Thursday, October 16, 2008

Learning and Technology October 16, 2008

We have spent the day together, our first of the year, looking at our Computer Technology Acceptable Use document, reviewing the exciting things teachers are doing in their school, looking at some new web applications and considering out roles as teacher leaders.

It's always exciting to hear what other people are doing. The uncomfortable part is the little voice in the back of my head comparing what I've done to what others are doing. I am so impressed with how people are using technology as an instructional tool. My list of accomplishments is not as impressive. At the best, I hope I have been able to support the accomplishments of others in my school.

I want to be excited about the possiblities and not overwealmed by feelings of what I should be doing. That will be my personal goal - to only for opportunities for using technology with students and teachers both as a teacher-librian and as an administrator.

Library Automation

The school year is well underway and I feel caught up with the automation process in the library. Most afternoons you will find me in the library attaching barcodes to books, if you want to help, just give me a call.

I am very excited about what students will be able to do with the new system. Those students who have been introduced to the L4U system caught on very quickly and were using the system immediately to find materials in the library. Having lived with out a card catalogue for most of this year, perhaps we got rid of it to quickly, it is very exciting and useful to have a data base for finding books, especially one which is so responsive.

Attaching barcodes has given me the opportunity to learn more about our collection and that's the silver lining in an otherwise tedious process.