Technology to Extend the Walls of the Library
It is my strong belief that libraries are not limited by the walls around them. Libraries should have a strong online presence that makes the library and librarian more accessible to students and staff. This should include access to the online card catalog, digital titles and databases that support curriculum. It should also provide students with a home base when looking for the best links to programs, activities, learning and resources. The librarian should also be accessible to students and staff through email and social media. To view an example of an elementary example of this concept check out my current library's website.
Technology to Support Internet Safety
The library should have a website, but does it need a Facebook page? Google Classroom? A Twitter feed? A See-Saw account? The answer in my opinion, is yes! The newest and best library curricula (including my own, for more information about curricula I have written, please contact me) include objectives about Internet Safety, managing your digital footprint, netiquette, online communication, and social networks. I have strong engaging lessons about these concepts, but I believe that students also need the chance to practice these skills through websites like See Saw and Edmodo/Google Classroom at the elementary level and that they should be modeled for older students through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. This also allows students with a way to "Ask a Librarian" for those times when they need a little help and guidance. Author Neil Gaiman said it best: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”
I am THE front line for my school when it comes to technology. A graduate of TCEA's Campus Technology Specialist certification and Region 10's Digital Fluency program, I work hard to support all students, staff and teachers with their technology needs. Technology is one of my greatest strengths as a teacher and it is a vital component of any library. Below is a list of some of the many programs, concepts, tools, and gadgets that I am currently using in my Learning Commons. This list is ever changing and I am always eager to learn something new and fast to pick up on new technology. However, I strongly believe that technology should be used as a tool for learning, not used simply for the sake of technology. I also believe that differentiation and learning styles impact technology use and should be carefully considered before use with students.
Aurasma (Augmented Reality)
Epic, Book Flix, Overdirve, Tumble Books and other eBook platforms
Coding (Dash Robot, Code.org, Khan Academy and various iPad Apps)
Common Sense Education (I am a certified Common Sense Educator in Digital Literacy)
Flipping the classroom: show-me app, reflector, and many screen capture programs
Google Everything (Certified Educator & Trainer: Chrome, Chrome Apps & Extensions, Docs, Drive, Calendar, etc.)
iPads and iPad Apps
Microsoft Office Suite
Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Edmodo, Google Classroom, etc.)