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Page history last edited by Lesley Farmer 10 years, 10 months ago
 
California 2.0 Curriculum Connections

 

See also CyberSafety, Information Ethics, and Other Issues and Resources

 

Library Measurements - how to show evidence of library instruction

 

Idea #1: Create a Library blog similar in format to CSLA's School Library Learning 2.0 blog.  Examples include:

 

  • LICENSE TO DRIVE ONLINE. Communications Technology Ethics, Internet safety, Copyright, Piracy, Plagiarism, and other topics -- all essential for students, teachers, and parents BEFORE signing annual Internet AUPs (Acceptable Use Policy.) School district AUPs protect the districts from liability but do little or nothing to inform and educate the users (teachers/students) or parents about what they are agreeing to. A "License to Drive Online" tutorial would be a prequisite to signing the AUPs each year. Each district could create/modify the License to meet their needs and include their district branding.

 

  • ADVOCACY. Identify "teachable moments" from persons such as your principal or local law enforcement.  Do local traffic court judges assign research papers as part of a young person's punishment for speeding?  Offer an online tutorial on how to research topics such as "Why I should not speed."  or "Why drinking and driving is a deadly combination."  Tutorial could include links to DMV, auto insurance safe driver, and other auto and accident sites and statistics.  Tutorial could also include information on how to write a multiple paragraph essay, how to properly cite sources, and the like.  This would be easy for a school teacher-librarian to create.  It would be an outstanding way to advocate for school teacher-librarians by showing clear value to community leaders.

 

  • LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP - RESEARCH TOOLS. Introduction to school eDatabases such as school library subscription eDatabases, public eDatabases (i.e., Library of Congress American Memory, UCOP's Calisphere), curriculum-supporting eSoftware (see www.clrn.com) We all jump onto Google or other search engines, but for serious research it is important to first understand the broader research topic, identify key words, look at safe/quality resources and then check the Internet. Many students reach high school and higher education without gaining strong research skills. As a result, they arrive underprepared at college and will struggle, especially if they have other weak skills such as reading and writing.

 

  • Library Instruction.  (similar to License to Drive) Students would work through a series of mini-library lessons and post their reactions and discoveries on their own school blog.   This would be a way to record visible measurements for the library and library instruction.   For example, select short online tutorials on topics such as copyright, plagiarism, or Internet safety and instruct students to take or re-take certain lessons as appropriate throughout the school year.  If you had a series of tutorials that students work through each year, you would have an excellent measurement and your students would have a tool to refer back to.  Would this be a good DISTRICT library team project?  Or a CSLA tool for members?  

 

Idea #2:

 

  • Google Docs and Spreadsheets

    This is from a great blog article that I found called Web 2.0 Backpack: Web Apps for Students This has several good websites to use, but I especilly liked Google Docs and Spreadsheets. No more emailing documents back and forth. It works much like Word does and files can be imported and exported from Word. Check the blog article out and see what else might be interesting. I can't seem to get the link to work, I'm not quite sure why, but the web address is correct. (I found the problem, when you link you need to choose URL rather than a wiki page in the Link box that pops up.) Another way to get to it is to go to http://clipmarks.com/clipper/cherylsweb20 and click on the Web 2.0 Backpack link. Have fun!

 

Idea #3:  "2.0 THING of the WEEK"   Would teachers like hearing about a new 2.0 tool or set of tools each week or so?   Why not feed classroom teachers (or interested teachers only) some or all of the 23 Things over the course of a school year.  Something along the lines of a chapter-a-day book club, but it would be a "2.0 Thing-of-the-Week."

 

Idea #4:  How to Work With your Government Officials 

This needs a better title...but the idea is to have a tutorial (from CSLA Govt Relations Committee) on how to research candidates and local officials, meet with them and ask about their top issues, provide useful tools or forums for them, and inform them about the power and value of strong school libraries.  Much more to say, but much of this is on a website or workshop PPTs and handouts -- just convert them to an online learning blog!

 

Idea #5: Embedded 23 things

I'm teaching an online course on new technologies for educators, and am using 23 things as a way to pace their experiences. I'm also using the Assistive Technologies module set as their "hook" for technology planning. In this way, I'm sure they'll get info about universal design, and think about digital inclusion. (submitted by Lesley Farmer)

Comments (2)

Lesley Farmer said

at 12:45 pm on Aug 17, 2009

Idea #5: Embedded 23 things
I'm teaching an online course on new technologies for educators, and am using 23 things as a way to pace their experiences. I'm also using the Assistive Technologies module set as their "hook" for technology planning. In this way, I'm sure they'll get info about universal design, and think about digital inclusion.

Marie Slim said

at 11:52 am on Apr 1, 2010

I NEED TO DO THIS! TODAY I COMMIT TO DOING THIS!!!!!

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