Welcome to Navigating the Library in a Transliterate World! Did everyone get a handout? *I pass out notes pages of my PowerPoint*.
My name is Christina Henry and I have been teaching English at Deep Creek High School for 12 years. Next school year, I will be at Indian River High School as an English teacher, yet I will be about 5 minutes from home. I have two children: Chris, who is 11 and Catherine, who is 6. We live in Chesapeake, Virginia and we just love it! I have a Bachelor’s in English with a minor in Secondary Education and a Masters in Educational Administration. I am currently completing my Endorsement in Library Science, so that I can become one of you!
Christopherowns a handheld game system called a DS, a Kindle Touch for reading books, a cell phone for calling and texting, a flat screen TV for eating (kidding) for watching those educationally sound programs like Adventure Time, (wink at the crowd) a mini laptop for creating classroom assignments and surfing the Internet, and a Wii for playing games while getting a little exercise. Catherine, the 6 year old, owns a LeapPad, for truly educational games, a Leapster, an older model of the LeapPad, a flat screen television for watching educationally sound programming like SpongeBob--- no her favorite show is a newer version of one of my favorites… The Electric Company. Catherine also usurps control of my cell phone to play games that test her sight words, my iPod Touch to play memory matching games and bowling, my Kindle Fire to read interactive books (even though her LeapPad does the same– and with cooler graphics) and my laptop, on which she plays the games that correlate with her Hooked on Phonics instruction.
So, what have we learned? Teachers make entirely too much money! No. We have learned that students now have such exposure and familiarity to technology, that as educators, we must use it to our benefit.
We certainly must be transliterate!
So what is transliteracy? Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. That quote was taken from the Libraries and Transliteracy website included on both the works cited page and the delicious.com page I created for you with some additional resources!
Here are some tools for transliteracy in the library! Animoto, Blogger, Comic Master, Wordle, Yodio, and Google sites are all excellent resources when it comes to getting students, teachers, and parents excited about the library, learning, and reading.
WithAnimoto, you can create book trailers, introduce new topics of discussion, create digital stories, make previews for new items, and make library commercials. After you create the video, you can upload it to your blog, library website, or save it on a computer. It would even be great to see one of your creations on the school announcements!
Here is an Animoto video that I created for the novel, Bronx Masquerade. *We will then watch the 1 minute, 2 second video.* Wouldn’t you be motivated to go and pick up that book? Imagine the possibilities! Oh– and it’s free!
With Blogger, you can create your own blog for your school, library, or an individual project for student use. It would best be used as an ongoing informational site for you, the media specialist, or my favorite words--- “library lady” (or man for that matter). It keeps you current. Current: Posting regularly to a blog encourages you to actively engaged the process ofinformation seeking and current awareness. Advocacy: If you want change, you have to talk about it. What better forum, but with something that is updated often? Community: There are always going to be others who share your views. So, you can form your own support system by saying, “this is what is needed in the library”. New Content: The format of the blog shows followers what is the most updated information.
Here is a screen shot of my the website that I created for one of my library science classes. It was an ease to navigate through the site. *I click on the link for the website.* * I then scroll down the website*. Look at how professional it looks! You can choose any background you want– you don’t have to go with the funky, retro one that chose!
With comic master, you can have the students create graphic novels! The can retell a story in their own words, use new vocabulary to create a magazine, explain a math problem, describe a science experiment or recount a major historical event using superheroes.
Students are able to chose characters, speech, backgrounds, and of course, the story line.
WithWordle, you can create word clouds. Why would I need to create a word cloud, you might ask yourself? You can have the students create a wordle for the main idea of a story, as they need much practice with that because they tend to do poorly on that strand of the SOLs. You can create a poster with the exciting things going on in your library. You can allow the students to create on for brainstorming. Another possibility would be for you to create one and have the students play a “guess the story” game.
Here is a sample word cloud created on Wordle. As you can see, transliteracy covers mountains of topics and modes of information.
With Yodio, you can make informational blurbs, create guides for using different tools/ resources in the library, personalize greetings for the students and also make short book commercials. You will have a picture and a audio clip combined into one. Let’s look at a one that I created just for you! *I click on the Yodio link*.
Here is a screen shot of Yodio. Though you saw it in action, I thought you would like to see the homepage.
With Google sites, you can create a webpage of your very own. You can make a webpage for your school events, classroom activities, donations for books or human help, general information about the library, and/ or contests offered. You can do practically anything that won’t get you on the 6’oclock news! Once you figure out exactly how it works, you will be able to easily fine tune your site to your needed purpose. I have included a link to Google help pages for just that reason. It will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating your own little piece of the information highway!
Here is a screen shot of my webpage that I created for one of my library science classes. I have something even better to show you! *I click on the “Example” link* Here is the actually website! I assure you that this is a fictitious school! But, the it is clear what a site like this could do for your library program! On the homepage you can see that I have three sections: student of the month– which happens to be my son- the only “enrollee” at “Henry High School”. I also have a book and teacher of the month. That teacher is one of my best friends and also happens to be in the library science program! Let’s look at a few of the tabs! *I click on the virtual check-in tab*. Here is the virtual check-in tab. Imagine helping teachers keep track of their students when they are in your care! I created this will Google docs and it puts all of this information in an Excel document for you. So, it is easy to share with the teachers in your building. *I click on the book trailers tab* Here a tab I created for various book trailers. Imagine being able to encourage reading from cyberspace. There is the one that I showed you for Bronx Masquerade. You might become the most popular teacher in the building– how exciting! *I click on the parents tab* *I pause for a minute while the participants read the caption on the graphic and let them laugh.* This type of site would be excellent for keeping the parents informed and active in their children’s education. *I click on the students tab*. You can create a page where the students can find important AND fun links! I also included a survey, because– let’s be serious– you must learn your clientele. *I clink on the contact us tab*. This website would be great to keep the dialogue open for all of your stakeholders--- students, teachers, parents, and community leaders. I have also provided you with a link to this website, so you can explore it and see what else is happening at the fictitious Henry High!
Here is the link to all the resources that I discussed today. I have also included several links to help you navigate through all of them.
Are there any questions? Comments? Compliments? *I pause and address them*. Thank you so much for coming!
These are the sources and pictures I used to create this presentation!
1. Christina Henry LIBS 602
2. Christina Henry 12 years English teacher 2 children Chesapeake, Virginia BA- English/ Secondary Education MA- Educational Administration Endorsement 2013– Library Science
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