Gather, Build, Share Digital Resources at your School Library By: Jan Reynolds Stacey Mclaren Kate Shields
21st Century Pathfinders
funded by OSSTF
The Association of Library Coordinators & Consultants of Ontario
New ways to organize content!
It’s an Information Jungle out there! History of Pathfinders: In the 70s we created them in print. I suspect some of us still do. In the 90s we began publishing pathfinders as html web pages. Now, I am convinced that wikis and other collaborative tools (like PageFlakes and NetVibes, and LibGuides, and GoogleSites, etc.) are the way to go. Joyce Valenza
More than just websites!
List some books in your library and call numbers
Rubric for assignment
Can suggest strategies for searching
Link to blogs, wikis, portals and news feeds
No knowledge of html code is required
Independence for the student as they have a comprehensive guide to help them on their way!
What is a 21 st Century Pathfinder?
Personalized web page
Uses a dashboard system
Gathers a variety of web 2.0 tools websites, wikis, rrs feeds, databases, podcasts, pdf’s etc.
Serves a web platform from which teachers and students can launch learning on a specific topic
“ First, you’ll need some type of teacher-friendly platform for building, a virtual binding ”
There are a variety of choices, e.g.,
Wikispaces for Teachers
Pageflakes- tends to be “flaky”
Get started with a personal Dashboard Word Press Blog- Mine! http://recentlyread.wordpress.com/ Delicious Bookmarks RRS feeds Utube videos twitter iGoogle www.google.com/ig
Examples of Personal Dashboards
Using Your iGoogle Page as a Daily Planner
Welcome to my PLE – Grade 7 student shares her personal learning environment.
Gadgets, Widgets, Feeds, for everything
Here’s what it takes!
Mastery of a couple of publishing platforms for creating a library web presence
You should also be able to integrate, teach, and share these platforms with your learning community
Links to the curriculum- start with expectations
Fully Loaded: Outfitting a teacher librarian for the 21st century.
OSSTF Pathfinder Project
Collect, evaluate and collate pathfinders for Grade 10 subject areas
Subject specific pathfinders incorporate research skills, literacy expectations, and differentiated learning using 21 st technologies e.g., databases, websites, e-books, smart boards, podcasts, videos, blogs, search engines