Digital Learning Day 2013: Join the Celebration! January 25, 2013Posted by Jen Habley in Check this out!.
By Sue Kowalski, Pine Grove Middle School Librarian, New York
To my school librarian peeps…
YOWZA!!!! Â Information overload is alive and well! Â Sometimes it’s OVERWHELMING! Â Youâ€™ll often see something on Twitter or AASL Hotlinks or on a listserv, save it to Evernote, or like a post on Facebook and share it with colleagues… or possibly, something catches your eye and that’s as far as you get. Â It happens, we’re human and we are busy doing what we know is in the best interest of our students and our programs. Â But, sometimes we need a fresh angle, an innovative idea, or to be rejuvenated.
Jumping on to a campaign like Digital Learning Day (DLD) 2013 might be just what you need. Â You are certainly using technology in a variety of ways already and you are surrounded by experts and inquiring minds of all ages. Â Why not promote and celebrate what you are doing and connect to a national initiative in the process! Â So, “let it go” and empower a team of your stakeholders to start a movement related to digital learning. Â It doesn’t have to be coordinated by YOU. Â Pass along the website, the resources, and the social media connections to a few teachers, a parent team, technology staff, and definitely your students.
At our school we are hosting a few events that are “forums” for students to showcase what they know and can do with technology to an audience of their peers and teachers. Â They are kind of like an “open mike” event for technology. Â We created a “Virtual Quest” to get kids thinking about technology concepts that rule our world. Â We are doing this via Google Forms and a student will manage the scoring when the entries come in. Â Technology tokens will be given to participants at our events for a chance to win prizes on February 6, 2013. Â Prizes will include things like amazon gift cards, wireless mouse, earbuds, and “in house” BYOD gift certificates.
Other school libraries in our District have Virtual Library tours created by students; producing something like this could be a way to show your communities what your students can do AND what your program has to offer. Â Get your student projects on the website and share your Wordles, your Voicethreads, and your Edmodo forums.
Whether you have a strong partnership with your public library or one that needs a boost, reach out and ask THEM provide the innovative leadership for this celebration. Â We are working with a public library partner to host a “tech playground” of sorts at their library to promote the services that students and families can get from their public library related to e-books, online library services, and other tech services. Â We will cosponsor the event, coordinate advertising, and use this as a starting point for all similar events at either our location or theirs.
We have developed a schedule of events and will continue to add to this as students find out what teachers are doing that would align with our campaign. Â Certainly, invite stakeholders to join events. Take photos and videos for publicity, recognize leadership teams and volunteers, and share plans via social media outlets. Â Take advantage of social media where appropriate in your communities to advertise, engage in conversations, or host contests.
The bottom line is this:Â Your libraries are rich with innovative and effective uses of technology. Â You are always looking for ways to showcase how your program impacts student achievement. Â Being a part of Digital Learning Day is a perfect opportunity to tell the world how incredible you are!
Digital Learning Day is February 6, 2013. Â Join the celebration!