Final reflection and project

This class was one of the most valuable courses that I have taken in my teacher-librarian classes. I don’t know for sure what my future is in the learning commons but I will be able to use many of the ideas, strategies and tools that I have learned in my classroom.

The biggest challenge for me is always keeping up with the rapid change in technology. This course has allowed me to take advantage of any of the tools and technology that I had engaged in before on a surface level to a deeper understanding. It has allowed me to go outside my somewhat timid boundaries when it comes to technology to feel stronger in sharing them. When I first saw that I had to make it through 8 or more blog post I became very nervous and stressed. The first weekend of trying to figure out my way around wordpress just about put me under. Through time and patience I have come to a new appreciation and positive understanding of blogging.

I am excited to utilize what I consider to be useful and fun Web 2.0 applications within my lessons and possibly down the road in the learning commons. Those include “Twitter”, “Padlet”, “Symbaloo” to name a few and others that I hope to pursue in the future. I have seen how some of my colleagues in this class have utilized other Web 2.0 tools and I look forward to experimenting with them myself. I do believe that I will continue to learn a ton from my students as many of them are more competent that myself with some of these tools and computers.

LIBE 477 that Aaron put together was outstanding and I feel that my colleagues did an amazing job with their blog posts. There were so many great ideas and concepts that were shared and explored. I think we were all a little nervous when we got started but were eager to discover new and creative ideas that would help their classroom or learning commons. I wish everyone the best in their future teaching career.

In conclusion

My final vision project was a lot of trial and error. I felt I would take a step forward at moment and 2 steps back. There is so much information on the web that it sometimes gets overwhelming what to incorporate and what to disregard. There is no denying that the future of education is going to be involvedly linked with the digital world. The philosophy of education itself is going through a transformation as we change to ‘personalized learning’ and a reformat in the way that education is delivered. The libraries are changing to learning commons and Web 2.0 tools along with ICT skills are becoming a method teachers are using in the classroom. I want to keep up with what is going on so that I can continue to become a better educator.

Thanks again everyone for your blogs or the comments on my blog, the participation in Google Hang-Out sessions and the great course.

Here is my FINAL PROJECT. Enjoy!

https://pacerlibrary.wordpress.com

References

Abrar, S. (2011). Amazing 3D printer (Video File). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aghzpO_UZE

All You Can Books. (2015). Unlimited Audiobooks and eBooks. Retrieved from http://www.allyoucanbooks.com/page/free-trial2?utm_expid=52613335-2.7RFEfY4MTLKXMu-AC9grNg.1

Audiobook image. (2105). Retrieved from www.theawkwardyeti.com

BC Book Prizes. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.bcbookprizes.ca/news/article/reading-lights-initiative-selected-books/

BibMe. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.bibme.org

Bryne, R. (2013). How to Use Padlet. (Video File). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuzciL8qCYM

Canada Book Awards. (2015). Retrieved from http://canadabookaward.com

CBC Canada Writes. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/

Citation Machine. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.citationmachine.net

Cramer, J.(2015). 100 Best Books of the 21st Century. Retrieved from http://www.listchallenges.com/best-books-of-the-21st-century

Destiny Quest. (2002-2015). Follett School Solutions. Retrieved from

https://destiny.sccresa.org/quest/servlet/presentquestform.do?site=100&context=peckcs

Edmodo (2015). Retrieved from https://www.edmodo.com

Edutopia. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org

Facebook. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com

Fazenda, J. (2015. Nov. 27). 100 Notable Books of 2015. Retrieved from The New York Times website http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/books/review/100-notable-books-of-2015.html?_r=0

Google Doc’s. Retrieved from http://www.google.com/docs/about/

Google Forms. Retrieved from http://www.google.com/forms/about/

Governor Feneral’s Literary Awards. (2015) Retrieved from http://ggbooks.canadacouncil.ca

Greatest AudioBooks: Treasure Island. (Video file). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atBFFhV2Jcs

Holmes, G., (2012). Making a wiki in Wikispace. (Video File). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nifezbdV4SA

Kahoot (2015). Retrieved from https://kahoot.it/#/

KnightCite Citation, (2015). Retrieved from http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/

McCrum, R. (2015). The 100 Best Novels. Retrieved from The Guardian website: http://www.theguardian.com/books/series/the-100-best-novels

Ms. Computer Teacher (2013). Using Symbaloo (a bookmarking service) in Education. (Video File) Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbp2CSS7cnk

