RCE Media Center Annual Report

2016-2017

Annual Report?

Ok, I'm a nerd. All year I've been excited about completing an annual report at the end of the school year. It's basically a reflection about the year in the media center.
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Collaborative Spaces

We have many collaborative and flexible spaces within the Media Center.


This is the exact goal of our centers in the library: to promote inquiry, creativity, collaboration and community.

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Co Teach with Technology

Each month this allowed me to collaborate and share ways to integrate technology.
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Digital Products

Students have been exposed to the use of Google Drive, Google Classroom, Storybird, Google Slides, Sway as well as apps like Morfo, Sock Puppets, Toontastic, and Story Maker to create create their own digital products.


Many students also have the knowledge to use the green screen along with iMovie to be creative and tell about what they have learned.

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Media Crumbs Newsletter

I shared information about new digital resources and tools through the Media Crumbs Newsletter with hopes that you would find this information helpful to use when planning for your students.
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PL

I taught a session to my colleagues about DonorsChoose in January. https://www.smore.com/0gjhk


I've also helped multiple schools use canva correctly to make adjustments and templates for the school website. One media specialist came to observe and learn about how our centers are managed in the media center.


I have a section for PL for teachers on my school website. It will direct you here:
https://www.smore.com/xq3h4


I consider our Co-Teach with Technology sessions a form of PL. I help teachers and students activate accounts and learn to use various websites and resources.

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My equity focus has been on each students' experience. Some methods to accomplish this are to specifically create opportunities for using all major G Suite apps (Drive, Drawing, Docs, Slides, Classroom) as well as Office 365 (mostly Sway) I have found that many teachers are much less hesitant to use digital tools if their students already have experience with them or have someone else to introduce these new digital tools to their students and learn themselves while they are being introduced.


Another strategy of mine is to provide basically zero limits on the type of information a child can check out in the library. If a child of any age desires to read about Harry Potter, WWE wrestlers, or ballet - they are allowed to acquire that information. Libraries are all about freedom of information, and I believe that freedom applies to all of our students, regardless of their grade. We circulated 37, 308 items this school year.

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Google Doc

I created a Google Document for teachers to make specific requests for particular books that they see a need for.


I also started the Media Committee and plan to meet more regularly next year to have a better understand of needs within each grade level.

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I've had DonorsChoose project funded by members of the community to support our efforts in the media center. This year we were able to add the ozobot robots, Dash and Dot, and cubelets through the use of DonorsChoose.


The public library media specialist from Hampton came to talk to all of our students about the Summer Reading Program.

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I taught students about Digital Citizenship as well as how to be safe while using the internet. We reviewed this concept many times throughout the school year.