Colette Cassinelli's visionary use of information literacy and educational technology

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TLchat:  new faces and new voices

TLchat: new faces and new voices

Last December, fellow Librarian Tiffany Whitehead put out an all call for some Teacher Librarians to step up and help bring some new blood to the TL Virtual Cafe — which had been on hiatus.  I said I would help out and two months ago […]

12 Ways Librarians Can Promote Digital Literacy

12 Ways Librarians Can Promote Digital Literacy

I am doing some research for an upcoming publication and ran across this excellent list of ways that Librarians can teach and promote digital literacy, including digital citizenship, within the community. Serve on curriculum development and professional development committees Contribute to school and district technology […]

First Look:  The NEW Google Sites

First Look: The NEW Google Sites

When I first looked at the NEW Google Sites last Fall I wasn’t overly impressed.  I was used to CLASSIC Google Sites (comparison chart) and loved the ability to create templates for class projects.  I had created my Library website at my previous school using Classic Sites and it didn’t seem like I had a lot of the same options so I ignored it for awhile.

But then I started seeing some pretty cool Sites made with the NEW Google Sites and some blog posts by Eric Curts — so I decided to give it another look. Once I really started playing around with the features I liked it more and more.  First of all, the drag and drop ability to grab items from Drive and move them where you want is the best feature of the NEW Sites.

I love how easy it is to create a photo collage or embed a Google Slide deck into Sites.  The Themes remind me of the simplicity of Adobe Spark Pages and you are limited to what you can embed (Drive items, images, YouTube, etc) but it’s SO EASY – and just wait — you know Google will add more features soon.

I think educators should consider Google Sites for Student Portfolios.  How great would it be for students to choose which items they have in their Drive to feature on their Portfolio?

Here is Google Site I made to teach others how to use the NEW Google Sites for the #NCCE17 Google Summit Conference.

Here is a NEW Google Site I made for our school-wide literacy program called #SunsetReads.

Check it out and enjoy!!!

Student-Centered Learning Experiences

Student-Centered Learning Experiences

Student-centered learning experience I want my students to work collaboratively together on a project and get the benefits of common knowledge, process and critical thinking Use collaborative Google Apps for Education tools (Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings) where every group member can work on the […]

Digital Workflow Options

Digital Workflow Options

With all the equipment coming to our school in the coming month, teachers need to decide how they are going to push out digital information to their students.  Below are some options whether you want a complete digital solution for daily use — or use […]

What Is A Chromebook?

What Is A Chromebook?

ThingLink Project:  What is a Chromebook?  

 

Chromebook 101

 

  • Chromebook Benefits:
    • No hard drive, start up fast, work in constantly being saved, get another one, easily convertible from other platforms, touch screens
  • Chromebook Disadvantages:  
    • Limited software on the laptop, requires wifi,  must use Google suite, small screen, typing on a smaller keyboard
  • Features:
    • Everything is saved to Drive
    • Ability to use downloads for images & pdfs so you can transfer to flash drive.
    • Includes:  headphone jacks, built-in camera, USB, HDMI, and SD Media card slot 
    • Can drag Chrome apps to dock
    • If you sign into Chrome on your Mac, all your same apps & bookmarks stay the same
    • No printing from Chromebooks
  • Chromebook Distribution Options:
    • Numbered:  Accountability, placement
    • Any order:  quicker,  return plug out & up, leave them on the desk
    • Plug in at the end of the day
  • Chrome App Store  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps
    • Google apps:  Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Classroom, YouTube, Translate, Search
    • Education: Padlet, Socrative, ThingLink, Haiku Deck, Desmos Graphing Calculator, Gale Databases
    • Creative:  Canva, Pic Monkey, Pixl Editor
 
Student Engagement With Technology

Student Engagement With Technology

This year the World History 9 Learning Team is investigating how technology can play a part in student engagement.  We are looking at the 5D indicators and trying to see how technology can enhance or impact the student’s experience when they are using Chromebooks in […]

Google’s Chrome Browser vs. Chromebooks:  Whats the difference?

Google’s Chrome Browser vs. Chromebooks: Whats the difference?

A Chromebook is a different type of laptop. Instead of Windows or Mac OS, Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. Google’s Chrome browser is […]

Great Features of Google Docs

Great Features of Google Docs

With Google Docs, you can create and edit text documents right in your web browser—no special software is required. Even better, multiple people can work on the document at the same time and every change is saved automatically.  If you are new to Google Docs – check out the Google Docs Learning Center.

