ERIC Number: EJ726844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-1
Reference Count: N/A
A Tale of Two Libraries: How Two Library Media Centers Seamlessly Integrate Curriculum, Information Literacy, and Technology
Technology & Learning, v26 n3 p28 Oct 2005
The author discusses how two library media centers seamlessly integrate curriculum, information literacy, and technology. Dale Hodges is a library chairperson, a role that carries clout in the William Floyd School District, where the library is a full-fledged department. Located on Long Island in New York, the district has eight schools, more than 10,000 students, and a remarkably vital library program. The power of the program stems from its single-minded focus: helping students succeed in their curricular units as measured by state and district standards. As such, all conversations between teachers and librarians start and end with curriculum--technology happens to be one of the tools that helps them achieve their goals. The way it works is simple enough. When a teacher has an idea that involves the library media center, Hodges meets with librarians to plan the lesson and suggest ways to integrate technology into it. For example, when an English teacher realized that her eighth graders lacked PowerPoint skills, she and the library staff created a lesson in which students wrote author reports and presented them in PowerPoint. "The students became very fluent in PowerPoint, effortlessly," Hodges says. "[The technology] became, all of a sudden, invisible to them."
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Elementary School Students, School Libraries, Information Literacy, Library Services, Workshops, Media Selection, School Districts, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New York