Snapchat in the Library

I am a personal Snapchat user. I love the filters and sending to my friends, but I wonder…can I use it in my workplace…a high school library?

#1 reason to use Snapchat in the Library – Spontaneity! Give others a glimpse of the daily life in your space.  Take a pic of a student reading a book or a class looking for books for check out. When you have something exciting going on, take a snap and send it out.

Some other ideas:
1. doing quick book talks

2. sharing book covers from a certain genre or collection

3. A quick reminder to students about what’s happening

4. before and after pics or videos

5. Using those silly filters on books with faces

6. monthly library “story” update

7. Snapchat school events I attend (to show librarians DO things other than “librarian-ish” things)

8. Quick preview of new library resources

9. testimonials on the importance of libraries from teachers, admin, students

10. take a pic of a tweet you’re going to send to “smash” two social media apps together instead of typing it all over again

11. do a library mystery theater or “escape room” type of program

12. answering the age-old question, “What do librarians do all day??”

Another lesson plan on Digital Citizenship

Students will be assigned to groups of four and assigned one of four roles:
Students will be given a hypothetical student’s profile to evaluate for content that is:
Too revealing of privacy information

Distribute the profiles of hypothetical students and a list of questions. The students will work in their groups and evaluate the content of the profile sheets for information that they feel should be removed or changed. After the students have evaluated the content, conduct a full group discussion about the types of content and reputation that was created.

1. Would they want a trusted adult, employer, sports recruiter, or college admissions officer to see their digital footprints?

2. Have they posted anything that could hurt another person’s feelings or reputation?

3. Do they have music files or movies on their site?  Were they legally obtained? Do they portray you in a positive light?

4. Have they posted information that could help someone find them in real life?

Checklist for a creating a great online reputation: I have pictures that show I would be a good employee/student/team member/citizen. I have posted only nice comments. I have music and video that is not copyrighted on my site. I have included only my name and email address on my site. I participate in online discussions and Interest sites in a positive manner.

Go to this link for some examples of profiles to be evaluated.


Borrowing eBooks from your local library!

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West Virginia is sharing eBooks with you!

The West Virginia Library Commission is announcing a new service, SELF-e – which gives local authors a platform to make their eBooks available to libraries across West Virginia and the U.S.. To access the service, authors may submit their works to the WVLC, who adds them to the Commission’s West Virginia Collection, a database of […]

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Good Digital Citizenship OUTDOORS

I came across this website and I LOVED it. We talk to our students about having good digital citizenship, but this website discusses how to use our technology outdoors. Here are the top rules:

  • Research before, share after.  The time to use technology to enhance your nature experience is before you go and a8er you get back. Of course it’s okay to make some time and space to snap a few photos while you’re out, but otherwise turn that selfie stick into a walking stick, put your smartphone in your pocket and be present in your nature experience.
  • Turn off the sound and look around. Part of the nature experience is silence and wild sounds. No one wants to hear the click, click, click of texting or taking photos. If you’d rather hear music on the trail, wear headphones. Nature is a sacred place to those who are enjoying it and the wildlife that calls it home. Do your best not to interrupt their experience
  • Don’t trample the woods to share your goods.  Getting that one-of-a-kind shot to share with your “friends” doesn’t mean you have permission to trample or deface natural resources to get it. Recent events of graffiti at national parks shared on Instagram or ex-Scout Leaders knocking over ancient rock formations to shoot a video show the extent people will go to “share” their experience with others.
  • Tech is not terrible, but how you use it may be.  Technology is often vilified and placed into opposition with nature experiences, but it can be a handy tool. Use it for identification research, or how you would use a book (remember those?) to enhance your outdoor experience. But remember, you don’t have to know the name of something to enjoy it.
  • Don’t be driven to distraction – Ask yourself: Is your tech helping you see things or is it making you miss the moment?  There are tales of a whole class missing the breaching of whales during a coastal hike or others who missed a deer smack in front of them because they were distracted by their devices.
  • Let “why” be your guide. Always ask yourself if what you are doing is worth the time or distraction. Do you NEED to do it? (Are you sharing with friends? Blogging to inspire others? Keeping a nature photo album? Telling a story? Doing research? Do you need it for navigation?) If the answer is “no” – then save your tech time for later and enjoy the moment.
  • Nature is its own best teacher. The real value of nature comes when we can experience it for what it is. When you see something occur in nature that you’ve never seen before and may never be seen again, that’s the wonder that makes it so beneficial and just a small dose of what author Richard Louv calls “Vitamin N” can help us navigate struggles and makes us healthier, smarter, and happier.
  • An hour away is more than okay. Always, always, always leave time for enjoyment and the purity of the moment. Don’t let the constant beeping of text messages, tweets, and wai%ng Snapchats get in the way. They will be there later. As you get out more, you’ll get better at this. We promise.

Download this poster here!

If you post something online and it goes WRONG!

Below is a mini lesson for talking to students about what they can do if they post something online that is offensive to someone or if someone posts something about them that they don’t like.

