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The teacher librarian as resource creator: Developing learning websites

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Presentation to the ECIS Librarians Conference in Istanbul on 14 May 2011

Presentation to the ECIS Librarians Conference in Istanbul on 14 May 2011

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  • 1. The teacher librarian as resource creator: developing learning websites Dr James E Herring Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga Australia
  • 2. Learning websites defined
    • A learning website is:
    • Developed in a particular school, for a particular group of students, who are studying a curricular topic
    • Focused on the needs of students in that school
    • A site which students use, not only to access resources, but to learn
    • Owned by the students, teacher librarian and teachers in that school
  • 3. Web 2.0 tools - wikis
    • Wikis are easy to use:
    • Input content into blank page and save pages
    • Content can be text, graphics, sound and video
    • Can include student input/feedback
    • Examples – Wikispaces, PBWorks and Wetpaint
  • 4. Websites
    • Much simpler formats than before
    • Have the same capacity as wikis re content
    • Need more planning than wikis
    • Examples Webs, Weebly and Yola
  • 5.  
  • 6. Learning websites - content
    • In terms of content, a learning website might include:
    • Introduction to a specific audience
    • Keywords and definitions
    • Subject context and content
    • Information literacy guidance
    • Mediated resources which accompanied by meaningful annotations
  • 7. Introduction
  • 8. Keywords and definitions
  • 9. Subject content
  • 10. Information literacy guidance 1
  • 11. Information literacy guidance 2
  • 12. Information literacy guidance 3
  • 13. Resources and meaningful annotations
    • Pathfinder = list of resources. Students are then on their own?
    • Resources need to be annotated – this is not spoon feeding!
    • Resources need to be meaningfully annotated – a guide to help students use resources more effectively
    • Annotations need to be differentiated where possible
  • 14. Annotations 1
    • 333.79 JAK
    • Jakab, C. (2007) Energy use. McMillan, South Yarra, Australia
    • Essential facts are provided in this well set out resource on how the environment is seriously being threatened and solutions are offered for a sustainable future. Provides information on alternative energy supplies (Activity 4). Questions are raised and  you are made to think about the future. Interesting reading and a useful glossary.
    • BBC Schools Website School Science Clips Changing Circuits                                 
    • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/10_11/changing_circuits.shtml 
    • This fun website is to be used with Activity 2. There are three sections in Changing Circuits. 'READ' has simple yet interesting information and also diagrams and symbols used in circuits. You should complete this activity and then progress to 'PLAY' the colourful interactive activity where you must move parts to create different circuits. Finish with 'QUIZ' which can be printed out with your score. Activities are available at different levels to suit a range of abilities.
  • 15. Annotations 2
    • Website: Alternative Energy Sources . It can be found at: http://saveenergy.about.com/od/alternativeenergysources/a/altenergysource.htm In the opening paragraph of this article, Jeffrey Orloff gives some information about why we need to explore alternative energy sources. Next there is an explanation of sources of alternatives, which begins with a fairly concise definition of each one. An adult level of language is used in this site. Research tip: Use your website evaluation sheet to explore this site. How do you know if this author has credibility? What could you do to find out? What is About.com? How can you tell if it is considered to be a reputable source of information?
    • Energy kids (2006) Energy Australia.                                                    
    •       http://www.energykids.energyaustralia.com.au/
    • This site is easily located on the school intranet and ties in with the Electricity and safety kit, 2002 (363.1ELE). This is a fun interactive site produced by Energy Australia in 2006 and it includes a comprehensive glossary. Search the site for information on your project and use the PLUS model questions to keep you on track.
  • 16. Some final thoughts
    • Learning websites are what you , your students and your teachers make them collaboratively
    • They are one way of enhancing student learning
    • They save students’ time by eliminating aimless searching
    • Evaluate your sites – ask your students to suggest improvements
    • Where possible, publish your sites on the web
  • 17. [email_address] Questions?