Saturday, April 25, 2009

November 16-21, 2009 , its goals and tools.

What about the week of November 16 - 21, 2009 being assigned to the NESA Library Week ?
Does it look good on your calendar? Please let me know.

Our next step would be identifying goals of the week:
  • Do we want our students get in touch with students from other NESA schools and thus extend the walls of our library? - I would say yes, we would like to build and reinforce the connections built during other NESA projects, such as Science Fair in Middle School or festivid (a video contest) in High School.

  • Do we want to try some communication technologies in action? - Definitely, we would like to show our students and teachers how to use Web 2.0 tools for educational purposes.

  • Do we want to promote reading, critical thinking, and our libraries in general? - There is no doubt, we do. These will be main themes of discussions during the week.

There are more questions to consider:
  • Location: class vs. home: Would you like to organize your students during a class period or give them a homework assignment to participate in a discussion?

  • Frequency: If you will do it during your class, would you plan to have only one session or several classes (how many) devoted to the Library Week?

  • Students' age: what grade level will be involved?

  • We would also need to share responsibilities: are you willing to set an account? enroll librarians? create a common base for discussions? Your initiative is greatly appreciated!

    Brainstorm online via An account that I've set up will also help us try this tool, identify and remove possible barriers when we use it with students:

    Another way to hear each other's feedback and suggestions is by using YackPack. You are invited to YackPack account as well.

    While YackPack allows us to share voice messages only, VoiceThread provides other ways to communicate. A conversation around a picture, video, or presentation can be made by videos, microphone, text, or file-upload (view VoiceThread 1 minute movie below). The only requirement to participate in a discussion is that everyone has an account.

    I would like to encourage you to use both of the tools and discover activities that can be used to connect our students during the week.

    Tip: You will be able to leave a comment only after having created your free account. When you log in you will see the thread. If you don't, send me a note with your current email address and I'll send you an invitation.

    Looking forward to seeing you and hearing your voices!

    One Minute Video on VoiceThread


    Kim Cofino said...

    Hi Marina,

    Just tried to e-mail you to follow up on your comment on my Step-by-Step Guide to Global Collaborations post, but your e-mail bounced back. So, I thought I would leave my comment here instead :)

    And, while I'm here, I'm so impressed with your blog! I love that as a region you're all intentionally sharing, planning and collaborating! Nicely done NESA Librarians! I'm forwarding this on to a few colleagues in the EARCOS region as inspiration.


    You are more than welcome to share this post with anyone you think might be interested! I would be flattered! I’ve also done a presentation on this topic that you might be interested in, and my K12 Online presentation with Jen Wagner was pretty similar. Let me know if you’d like more info!

    Marina Brodsky said...

    Thanks, Kim,
    Blog is a wonderful way to communicate in our region :). Your instructional materials are very helpful and just right for our project. I appreciate your work and support to our group. Are you staying in Bankgog for next year?