Zotero and Zotero Group Library is an amazing resources for research, organizing research and information and sharing. If only this resource was around about 10 years ago when I was doing my undergraduate work! I would have been able to find a plethora of researched-based articles that I could have saved for research for assignments and papers, or I could have shared info to other students as we work in groups or partners to get our information. I love the simplistic User Interface, especially how all your research is in an easy to find spot right within the web browser. Organizing is as easy as drag and drop, and your items are always safe within your browser synced to Zotero for access anywhere.
In another class, we wrote a lesson plan and web page using a jigsaw activity. Zotero would be awesome for a jigsaw-type activity. Groups of students would create a Zotero Library group and each person would be responsible for researching a particular topic and then share the information to the groups. What a great tool for secondary teachers to teach to their students so that students can fully utilize an amazing Web 2.0 tool in their learning!
As music in schools becomes more and more scarce with budget constraints, I am excited at the notion of presenting researched-based articles using Zotero about the importance of music education in schools. I will compile facts within articles, journals, etc about how research supports that students who are active in music perform better in schools and testing. As a music department we can create our own Zotero Library Group so that each of us can research and share articles amongst us so that we can make a better presentation to the school board on why music in schools is so vital for children.
This assignment covers the Following AECT Standards: 3.1 Media Utilization, 4.3 Delivery System Management, and 4.4 Information Management.