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Teen Tech Week 2013: A library thing or a

  1. 1. EDU626Integrating Educational Technology Spring 2013 A library thing or a potential for collaboration?
  2. 2. 2What is Teen Tech Week?• TTW FAQ: – Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by YALSA and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of digital media, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as e- books, e- readers, databases, audiobooks, and social media. •
  3. 3. 3So, this is a library thing, is it?• Libraries key destination for teens to gain 21st century skills – Multiple studies show that, while young people are adept at downloading music, or texting with their friends, the majority lack the digital literacy skills needed to evaluate the quality and accuracy of information they find online. – Technology plays an important role in teen life and our global economy,” said Young Adult Library Services Association President Jack Martin. “That is why libraries across the country are helping teens build critical digital literacy skills, which they can use to obtain scholarships; master online research tools such as databases; manage their online profiles; and have the analytical tools needed to compete in a 21st century marketplace.” • American Library Association Press Release
  4. 4. 4What, no books?• Yes—there are books that feature technology, as in this video: http://guides.ccclib.org/teentech
  5. 5. 5But it‟s also about real teachnology• Mobile technology
  6. 6. 6Sound familiar?• BYOD or BYOT – “By allowing kids to bring in their own devices, you free up school resources for the kids who don‟t have access,” says Doug Johnson, director of media and technology for the Mankato Public School System. (Johnson wrote the book — literally — on the subject; The Classroom Teacher‟s Technology Survival Guide is published [February 2012].) For example, in classrooms that have a group of four computers, finding time for all 30 students to use them can be challenging. In Mankato, 90% of the students have some sort of wireless-capable device, which leaves only eight students in a typical class who will need to use the class computers. • In Some Cash-Strapped Schools, Kids Bring Their Own Tech Devices February 3, 2012 | 10:07 AM | By Tina Barseghian
  7. 7. 7Not unknown in Western KY!• Bring Your Own Device to Graves County High School• “. . . we decided to go with Bring Your Own Device because a lot of our students already bring in cellphones… smartphones… different types of tablets into the classroom,” Henderson says. “So we‟re just thinking, „Why not utilize those?‟”• So while some schools still discourage students from bringing personal electronics to class, Henderson says this fall [2012], students at GCHS will not just bring their computers and tablets to school, they‟ll connect to the school‟s network and use them in class.” – Amanda Henderson, Graves County‟s District Technology Integration Specialist, as reported by Shelly Baskin for WKMS
  8. 8. 8Partnerships in TTW?
  9. 9. 9Partnerships in schools?• Families and Community groups – Educators sometimes are content to let parents and families take the initiative in becoming involved in their childrens education. But for a real partnership to occur, educators must look at ways in which the school can initiate this involvement. In such a partnership, the school and the home share responsibility for childrens learning; the relationship is based on mutual respect and acknowledgment of the assets and expertise of each member. As an extension of this partnership, schools can emphasize a broad base of community involvement. When schools develop and implement strategies for promoting effective school-family-community partnerships, the result is improved learning for all students and strengthened schools, families, and communities. • NCREL Critical Issue: Constructing School Partnerships with Families and Community Groups
  10. 10. 10A Community Partnership in Practice
  11. 11. 11School and Public Library Partnerships• Essential Ingredients in Implementing Educational Reforms and Improving Student Learning? – View from 2000: • The development of information technologies has accelerated the information age through digital libraries, informational and recreational computer products, including the many CD-ROM products and, increasingly, the Internet. • Only through a shared vision and joint planning process will the current and future needs of our youth be met. Cooperative arrangements are in the best interests of serving youth in the current “Information Age,” helping prepare them for current and future learning and a high quality of life. As always, the key that will unlock these efforts is effective and continuous communication between all the partners: school and public librarians, teachers, administrators, and members of the two boards. – Shirley Fitzgibbons, School and Public Library Relationships
  12. 12. 12A TTW-Inspired Partnership
  13. 13. TTWPartnerships: Are They Feasible or Desirable Where You Are?

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