Media Technology Information Services
What is MTIS all about?
The Media Technology and Information Services (MTIS) class strives to provide students interested in a career in information services such as librarians, technologists, and educators, with on the job experiences that will help them build a solid resume with concrete skills and experiences that will make them more marketable to colleges and future employers. The students in this class are part of the Falcon Information Team (FIT) and are ambassadors for the Falcon Information Center, 21st Century literacies, and digital learning.
Students apply to take this course and go through an Interview process. They must have teacher recommendations and must be in excellent academic standing. It is important to note that students in this course, complete course content and receive course credit. They are not merely assistants who perform clerical duties. They have daily assignments that they are responsible for completing in addition to library duties. There are 3 levels to this course. Juniors and Seniors who wish to apply should see Ms. Sauls
Digital Learning Coaches
In addition to providing library services, planning displays, and library promotional activities, the FIT team strives to promote digital learning. FIT team members look for ways to enhance the educational process through the integration of technology. At the beginning of the school year, students planned and led an all day professional development session with the district's Digital Teacher Leaders Group that centered around coding and its place in the curriculum. During the session, teachers learned from student leaders how to navigate Sphero through challenging obstacle courses, learned to code Sphero to complete a series of mapped courses, and provided lesson ideas for ways to connect Sphero to curriculum content. Recently, students partnered with Natasha Stephenson, a Digital Teacher Leader, and fourth-grade teacher, at Windsor Elementary to teach students about Sphero. Students had a fun day where they learned about Sphero and the basics of Coding. Mrs. Stephenson's 4th graders took their learning further by teaching what they learned to a group of second graders. Media Coordinators, Instructional Technologists, and Central Office Staff from neighboring districts were invited to receive professional development from our MTIS students in February. The MTIS class was selected to present their work with digital learning and Sphero to educators from across the state at NCTIES, the State Technology Conference in Raleigh in March. Over 3,000 people attended this year's conference.
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