First day back at school term 2 is a curriculum day for us at Melbourne High School. The theme is ‘knowing highly able students and ourselves’. Apart from set keynotes we have the choice of running sessions and also selecting to attend others’ sessions. Mihaela Brysha (Head of the Visual and Performing Arts faculty) and I will be running a workshop about Pinterest. I’m sharing the presentation slides here.
This week I did a 10 minute presentation to the Curriculum Committee. Our involvement with the faculties varies so it’s always a good idea to remind faculty heads about how teacher librarians can support them and work with them. I’ve summarised the gist of the message with each slide.
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Slide 1: How do you view the library; it’s a matter of perception
Think about what the library means to you as faculty head.
Slide 2: The library is more than just books
We are physical, virtual, events, ubiquitous information, skills training
Slide 3: We do not live in Library Land
We are not a free-floating entity
We are part of mechanism that drives the teaching and learning in the school, and if not, we are of no real significance.
Slide 4: We are part of the whole production
We work with you to develop programs and projects, we resource and teach collaboratively.
Whatever works for you, we are flexible.
Slide 5: Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
This has been a year of change.
There have been so many changes for us.
Slide 6: New culture: the quiet library
Changed culture in the library – respect for quiet study, time out.
First time this year, we hope that there will be an ongoing acceptance of the way things are.
It’s been good, we’ve been surprised to see how many students prefer to come to a disciplined space and study, even with the choice not to come.
Slide 7: We look forward to next year
New entrance and open space for chilling and reading.
New discussion rooms including development of collection for teachers’ reading, both recreational and professional.
More flexibility – 3 or even 4 discussion rooms
We would like to see classes come in and use the physical collection
and so that we can be involved in their research/writing processes.
We need to think about organising our spaces to cater for the whole school and not just VCE.
Slide 8: Changes to the way we work
Changes in TL roles: taking responsibility for certain faculties
Getting to know you and your subject area and needs in a deeper way
Continuing our collaboration with you – talking about what you need, coming to your faculty meetings, supporting you with resources, teaching the skills your students need – critical evaluation of resources including the glut of information available to them, becoming lifelong learners, skills they will take with them into university and beyond.
Slide 9: What we’ve been doing
We’ve been working with faculties to support teachers and students
If you haven’t seen us, please come and see us about what we can do for you and with you.
Slide 10: If we don’t have what you need, we can create it
Have you seen the revised library website homepage – easier navigation
We help you embed skills, for example, this is what they might incorporate:
eg copyright and plagiarism, web evaluation, citation and referencing,
research skills (tab from Library Home)
Slide 12: Our Facebook page
Slide 13: Our blog
Slide 14: Pinterest – Playing with new ways of curating online resources
Boards can be
subject related, for a specific project (eg This sporting life), subject-related extras to dip into (eg History – images, videos), technical tutorials (eg Google),
Pinterest links of interest:
Supporting and creating curriculum –
Text based resources eg Death of a Salesman
Thematic studies: Banned books
English – Issues
Art – Pattern: Islamic
Digital Citizenship – Digital literacies
Slide 15 – Make time to talk to us
Please make a time with us to talk about how we can support you in your teaching or support your students
to create digital resources on the platform of your choice.
You are amazing, Twitter network. Today during my presentation to staff – How do social networks empower teachers – I tweeted out the traditional ‘Please say hi and where you’re from’ to demonstrate the scope and generosity of my network, and lo and behold! many, many people took the time to respond. That really is the power of the network – people from different parts of the world, some who don’t know me at all, extending a welcoming hand for those who are new to Twitter.
Thank you to my friends, people I see face to face, and those with whom I maintain a close and collaborative contact, for your constant support. Thanks also to those whom I have now discovered, whose blogs I’ve now saved to my Google Reader, and whose shared resources I will share with my staff.
Here is the stream of hellos we received today –
Not bad, huh?
Last Friday I had the privilege of sharing some of what I’ve been doing with blogging at my schools at the SLAV conference, Celebrations! An eye for literacy. I believe SLAV hosts the most informative and inspiring conferences, deepening our understandings and broadening our horizons.
Unfortunately we were running late with this session, and at least half of my presentation had to be cut. I wasn’t able to fully develop my presentation of the topic:
Social networking: giving students an online voice. In this session you will explore the initiatives of threeschool libraries and the use of social networking to buildcommunities of readers. What worked – and why it’s worth having a go.
That’s why I’ve embedded my slideshow and accompanying text in case anyone is interested in the complete presentation.
The educators in my session were inspiring in their presentations – Tricia Sweeney and Michael Jongen (Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg) talked about Twitter and Facebook to engage students, and Rachel Fidock (Mooroopna Secondary College) talked about Google Lit Trips.
Thanks to SLAV for the opportunity to share some of my work with teachers and students. Like the others, I was incredibly nervous but ended up enjoying the experience. Sharing of ideas and experiences is very satisfying.
My slideshow is also embedded in my wiki.
@ggrosseck shares some excellent links on Twitter and this is one of them.
I agree with @jennyluca who commented that this presentation is just as relevant to educators. The humour doesn’t detract from the truths expressed; I think it’s very effective. I like the way it addresses people’s attitudes to social media and in a light-hearted way before going on to all the benefits.
It also asks important questions such as Do I really want to be in a community? and supplies altruistic and selfish reasons. There’s a lot more depth to the coverage and more specific information than is often included in write ups about social media.
For a person who is trying to make sense of social media, it’s very helpful. For example, in explaining the social bookmarking site Delicious, it informs that
clicking on a link will show all the people who recommended it and under what categories (tags).
and provides a snapshot of a Delicious user’s page.
The most effective aspect of this presentation is the fact that it addresses the whys, eg. Why bother blogging?
A range of social media is covered, including Twitter, blogs, wikis, Delicious, RSS feeds and more. It really gives a good overview as well as answering specific questions people may have, finishing off with ‘So what does all this mean?’ and a list of links to further information .
I’m impressed by the depth of this presentation and would like to collaborate with somebody in producing a similar one for educators. Any takers?
Well, when I say finished, I mean that the first layer of our presentation is complete. Whitefriars College Powerful Learning Practice cohort has documented their PLP journey on a blog which is the platform for all the projects, experimentation and reflection during the course of this year.
Marie Salinger and I have spent long hours pulling the presentation together, and at the end of it we feel deeply satisfied. As I was saying to Marie earlier today, the experience reminds me of the ‘Stone soup’ story:
a tale in which strangers trick a starving town into giving them some food. It is usually told as a lesson in cooperation, especially amid scarcity. In varying traditions, the stone has been replaced with other common inedible objects, and therefore the fable is also known as button soup, wood soup, nail soup, and axe soup (from Wikipedia).
It really was exactly like that – at first we thought we didn’t have enough for the presentation but gradually we gathered things from here and there, pooling our resources and forcing reflection and evaluation, until we surprised ourselves with the result.
So we have the first layer. And as Marie Salinger has said,
It has been a very positive and affirming experience to take the time to do this. Evaluating, reflecting on , summing up and consolidating the work we have been doing for the past nine months has been a very worthwhile endeavour.
Now that we have the blog as a space for sharing, we can continue to add to it as we go. I’m going to link to a new blog which follows the progress of 7M Ning, and I hope other team members will do the same. What would be even more encouraging – if the blogs inspired other members of the school community to have a go. It would be fantastic to see blogs for each faculty, documenting progress, reflecting, evaluating and celebrating.
Here is a short audiovisual reflection and summary of our journey.
Here is a link to the blog.