A week in the life of a ‘new media’ Teacher Librarian

Judy O’Connell Head of Library and Information Services St Joseph’s College
Learning is no longer an individual activity. The digital ground rules have shifted. In fact, 21st century classrooms can be recognized by their "pedagogy of participation". In these classrooms, learning comes before the software tools and the learning environment is more influential than the hardware used. Students are actively engaged in using technology as a tool rather than passively receiving information from technology - collaborating with others rather than working individually at all times in this way building understanding rather than simply receiving information. Students use technology tools to solve problems meaningful to them rather than working on artificial assignments. Students use technology tools to set goals, monitor progress and evaluate their learning reflectively. In 21st century classrooms, students and teachers can harness the capabilities of Web 2.0 to access the power of worldwide communities at any time, in any place, for inspiration, ideas, mentoring - drawing on the knowledge of peers, friends, professional colleagues and external experts as needed. Our ability to not only read information, but to create, discuss, share and collaborate using simple online tools has transformed the way people connect, organize and share information at almost no cost.


Our capacity to 'connect' will strengthen or weaken depending on our social network awareness and our capacity to use Web 2.0 tools to harness and organize information and add value to the collective. Educators who understand this know that to be good mentors in the 21st century learning landscape is to use the power of personal learning networks and Web 2.0 tools to empower information seeking and knowledge creation. The Paradigm Flip The adoption of Web 2.0 tools for innovative and continuous evolution of learning taps our students hunger for technology integration. Their passion for collaborative, creative deep learning with Web 2.0 will emerge and adapt as their academic, technology intermingle. We want involved in coknowledge once we start, we Web 2.0 becomes a what, where and how they learn. By 2006, Michael Stephens was urging libraries to adopt best practices in Web 2.0 to in order to put libraries 'out there' delivering services via the evolving web opportunities. In Information Literacy meets Library 2.0 (2008), all facets of library services were examined with a critical eye for the future, including School Library 2.0: new skills and knowledge for the future (O'Connell, 2008). Better still, David Loertscher (2008) encourages us to completely flip our thinking about school libraries in the digitally driven knowledge era. More than ever he urges us to be at the very centre of teaching and learning, being a collaborative hub - a learning commons - a place that everyone owns and contributes to - one giant and social activities our students to be construction of their development. When soon discover that mediating tool that

makes visible the organization of the social, collaborative, academic aspects of


conversation that's both a social and a learning network. Teachers and teacher librarians will then actively work alongside students, sometimes leading, sometimes following, crafting an environment where our students can always know what, know where, know how to be the best learners they can possibly be. Where to from now? To ensure that this can happen, Teacher Librarians need to lead by example – adopt new media Web 2.0 tools and a 21st century mindset, and embrace a Web 2.0 way of working every single day. Don’t believe that it can be done? Here is my week – 2nd week of the academic year in 2009 ….and I can assure you this is more or less typical!!

New media professional activities each day … part of my daily work routine. Monday • • • Read my RSS feeds in Feedly http://www.feedly.com/home – and share the best reads on Twitter Establish Glogster accounts for all Year 7 students, and get my class going! http://www.glogster.com/edu/ Finish working on the K12 Horizon Project assessment and ranking of emerging technologies http://horizon.nmc.org/k12/Main_Page Trial nine.Hub free Moodle site for single classroom http://ninehub.com/ Test Leap Fish Search engine http://leapfish.com/ Check gMail, Facebook, Twitter, and Heyjude

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Tuesday • Jump onto MeBeam video chat http://mebeam.com/ and CoveritLite http://www.coveritlive.com/ as arranged by Karl Fisch for students 3

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studying Daniel Pink’s book “A Whole New Mind”. http://smith9h0809.blogspot.com/2009/01/awnm-5-empathy.html Order Accelerated Reader Online for Year 7 and 8 – and work some more on updating our book selections. http://www.accreader.com.au/ Catch up on Delicious links, including new bookmarks from My Network http://delicious.com/heyjude Do some work planning for Simply Books website, wiki and blogs http://simplybooks.org Update links on our intranet and review wikis from 2008 which provided some of our collaborative teaching units e.g. http://scienceresearch.wetpaint.com/ Google Talk with librarian in WA Check gMail, Facebook, Twitter, and Heyjude

Wednesday • Celebrate winning the blog o’ the month, and go into the ‘hall of fame’ in the Blog Hut on ISTE Island (International Society of Technology Educators) – box of chocolates to share with library staff http://slurl.com/secondlife/ISTE%20Island/18/130/23/ • Do Docent duty at ISTE Headquarters and on ISTE island • Respond to requests for information received on Facebook from UK, and Europe • Attend our Powerful Learning Practice http://internationalplp.wikispaces.com/ international cohort meeting online in Elluminate, then spend time catching up on the PLP ning. • Test Year 7 class space on Haiku Learning Management system. http://www.haikuls.com/ • Attend the Skoolaborate meeting for Teen Second Life http://www.skoolaborate.com/ • Google Talk with TL in suburb in Western Sydney • Check gMail, Facebook, Twitter, and Heyjude Thursday • Liaise with IT about establishing subdomain to our website so that we can launch Edublogs Campus – prize for winning Edublog award http://edublogs.org/campus/ • Work with team to decide how we will utilize Ning platform http://www.ning.com/ to roll out Year 7 whole form Digital Citizenship programme in a few weeks. • Attend Flashmeeting http://fm.ea-tel.eu/for international schools participating in Teen Second Life project • Reorganize navigation on Sharepoint intranet for the Resources Centre, and test security for staff spaces


• Skype about PD session in Tasmania later in the year • Check gMail, Facebook, Twitter, and Heyjude Friday • • • • • • • • • • Help connect English teacher’s iPhone to Microsoft Exchange so he can receive and sync his school email Read RSS feeds in Feedly Show science teacher how to use Evernote on her computer/s and iPhone Find out about USB wireless sticks for internet connections when travelling on school business Google chat with Science Teacher – him on boarding duty, me at home, while we test out Global Classroom Investigate Magazines category that has now been added to Google Reader Test World Cat on the iPhone http://theubiquitouslibrarian.typepad.com/the_ubiquitous_librarian/2008/09 /worldcat-iphone-app-a-quick-review.html Write a couple of blog posts to round off the week Check gMail, Facebook, Twitter, and Heyjude

Now it’s your turn to be a Web 2.0 Teacher Librarian!!
References David Loertscher, (2008) Flip this Library: School libraries need a revolution not an evolution School Library Journal, Reed Business Information, Elsevier Michael Stephens, (2006) Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software", Library Technology Reports:Expert Guides to Library Systems and Services. ALA Techsource Chicago www.techsource.ala.org O'Connell, Judy (2008) 'School Library 2.0: new skills and knowledge for the future' in Peter Godwin and Jo Parker, editors, Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0, Facet, UK BIO Judy O’Connell BA, DipEd, MAppSc, MEd Judy is Head of Library and Information Services at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill in Sydney. She takes a leading role in working with emerging technologies, innovation and Web 2.0 and their application for learning and teaching her school and in her library. Her educational experience spans primary, secondary and tertiary education and includes leadership positions in technology, curriculum and professional development. Judy writes, speaks and consults on school technology and library issues, and encourages reflection, learning and social networking through her blog Heyjude at http://heyjude.wordpress.com


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