Muthler, Sarah (2015). The Best Interactive Web Tools for Educators. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/best-web-tools/

 

One Click Digital. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.oneclickdigital.com

Easybib. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.easybib.com

Open Culture. (2015). 700 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free. Retrieved from

http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

Minecraft (2015). Retrieved from https://minecraft.net

Pikespeaklibrary (2014). 21st Century Library – Makerspace Promo. (Video File). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MpZnfpybGA

Pinterest. Retrieved from http://www.pinterest.com

Random House. (2015). Modern Library: 100 Best Novels. Retrieved from http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/

Ronan, Amanda. (2015). How to Connect With Teachers In The Social Age. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/connect-teachers-social-age/

Teaching Channel. (2015). Retrieved from https://www.teachingchannel.org

The Canadian Children’s Book Center. (2015) Retrieved from

http://www.bookcentre.ca/award

Twitter. Retrieved from http://www.twitter.com

What is 3D printing? (2015) Retrieved from http://3dprinting.com/what-is-3d-printing/

Wikispaces. Retrieved from http://www.wikispaces.com

 

Sharing My Journey

I want to challenge myself with developing my website to the point of perfection…then I will take a breath and realize my journey to improve and develop the learning commons website will continue even after this class is over. Vision-Of-Future-Library-And-Information-Systems-1531182An important vision for  this website is to build connection, resource and to become a useful informational tool that can be useful for my people now and in the future.

 

I have 5 categories that I want to share on my website but I must admit that collaboration corner and technology are the 2 categories I get excited about working on the most. Having a collaboration corner that colleagues at my school or teachers around the world can connect with will be extremely useful. I have learned a great deal from my colleagues blogs in this course and that I incorporate similar sharing and unlimited connections everywhere. I look forward to the website having the ability for teachers in my school to connect with teachers around the globe to share projects, thoughts, strategies, tool etc. I think this would be amazing! I am trying to incorporate an educational blog 21cllogoand padlet into this website category. Check out a collaborative padlet from one of my previous classes. I want to get teachers engaged in the collaboration corner so that they can share ideas, gain strategies,resources and educational tool for their classroom. This could be a powerful opportunity!

The technology category has endless possibilities so I need to narrow the sub-categories down. I look forward to sharing some of my ideas on the website that would be helpful for classroom teachers or  teacher librarians. I could also use this as a place to share a Web 2.0 tool, the latest TedTalk video

I hope to do my own screen cast tutorial and show off  production using the 3D printer in the makerspace area of the learning commons.

This journey of building a website has not had its struggles.Human-Error-and-Computers From picking a theme and making sure every box is checked properly so that categories look the way you want them to look or menus and widgets lined up and connected accordingly. I find that I will put a check in one box that I think is the right box, preview the post and what I thought should be there has vanished. I have walked away a few times L and come back with a better demeanor J. This has happened a few times (or a few too many times) but I continue to build and construct. Thank goodness that I can continue to use YouTube to help me through my struggles anytime. I do feel that you are only able to do so much with the free version of wordpress and I am not willing to pay for more at this time. Who knows…perhaps the premium version would be even more complicated. My goal is to keep the website manageable and accessible for teachers in a simple but meaningful direction.

I look forward to the end product and sharing it with you.

References

Driscoll, Tom (2013,Feb. 7). 5 Minute Guide To Screencasting (Video File). Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5HVHXh5Wjc

LLED sharing favorite Tech Tools (2014). Retrieved from

http://padlet.com/mmbottineau/jqr7viun8tol

TedXvTalks (‪2012, Nov. 12).A Diffferent Way to Think About Technology in Education (Video File). Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D17P3kqB3_0

My Final Vision Journey!

Throughout this course my eyes have been opened to the endless possibilities of connecting to the world. I had this boxed in mentality that the effort I was doing in my classroom was only for my students and colleagues. NOW…we can connect and share globally!!!

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Image via http://www.fiscalliteracy.com

 

Who is this Vision for? 

My vision for this project is to develop a Learning Commons website for my school, but as I continue to build the site, I want to have limitless connection to the world. I need to get this website up and running so that students, teachers, parents and staff can navigate around and find information they need regarding books, research, activities, collaboration and technology. I want to have the ability to post pictures and ideas of what is happening in the LC Makerspace and display what students are creating on our 3-D printer. My school community would be my first target audience.

