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Benton High School Library 2.0 Project

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Presentation slideshow for MASL 2009 @ Tan-Tar-A *Presentation team included: …

Presentation slideshow for MASL 2009 @ Tan-Tar-A *Presentation team included:
-Jeanette Westfall, Principal
-Sean Nash, Instructional Coach
-Jennifer Halter, LMS Coordinator
-Donna McAndrews, Library Manager

This lengthy slide show depicts the end of the first year our journey to create a more constructivist and technologically-relevant environment for the students and staff at Benton High School in St. Joseph.

This presentation by no means is a celebration of a "final product," but instead an early check-in on the way to greatness.

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  • 1. Benton High School St. Joseph School District Library 2.0 Project
  • 2. Benton High School St. Joseph, MO • Largest school district in Northwest Missouri (north of KC) • 2nd largest of 3 high schools in SJSD • 950 Students • 114 Staff Members • 52% Free/Reduced • 57% of our students enter college
  • 3. Benton 2.0: The Original Vision • Finding a Focus
  • 4. Benton 2.0: The Original Vision • Instructional Coach
  • 5. Benton 2.0: The Original Vision • Driven by student need and expectations for the future
  • 6. Benton 2.0: The Original Vision • School Improvement Plan (SIP): From “technology” to constructivism
  • 7. Mishra & Koehler, 2006
  • 8. Benton 2.0: The Original Vision • Technology Cohort: 21 Staff Members
  • 9. Benton 2.0: The Original Vision • Chief Operating Officer made us an offer...
  • 10. Where Now? • First we had to pause and see exactly where we were, what we had, and where we wanted to go...
  • 11. EXISTING LIBRARY
  • 12. So we started to research... ...we looked for examples of what other leading edge libraries were doing.
  • 13. This video really impacted our thinking... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpFO_L_jA1c
  • 14. And we developed our own plan...
  • 15. BHS Library 2.0 Plan
  • 16. And we created new job descriptions... ...changing one job title completely!
  • 17. SJSD BHS Library Media Specialist and BHS Library Manager
  • 18. We weeded out books...
  • 19. And we sent the “never checked” books to the warehouse...
  • 20. And finally we began the physical transformation...
  • 21. We took out the carpeting...
  • 22. Coated the floors...
  • 23. Painted the walls...
  • 24. ...and painted the window trim black.
  • 25. We added red and black border around the top...
  • 26. and asked the district to build new circulation desks to fit “two” new check out spaces.
  • 27. We added computer carts...
  • 28. ...then put the shelves and books back in.
  • 29. We ordered new furniture after much searching...
  • 30. And we waited for furniture and wireless hubs...
  • 31. The library was open. But then the furniture began to arrive...
  • 32. First in place -- the Internet Cafe
  • 33. The “Chill Zone” Reading Area was next...
  • 34. The News Arena was a quick hit!
  • 35. February brought the classroom area...
  • 36. and finally the new circulation desks arrived!
  • 37. Our library now offers... • Flexible, appealing instructional work space • Place for community learning and interaction • An extended instructional day • A respectful place to enjoy school • A professional library and collaboration area • A symbolic commitment to our Benton 2.0 Initiative
  • 38. BHS Library 2.0: Next Steps • Library Procedures • Teaching the Staff • Growing the Collection • Growing the databases • Laptop checkout • Community Use