Helpful tips with Google Docs:

  1. Voice Typing:  This new feature allows you to talk into the Google Doc and it will type the text for you.  Go to Tools / Voice Typing and allow the use of the microphone.  I helped a dyslexic student complete their homework using Voice Typing and it was awesome.  More directions ?

  2. Research Panel:  The Research panel is a window that opens next to your Google Document and allows you to search Google for websites, images, word definitions, or quotes without leaving your document.  To open the Research Pane go to Tools / Research. The best part – it automatically creates a link on the page where they got their information. More directions ?

Want to learn more?  Every Wednesday morning join the “Breakfast Club” at 7:15 am in Colette’s office if you want 1:1 help with Google Docs or any tech situation.  Just drop by!

One Drive To Rule Them All

One Drive To Rule Them All

As part of our Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account, the online version of Google Drive http://drive.google.com  is the ultimate cloud storage document sharing solution.  Think of Google Drive like a giant online file cabinet where you are able to upload and keep documents, photos, […]

Science News magazine on EBSCO

Science News magazine on EBSCO

Besides academic journals, EBSCO has some magazines in their results and I saw that Science News is one of them. First I went to the Sunset Library Resource page and chose Academic Search Complete https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/IT/Library-Resources/Pages/sunset.aspx You are automatically logged on when on campus; off campus needs […]

Accessing Electronic Resources

Accessing Electronic Resources

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One of my #1 goals this year as a LITT is to expose faculty and students to the wide variety of electronic resources available through Beaverton School District.

Research shows that one area college-level students are lacking is in their ability to locate, access and disseminate scholarly material — especially from academic electronic databases.  

So if our goal is for Sunset students to be college and career ready our students need to know this information!

  1. Electronic Resources:  Access the Sunset Library catalog, electronic databases, eBooks, encyclopedias, etc from the Sunset Library Resource Page (hint:  bookmark it or access it from the Staff bookmark link!).  EBSCO Academic Search Complete is a new database to Beaverton this year!

  2. Handouts: Look over the two PDF handouts that were sent by email.

    1. One is a faculty handout which explains how to log in, search, share resource lists and passwords for various databases.

    2. Feel free to make copies of the student handout for your classes.  (This would be a great addition to the 9th grade notebook).  Pass this out to students but please don’t publish the password on a public website!

  3. Instruction: Invite me to a learning team meeting or to one of your classes and I will teach how to access the resources and give hints on how to conduct an effective search.

  4. Breakfast Club!  Want to meet 1:1 or with a few other to learn the basics of searching and access any of our electronic databases?  Let’s meet in Colette’s office Wednesday mornings at 7:15am for a refresher. Just drop by anytime 🙂

Cross posted at https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/sunsetpd/research

 

What can a LITT do for you?

What can a LITT do for you?

Every so often I will send out an email to my faculty with helpful tips and resources.  All information will be archived on my resource site:  https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/sunsetpd 9/8/15   What Can A LITT Do For You? LITT stands for “Library Instructional Technology Teacher” and my role is […]

Colette’s Future Ready:  News You Can Use

Colette’s Future Ready: News You Can Use

I’ve been gathering some of my favorite resources for a new website that I am creating for my new position at Library Instructional Technology Teacher at Sunset High School.  Here’s my initial shares. Chromebook Four Powerful Formative Assessment Tools for the Chromebook Classroom blog post […]

100 Day Plan for a new job

100 Day Plan for a new job

The Prompt:  Before interviewing for my new position, I was asked to outline my 100 Day Plan for starting the school year as a new Library Instructional Technology Teacher. Planning my first 100 days gave me time to really reflect on the responsibilities of the new position and make concrete plans of how I would implement it.  I even searched “100 Day Plan” online and found examples from business and educational leaders.

30/60/90 day milestones: Below are my initial notes and now I am going through my calendar and intentionally scheduling reminders to meet with specific people, follow up on goals, checks for progress. etc.  I plan to check in with key stakeholders at 30/60/90 days and review goals and adjust as needed.

You don’t need to be starting a new job to put together a 100 plan.  The beginning of the school year is a great time to intentionally set goals and make adjustments.  What’s your 100 day plan?


