

                  Digital good Citizenship is important to know about because……


Digital Citizenship Activity 2A: take the Priveazy Facebook Quiz & lessons

When you have finished taking the quiz, go through the lessons. Blog about what you learned. Answer the question: What does the future hold for social media and how will it affect me?


Digital Citizenship Activity 3: Are you already online?

To see whether you have a “digital footprint” established already, try going to Google and searching for your name. You may be surprised by what you find. Your digital footprint will stay with you your entire life, so you want whatever people may find about you online to be positive.


Digital Citizenship Activity 4: Blog about your online presence

                  Try the following sentence starters:

                  I discovered myself online…..

                  I searched through ……pages of hits but did not find myself online.  I found others who had my name, or similar name 

                     and he/she/they…..

                  I feel …….about finding myself online

                  I feel……about this assignment…..


Digital Citizenship EXTRA CREDIT: take the other Priveazy quizzes and blog about them: which one(s) did you take, what did you learn, did you make changes in your social media settings as a result?





Topic 3: Avatars

What’s an avatar? An avatar is a pictorial representation of you. It can look somewhat like you, but in comic form, or it might be a picture of something you like. In the computer world, you can use an avatar to create an online personality while still protecting your privacy.


Avatar Activity 1: Try one or more of these sites to create your own avatar:



dream avatar

Lego Mini Creator

Hero Factory

Yearbook Yourself

Mad Men Yourself


Manga Avatar

Hero Factory

Clay Yourself

Bitstrips Avatar Builder



Follow the directions on the site to create an avatar, then save the image. On a Mac, you can very easily save an image by holding down the Command, Shift, and 4 keys all at once, then dragging from one corner to the opposite diagonal corner of the image you want to capture. It will now appear as a .png image file on your desktop.


On a PC, you can right click, then “Save As” your image from the dream avatar site, but won’t work for the others that don’t create the avatar as a separate image.


Click on HELP DESK for directions on uploading an avatar – especially useful for PCs.


Avatar Activity 2: Now, write a blog posting about your avatar. Tell which site you used to create it, how you made it, and why you chose the options you did. When you tell which site you used, be sure to make the site name a hyperlink so that your visitors can easily click on it to visit the site. Whenever you refer to another website or page in an online posting, create a hyperlink to make life easy for your readers.



Are you having trouble with posting or creating an avatar? Don't give up! Stop by the library. Ask your friends. Talk with your teacher.... sometimes these things are confusing. Blog about your problems too...let others give you advice.


Topic 4: Images and Giving Credit


Images Activity 1: Now that you have a blog, you are a publisher. There are many ways to view what we call "copyright". Copyright gives you, the artist (writer, dancer, composer, etc) the right to be paid for your work. Here are two different views about copyright. Watch them both and then blog about your reactions to them.

     1. From the Media Education Foundation   

                             use this link if you're accessing it from school: A Fair(y) Use Tale

     2. From the Library of Congress

A Fair(y) Use Tale has a bias - explain what it is and how you feel about their point of view. Compare/contrast this with the explanation from the Library of Congress.


Images Activity 2:  Watch this video to learn about Creative Commons. In your blog, comment on why it is important to pay attention to copyright and how YOU might use Creative Commons in school and in any posting you do online.



Images Activity 3: Find Photos & Images

Flickr is a website used primarily for storing and sharing photos. You can use this site to find pictures on any topic. It includes photos taken by individuals as well as from important museums and archives like the Library of Congress. If you open an account, you can also use this site to upload pictures you’ve taken and then you can share them with your family your friends or the whole world.


Flickr includes many Creative Commons images, as well as many that are copyrighted. If you want to publish an image you find at Flickr on your blog, be sure to search for images with Creative Commons licenses.


Hint: To find images with Creative Commons licenses, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter a keyword to search, then check. Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content“ and click Search.


Or, you will probably find it much easier to use the Flickrcc site, which searches just Creative Commons-licensed images on the Flickr site for you. 


When you publish one of these images, be sure to give credit by citing and linking to the url of the page where the photo appears. Look for the word “attribution” on the Flickrcc site. Copy that address and paste it under the photo in your post and make it a hyperlink.


Remember, it’s very important to give credit to the creator of the original image. 



Images Activity 4: Find at least two Creative Commons images you like and add them, along with a credit link, to a blog posting. Also write about your experience finding the images and why you chose them.


Don't forget that there are tools such as  NoodleTools to help with our citation. If you need to cite something - use NoodleTools or NoodleBib Express for a fast/easy citation.



Topic 5: Good Manners and Commenting

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start visiting your classmates’ blogs and leaving supportive comments.


Manners Activity 1: Watch this video about cyberbullying, and think about what precautions you can take to make sure you are always kind and supportive, not hurtful, in everything you write, in comments and everywhere else online.  


Manners Activity 2: Now, start visiting your classmates’ blogs and contributing comments. Good comments generally include a compliment, suggestion, and/or question. And, don’t forget to use your best writing skills. Remember that everything you write online contributes to your digital footprint.



Topic 6: Creating Your Own Images

Make your own images.