What is my rationale?? The website rationale is that it is a source of information to my school community; this would include students, parents, teachers and staff. I want the website to be an accurate and complete picture of what the Learning Commons can offer. When people connect to my website I want the  home page to be vibrant and exciting! Other pages need to be informative and fill the needs of the school community. To support this rational I have set up a few goals for the Learning Commons website because it is important to meet the NEEDS our school community.

Some goals are:

  1. Provide support and enhance student learning, reading, writing and use of technology.
  2. To foster and encourage a love of books and reading.
  3. The website should be a site where teachers and teacher-librarians can collaborate with each other for inquiry projects, Web 2.0 tools and a resource in developing and assessing new learning tools, strategies and pedagogical approaches.
  4. I want the website to serve as a resource that students and teachers use as a tool for learning!!!
  5. My end goal is to build a LC virtual website that is a communication and information link to anyone at anytime. I want to be able to collaborate and connect 24/7! 

Direction??

I have a clear idea and good direction of what I want to do but I am still working out the final details of the website. I have some great ideas for pages but I have been slow at building it…picking a theme can be overwhelming alone!! This link shows that the title and site  https://pacerlibrary.wordpress.com and that’s my beginning! There is a vision in my head and some thoughts down on paper but still have tons of creative work to do.

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References

Baker University Library. (July 29, 2013). Virtual Library Tour. (Video File). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEXYkdkWbqM

Ed Galaxy (2014). 5 Things Every School Website Should Have. Retrieved from http://www.edgalaxy.com/journal/2011/8/5/5-things-every-school-website-should-have.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Edgalaxy+%28Edgalaxy+-+Where+Education+and+Technology+Meet%29

Vision image retrieved fromhttp://www.fiscalliteracy.com/2011/03/financial-literacy-begins-with-the-power-of-a-vision-to-transform-your-life-and-your-finances/

Walbert, David. (2014). Best Practices in School Library Website Design. Retrieved fromhttp://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/969

Final Vision Project Scope

Final phase of LIBE 477 – What to do? What to do? What to do?

Throughout this course I have encountered numerous ideas, new technology and amazing concepts.  With all of this acquired knowledge, the question is: What is my Vision of the Future? In the reflection blog last week, we had to state what resonated throughout Phase 2 and what I will  be able to use in the future. Collaboration and Connection are the key takeaways helped me decide what I am going to do. I am going to use the skills that I have acquired in this and other TL courses to build a website.

web-design

So…in this blog I am going to “think-out-loud” in order to consider what the “scope” will be of my final vision project. I am not a TL at this time (there could be opportunity for me down the road) so I am going to build a website that I can share with my TL and staff for now. In the future, I want my website to have the ability to connect to anyone, anywhere at anytime. The website will have the necessary information for the LC, but I also want to integrate technology, and showcase my library Makerspace.Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 4.20.41 PM

Although I am in the brainstorming phase of the website, I feel somewhat overwhelmed with what I want to develop within the website. I can see exploring information by using different pages within the website with dropdown menu’s.

Ideas for pages: 

Home – The home page needs to be attractive so that it intrigues the audience to explore and navigate their way through other pages of the website. The home page would offer information on what is happening in the LC during the week. I hope to have a twitter option link to the home page

Books – Destiny quest catalogue, popular books, Canada Book awards links, audio and ebooks and book blogs, for staff and students share and comment on.

Research and Resources – databases such as EBSCO host.Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 6.09.45 PM

Collaboration corner – not sure how this page would work but I would love to have a page to discuss and share ideas at anytime. This page would allow collaboration between TL and teachers, maybe through a Google folder or padlet. In the future I can see this becoming the page for my PLN globally.

Technology or Pro-D page – share Web 2.0 tools: start with symbaloo, padlet or other helpful videos. This could also have potential to be a place on the website for trouble shooting, technical issues or ICT skills for the TL. There are so many options here.9824718_orig

Makerspace – Makerspace has been a passion of mine since the beginning of the TL courses. There is incredible potential for inquiry based projects, critical thinking and 21st century student learning. I want to be able to showcase the LC makerspace on my website pages.

