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




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You recognize that the work your students create has audience and that they may share newly constructed knowledge globally on powerful networks,. You help them see that they have the potential to make social, cultural, and political impact.
At Blair last year we collected over 10,000 books and backpacks to send to an orphanage in India. We shipped most of the books, but chose a suitcase full to be delivered by a friend. We then skyped with the girls in India. What a powerful example to our students of how they can help students in need half way around the world. We are currently working to set up a new project for this same orphanage this year.

You recognize that learners may share their ideas and participate in dialogs beyond the walls of the library or classroom.
Our students are working with global penpals and skyping with students in other countries at Sunset Park. Though we have had some technology glitches along the way, its a great start and something we plan to use all year long.

You exploit the cloud as a strategy
for student collaboration, sharing and publishing.

You share with students their responsibilities for participating in social networks.
We use the NetSmatz and a book on Tumblebooks called Cyber Red (I think) that talks about WEB safety and then we talk about Facebook etiquitte. B.Anderson

You see teleconferencing tools like Skype
as ways to open your library to authors, experts, book discussion, debates, and more. Consider starting by examining
Skype an Author Network.
The 4th grade students at Alderman read an interesting book on the iditarod, Foxy's Tale. After finishing the book, several students chose a topic to research. They shared their projects with 2nd graders at Murrayville Elementary through Skype. They also skyped the author of the book, Ed WHite. Third grade students skyped author Ken Nesbitt after reading his poetry and in November, 4th grade girls will be skyping author Mona Kerby after reading her book, Owney the Mail Pouch Pooch.

You use new tools for collaboration. Your students create together, They synthesize information, enhance their writing through peer review and negotiate content in blogs and wikis and using tools like GoogleDocs, Flickr, Voicethread,
Animoto and a variety of other writing or
mind mapping and storytelling tools.
In a collaborative project with UNCW English 380 Literature for Children, university students are blogging Alderman Elementary students about favorite books they are learning about in their course. I created a post for them on the Eagle Eye Blog which is on my Alderman media page.

You help students create their own networks for learning and extracurricular activities.