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Discussion for June 2021: UNESCO's Nine Ideas for Education
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Elizabeth
Jun 06, 2021
What a fascinating read! Rather than post a question this month I thought I would share my thoughts about the article and invite you to comment below. The more I read the more I could see the value that school libraries have brought to students and teachers throughout the pandemic. However, it clearly highlights the inequality to those students who don't have online access at home. How can school libraries support this inequality? I loved this quote "growth of the internet has fostered a false belief that all information is now free" (Kirkland). Highlighting that when a school libraries physical collection is not accessible the cost of e-books and online academic resources are usually way out of reach for a school library budget. What are we doing to make our resources universally accessible to all our students? I was also intrigued about the role the school librarian plays in providing a 'safe space' online as well as in the physical library and it made me wonder how this would work in practice, as it relies on a very special relationship and understanding partnership with teachers. Do our school librarians have a good enough relationship with their teachers to help them understand how they could support this? I was delighted to read how inquiry learning was very much part of the plan for the post-COVID world and a school librarians role in supporting students which "require tools to engage with information through a process of selection, sense-making and sharing" (Gini-Newman). This clearly for me provides many opportunities for school librarians especially via FOSIL. The last point I wanted to highlight from this piece was the leadership role of the school librarian. Ensuring students "develop transferrable skills, digital citizenship values and gain confidence in their library skills to comfortably transfer to university or public libraries without 'library anxiety' " (Mathur). If we want to close the gap between those who have and those that don't we need to ensure access for all. If our students are leaving school without knowing where they can access support and quality information are we failing them? "Libraries remove barriers" (Davies) but only if we provide students with the opportunities to access. Please feel free to add your thoughts below. I would love to hear what you found interesting/useful from this article.
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Discussion for May 2021 - The Teaching Space Podcast - Leading your Own Professional Development
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Elizabeth
May 08, 2021
I am delighted that you are feeling positive about your CPD @Ruth Maloney. You raise an interesting question that others may be able to answer about logging your professional development. I think there are a few ways to pull resources together that you read such as Scoopit and Pinterest as they allow you to separate content and also comment on your learning. I always try to help others understand what I have learnt from what I am sharing which helps me explain it to myself too. I closed my Scoopit account as I found I just had too many places that I was saving and sharing. I do still have a Pinterest page but it does not get used very often these days https://www.pinterest.com/Elizabethutch/_saved/ I now use three (see I still have too many!) methods to log my learning. One is this forum as the discussion is part of my reflection. The second is for those smaller personal learning opportunities, like twitter chats and a small article I have read and for this I use a word doc. which allows me to note it and again I add a small comment about why that was important and what I learnt. I must admit that I do need to remind myself to fill it in but find I am more focused if there is a purpose such as re-validating my Fellowship. Sometimes I find that I am doing CPD just because it has appeared and I am interested. The twitter chats that I join in are hardly ever library related but I find them useful as they tend to be education/teacher/school related. My third way is my blog. I try to write something every month (I am currently failing to do this!) and this is where my larger refections pieces come in. I would be really interested to hear how others log their learning.
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Discussion for May 2021 - The Teaching Space Podcast - Leading your Own Professional Development
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