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Permission to Dream: COMO 2013


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Permission to Dream: COMO 2013

  1. 1. Permission to Dream: Libraries as Places of Participatory Culture, Transliteracy, & Connections with the World Andy Plemmons, School Librarian David C. Barrow Elementary Athens, GA
  2. 2. Tweet the conference #gacomo Backchannel
  3. 3. “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” -- Unknown cc image:
  4. 4. “Let’s consider that reality testing may be just another way of stifling imagination.” Source: Cc image:
  5. 5. “Great librarians experiment with new services and are not afraid to fail rapidly. There is a difference between a failure and a mistake. A mistake is when you do something wrong and don’t learn from it. A failure is something you try that is a little bit beyond your reach, but you can figure out how to do it better next time.” ~David Lankes, Expect More CC Image:
  6. 6. "School libraries can serve as test beds to explore. As others follow our lead, teacher librarians can play a valuable role, SUPPORTING EDUCATORS for whom this brave new world represents change and uncertainty." ~Mark Ray, Vancouver Public Schools
  7. 7. Successful library programs are made of many strands tangled together.
  8. 8. CC Image: Librarians and members weave these strands to create a beautiful tapestry.
  9. 9. Participatory Culture is grounded in…
  10. 10. Relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement ~Henry Jenkins Source:
  11. 11. How can we lower barriers for our members?
  12. 12. Co-teaching
  13. 13. Students as teachers
  14. 14. Collaborative partnerships
  15. 15. How can we INVITE FAMILIES to participate in our programs?
  16. 16. Reorganizing our collections based on user needs
  17. 17. strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others ~Henry Jenkins Source:
  18. 18. “When we allow children to experiment, take risks, and play with their own ideas, we give them permission to trust themselves.” ~Sylvia Martinez & Gary Stager, Invent to Learn
  19. 19. Weather forecasts in PreK
  20. 20. Muralists in Kindergarten
  21. 21. Digital Photography projects in 1st grade
  22. 22. Regions of Georgia Commercials in2nd Grade
  23. 23. Paul Revere Choice Projects in 3rd Grade
  24. 24. School T-shirt design in 4th grade
  25. 25. Documentinghistory in 5th Grade
  26. 26. Gamification
  27. 27. the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. Source: Transliteracy:
  28. 28. Not Print vs. Digital
  29. 29. How can students experience and create across multiple platforms, tools, and media?
  30. 30. New forms of mentor texts
  31. 31. Multiple platforms for gathering information
  32. 32. Multiple platforms for experiencing an event
  33. 33. Source: Transmedia storytelling ~Laura Fleming
  34. 34. what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices ~Henry Jenkins Source:
  35. 35. “It is unacceptable and unnecessary to deny children the opportunity to work on something they are passionate about because the teacher is not an expert in that particular field.” ~Sylvia Martinez & Gary Stager, Invent to Learn
  36. 36. How do we identify expertise?
  37. 37. Pairing older with younger
  38. 38. Students sparking new ideas
  39. 39. Students designing instruction
  40. 40. Students as school-wide tech leaders
  41. 41. members believe that their contributions matter ~Henry Jenkins Source:
  42. 42. “We should expect more than simply being consumers or users of the library; we should expect to be members--helping to shape the library itself.” ~David Lankes, Expect More
  43. 43. How do we honor student voices?
  44. 44. How do we connect students to opportunities?
  45. 45. Making decisions about library content
  46. 46. Designing ways to make all voices heard in library decisions
  47. 47. Surveying every grade with iPads and Google forms
  48. 48. Analyzing spreadsheet data
  49. 49. Collection development
  50. 50. Students marketing to students
  51. 51. Expanding to Community Contributions
  52. 52. Not every member must contribute, but all must believe they are free to contribute when ready and that what they contribute will be appropriately valued. ~Henry Jenkins Source: Source:
  53. 53. How do we invite our members to participate in their library?
  54. 54. “Libraries need to be of the community, not simply for the community.” ~David Lankes, Expect More
  55. 55. Opportunities to contribute
  56. 56. Opportunities to problem solve
  57. 57. Opportunities to find something new
  58. 58. Inviting creativity through contests
  59. 59. Student-made book displays
  60. 60. “The learning space is the „third teacher‟ in the parlance of the Reggio Emilia approach. It should inspire, motivat e, nurture, and inform practice as much as a parent or teacher.” ~Sylvia Martinez & Gary Stager, Invent to Learn
  61. 61. Celebrating success
  62. 62. Source: members feel some degree of social connection with one another ~Henry Jenkins
  63. 63. Do our students understand the global society?
  64. 64. How do we connect them to experiences beyond our walls?
  65. 65. “We serve the same youth.” ~Marcus Lowry, Ramsey County Public Library, MN Collaborating with Public Libraries
  66. 66. Collaborating with local bookstores
  67. 67. YouTube
  68. 68. Blogging
  69. 69. Facebook
  70. 70. Twitter
  71. 71. Tweeting with 1st graders
  72. 72. Bird research with Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  73. 73. Skyping with Rick Brooks Co-Founder of Little Free Libraries
  74. 74. World Read Aloud Day
  75. 75. Talk like a Pirate Day
  76. 76. International Connections
  77. 77. CONNECTING with other librarians leads to rewarding experiences for students.
  78. 78. multiple FORMS of collaboration to connect beyond walls
  79. 79. collaboration can start with a simple CONVERSATION that leads to UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES
  80. 80. Connecting through shared text
  81. 81. Connecting through student blogging
  82. 82. Paper Blogging
  83. 83. Making our posts public
  84. 84. Paper commenting
  85. 85. Online commenting
  86. 86. Connecting with Authors
  87. 87. "I like to HEAR MYSELF read my TuxPaint story. Everybody knows I can read now." ~Ja'Cari, Kindergarten student
  88. 88. Long-distance librarians
  89. 89. What are your barriers? Cc image:
  90. 90. Cc image: Filtering
  91. 91. Limited Funding Cc image:
  92. 92. Time Cc image:
  93. 93. Inadequate staffing Cc image:
  94. 94. Lack of volunteers Cc image:
  95. 95. Reaching our library members
  96. 96. Cc image: Developing independence
  97. 97. How do we build bridges to move beyond these barriers? Cc image:
  98. 98. How do we find the threads that move us forward rather than remain tangled in our frustrations? Cc image:
  99. 99. “One of the responsibilities of being a teacher is to translate the mandates of the educational system to something that helps children understand their world.” ~Sylvia Martinez & Gary Stager, Invent to Learn
  100. 100. We have the opportunity to start the conversation now.
  101. 101. Expect the Miraculous
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  103. 103. Contact: Blog: Twitter: @plemmonsa @barrowmc Facebook: Elementary-Media-Center/128735320830 Website : Email:
  104. 104. Resources: • Jenkins, H., Clinton, K., Purushotma, R., Robison, A.J. & Weigel, M. ( 2006). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education For the 21st Century. Retrieved September 22, 2013. NMLWhitePaper.pdf • Lankes, R. Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World. CreateSpace, 2012. Print. • Martinez, Sylvia Libow., and Gary Stager. Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Torrance, CA; Constructing Modern Knowledge, 2013. Print.