Watching the TED talk ‘Beware of Online Filter Bubbles’by Eli Pariser reinforced for me the important role of the teacher-librarian in schools and also network and social media literacy (Rheingold,2010). As a connected educator I need to be aware of where I sit in the internet, how my choices (of what I am clicking) effect the information I am viewing. I have noticed regularly on Facebook and Twitter the number of suggested or similar posts come up.
The information conveyed by Pariser reinforces too all the warnings we give to students about overusing Google. if they keep on clicking on “junk food ” sites they are going to get more “junk food” sites next search. Students’s ‘crap detection’ radars are going to have to work double time.
In the last twelve months in my role of as a teacher-librarian I have been using Peartrees to curate sites for topics that are taught. We then catalogue these collections in our Library catalogue. There has been mostly positive responses to us doing this. A few teachers have complained that the students should find the sites themselves. It is my view that if the student bothers to find the Library’s curated collection and use the sites, its a good thing. The sites can act as a beginning point and may be a lot better than those that are being blocked by their own “filter bubble”. Hopefully my curated collections meet the Pariser’s recommendations for internet sites.
Rheingold, H. (2010). Attention and 21st-century social media literacies. Educase review, 14-24.