THINK, CREATE, SHARE, GROW
OHS Seniors Research and Create Bills
During October, the District Teacher Librarians collaborated with Jaci Durtschi's American Government Senior classes to research and craft legislative bills to be presented in a Senate simulation. The DTLs helped students with more effective Google searching and researched through the SIRS (Social Issues Research Series) Issue Researcher web resource from Pioneer Library. After individual research, students worked together in groups, utilizing their Google Apps account to share and synthesize their research as a group on collaborative tables and write their bills. Students presented their bills to the class Senate, reworking and voting on each other's legislation.
Not Your Mother’s Librarian
1+1=3. Really? Not last time I checked. However, take a classroom teacher and a teacher librarian, put them in a room full of students, and that equals student success. Co-teaching (two or more people sharing responsibility for teaching students) is one of the most innovative practices in education. With the classroom teacher acting as content specialist and the teacher librarian as process specialist, critical thinking and research skills are taught in the context of grade-level curriculum. Using Standards for the 21st Century Learner in conjunction with the New Utah Core Standards, the Ogden District Teacher Librarians (DTLs) work with teachers in their classrooms, computer lab, or the school library to help students think, read, write, listen, and speak in any content area. DTLs also work with teachers to implement technology based resources such as Google Apps for Education and Noodle Tools (see article below).
So, if your idea of a librarian is just the keeper of the books, think again. 21st-century librarians still love a good book, but they have so much more to offer. Watch for a teacher librarian co-teaching at a school near you. We’re not your mother’s librarian; and remember, 1+1=3.
Using Your NoodleTool!
The seven DTLs took a trip to the University of Utah for a full day of UEN training. They spent most of their time exploring NoodleTools, a new addition to Pioneer, Utah’s Online Library.
NoodleTools is an online resource that allows students to collect and organize research and create citations, while collaborating with other students. Students can share projects with each other and their teacher, ask questions, and get feedback. Also, NoodleTools is integrated with Google Apps, so if your students are set up with a Google account, they can start creating their document in Google Docs right from the NoodleTools site.
The DTLs will be bringing this tool to classrooms around the district, but don’t wait--go to pioneer.uen.org now and get your NoodleTool on!
Ogden School District Teacher Librarians
We are excited to co-teach with you in your classroom. Please contact both your principal and one of the DTLs about co-teaching opportunities.
Also, if you have questions or comments about the district library program, please feel free to contact us:
Katie Kilts -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Mauchley -- email@example.com
Christine McFarland M.Ed -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelly Ripplinger -- email@example.com
Elaine Shelburne MLS / M.Ed - firstname.lastname@example.org
Avan Thayn -- email@example.com
Amy Jamison -- firstname.lastname@example.org
"Think, Create, Share, Grow" are used with permission from the American Association of School Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. www.ala.org
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