My Place in the Field

Lisa Cannon - EDTC 5203

I just wanted to become an elementary school librarian...

and that is still my goal. However, this is my final semester and ending with two EDTC classes, this one and 5103, has greatly expanded my vision of what that entails .

This class has given me a lot to think about.

The topics addressed in this class have been practical and several really stuck with me:

  • Theories of Communication
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Effective Technology Integration
  • Professional Learning Networks

As a School Library Media Specialist...

I hope to capitalize on the platform of librarian and advocate for the use of educational technologies, particularly those that are small scale and easy to implement. There are so many tools available for teaching and organization - I want to be intentional about introducing tools that enhance learning both in the media center and in the classroom.

Theories of Communication

In our textbook, Spector states: "A communication can be regarded as successful when the information intended to be conveyed has been interpreted as it was intended" (2011). Making use of a variety of tech tools in communication with students, teachers, and administrators is a great way to both communicate one's message, as well to showcase a tool. My own use of communication tools can highlight the format choice as much as the message.

Diffusion of Technology and Effective Technology Integration

Chapters 11 and 15 go hand in hand. When reading about Diffusion Theory, I found myself recognizing the five groups of users in my own school setting. Keeping in mind the groups of users affected by the integration of new technology should help shape strategies for implementation. Some users will be curious and eager to try out new technologies while others drag their heels as long as possible. When integrating new technology, why not give those in the early adopter and early majority groups opportunities to explore the technology before formal implementation? Having volunteers pilot tech tools provides useful information to use when planning for implementation, as well as distributing experience when the technology is formally implemented. The teacher next door's experience may help the late majority and traditional resisters when the use of the tool becomes expected. This crosses over into collaboration (which also likely includes technology) as starting collaborative teaching partnerships is easier when you begin with those that are interested.

Professional Learning Networks

I have enjoyed the variety represented in this class. There has been a lot to learn from classmates that work in different fields and contexts. I want to continue learning! And for anyone in the fields of library media and technology it is a must. Unlike teaching, library media specialist positions are one per school. Librarians do not have the built-in team that teachers do, so developing connections with others in the field is crucial. For the past two years I have been able to attend Encyclomedia, and I have found many library and edtech professionals to follow on social media and blog platforms. I am looking forward to shifting from a consumer-only role in my PLN to also contributing. Although I am excited to be quickly approaching the end of my program, I will miss learning from my classmates' projects and experiences.

I now see my place in the field as...

one of a media specialist that is a lifelong learner, facilitator, and collaborator. I have a lot of knowledge gained through my program that I am excited to implement. Beyond traditional library tasks, I am also looking forward to sharing literature and information communication technology with students, teachers, and fellow professionals. Educational technology will serve me as a learner, teacher, and member of the professional school library and technology community.