It’s been a busy month for SLAV professional learning with a major curriculum-focussed conference, AusVELS: Constructing new Learners in March, followed by Libguides and Kevin Hennah workshops. This broad range of events from curriculum, to delivery of online resources, through to library design, are an indication of the diverse professional learning required by school library staff.
2015 theme Students at the Centre of Learning was reflected in the AusVELS: Constructing new Learners conference. Regardless of all other change in school libraries, focus cannot stray from student learning and the collaborative relationships necessary for success. The Storify of #slavconf tweets below provides an insight into the day, however, for a more complete experience see presentations and notes on the SLAV website.
Main presentations were:
- Curriculum Update: Setting the scene, Dr David Howes, VCAA (changes to AusVELS that teacher librarians can tap into)
- Teachers changing practice in their schools – implications for school libraries, Dr Rosemary Abbott – Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak (Rosemary’s PhD research provides a compelling argument for strong communication between teachers and library staff)
- The Information Experience: Introduction, Professor Christine Bruce, QUT (Christine’s knowledge of how students learn and interact with information is a beacon to all educators and particularly teacher librarians).
Members sharing effective practice through a range of workshops was also an important part of the conference. Learning with and from each other at events such as this is a great help in building community and getting to know each other as members of the the school library community. Well done.
Aleks Krotoski is an academic, psychologist and journalist who writes about the impact of technology on our lives. Aleks’ upcoming book Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You, explores the ways the web can influence our relationships and change our perceptions of ourselves and others.
Aleks is in Australia as the inaugural speaker for the Digital Society series at the State Library of Victoria (tickets are still available for both free events on May 20 & May 21). We were lucky enough to speak to Aleks about her work. You can listen to the full interview below, as Aleks explores the importance of cultivating an online persona, the tension that exists between our private and public selves and the importance of information literacy. She also shares her ambition to own a full set of the 1974 Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Show notes and links:
Aleks’ online reporter’s notebook for Untangling the Web
Aleks Krotoski on Twitter
Aleks’ Tech Weekly podcast series
Aleks interviews T. Mills Kelly on Lying about the past
Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (Amazon)
Google’s Eric Schmidt: The Internet needs a delete button
The final session of the School Library Association of Victoria Make, Share, Do conference held on Friday 30th July was a smackdown. A wiki was developed with resources for people interested in accessing resources for:
- information fluency
- digital citizenship
- digital storytelling
- reading 2.0
- network building
Wallwisher walls were developed for each topic with conference delegates encouraged to add their own favourite sites, tools and ideas.
This is an interesting take on what we are all trying to address. Rather than think of what we are teaching as information literacy, this project applies the term 21st Century fluency.
The site explains its aims:
This resource is the collaborative effort of a group of experienced educators and entrepreneurs who have united to share their experience and ideas, and create a project geared toward making learning relevant to life in our new digital age. Our purpose is to develop exceptional resources to assist in transforming learning to be relevant to life in the 21st Century. At the core of this project are our Curriculum Integration Kits – engaging, challenge based learning modules designed to cultivate the essential 21st Century Fluencies within the context of the required curriculum.
In today’s world, it’s easy to see just how vital the internalization of these fluencies really is. They are the essential methodology by which the students of today will transform into the architects and leaders of tomorrow. Working together, we will make the future great.
In addition to the various resources we have crafted, we have strived to make our site just as engaging and informative. We hope you enjoy your time with us as you move forward in to C.H.A.N.G.E. in your classroom.
The site has a lot of useful resources such as:
Anyone can join the project as long as they commit to:
- Understanding Digital Kids
- Catching up to the new digital landscape
- Teaching to the whole new mind
- Teaching beyond literacy to 21st Century fluency
- Shifting the responsibility for learning to the student
- Letting students access information natively
- Letting students collaborate
Another great resource that gives us ways to start and continue to transform our classrooms.
The recent American Association of School Librarians conference held in Charlotte, NC. from 5 – 8 November resulted in many tweets and URLs to follow up for anyone interested.
Thanks to Joyce Valenza for sharing these links.
Thanks to Buffy Hamilton for these links.
Thanks to Donna Baumbach for this link.
There are probably more links out there from the conference, but these ones will keep you busy for a while…