Technology in the libraryThe library aims (among other things) to be the technology hub of the school, and to promote the use of technology throughout the curriculum. But Why?Education is trending toward more technology in instruction; the usual reasons cited are 21st Century skills and "student engagement" The SHHS library staff believes that students are excited by technology, but they are engaged by content. Technology is a great vehicle for engaging with content because it creates an information experience that is (and I'm quoting David Warlick here):
- Fueled by questions
- Able to provoke conversation
- Current (and, maybe more importantly, feels current)
- Good at inspiring personal investment
- Guided by safely made mistakes
- The SHHS library does not promote technology for the sake of technology. It is not the responsibility of the curriculum to incorporate technology; librarians and teachers need to source technology that can enrich the curriculum. The library tries to meaningfully connect technology to content.
- Most student research is conducted through technology. This means that students must learn certain competencies including:
- Knowing about and being able to use a wide variety of search tools (not just google)
- Power searching (knowing how to get the best results from search engines)
- Knowing how to evaluate content for accuracy, reliability, objectivity, and currency
- Using scholarly databases
- Hardware and software troubleshooting
- Self-driven reading and writing is happening more often now than ever as a result of technology. It is essential that every student have equal access to the benefits of technology in order to compete both in and out of school.
- We can't assume that students are tech-capable just because they can use Facebook and Tumblr, etc. Often, basic skills (like using email, search engines, and troubleshooting hardware and software) need to be taught through direct instruction and we must provide opportunities for students to practice that instruction.
- Online behavior can have serious consequences. Behaviors ranging from cyberbullying to plaigarism to intellectual property theft are infractions that carry grave penalties for students AND their families. We know that students must be taught how to behave properly online, especially regarding social media. We do this three ways:
- Direct instruction about the dangers of online misbehavior, and strategies to avoid it
- Providing opportunities for students to use online tools, including social media, in positive and productive ways
- Modeling good online behavior for our students to emulate