Monday, September 12, 2011

Teacher Librarian Virtual Cafe for September 12

Back to School Special: nearly 100 participants from around the nation
A casual discussion to generate ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers & become indispensable to admin & staff at the beginning of every school year. Featuring how Google tools (forms, docs, & presentation, and more!) can supercharge the library program & classroom throughout the school year. For Teacher Librarians, 
How to connect with students and your community:  tips for sharing with your staff
See the Back to School Special Wikispaces page

Ideas from Gwyneth Jones-- aka The Daring Librarian, a middle school teacher librarian, an award winning bloggr and one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers 2011: 

  • Quick animation on Go Animate! for library orientation.
  • Community Crowdsourcing with Google Forms
  • Student produced book reviews - on Google forms which is published on a wiki
  • Trouble shooting wiki - to help students with "how do I...." frequently asked questions
  • Library blog:  use of Edublogs; see the Daring Librarian Blog - share with students, parents & librarians
  • Like us on Facebook even if your school blocks Facebook
  • Twitter style book reviews with 140 characters which can also be posted to a Google form
  • Stay up on pop culture, e.g. Angry Birds, Glee, etc so you can stay relevant with students
  • Create give-aways for your teachers: e.g. PPT with homemade graphics to give to teachers to customize to make their own back-to-school PPT
  • Parents please scan me - put a QR code out their to your resources on parent night
  • How-to-tutorials:
Tiffany Whitehead - librarian from Baton Rouge
  • We have to change the perception of the librarian
  • Create a welcoming space in the library; students need to feel comfortable
  • You can do a lot with a little
  • Bring in lots of toys; students love to play, e.g. puzzles, rubric cubes
  • Engage students: Destiny Quest - interactive library catalog; let your students interact
  • Use Google docs for scheduling classes in the library - meet each teacher where they are
  • Offer help on Windows 7 - use of a wiki for help
  • Tech Tuesday videos - 5 min video tutorials that teachers can use on her own YouTube channel
  • Make parents an ally 
  • Facebook page - fight for a fan page with the parent organization & update it with important information for parents.  If there is a will there is a way!
  • Connect with grandparents as volunteers
  • Comic Life - Jing -Screen shot videos for Tech Tuesday tutorials.  Go Animate - Promotional videos. These are tools to create your library presence. 
Crowdsourcing:  Open Mike Night coming up, led by Joyce Valenza.

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