References

Audiobooksfree. (2011) Huckleberry Finn Chapter 1 (video file). Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/user/audiobooksfree

EBSCO (2015). EBSCOhost. Retrieved from https://www.ebscohost.com

Pike, B. (2015, Dec.). BC Book Prizes. Retrieved fromhttp://www.bcbookprizes.ca

Rendina, D. (2015). The Stewart Library Makerspace (Video file). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5VSLlG9jQk

Makerspace image retrieved fromhttp://renovatedlearning.com/our-makerspace-journey/

Web 2.0 tools image retrieved from:

http://www.ksslibrary.org/uploads/1/2/5/9/12593506/9824718_orig.png

Website image retrieved fromhttp://atthegates.se/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/web-design.jpg

Time for Reflection

I am now a Blogger!blog This is a key takeaway from Phase 2. I have confidence in blogging for my own personal/professional use as well as gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and resources from my colleagues blog’s. I can see how using a blog in the learning commons is an amazing tool for connections everywhere.  Thanks everyone for sharing!

When it came to Fostering Reading Cultures in Schools there were many ideas shared in the class blog that I could see using in the future. Throughout the posts in this module, collaboration was a common term. This site gives great steps to better school/community collaboration. To be able to share ideas like good books, popular books, ways to get students engaged in reading and ways to make reading fun. Encourage reading for pleasure as it builds enjoyment and skills for lifelong reading and learning. This was a common theme throughout this module.

My personal learning was tested through developing my own ICT skills in building my blog, to starting a website for my classroom. I realize how powerful a website can be if it is resourceful, virtual and available for everyone anytime, anywhere. It is important to develop a PLN to collaborate, communicate with librarians, teachers, locally and globally to develop your classroom or your library. I can see myself utilizes my PLN through a blog or website in the future. This is a new avenue I wish to explore more in the future.

Collaboration comes to mind again when embracing ICT strategies for the classroom or Learning Commons. “Collaboration in its simplest, and most understandable form, is getting individuals, who may or may not have similar interests, to work together in an organized endeavor to a satisfying and most appropriate group end”. (Royal, 2014). A colleague in our discussion group shared a solution to the lack of collaboration time that she faced in her school and that was to share a Google Drive folder where teachers and TL’s could collaborate in any time. She also shared an edutopia site on collaboration that I will bookmark on my home symbaloo account for others to use.

In the near future I want be able to organize professional development options to my staff to share resources and educational tools such as; symbaloo, padlet, powtoons, blogging and twitter that I have acquired in my TL courses. It is funny how quickly people think you have become the expert in this tools. This could be shared in my classroom, a staff meeting or a Pro-D situation. I am hoping that our current TL will be open to me sharing many of the ideas that I have collected from my collegues and apply them into our learning commons.

Module 8:Developing World Libraries was a big eye-opener and heart felt for me. There are so many organizations that help develop libraries, classrooms and technology and it is amazing how we are working together to improve our connections to the world. I read and researched for hours during that week, becoming completely engaged with organizations that have a passion for bringing wifi, technology and devices to developing countries.

Collaboration and Connection continues to resonate throughout my learning! They work together I will continue to develop and use these areas in my professional career.

 

tpack_300pxThe TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) framework lays out the knowledge that educators need in order to successfully integrate technology into their teaching. The TPACK website provides a large collection of free resources for teachers and other instructional leaders.The diagram identifies the knowledge teachers need to teach effectively with technology.

Image from TPACK Website “Reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by tpack.org”

To be a 21st century teacher you need to stay up with technology and have the ability to connect, collaborate with others colleagues and students. We all know that technology is changing at a rapid pace everyday so we need to embrace it, share it and move forward with it together.

References

Blog image. Retrieved fromhttp://crenshawcomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PRpeople.blog_.jpg

Okeefe, B (2011, Oct. 19th). 5 Steps to Better School/Community Collaboration (Web log post). Retrieved fromhttp://www.edutopia.org/blog/school-community-collaboration-brendan-okeefe

Rogers, Kelsey. (2010, Dec.8). Importance of a PLN in Education (Video file). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9eqkWbjbbE

Royal, Ken Retrieved from http://edtechreview.in/trends/insights/1527-what-does-collaboration-in-education-really-mean

Koehler, M (2012) TPACK. Retrieved from http://www.tpack.org

Trotman, K., (2014). Symbaloo. Retrieved fromhttps://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/13ePQJXDa5

Williams, J., (2015, Oct. 16th). Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World (Web log post). Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/collaborative-learning-spaces-connect-to-world-jennifer-williams-fran-siracusa

Technology development is happening everywhere!

I can remember a time at our high school when cell phones were taken away when students were on them during class. Our staff would have long discussion on how we should discipline students for being on their cell phone. Now, we supply Wi-Fi so that students can be on their devices anytime at school. I feel our school has turned a negative outlook on mobile devices to a positive direction of the 21st century classroom that would empower technology. Image of a 21st Century classroom using technology, we are so fortunate in Canada to have mobile devices at our fingertips.

