Might Little Librarian is a media blog written by Tiffany Whitehead. She is the Director of Library at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tiffany has served as the President for ISTE’s Librarians Network and was recognized as one of ISTE’s 2014 Emerging Leaders. She currently works with 6-12 graders.
The blog consists of her posts, the latest being from March 2018, and a section where she posts the videos of her past professional presentations. Her posts highlight hot topics such as fake news and how to teach your students about it, new and useful apps, and things that are happening in her media center.
Working with elementary students one might not think the topic of fake news is often relevant to them. However, students struggle with evaluating material found on-line when doing research. Therefore, I think making younger children aware that not everything on-line is true is a valuable lesson. However, this post is more geared to older students. She provides several videos that talk about how quickly fake news is spread. I can see where discussing fake new in late middle and high school would help students become better digital citizens. While students aren’t posting news stories about the president or celebrities, they are using social media to post rumors. I think these lessons and videos shared by Tiffany would be a fantastic way to teach students how to responsibly use using social media. Check out Tiffany’s post here.
The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian is written by Nikki Roberston. She is an “educator, librarian, instruction technology facilitator, and ISTE Librarians Network President elect”. Her blog consists mainly of posts that showcase what she is doing in her library with her students. However, every now and then she talks about her favorite websites and programs. This blog is a great place to get ideas and information for using technology in your instruction.
My children attend school in Baltimore County and I work in Carroll County. Both of their schools, elementary and middle, have a student-run morning news show. I have seen them during American Education Week visits. I think these news shows are a fantastic way to build community and a student-centered school. I have been thinking about talking with my media specialist about starting one at my school. So, when I found Nikki’s posts about her student morning show I got very excited.
Her post on April 28, 2018 shows her news show but does not go into how it was made. I had to scroll down to January 1, 2018 to read about her Top 10 Go To Techs of 2017. This post had many very useful sites. And it was here that I found the sites she uses to create her show, WeVideo, Clipping Magic, Do Ink App, and Easy Prompter. While there are no direct instructions for using these sites, I now don’t have to do all the research. This saves hours. Now all that is left to do is convince my media specialist to help me take on this project!
500 Hats is written by Barbara Braxton, a teacher librarian in Australia. She attended Teachers College in Christchurch, New Zealand and in 2011 collected her 3rd masters degree. She hopes that her blog will “offer ideas, information and insight that can be used by others to enrich and enhance teaching and learning in the school”.
I was first drawn to this blog because of the name. As educators we sure feel like we wear 500 hats, so naturally I wanted to see if this was going to be about some of the hats I feel like I wear! And in deed it is. While Barbara does not have post about 500 hats, she does have 38 hat posts. Some of the hats she says school librarians wear are the planner’s hat, the party hat, the landscaper’s hat, the accountant hat, the reader’s hat and the information specialist’s hat, the supervisors’ hat, and the visionary’s hat. I was immediately drawn to the post about the landscaper’s hat, as this is not a hat I feel like I wear.
Ahhh, the landscaper’s hat is not a hat I wear often in my classroom, but as a school librarian is it a very important hat. A school librarian must make sure that the books and materials that are in her library are accessible by all of the patrons. Not only that, but Barbara states that “the environment we provide is a critical element in a student’s perception about whether the library is for them and their choice to use it”. That is the landscaper’s hat! As a classroom teacher, my students don’t have a choice as to if they utilize the classroom because it is assigned to them. But a school librarian must design a space where the students want to be. This is becoming even more important with the increase in access to books via the internet. Barbara states that school libraries today need to be places that “invite and excite”. The landscaper’s hat might not be one that is worn every day or even every week, but it is an extremely important hat for a school librarian. Check out her full post here.