Ohler's website offers lots for those interested in re/viewing what he said today or what he showed us, all of it powerful testament to the very powerful work he advocates doing with students often described as least likely to succeed in traditional measures of literacy and learning but who are, like the students described by Torres and November and Leu (see previous blogs), so empowered by being recognized for their abilities to work in the new or multi-literacies and with technology. This website features his photo, using Photoshop, Biceps Version, he told us!
Kids, he told us, don't need more "clicks-and-tricks"; they need teachers for quality control. When we teach for digital literacy, as educators, we need to shift from text-centrism to new writing in what Ohler calls "media collage." We need to value writing more than ever; it must be deliberate, planned, but now visually differentiated in boxes, with bullets, breaks, boldface, and so on. We need to adopt ART as the 4th R but, while new ISTE standards include innovation and creativity, issues of copyright are real. This new literacy is digital / art / oral / written. It hinges on understanding that attitude is aptitude; digitally literate learners quickly transform new information into something they need. Literacy in the digital era is practiced both privately and socially; we no longer write in isolation. Educators and users will need to develop the codes of responsibility about using digital tools. And literacy is not enough; fluency can leverage action and success. While we can harness both report and story, it is story we must embrace. It is story that our students engage with and remember and can create and be transformed by.
The Day was one of those beautiful crisp sunny West Coast days of late winter, the kind of day that has every Vancouverite smugly congratulating him/herself on choosing to live here, a day that lent itself easily to walking briskly into Kerrisdale for a quick lunch before the featured afternoon Sandbox sessions for different interest groups. So uplifted by what we heard in the morning and by the weather, it is worthy of remark that there was little that distracted our keen crowd from the afternoon sessions back at Magee, even though for many Friday is the "short day." They came running back ...
Twenty-plus teacher-librarians convened in the -- you guessed it -- school library with Sandra Lee, notably of the VSB Summer Institute and UBC TL'ship online program. We reviewed some Web 2.0 applications and then looked into the 9-day online international conference about Transforming School Libraries with Web 2.0 which was beginning today. Fourteen Vancouver teachers and TLs will participate over the next nine days in the actual conference, the proceedings of which will be available into April.
We are entering a new educational world of "continual beta" -- that's how Sandra Lee described today the new landscapes of school libraries called Library 2.0 -- where beta means "in the testing stage" so everything becomes something you can't count on in the version you had yesterday but you get used to that and get better at handling technological change, like students! They just figure it out. Some who work amongst us can attest to the fact that we do in fact move along the technology-learning spectrum to become more flexible -- less fearful -- in adapting to and using the new technologies.
Will we see some of you this week at TL Studio in Kerrisdale at our monthly "sandbox" for trying out tools and applications that can work with school library programs? For dates, check the online Pro D (or the yellow Pro D Connections booklet for February, which has all upcoming dates for both Kerrisdale and Gladstone sessions).
Sandra Lee and the TLs
Thanks to the Technology Day Organizing Committee, as well as Associate Superintendents Val Overgaard and Laurie Anderson, for all the effort, commitment, sponsorship, and support that went into putting this show on the Magee and district map. I heard nothing but positive comments; many were very excited about taking digital storytelling back to their schools, excited in ways I haven't seen in a long time. One was heard planning where to put the green wall.
Thanks again to Trustee Lombardi and CIO Lamb and Associate Superintendent Anderson for coming to join us there as well -- your juggling things to come to Magee into what we know to be an intense schedule of meetings and obligations characteristic of this time of year back at the mothership was important for Vancouver educators who I think, by their attendance alone, amply provided evidence of how keen and committed they are to find creative ways to move ahead with technology innovation and integration with teaching and learning because this is what works with and meets the learning needs of our students.
I knoq I said the blog would be only about Technology Day but who can resist great "bits" for the technology integration theme that pervades our discussions of directions for school libraries and the work of teacher-librarians.
Found while poking around in the Online Conference and Alberta TL Arlene Lipkewich's blog and related links:
- have a look at the global YouTube version of Stand by Me and consider as Arlene had done with her students how such a YouTube could have been created.
- check this out: TIME 100, The Teaching Resource of the Century
Also, here's Joyce Valenza's Manifesto for 21st Century Teacher-librarians: you know you are one if ... and everything we are doing is keeping us "fresh" in the new learning environments. Here's the proviso I like the best: Unpack the good stuff you carried from your 20th century trunk. Rigor, and inquiry, and high expectations, and information and media fluency matter no matter what the medium. So do excitement, engagement, and enthusiasm (Valenza, Manifesto).
Have a great weekend.