It’s been a bit like jumping on a roller coaster and knowing that you’ll never get off, all this new information about the world of the internet and digital media. To top it all off our staff meeting this week was conducted by a representative from the Australian Communications and Media Authority about cyber-safety and using technology in schools. They have a great site. I think someone’s trying to tell me something.
With my head swimming with all of this new information there are a few thoughts to consider:
In the provision of resources the TL needs to consider –
- The importance of the use of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences framework to cater for different learning styles (Pritchard, 2009). Web resources and digital media make this easier as not all students want to write their findings down. They can – create a blog on environmental issues in their local area, produce a short 1 min persuasive video for saving ecosystems… and on it goes. Therefore we are creating a quality environment for learning (Herring, 2011).
- The need to include Aboriginal perspectives. There are many excellent resources on the internet. My local library has a section where they keep resources aimed at preserving the local language which can be used in schools. It’s also linked to a website.
- The use of different search engines in something which I have continued to think about with relation to providing information that my students can read and comprehend. Many staff at my school were unaware of Google’s Advanced search mode and of search engines which defined the reading age of particular sites. As the TL we need to make the teachers aware of the resources to assist them in providing quality educational material, not wasting time.
Herring, J. (2011) Improving students’ web use and information literacy: A guide for teachers and teacher librarians. London: Facet Publishing.
Pritchard, A. (2009). Ways of learning: Learning theories and learning styles in the classroom. 2nd ed., Abingdon, Routledge. (Ebook in CSU Library)