Middle School Library Highlights SY1213Digital CitizenshipWhat do we already teach about Digital Citizenship in the Middle School Library program?Digital Citizenship● Recognizes copyright law*● Uses citation tools*● Identifies consequences of plagiarism in school and beyond*● Identifies fair use*What do we need to teach about being a good Digital Citizen?Digital Citizenship● Choose settings in account profiles that protect personal information when online*● Uses etiquette considering global audience when communicating digitally *● Describes the concept of a digital footprint*● Debate legal and ethical uses of file sharing● Discuss the effects of existing and emerging technology on the global community● Analyze how cultures and groups value technology differently and how these valuesinfluence the development and acceptance of technologyWorking collaboratively with Steve Jenks the process of developing a change in the COREcurriculum for 6th grade that will address these skill areas has been a year long project andculminating with a presentation to the Middle School Faculty on June 17th at the final divisionmeeting.Information LiteracyEngages in the information literacy process: accesses, evaluates, and communicatesinformation & ideas. The 6th grade library skills program included a pre and post test using theTRAILS information literacy skills. This year has seen some interesting and important changes inthe information literacy component of the curriculum. With an emphasis on expository writing inthe history and science classes the assessment of information needs, development of researchquestions and gathering data, teachers have emphasized the use of the library as place as wellas through the virtual library and content curation of LibGuides to ensure that students have thebest information possible before transforming and synthesizing the information into newknowledge. Some of the finely honed research projects included: 6th grade Action Research, 7thgrade History Research, The American Revolution and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and8th grade, Thersites, The Golden Age of Greece and Foxpoint Research.Utilizes digital tools and resources to investigate realworld issues, answer questions, or solveproblems. Students were explicitly instructed in the use of Library provided databases, LIbguidesfor content curation and Noodletools used grades 612 to consistently cite sources in MLA style.There has been greater emphasis this year, using Brainpop and other video and audio resourcesto encourage the ethical use and demonstrate real understanding of copyright issues, ethicaluse of information and internet safety. This is taught through 6th grade Library Skills classeswhich is part of the Humanities curriculum in 6th grade. Teaching about the ethical use ofinformation encouraged further integration of the technology. Surveys were administered at theend of many research projects asking students to reflect on the process.
Understands the legal and ethical issues of technology as related to individuals, cultures, andsocieties: The results of the TRAILS post test for Recognizing the Ethical use of informationwere as follows indicated the mean student score was 80% correct up from 65% in the fall.Students were asked questions such asWhich is a case of plagiarism?You used facts from a book for your report. What do you include about the book in yourbibliography?You want a copy of a song from your favorite band’s new CD. Which of these allows you tolegally copy the song from the Internet?With nearly 80% accuracy.Love of ReadingReads for a variety of purposes and across content areas: The Reading Room and KindleReading groups were well attended averaging 10 students per quarter. Students could choose toread any book of interest and were encouraged to select books from the Middle School Librarycollection with some success. 7th grade students were encouraged to participate in the RhodeIsland Teen Book Award selection process by reading at least three of the nominated titles. Theyparticipated in the voting in January and were among Rhode Island YA readers who selectedDivergent as the winner. 6th grade continued to encourage independent reading through partnerreads, specific genre selections and the January Book Club reading. Teachers have agreed toread and participate in the selection process for Book Club 2014. Follow the link below to see thetitles and progress of the club.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au6N9k2zhxA0dGRLVUFjZ3M0WjlsNkd2V0sxcWhjOXc&usp=sharing