Creating images Activity 1: Visit one or more [the more, the merrier!] of these sites, create an image, add it to your blog, then write about your experience:

                  • ImageChefThis site lets you customize signs and pictures with your own text. These images make fun additions to reports, cards, your blog, and anywhere.

                 •Big Huge LabsThis site lets you “mash” images into magazine covers, puzzles, trading cards, and more.

                • WordleThis site lets you turn text into beautiful word mosaics. Use it to create mosaics of your personal traits or hobbies, to analyze a writer’s key concepts, or to evaluate words you 

                                        may be over-using when you write. Copy & paste parts of the U.S. Constitution, or the words to your favorite song…see what gets highlighted!

                  • Aviary: (optional) This site lets you draw or edit images and record and edit audio. This site requires you to have an account. Your librarian/teacher may be able to set up an educational

                                     account on this site for you.


Creating images Activity 2: Post at least 2 images on your blog that you create using one of the tools above. Write about them.


Creating images Activity 3:Cartoons offer a way to easily create your own comic strip using one of the cartoon generators below.  For this activity create a comic and post it on your blog. The comic can be designed for one of your classes: create a Spanish or French conversation; create historical cartoons… be creative.

           • MakeBeliefscomix                  


              •Comic Strip Generator




Topic 7: Creating Animations and Videos

In addition to still images, there are lots of great Web 2.0 tools for creating your own videos.


Video Activity 1:Create an  Animoto  and post it to your blog. Learn how to embed it – not just link it. You will need an account to create an Animoto video.  Remember to use copyright free photos- and any photos of people you know need written permission. Blog about your animoto. Was it easy to use? Hard? Why did you choose the pictures you did?  Make one that can be used for a class you’re taking: Science project? English class?


Video Activity 2 (Optional): More to Try: JayCut If you are over 13 and have your parents’ consent, you can use this free online editor to upload images, audio, and video and edit and create movies. dVolver: This site lets you create simple movies with bubble text using a set of characters and backgrounds you select on the site. You don’t need an account, but you will need to create and save your video in one session; you cannot return later to edit it.




Topic 8: Creating Documents and Presentations

Docs Activity 1: Two options for writing documents online are:

                  • Google Docs

                  • Zoho.


For this activity, create one document – it can be one you use for a class and post the link on your blog. Consider using an imagechef image as the link picture  [see class links for examples]


Docs Activity 2:

                  •Google Apps


                  • Glogster.

For this activity, create an online poster, an online form or other google gadget, prezi presentation or glogster.  Have fun with this.  Blog about your choice of tool and how you might use this for school or other activity




Topic 9: Evaluating Information Websites

Good thing about the Internet: anyone can publish a website.

Bad thing about the Internet: anyone can publish a website.



Evaluation Activity 1:Take this tutorial. 

Blog about the  the tutorial. What did you learn? Describe some of the  websites on the tutorial including the site about the velcro crop in CA, the octopus, and any other of interest from the tutorial.   


Evaluation Activity 2:

• When you write research reports, you will need to create “Works Cited” list and write a complete citation for each book, website, database, image, and other source you use. Learn to use NoodleTools. 



For this activity set up your own account if you don’t have one already. Then pick an article from  Teen Health and Wellness to use.  Place your citation on your blog. Tell us something about the article. [This is called an annotation].


Evaluation Activity 3: Now, write a blog posting about what you have learned about website evaluation and bibliographic citations. Why is it important to the artist or author who created something that you cite them?



Topic 10: Online Sharing

  There are also a lot of great tools out there that will allow you and your classmates share conversations and/or information together.


Sharing Activity 1: Your job in this topic is to explore the many ways that you, your family, and your friends can share conversations and/or information together.

Your task: explore the following sites. Blog a sentence or two about each one:


                  • VoiceThread.

VoiceThread makes an excellent way for your family to share pictures amongst yourselves. For example you can ask your mom to comment on a picture from her childhood, then get your grandmother to add her views along with others in your family who may like to comment about the picture. It's a lot of fun!.

            •Diigo or del.icio.us

These sites allow  you to keep track of all your website bookmarks online, so that you can access them from any computer. You can also share your bookmarks with other people. 

                  • Scribblar:

This site lets you set up and share a multi-user whiteboard with live audio,images, text-chat, and more. If you are under 13, ask your parents if they are willing to set up a family account on this site for you to use.

              •Shelfari, Goodreads, and Librarything – that allow you to find information about books, keep track of the books you have read or want to read, add comments and/or reviews, and exchange ideas about what your are reading. 


PHS library uses Goodreads as the book club online. Check it out on the library website. Join in the fun,set up your own account and link to us.



Sharing Activity 2: Now, write a blog posting answering the following question:  how might you use one or more of these tools to make a difference in your community, school, or home?

If you used VoiceThread or Wallwisher, you can embed your work in your blog. For the other sites, create a link to your work in your posting to share what you have created.  



Your last assignment: 

  Answer the questions on our: CRITIQUE form. 










Congratulations! You have completed Teen Learning 2.0! Welcome to the 2.0 Team.

Now, you can help cheer on other students completing this tutorial.





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