For this part of the lesson, I have decided to use Pinterest to curate resources and links. I have only used this tool as a personal network, but I am curious to make it a professional part of my network.
Recently, teachers have asked me for more resources to help educate students about copyright and plagiarism. Teachers will be my audience. Copyright and plagiarism resources will be my topics. Pinterest is the way to share the resources.
I selected Pinterest because teachers are continually sharing recipes or home-decorating tips gathered from Pinterest. I hope that if they already use this tool frequently, they might look at the Pinterest board I created about copyright and resources. These are heavy topics, but there are some excellent pins that break down the information for teachers.
I will put this board on the library’s website and in my signature for email. I’m contemplating using Pinterest for a digital citizenship board. I am not ready to use Pinterest for students yet. Maybe next year.
Here is the link for the Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/allisonkowalski/plagiarism-copyright-resources/
I have used a few of these resources mentioned in this post last year and this year. Some, I have only used once, but others I have used more frequently.
Last year, I used Smore as a monthly library newsletter for parents, students and teachers. I posted the link to each month’s newsletter on the library website and posted the link in every paper that went out to students. This web-based news did not reach many students or parents because many families do not have Internet access outside of school. Teachers were really the only audience that read library news: circulation and visit statistics, what’s happening in lessons and upcoming news/events. This year, I have scratched Smore and contribute to the monthly print newsletter that goes home to families. Now, I keep teachers updated through email or informal meetings.
In addition, LibGuides is another new tool I have used this year for resources students need for projects and research. I used LiveBinders as a resource guide during my first year as library media specialist. It was free, but the formatting of LiveBinders was not ideal. This year, my district purchased a license for LibGuides, and this is the tool I use in place of LiveBinders. At first, it was difficult to become accustomed to the format of the tool, but students have had good experiences with this. Navigation is easier, as well as formatting. I am still transitioning many of my resource guides from LiveBinders to LibGuides, but it is worth the time for this project.