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




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You consider iPods and iPhones and iPads learning tools and storage devices and reference sources. You know that when you interrupt a student she might be in the middle of a chapter, recording a podcast, transferring data, taking audio notes. You establish classroom or library academic guidelines and norms for their use during the school day.
Click on the link to see an example of a student booktrailer:

Click on the link to see examples of student documentaries:
I have been using basic video editing software to create booktrailers to help promote reading. The concept is basically like a movie trailer, except the student uses pictures and narration to create a teaser or mini booktalk to encourage reading of a book. I also have been using flip videos and have my students create a video documentary on a library issue. The student must create story boards, an outline, and a bibliography in the film's credits. They must research the topic to find specific facts and examples to put in the film. The documentaries are about 5-8 minutes and are required to contain a persuave argument. Also required is a visual representation of statisics or factual information.

You know this is only the beginning of social networking. Students will get to their Facebook accounts through proxy servers and their mobile devices despite any efforts to block them. You plan educationally meaningful ways to incorporate student excitement (and your own) for social networking. You establish classroom or library academic guidelines and norms for their use during the school day.

I would LOVE (and hope to one day) see open access to social networking sites at school, so that we could be a part of helping students establish meaningful, appropriate and responsible digital footprints. However, since this has not happened yet, I have been able to establish the widespread use of Edmodo as an alternative to Facebook in which students/staff collaborate online to complete projects and share their learning with one another. - JLaGarde

You consider your role as info-technology scout. You look to make “learning sense” of the authentic new information and communication tools used in business and academics. You figure out how to use them thoughtfully and you help classroom teachers use them with their classes.
I maintain a blog for the staff at Myrtle Grove, which I update weekly with a review of one "21st Century Resource." Throughout the year, teachers ask me to train them/their students on how to use these new tech-tools. However, all of these resource-reviews are also housed on a separate webpage which I use once per year to conduct a day long professional development for staff members who receive credit for implementing at least one new resource from the collection and then reflecting on its use. We call the whole program "web2.Grove." - JLaGarde

I would love to follow this blog. How about publishing that webpage for all of us NHC media folks?