Opening the Space: School Libraries as Sites of Participatory Culture (Knowledge Quest Webinar)


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A webinar provided in conjunction with the September/October issue of the American Association of School Librarians Knowledge Quest Journal.

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  • Polls: Look at where people are from and what levels they work with. Thanks for attending. Highlight the article in KQ and build upon.
  • Discuss the apprehension by some to allow younger students to be creative through technology. The most common compliment I get is I had no idea you could do that with younger students.
  • My main point in orientation this year was that the library is a place to get books but it is also a place to create. I make a point to tell students that they have an audience before we begin a project.
  • Possibly mentoring, but this can also be a collaborative of expertise.
  • Multiple opportunities
  • First section: showcasing a variety of snapshots of projects across grade levels.
  • Mention permission to play, opportunities for all, low barriers so that anyone can do it. It’s not just for high school students.
  • Mention the adult support that this kind of project takes…..think of barriers and how to get around them. Lower the barriers.
  • Storybird and ABC books…again highlight the structure needed for younger learners
  • Mention the stages of this project and how it was modified for Navigating the Information Tsunami published by Cherry Lake Publishing.
  • Mention my new approach to exploratory research and how it invites students to make choices while still being accountable for information
  • Mention the choices in this project: Animoto, Glogster, Zazzle, Skype, white board,
  • Section 2: Discussing ways that our library gets student work out to an audience. How are we connecting students to a global community?
  • Mention the district’s open access by students & teachers and how this has changed over the past few years.
  • Showcasing work does not have to be elaborate displays. It can be found opportunities.
  • Connecting students with mentors. This takes listening and harnessing opportunities.
  • Discuss the barriers to sharing student work and overcoming those barriers through their very documentation.
  • Section 3: Discuss how knowledge is passed on in multiple ways. It isn’t about connecting students with expert mentors only.
  • Math buddies.
  • Glogster epiphany.
  • Fishing for the constitution designed in class and implemented as part of a center rotation
  • Mention exemplary open house and bus tour student presentations.
  • Section 4: Begin talking about student book budget and connect to how student input and decision making is a big part of our library.
  • Got an overview of what I do to select books before diving in.
  • Looked at catalog selections. Thought about school population. Thought about who was in the selection group and how to overcome gender barrier.
  • Developed a survey with what they considered to be the most popular topics.
  • Used iPad to survey as many people as possible.
  • Mention that these books are among the most popular and this project has been one of such importance that it is now a part of our budget every year. It’s hard to argue with data that comes from students.
  • Section 5: Offering multiple ways for kids to participate….connect back to element of participatory culture….not ever member must contribute. Mention bookmarks here.
  • Mention looking and listening closely for opportunity. When students mention a book they loved, I mention ways they might share that book with others: written review, video review, BTV review, book mark, poster, etc.
  • Poetry, persuasive writing, reading incentives, design contests,
  • Last section: Mention the design of the new library currently being built and what I hope to do in the coming months/years.
  • Playing games, learning from games, designing games: motivation, innovation,
  • Most everything I do is planned and intentional or at least initiated by me. This will always be a primary way we participate because it’s school, but when does participation become spontaneous and what is ok and not ok…….i.e. story of girls coming to the library to plan a babysitting service. Or….guys starting a card game group during morning wait time.
  • Opening the Space: School Libraries as Sites of Participatory Culture (Knowledge Quest Webinar)

    1. 1. Opening theSpace: School Libraries as Places of Participatory Culture Knowledge Quest Webinar October 9, 2012 Andy Plemmons, School Librarian, David C. Barrow Elementary, GA
    2. 2. Participatory Culture isgrounded in…
    3. 3. Relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement ~Henry JenkinsSource:
    4. 4. strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others ~Henry JenkinsSource:
    5. 5. what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices ~Henry JenkinsSource:
    6. 6. members believe that their contributions matter ~Henry JenkinsSource:
    7. 7. members feel some degree of social connection with one another ~Henry JenkinsSource:
    8. 8. Not every member must contribute, but all must believethey are free to contribute when ready and that what theycontribute will be appropriately valued. ~Henry JenkinsSource:
    9. 9. A space to create
    10. 10. Makerspace Culture….“a place where young people have an opportunity to explore theirown interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creativeprojects. The key is that it can adapt to a wide variety of uses and canbe shaped by educational purposes as well as the students’ creativegoals.” Source:
    11. 11. Weather forecasts in PreK
    12. 12. Digital Storytelling in Kindergarten
    13. 13. Photo Story seasons projects in 1st grade
    14. 14. Regions of Georgia Commercials in 2nd Grade
    15. 15. Transliteracy rock exploration in 3rd Grade
    16. 16. Modeling 21st Century Learning in 4th grade
    17. 17. Documenting history in 5th Grade
    18. 18. Showcasing the Work
    19. 19. Blogging
    20. 20. Facebook
    21. 21. YouTube
    22. 22. Twitter
    23. 23. Displaying work
    24. 24. Honoring student voices
    25. 25. Connecting students toopportunities
    26. 26. Performing andConnecting with theworld
    27. 27. Painful Barrierscc image:
    28. 28. What is known is passed on
    29. 29. Pairing older with younger
    30. 30. Expertise emerges
    31. 31. Pathways for connection
    32. 32. Students designing instruction
    33. 33. Students teachingteachers
    34. 34. Contributions that matter
    35. 35. Leader librarians…Learning the process it takes to makelibrary decisions for a whole school
    36. 36. Book Choice Champions…Designing ways to make all voicesheard in library decisions
    37. 37. Googleformsurveys
    38. 38. Surveying every gradewith iPads and Google forms
    39. 39. Analyzingspreadsheetdata
    40. 40. Assigning partners,categories, andbudgets
    41. 41. Making decisions
    42. 42. Studentsmarketing tostudents
    43. 43. Participatory Opportunities
    44. 44. Targeted opportunities
    45. 45. Inviting creativity…through contests
    46. 46. Celebrating success
    47. 47. Looking Ahead cc image:
    48. 48. Gaming to tap interests & learning styles
    49. 49. Planned vs. Spontaneous Participation
    50. 50. Q&Acc image:
    51. 51. Contact:Blog: http://barrowmediacenter.wordpress.comTwitter: @plemmonsa @barrowmcFacebook: :