Today I'm at West Georgia RESA, meeting with library media specialists in our district. It's important for professionals to collaborate and RESA gives us a chance to network with each other. Like now, Jo Nase, of Moreland Elementary School, is talking about sharing information through social media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs are all important tools for library media specialists -- and other professionals -- to use to promote and relay information.
Katie Thompson, of RESA, now talks about Google Docs (which I use all the tiime!). Google has become the "go to" resource for many of us because of how easy the tools are to implement and organize. I plan to use Google Docs to create a survey for our students about our media program. In particular, I want to know how the visual elements I've incorporated this year have impacted the program. Shelf manager labels? Get Caught Reading posters? Picturing America posters? I want to know what our students and staff members think. This tool will help me tally answers that I will use to reflect on the media program at HCMS.
Teachers should remember that a Google document is a good way to track group and individual participation with students. Check history within the document to see who has made comments and changes to the group document. Documents can be easily shared through email and on the cloud.
Right now, I'm liking Wiggio and Weebly for free tools. I'll post again soon. Promise!
I'm a library media specialist, former newspaper editor and freelancer, who uses technology every day to promote and deliver information about reading, literacy, judging resources, researching and writing.