 

For my 100 Day Plan I decided to focus on 4 areas:  Build Relationships, Information Literacy & Technology Curriculum, Professional Development and Promoting Literacy.

 

Build Relationships

  • Be visible, be positive and communicate :  eat lunch, hang out, attend department meetings, compliment teachers on success, get to know my Library Assistants, secretaries, IT, custodian
  • Meet with key stakeholders:  admin team, department chairs, student leaders, tech teachers, potential teachers for Technology Integration team, PTO.
    • As you reflect on this year, what has been the greatest success?  What has been the greatest challenge?
    • *What looks different in your classroom this year compared to last year?
    • *What skills/talents do you think you possess that you would feel comfortable sharing with other staff members?
    • *As we think about our journey over the past three years, what will take us from great to exceptional?  What next steps will help us continue to move forward?
  • Listen learn & observe:  Identify current/previous successes and challenges,   These conversations and a staff survey (before Day 50) will guide planning for next steps to ensure a culture of learning that is supportive of students, staff, and the community.
  • Lead with integrity and professionalism.  ‘EQ’, emotional intelligence, is more important than IQ when it comes to achieving success in the first 100 days

Information Literacy & Technology Curriculum

  • Gather information about current tech & library skill projects:  BSD Innovation Grant about information literacy & digital citizenship
  • Begin building a matrix that show these projects across grade levels & disciplines & track their goals, resources, time & outcomes.
  • Work with District Library & Technology  team on current implementation plans; providing a variety of current print and digital information resources to best match student inquiry needs.providing a variety of current print and digital information resources to best match student inquiry needs.
  • Align these projects with the Oregon State Library Standards & Common Core
    • Core: Information Literacy, Reading Engagement, Social Responsibility and Technology Integration  Because research literacy constitutes the backbone of the CCSS, students who master library standards can expect to experience greater success in reaching academic proficiencies.
      • Reading of complex text, attentive reading and reflective reading help students reach greater understanding & develop the stamina necessary for addressing complicated problems.
      • Learning to work in small groups, share information and evaluate a work for authenticity and clarity, help students to develop standards for improvement and achievement.
      • Learning to be an ethical user of written, digital and social content help students become responsible participants in a democratic society.
      • Learning to navigate and integrate a variety of technology leads to competence, confidence and creativity.
  • Talk with STUDENTS!
  • Seek out collaborators to provide digital resources for underserved populations/ diverse cultures or backgrounds or those who speak limited or no English.

Professional Development

  • Develop a core technology integration team that’s primary focus is to develop ideas of how technology can support curriculum and impact student learning
    • Use survey results to assess faculty needs:  “Needs Assessment”
    • Determine best manner of implementation:  informal or formal
    • Be intentional about developing a strong collaborative school culture:  Praise for innovation, risk taking, continuing development & effort.  Emphasize effectiveness, not popularity. Showcasing exemplars for grade-level expectations and progressions
    • Find collaborative teams that want to move forward in a specific area:  Teachers who use collaborative tech tools, teachers using a common assessment with backward planning, remedial tech skills, Multimedia projects (narrated speeches)
    • Use technology as a way of formative assessment, making thinking visible, differentiating instruction, performance assessments, evidence-based learning
    • Create a feedback loop channel & evaluation.  Are your needs being met? What other assistance can be offered?
    • Utilize Professional Learning Communities as Data Teams to monitor progress and respond to the effectiveness of instruction.   Is there strong evidence that it is directly related to improving student performance?
  • Use fun & creative technology for faculty meeting programs.  Example:  Use GetKahoot to review student policies, dress code, tardies, etc.
  • Tech Tip Tuesday style newsletter, website, dedicated hashtag – share & archive resources
  • Schedule dedicated informal tech:  Breakfast Club, Appy Hour, Tech Tuesdays. Invite staff and student volunteers to showcase their learning

Promote Literacy

  • Meet with current assistants and student book club to get input about how to promote literacy
  • Create the library to be an inviting space with creative book displays, shelf talkers, QR codes, book lists
  • Make connections with non-fiction literacy connected to Common Core subjects
  • Promote literacy programs:  Banned Books Week,  Teen Read Week, #SunsetReads:  involve staff in displaying what they are currently reading.
  • Participate in OASL Battle of the Books, voting for ORCA (Oregon Readers Choice Award) and other community based programs.

By 100 days — Be ready to begin long term School-wide Technology Integration Plan.