Opening the Space:  School Libraries as Sites of Participatory Culture (Knowledge Quest Webinar)
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Opening the Space: School Libraries as Sites of Participatory Culture (Knowledge Quest Webinar)



A webinar provided in conjunction with the September/October issue of the American Association of School Librarians Knowledge Quest Journal.

A webinar provided in conjunction with the September/October issue of the American Association of School Librarians Knowledge Quest Journal.



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  • Polls: Look at where people are from and what levels they work with. Thanks for attending. Highlight the article in KQ and build upon.
  • Discuss the apprehension by some to allow younger students to be creative through technology. The most common compliment I get is I had no idea you could do that with younger students.
  • My main point in orientation this year was that the library is a place to get books but it is also a place to create. I make a point to tell students that they have an audience before we begin a project.
  • Possibly mentoring, but this can also be a collaborative of expertise.
  • Multiple opportunities
  • First section: showcasing a variety of snapshots of projects across grade levels.
  • Mention permission to play, opportunities for all, low barriers so that anyone can do it. It’s not just for high school students.
  • Mention the adult support that this kind of project takes…..think of barriers and how to get around them. Lower the barriers.
  • Storybird and ABC books…again highlight the structure needed for younger learners
  • Mention the stages of this project and how it was modified for Navigating the Information Tsunami published by Cherry Lake Publishing.
  • Mention my new approach to exploratory research and how it invites students to make choices while still being accountable for information
  • Mention the choices in this project: Animoto, Glogster, Zazzle, Skype, white board,
  • Section 2: Discussing ways that our library gets student work out to an audience. How are we connecting students to a global community?
  • Mention the district’s open access by students & teachers and how this has changed over the past few years.
  • Showcasing work does not have to be elaborate displays. It can be found opportunities.
  • Connecting students with mentors. This takes listening and harnessing opportunities.
  • Discuss the barriers to sharing student work and overcoming those barriers through their very documentation.
  • Section 3: Discuss how knowledge is passed on in multiple ways. It isn’t about connecting students with expert mentors only.
  • Math buddies.
  • Glogster epiphany.
  • Fishing for the constitution designed in class and implemented as part of a center rotation
  • Mention exemplary open house and bus tour student presentations.
  • Section 4: Begin talking about student book budget and connect to how student input and decision making is a big part of our library.
  • Got an overview of what I do to select books before diving in.
  • Looked at catalog selections. Thought about school population. Thought about who was in the selection group and how to overcome gender barrier.
  • Developed a survey with what they considered to be the most popular topics.
  • Used iPad to survey as many people as possible.
  • Mention that these books are among the most popular and this project has been one of such importance that it is now a part of our budget every year. It’s hard to argue with data that comes from students.
  • Section 5: Offering multiple ways for kids to participate….connect back to element of participatory culture….not ever member must contribute. Mention bookmarks here.
  • Mention looking and listening closely for opportunity. When students mention a book they loved, I mention ways they might share that book with others: written review, video review, BTV review, book mark, poster, etc.
  • Poetry, persuasive writing, reading incentives, design contests,
  • Last section: Mention the design of the new library currently being built and what I hope to do in the coming months/years.
  • Playing games, learning from games, designing games: motivation, innovation,
  • Most everything I do is planned and intentional or at least initiated by me. This will always be a primary way we participate because it’s school, but when does participation become spontaneous and what is ok and not ok…….i.e. story of girls coming to the library to plan a babysitting service. Or….guys starting a card game group during morning wait time.

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  • Opening theSpace: School Libraries as Places of Participatory Culture Knowledge Quest Webinar October 9, 2012 Andy Plemmons, School Librarian, David C. Barrow Elementary, GA
  • Participatory Culture isgrounded in…
  • Relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement ~Henry JenkinsSource:
  • strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others ~Henry JenkinsSource:
  • what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices ~Henry JenkinsSource:
  • members believe that their contributions matter ~Henry JenkinsSource:
  • members feel some degree of social connection with one another ~Henry JenkinsSource:
  • Not every member must contribute, but all must believethey are free to contribute when ready and that what theycontribute will be appropriately valued. ~Henry JenkinsSource:
  • A space to create
  • Makerspace Culture….“a place where young people have an opportunity to explore theirown interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creativeprojects. The key is that it can adapt to a wide variety of uses and canbe shaped by educational purposes as well as the students’ creativegoals.” Source:
  • Weather forecasts in PreK
  • Digital Storytelling in Kindergarten
  • Photo Story seasons projects in 1st grade
  • Regions of Georgia Commercials in 2nd Grade
  • Transliteracy rock exploration in 3rd Grade
  • Modeling 21st Century Learning in 4th grade
  • Documenting history in 5th Grade
  • Showcasing the Work
  • Blogging
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Displaying work
  • Honoring student voices
  • Connecting students toopportunities
  • Performing andConnecting with theworld
  • Painful Barrierscc image:
  • What is known is passed on
  • Pairing older with younger
  • Expertise emerges
  • Pathways for connection
  • Students designing instruction
  • Students teachingteachers
  • Contributions that matter
  • Leader librarians…Learning the process it takes to makelibrary decisions for a whole school
  • Book Choice Champions…Designing ways to make all voicesheard in library decisions
  • Googleformsurveys
  • Surveying every gradewith iPads and Google forms
  • Analyzingspreadsheetdata
  • Assigning partners,categories, andbudgets
  • Making decisions
  • Studentsmarketing tostudents
  • Participatory Opportunities
  • Targeted opportunities
  • Inviting creativity…through contests
  • Celebrating success
  • Looking Ahead cc image:
  • Gaming to tap interests & learning styles
  • Planned vs. Spontaneous Participation
  • Q&Acc image:
  • Contact:Blog: http://barrowmediacenter.wordpress.comTwitter: @plemmonsa @barrowmcFacebook: :