Monthly Archives: May 2012
The American Federation of Teachers (http://www.aft.org/yourwork/teachers/) provided resources to enhance the classroom experience for students and teachers. In American Teacher, there is an article about tapping the school library. I just want to share some of their suggestions and add my two cents.
As a teacher/instructor:
- Build time into your lesson plan to visit the library or have the librarian attend your classroom
- Sit in on students’ tutorials/information instructional sessions (confirmation from a teacher about the information shared during the session is a great way to show collaboration between the classroom and library)
- Link the library’s website to your classroom website
- Make sure that the library have enough resources to support your class assignment
What do you think librarians can do to enhance the learning experience for students?
I was visiting a library’s website and noticed a unique avatar on the librarian’s profile. The avatar can be created by going to www.voki.com. Voki is a free service that allows anyone to create a personalized speaking avatar and use it on your blog, profile, and in e-mail messages.
Au, Wagner J. The Making of Second Life: Notes from the New World. New York: Collins, 2008. Print.
Baylor, Amy. “The Design Of Motivational Agents And Avatars.” Educational Technology Research & Development 59.2 (2011): 291-300. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 May 2012.
Ebbers, Suzanne J. The Impact of Social Model Agent Type (coping, Mastery) and Social Interaction Type (vicarious, Direct) on Learner Motivation, Attitudes, Social Comparisons, Affect and Learning Performance. , 2007. Internet resource. http://etd.lib.fsu.edu/theses/available/etd-07092007-151016
Mason, Robin, and Frank Rennie. E-learning: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge, 2006. Print.
Rymaszewski, Michael. Second Life: The Official Guide. San Francisco, Calif: Sybex, 2007. Print.
If you or your students are having problems with Microsoft Office 2010, go to http://www.gcflearnfree.org/office2010. GCF (Goodwill Community Foundation) offer free online tutorials for everyone.
One way to create a portfolio is through visualcv.com. It’s free which is important for job seekers or students. You won’t have quite the level of customization as you would with WordPress, but it has a more plug and play feel. Here are a couple of librarian examples from the site: http://www.visualcv.com/h4f43fd and http://www.visualcv.com/librarian. This information was shared to me by a colleague on a group discussion board. I created a professional portfolio using WordPress.
“ePortfolio HOW.” ePortfolios For All: A Roadmap for Success. City University of Hong Kong, 2009-2011. Web. 19 Apr, 2012. <http://www.cityu.edu.hk/edge/eportfolio/teacher/>
Cambridge, Darren.Electronic Portfolios 2.0: Emergent Research on Implementation and Impact.Sterling: Stylus, 2009. Print.
Foster, Bill. A Beginning Teaching Portfolio Handbook: Documenting and Reflecting on Your Professional Growth and Abilities. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2007. Print.
Friedman, Delores. Creating and Presenting an Early Childhood Education Portfolio: A Reflective Approach. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2012. Print.
Helpful Books about Technology in Education
Jacobs, Heidi. Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World. Alexandria: Assoication for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2010. Print.
Orlando, John. How to Effectively Assess Online Learning. Madison: Magna Publications, 2011. Print.
Manning, Susan. The Technology Toolbelt for Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.
Bates, Tony. Managing Technology in Higer Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.