Coming to an end

Hello, all my fellow bloggers! My semester is coming to an end and I wanted to post my thoughts. Here is my very first post: “Hello blog readers!  My name is Melanie Lee and I am a high school librarian, you read that right we are librarians again – just ask ALA. I am writing this blog to get information from those of you in the trenches, especially when it comes to dealing with the 1:1 initiative. My school of approximately 1900 9 – 12 graders will be 1:1 next year. I am both scared and excited.  I don’t want to reinvent the wheel so I am here to give information, get advice and maybe help someone else.”

I now need to reflect on my blog and what I have learned. First of all, writing a blog was a huge step for me. I have ZERO experience and it was a lot of fun! I met some really interesting people and gained some followers that I would not have met without this blog.

As far as learning about 1:1 implementation I gained knowledge about working with math classes and going paperless as a school. Both of these subjects I personally had to deal with this school year.

I also starting thinking ahead I wrote a few lesson plans on Digital Citizenship that I hope my school with use next year with our Advisory classes. I also came across some great posters that I plan on copying and placing in my Media Center about Digital Citizenship and “Thinking before you post”. Many of our school infractions happen because of something posted on social media. All students need to be taught how to use the devices they have, we can’t assume they already know how to use them!

Also this semester, I was lucky enough to go to the TCEA conference in Austin, Texas. What a wealth of information! Many of the things I learned there: Challenge boxes, Digital Citizenship ideas, and must try apps and extensions on Chromebooks I was able to bring back and share with my faculty.

Using this blog has forced me to ask questions about 1:1 implementation that I didn’t know existed. I want my school 1:1 implementation to be successful. I know I have a lot more to consider, but I am more knowledgeable that I was at the beginning of the semester. This has been a great learning tool and has made me a better Laptop Librarian!

 

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More Comments on Personalization Continuum (Tom Hatch)

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Tom Hatch is an Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. I met Tom at Stanford University when his wife, Karen Hammerness, was a graduate student and took one of my classes. Hatch had worked closely with Ted Sizer, Howard Gardner, and James Comer–leaders of whole-school reform movement in the 1980s and 1990s. He subsequently wrote thoughtfully about theories of action. I used an article he wrote in my seminars for many years (“The Difference in Theory That Matters in the Practice of School Improvement,” 1998 in American Educational Research Journal).

He posted this letter to me April 7, 2017. In it, he offers comments on the  Personalization Continuum that I had drafted, weaving together readers’ comments with his own research and experiences. 

Dear Larry

Your recent post describing the many versions of “personalization” you’ve seen in your visits to schools seems particularly relevant these days for a number…

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Auburn Public Library launching Cloud Library program, working to expand offerings

Making the switch from Overdrive to Cloud Library

58e1ce0d085f9.image.jpgThe Auburn Public Library is launching a new platform for its ebook and audiobook selection and is hoping to expand its offerings.

The library today uses OverDrive to offer cardholders ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. Patrons can access the books through a separate website and read or listen to them on most devices.

Over the next few weeks, the library will work to switch its collection over to Cloud Library, which will allow the library to offer econtent directly from the library’s site, alongside print content.

“Then they will be able to checkout and download directly from there without having to go back and forth,” said Brandon Rowland, digital services specialist. “It’s a really simple process, and you get to see everything we have to offer at once.”

Cloud Library will work in concert with the library’s new self-checkout system. When patrons use the system to checkout a book, they will…

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