When I first started this course, I planned to teach students at my school about Digital Literacy using the resources provided by Media Smarts and Common Sense Media. However, when I recently secured the T-L position for September at Caulfeild Elementary school, I took a critical look at what was most needed for the students and staff. In the last few weeks, I have discovered a disconnect between what is happening in classrooms and what is occurring in the Library Learning Commons (LLC). My Vision of the Future will combine the positive elements that are already occurring in the school with new physical and virtual learning environments to engage and encourage greater participation by both students and teachers.
After speaking with the former T-L who was in the position for six months and the Library Assistant, I found out that the LLC was used in a traditional manner that resembled aspects of libraries of the past. The T-L provided Prep. time to teachers in 11 of the 13 divisions over the course of two days.
From School Library to Library Learning Commons (p. 6)
Although the space had been renovated several years ago, the built-in furniture and shelving does not move. Despite the restrictions, the space is well-utilized for school events because it is so large.
In addition, through observations and discussion with teacher colleagues, I discovered that very few students and teachers were accessing the online databases provided by the School District or using the school catalogue to find books. There currently exists a Learning Commons page on the school website, but it is simply a list of links for online resources. There is no space for adding videos or student creations.
As a result of my investigations, I have decided what is needed most in the Caulfeild LLC is a re-design of the space and the creation of a Virtual Learning Commons website. This initiative will really stretch my professional learning as I have never created a website before. However, I plan to enlist support from my colleagues and apply for a District Innovation Grant in September to secure funding for release time to create the Google Sites website.
For my final assignment, I decided to create a Google Slides presentation that can be easily shared with administrators, parents, teachers, and students to elicit feedback on my ideas. For the purposes of this assignment, I have added all the words within the slides. However, for the actual presentation, I will only include a few points per slide (5 maximum) with graphics and will include my ideas in the Speaker Notes section so that I can talk directly to the audience.
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