In addition to the classes that visit my high school library, I have Library Practice students enrolled in my classes. They learn how to run the information desk, circulate and shelve books, and the basics of librarianship. I include elements of a unit called Library Promotion throughout the year in which students use technology to create book ads, post book reviews on the library book blog, and create book trailers.
Beginning in the fall, I plan to incorporate more technology into all the units. I want to begin by having students create their own blogs, using EduPress, and have them post their work online. Joan Lippincott (2015) suggests that active learning takes place when students are more engaged with the course content, and that they need more opportunities to explore new technologies. For example, my students will create their own group videos, screencasts, or animations on a theme related to the library, such as privacy, online safety, plagiarism, how to add reviews to the OPAC, etc., and vote for the best presentation (other than their own). There are many sources for ideas online, including the California School Library Association (CSLA) Teen Learning 2.0, the CSLA Tools2Create blog, which include lessons ideas and links to web tools, and the AASL Best Apps and AASL Best Websites award winners that I can look to for ideas.
While working on these units with my students, I hope to share the ideas behind the assignments with my peers and encourage them to incorporate more technology and active learning in their assignments with their students. My students will also be able to act as peer mentors for the other students working on class projects. I know this will take a lot of planning this summer, but changes I have already made in the library this semester, for example, greatly reducing my reference collection, and (hopefully soon) interfiling the remaining books, has necessitated that I redo several of my lessons already.
Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Committee 2016-2017. (n.d.). Best apps for teaching & learning. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/ best/apps
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee 2016-2017. (n.d.). Best websites for teaching & learning. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/ best/websites
California School Library Association Learning 2.0 Team. (2010, July 17). Teen learning 2.0 [Blog post]. Retrieved from Teen Learning 2.0: An Introduction to Digital Treats and website: http://teenlearning.csla.net/
CSLA2Team. (2011, November 21). Tools2Create. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from http://tools2create.pbworks.com/w/page/39093259/FrontPage