21st cent class

After exploring and researching this week topic I came to realize that there are numerous organizations helping develop libraries, classrooms, literacy and technology using mobile devices in developing nations. I tried to narrow down a few!

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) has a vision for all people in the world to have the knowledge they need to achieve their full potential. Even though EIFL is engaged in many developing countries, I have always had a soft spot for Africa so I examined what EIFL is doing there. EIFL has been working in Uganda with a goal to create a number of open access sources and innovative project that help libraries meet the information needs of the community. This YouTube video has EIFL connecting a farming community in Uganda through integrading computers in the library. EIFL trains the librarians to give critical information and ICT points for people in the community. You can see the librarians helping students and the local community with farming and beekeeping. You could follow EIFL on twitter @EIFLnet or #eifl to see more what is happening!

That EIFL YouYube video led me to the WISE initiative: World Innovation Summit for Education: building the future of education. I thought it was AMAZING…2 teachers, 15 laptops, 3 solar panels and a four-wheel drive that moves throughout Uganda to bring free computer training to students at the library all over the country. It is an innovative way to break down barriers to ICT in rural school communities.

7 years ago very few people in Uganda had Internet, through the Mobile Solar Computer Classroom many rural areas are now able to connect to the world. Exploring more about solar computer classrooms absorbed me in the Maendeleo Foundation  which supports the solar project with its goal to empower all libraries in Africa with computers and mobile devices. It is nurturing progress in East AfricafunSun

through technology, training and job creation…and the power of the sun!!

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is a specialized agency of the United Nations system is working on a “mobile revolution” bringing e-books to developing countries.

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Flood states in the report: “Reasons given by respondents for reading on mobiles were convenience, affordability and lack of access to books. In Zimbabwe, for example, Unesco said the cost of reading a book on a mobile was between 5 and 6 cents, while a paperback bestseller would cost around $12 (£7); in Nigeria, a mobile book would cost around 1 or 2 cents, based on a mobile broadband rate of $13 per 500 MB of data, while a child’s book would cost between $1 and $5”. Using e-books or mobile devices would create new literacy opportunities and definitely give access to the Internet and information databases. This is where TL in Canada that have accessible website could share their information globally. I hope that the days of packing up old and ragged books that our libraries no longer want and sending them off to developing countries are over. We need to make sure that we are sending over the right material and supporting new literacy opportunities. UNESCO thought on digital books and mobile reading

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“Fortunately, the internet is helping to level the playing field. It has accelerated the spread of information and, in many instances, democratized access to it. Digital networks, computer processors and liquid crystal display (LCD) screens remove production constraints that have kept reading material prohibitively expensive for centuries. Increasingly, paper and ink are being replaced by bits and bytes, and physical distribution channels are being streamlined by cables that can carry electronic information to the farthest corners of the planet almost instantaneously” (Mark, pg. 15). Developing countries are getting connected and the spread of information is expanding.

CODE was mentioned by Aaron during our Google Hangout so I thought I would look at the impressive website. CODE is “Rewriting the Story for Global Literacy” and it is Canada’s leading international development agency. Lots of great information on the website but I was unable to access the YouTube unless I subscribed.

Reference

Code: Rewriting the story for global literacy. Retrieved from http://www.codecan.org/our-story-0

Eifl (2015). Knowledge Without Boundaries. Retrieved from http://www.eifl.net

EIFL, (Feb. 11,2014). Connect Uganda: Why empowering public libraries with technology is so important (Video File). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5TIlW70Tmk

Flood, Alison (2013, April 13). The Guardian: Ebooks. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/23/mobile-reading-revolution-unesco-study-phones-africa-subcontinent

Image of 21st century classroom. Retrieved from http://ged578.pbworks.com/f/1429340093/21st%20cent%20class.jpg

Maendeleo Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.maendeleofoundation.org

UNESCO. (2015). What is UNESCO? Retrieved from http://www.unesco.org/education/asp/pdf/wunesco.pdf .

West, Mark. (2014). Reading in the Mobile Era. Retrieved from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002274/227436e.pdf

WISE. (2015) Wise Initiative. Retrieved from http://www.wise-qatar.org

WISE Initiative (2013, Nov. 27). Uganda: Mobile Solar Computer Classroom (video file). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRG05TxLWxU