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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Posting #4 - What will I do to eliminate barriers?

Some of the main barriers that I see on my new campus are 1) technology not being used, 2) digital divide due to socioeconomics, 3) teacher anxiety and resistance to incorporating technology and 4) lack of time for teachers to design lessons that effectively integrate technology.

Some of the things that I personally plan to do in order to reduce or eliminate these barriers include the following:
1. Starting a book club that will use Wikis as a discussion forum in conjunction with another middle school across town. Here I plan to ask the district to unblock my Wiki so that the students can participate using the school's computers as well as from home.
2. Publish a monthly Library newsletter (which I will send electronically as well as uploading a web version to our website) which includes technology tips.
3. Offer staff brief staff development sessions that teachers can easily attend which focus on integrating technology into their lessons. Here I plan to offer specific pre-made lessons that will meet their TEKS and be easily implemented with the available technology on our campus.
4. I plan to promote the technology that is available for checkout from the library such as scanners, digital cameras, a mobile lap top lab, and video cameras.
5. Design all library lessons in a way that utilizes technology to teach the content as well as the technology. For example, I plan to modify and use an Information Literacy WebQuest in conjunction with my stationary Mac computers and my mobile Mac lab to teach students how to evaluate and judge the validity of information on the web.
6. I plan to use an interactive PowerPoint presentation to deliver the Library Orientation lesson.
7. I plan to utilize video streaming and podcasting to teach lessons on the research process.
8. To help bridge the digital divide, I plan to open the library before, during and after school for students to utilize the technology available. In addition, I plan to heavily recruit a variety of students to participate in the book club and to learn the technology that we will be using to facilitate our discussions.

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