LIS 647 Reflection
Current Trends in School Media Centers
1.1.1 Follow an inquiry- based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real- world connection for using this process in own life.
The technology integration inquiry required me to follow an inquiry process to explore different technologies noted in the textbook. Once I selected three forms of technology to explore I had to form questions around which I based my explorations (was there something I wanted to know more about, was there something I did not understand that needed clarification, etc.). After creating questions around which to base my explorations I conducted searches using internet search engines, UK Library's databases and electronic journals to attempt to gather and locate information that could help answer my questions.
1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.
The various course readings, peer reviews, peer presentations and the textbook contributed to my knowledge and understanding of current trends in school libraries. Through reading, viewing and exploration for personal interest, I was able to gather information to form new knowledge around the topics of inquiry based learning, technology tools/social media uses in schools and multiple current trends in school libraries(digital citizenship, makerspaces, STEM, etc.).
3.2.1 Demonstrate leadership and confidence by presenting ideas to others in both formal and informal situations.
The discussion boards for this class enhanced and expanded my learning and understanding. Being a participant in the discussions introduced me to opinions and ideas of my classmates that I may not have been exposed to otherwise. Their ideas helped mesh with my understanding to give me a richer learning experience.
The reviews written for my peers' work demonstrated leadership skills in that I was able to evaluate their work and identify strengths and areas for growth. I focused on providing constructive feedback in written form as well as highlighting scores for each area within the review. I felt that written feedback was important for peer reviews in distance learning and would support the highlighted scores within the rubrics.
1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community.
My contributions to discussion groups are evidence of my ability to contribute to the exchange of information and ideas within the learning community. I tried to participate beyond the expectations for the discussion board in order to gain new perspectives, introduce myself to new opinions and enhance my learning.
3.3.4 Create products that apply to authentic, real-world contexts.
I created a Prezi to explain the topic of Digital Citizenship and its implications in the educational world. The presentation covered the definition of digital citizenship, Federal regulations for schools and the connections for librarians in teaching and promoting digital citizenship within their school.
1.4.2 Use interaction with and feedback from teachers and peers to guide own inquiry process.
3.4.2 Assess the quality and effectiveness of the learning product.
The course syllabus indicated that students must post draft versions of all assignments for peer review prior to submitting the final version for grading. I was able to take the feedback received from my peers to make improvements to my work before submitting for a final grade. I have also read the feedback and instructor comments with each of my returned assignments. I am currently editing my assignments to reflect some of these instructor suggestions in order to use them during the upcoming school year. I also self assessed each of my assignments prior to posting drafts for review and final versions for grading. Each of these self-assessments required me to reflect on my work in the inquiry process and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of my assignment.
1. All assignments for this course were designed for use in our future library. I am very happy to be completing the course with explorations in new technology, a collaborative unit, lesson plans and a presentation that can be tweaked to share with teachers at an in-service.
2. The required peer reviews were some of the most valuable experiences of the semester. Through reviewing others I was able to identify my own strengths and challenges to improve my work. In most all of my online class experience the only feedback I receive is from the instructor. Receiving feedback from my peers was new and incredibly helpful in that using their suggestions I was able to edit, gain clarification and improve the overall quality of my work.
Suggestions for improvement:
The amount of reading required for this course and the need to condense material into a two month time frame presented some challenges for me as a student. I would have preferred to take this class during a regular semester which would have given me more time to read and digest the information. With current trends being extremely important to a school librarian it seems illogical to jam pack some of the most valuable/practical information in to a shortened semester. I feel that having more time would certainly have improved my collaborative unit and lesson plans in that I would have had more time to read, reflect and build my knowledge of inquiry based learning. Maybe it would be a possibility to move those major projects to the end of the semester so students can build their knowledge over the course of the entire semester (shortened or not) instead of within the first 2-3 weeks.
McLeod, S., & Lehmann, C. (2012). What school leaders need to know about digital technologies and social media. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Chicago: American Association of School Librarians, 2007.