Read this story:

When Vin Snapchatted his friend an embarrassing picture of himself, he hadn’t expected that his friend would take a screenshot of the picture and upload it to Facebook. He didn’t want to seem uptight, but he was pretty embarrassed that the picture was posted for all to see. He texted his friend, “Not cool, man. Take it down.” His screen lit up: “hahahah.” Vin texted back, “Nah, I’m not playing, take it off.” His friend wrote back, “Whoa, chill out, I’m just playing,” but he didn’t take the picture down. Vin was about to go through recruiting for college sports teams, and though he knew the picture wouldn’t get him in trouble, it wasn’t exactly the image he wanted recruiters to see.


What is your immediate reaction to this situation?
How do you decide which pictures are OK to share on social media and which should stay offline?
Is it reasonable for Vin to be concerned about the recruiters?
What kinds of content do you think the recruiters would or would not want to see if they searched for Vin online?
What would you do if you were in this situation and your friend refused to take down the picture?

If you shared something you should not have online the first thing to do is ask the people you sent it to not to pass it on.

If someone else posted something you sent them, start by asking them to take it down.

Do not do anything while you’re mad: give yourself time to cool down and, if you can, talk to the person offline. If they refuse to take it down, don’t try to get back at them by sharing private things they sent you, harassing them or getting your friends to gang up on them.

If you’re tagged in a photo that you don’t like, remember that a lot of photo sharing and social networking sites may let you take your name off any pictures you’ve been tagged in. On Facebook, you can also select to review posts you are tagged in before they post to your timeline under your privacy settings:



Be careful what you post

Here is another suggestion for a class of students to discuss Digital Citizenship:
I work in a high school so my lessons are geared towards that age. The video below may not be appropriate for lower grades.

Start the class with this video from Ellen on Youtube. In this video, Ellen views her audience members Facebook pages and shows their pictures live on her show.

Discuss using some or all of these questions:

  • What is your reaction to this clip?
  • What do you think of Ellen’s decision to do this segment on her show? Is it okay? Why or why not?
  • At the end of the clip, Ellen shows embarrassing pictures of Megan. How would you feel if your parents saw/learned about something you did because of what someone else saw on Instagram/SnapChat? Does this seem like a realistic possibility?
  • Megan’s friend who is also in the picture did not choose to share it and did not even go to the show, yet her embarrassing photo was also shared publicly. How can we manage what pictures other share?


Think before you post

Digital Citizenship is a hot topic. I am hoping to add a section to our monthly Advisory sessions to discuss Digital Citizenship. We will be going 1:1 soon and our students need to know how to be a good citizen while online. One of the first presentations I want to show are students is about “Thinking before you post”. Here is an outline I might propose to my school.

Show the class this YouTube video of Obama reading Mean Tweets from the Jimmy Kimmel show. Discuss. Then go over the questions below as examples of things you should ask yourself before posting anything online.

Think about these things from Kidscape:

Will I feel good or different about it later?

Social media comes with one golden rule, don’t post when you are angry. A split second of rage can have permanent consequences.

Why am I posting?

Is this something you really want to post, does it really reflect your personality and values? Don’t follow the crowd or post just to gain attention, as you might not like the response you get back.

Would I say this in person?

No? Then don’t say it online. Social accounts are managed by real people with real feelings. If you talk about someone online, think about whether you would feel embarrassed or ashamed if you saw them in person. If so, you may want to ask again, why am I posting?

Can this be interpreted differently?

Sarcasm and irony do not often transfer well into writing, especially in a short social media post. Think about how others may read it; could it be seen as offensive?

Am I being kind?

Treat others with the respect that you would like to receive. If you read it about yourself, would it make you feel good?

Is it really private?

People often excuse inappropriate posts based on the idea that the conversation is private, as it is on a private account. Consider how many connections you have, are all these people very close friends? Can you trust that each one of them won’t share or talk about your post with others? Facebook statistics suggest that the average young user has up to 300 online friends. This private profile suddenly doesn’t seem so private at all.

Do I have permission?

You might find that badly angled photograph of your friend amusing, but the likelihood is that they will not. Be respectful of other people’s privacy; don’t share photos or information that will embarrass or humiliate someone.

Would I like me?

If you were a stranger looking in at your profile, what would you think? If most of your posts are in some way critical, unkind, offensive or negative, how do you think you are being perceived?

Is it legal?

In the eyes of the law, posting online is not the same as having an informal chat with your friends. Posting is publishing, just the same as if it was written in the newspaper. Even if your profile is private, you do not own what you publish – meaning anyone can use it as evidence. Make sure you do not post anything that might get you into trouble with the law. Harassment, hate speech, threats of violence, ruining someone’s reputation and pictures or comments suggesting illegal activity can all be used against you.

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Lessons from a decade old 1:1 district

River Dell Regional School District just celebrated their 10 year being completely 1:1. After 10 years they are looking to update/upgrade their program. Before doing any buying or updating, they formed a committee to make selections. First thing they did was make a list of items they needed their devices to perform:

  • capability to make videos
  • touchscreen
  • digital inking capability
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • collaboration capabilities
  • 24/7 access
  • able to submit assignments and teachers give feedback.

They decided on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with the use of Microsoft’s OneNote Class Notebook. All classrooms also have wireless projectors.

The Director of Technology, Marianthe Williams, was asked to give some of the lessons they learned after a decade of 1:1 computing. Here is what she said:

  1. You can never have enough professional development.
  2. Involve your stakeholders.
  3. Celebrate successes.
  4. Leadership is important in creating an innovative culture.
  5. The devices and access are only the beginning.