You might be a 21st Century Librarian in New Hanover County if...




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You know that communication is the end-product
of research and you teach learners how to
communicate and participate creatively and
engagingly. You consider new interactive and
engaging communication tools for student projects.

At Carolina Beach, I have not been able to read to the students in the upper grades because I have open check out all day. In order to still be able to read books to these grades I have been making books for them to watch. I am using a digital camera and taking pictures of all of the pages. Then by using the program Audacity I am recording my voice reading the books. I then download the pictures and the audio into movie maker and put it all together. My students love it and now they are able to enjoy listening to stories. I plan on using this technique with many books to introduce topics to discuss and research.

Fourth and fifth graders at Blair are loving using Prezi for their projects and producing books with bookr that they can easily share with their learning communities.

Include and collaborate with your learners.
You let them in. You fill your physical and virtual
space with student work, student contributions—
their video productions, their original music, their art.
At Holly Shelter, two students approached me about creating a rap about the importance of using the school library. They are creating their own beat and have written the song. We are filming the rap in the coming weeks and we are placing it on the school & media webpage. -PGower

At Forest Hills Global Elementary, students help me decorate the library for many upcoming events and themes. I find that when I ask for help decorating the library, I have an abundance of willing participants.

Students love seeing their own and those of others displayed in the library at Blair.

Codington third graders are decorating the library for spring with "flowers" -- book reviews shared using multi-colored flower-shaped graphic organizers. M. Hickman

Know and celebrate that students can now publish
their written work digitally. (See these pathfinders:
Digital Publishing, Digital Storytelling)

At Winter Park, the Art, Music, P.E., Library, and Technology Specialists did a collaborative project with a 2nd grade teacher and 7 of her students. This project began in the library. We read a nonfiction/fiction books about boa constrictors and pythons. We compared fiction/nonfiction texts and located true facts within the fiction stories. We created a KWL chart throughout this process. Next each student chose a different type of snake to research. They used library resources to create their own KWL chart about their snake. Then, they took all of this information to the art teacher and began their own snake story (fiction with some facts thrown in). Each student illustrated the page in the book that included their snake. Students also worked on the editing the story during their regular classroom writing bock. Once the story was complete, students worked with the music teachers to create a sound effect for each snake. Finally, students worked with the technology teacher to record all of their narration/music and scan in their artwork. In addition to the story itself, the P.E. teacher also taught the stedents a poem about snakes. Each student had their picture taken using their body to create on of the letters in the word "snake". The recitation of this poem along with their photos appears after the snake story. Last but not least, the credits were accompanied by a piece of instrumental work by WP's 5th graders. The final product (an e-book) debuted on Winter Park's morning announcements and at a Books & Brownies parent event. It is currently posted on WP's website under Student Projects (Eventually I will create a similar link on the library's website as well.) UPDATE: Word spread about this collaborative project and WP's specialists gave a handful of presentations about the process involved in creating this digital story. We did a presentation at the Cameron Art Museum's Educator's Night, a tech facilitator's meeting, and a music teacher's meeting. We will also be teaching a 2-hour workshop for a handful of library media specialists that specifically requested a workshop on this collaborative project. - J.Moore
At Snipes, I have students fill out simple book recommendations when they really like a book and post it in the hallway with their photograph to encourage other students to consider books they might not ordinarily select. J. Linn
Would love to do more with digital storytelling with students. On my list for the new year!