Re-inventing School Libraries For 21st Century Learners


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Re-inventing School Libraries For 21st Century Learners

  1. 1. Re-inventing School Libraries For 21 st Century Learners Deb Hanson, MLIS School District of Lee County Media Specialist Summer Cadre Training June 22, 2009
  2. 2. We’ll explore… <ul><li>Future trends </li></ul><ul><li>Definition of 21 st century skills/learning </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics of the students we serve </li></ul><ul><li>How media specialists can become “learning architects” for the 21 st century </li></ul>
  3. 3. What was your school library like in 19--? © Photo by:
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  5. 5. Did You Know?
  6. 6. 21C Skills Students Need… <ul><li>Information, media literacy and communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking and problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal, collaborative and self-direction skills </li></ul><ul><li>Global awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Financial, economic and business literacy, and developing entrepreneurial skills </li></ul><ul><li>Civic literacy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. 21 st century learning… <ul><li>“ If people want to see what we mean by “21st century learning” – they need only step into a vibrant school library media center to see it in action. Why? Students are engaged in project-based learning , using technology , accessing , evaluating , using information to produce a quality product .  Chances are, the teacher-librarian has collaborated with one or more classroom teachers to plan this learning experience, and there is some connection “outside of the school walls” either through information gathering or authentic assessment . “ </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy White </li></ul>
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  9. 9. <ul><li>Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Draw Conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society. </li></ul><ul><li>Pursue personal and aesthetic growth </li></ul>AASL 21st century standards
  10. 10. How do we ensure our students learn these skills?
  11. 11. C Deb Hanson 21 st Century School Libraries Physical and Virtual Focused on learning, not teaching Student-centered Socially Connected Focused on learning, not teaching
  12. 12. Who are our students and what do we know about them? “ The cookies on my daughter’s computer know more about her interests than her teachers do.” – Henry Kelly, President Federation of American Scientists
  13. 13. We serve digital natives… Photo: <ul><li>Kids born 1991 – 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>They never knew life without TV, video games, or computers </li></ul><ul><li>They are The Net Generation and Generation Next </li></ul>
  14. 14. And they demand*… <ul><li>Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Customization </li></ul><ul><li>Scrutiny </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul>*The 8 Norms of NetGeners - From Grown Up Digital ©2009 by Don Tapscott
  15. 15. With an eye toward new literacies… <ul><li>Digital </li></ul><ul><li>Visual </li></ul><ul><li>Textual </li></ul><ul><li>Technological </li></ul>
  16. 16. &quot;The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn.&quot; - Alvin Toffler
  17. 17. Focus on learning
  18. 18. From Teacher-Librarian to “Learning Architect”
  19. 19. It starts with us… “ Forgive me if it hurts…In my mind, if you are not an expert in new information and communication tools, you are NOT a media specialist for today.” – Joyce Valenza, LMS, Springfield Township HS, April 2009
  20. 20. © Photo by: Welcome to Web 3.0… But what happened to Web 2.0?
  21. 21. Karl Fisch: “I certainly don’t have all the answers here, but I would strongly suggest that if you want to support reading , then you have to be doing it in the social media space as well. “
  22. 22. robinellis: our librarians need to begin to broaden their thinking outside of books, reference databases - many not ready Are we ready?
  23. 23. We have to be learners ourselves…
  24. 24. 21 st Century social media tools
  25. 25. © Photo by: © Photo:
  26. 26. Do you have a PLN?
  27. 28. How are you keeping up?
  28. 29. How are you sharing?
  29. 30. What are you reading?
  30. 31. Students, like teachers, need Personal Learning Networks <ul><li>To make sense of their learning </li></ul><ul><li>To provide motivation and meaningful context </li></ul><ul><li>To connect to the global community </li></ul><ul><li>To get & give feedback </li></ul>
  31. 32. So, as we learn and plan… <ul><li>Information literacy lessons that support ECP </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Perfect Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Info Lit strategies/lessons to improve FAIR assessment results </li></ul>
  32. 33. Consider using these… emerging technologies for learning and scholarship <ul><li>Blogs, microblogging </li></ul><ul><li>podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>video production </li></ul><ul><li>wikis for collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>social bookmarking (tagging and organizing info for learning) </li></ul>
  33. 34. …in addition to traditional learning strategies and tools.
  34. 35. 5 steps to becoming a 21 st century librarian… <ul><li>Be a learner first – establish your PLN </li></ul><ul><li>Get comfortable with one new strategy or tool at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Friend your tech specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Start with one teacher – one class </li></ul><ul><li>Share your successes with the world </li></ul>
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  36. 41. You can do it, too… http:// /
  37. 42. No future left behind…
  38. 43. We are the architects of their learning… let’s design well.
  39. 44. Questions? Twitter: @DebH2U [email_address]