A Vision for Teacher-librarianship

April 3, 2009

Here’s “21st Century Teacher-librarian”  created in MovieMaker.

This work is submitted as a final assignment for partial credit in my University of Alberta Teacher-Librarianship Distance Learning course: Information Technologies for Learning with Joanne de Groot.

How I chose to illustrate my vision was up to me, with ANIMOTO or another mash-up suggested as a possibility.

At first I thought it would be far too difficult to encapsulate something this highly conceptual using ANIMOTO, so decided to do a MovieMaker video instead. I could narrate what I wanted to say, and I had a lot of learning from my course to convey, plus I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate a reference list or give proper credit using ANIMOTO.  Yet after assembling all the images I needed for my MovieMaker video, I thought that perhaps the images could convey the message on their own, so decided to use ANIMOTO as an experiment.

I copy and pasted the draft script I used to narrate the MovieMaker version to Wordle and was very pleased with the resulting visual synthesis as a word cloud. I included it in both presentations. I also like the image mashup I made using Mosaic Maker from fd’s Flickr Toys.

Getting the right image to illustrate a specific concept turned out to be the hardest part.  I had to choose photos with permission from students and staff, or cleared with creative commons licensing, or for non-commercial educational use.  I e-mailed and Twittered for permission where permission wasn’t clearly granted. I have a stack of permission e-mails and photo release forms that I’m not sure what to do with, or how long I need to keep them- sigh . . .

I’ve decided to add the ANIMOTO version to my school library page and blog  because of it’s 21st century look and feel.  It’s edgier, more engaging, and fun to watch.

I’m not sure which presentation is the most effective. What do you think?

Here are the images and sources list that may have been too blurry to view:








Sources List:

Alberta Learning, Alberta, Canada. (2004). Focus on Inquiry: A Teacher’s Guide to Implementing Inquiry Learning. Retrieved March 12, 2009, from Alberta Education: http://education.alberta.ca/media/313361/focusoninquiry.pdf

American Association of School Librarians. (2007). Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Retrieved March 29, 2009, from AASL Learning Standards: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/AASL_LearningStandards.pdf

Asselin, M., & Doiron, R. (2008, July). Towards a Transformative Pedagogy for School Libraries 2.0. Retrieved March 28, 2009, from School Libraries Worldwide: http://asselindoiron.pbwiki.com/SLW14%3A2+AsselinDoiron

Canadian Association for School Libraries. (2005). techbroche.pdf. Retrieved March 10, 2009, from Canadian Association for School Libraries Website: http://www.cla.ca/casl/techbroche.pdf

CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology. (1999-2008). Retrieved March 12, 2009, from What is Universal Design for Learning?: http://www.cast.org/research/udl/index.html

Davis, V. (2008, January 17). It is about Educational Networking NOT Social Networking . Retrieved March 25, 2009, from Cool Cat Blog: http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2008/01/it-is-about-educational-networking-not.html

Doyle, S., & Trousdell, L. (2007, November 15). The Library is a Mashup. Retrieved March 28, 2009, from Animoto: http://animoto.com/play/5b84f59869b8cbf7c6ab7426548e957e

Gasser, U., & Palfrey, J. (2009, March). Mastering Multitasking. Educational Leadership , pp. 15-19.

King, J. Getting In Deep Online Image From Now On: The Educational Technology Journal. http://www.fno.org/feb06/febcartoon.html.

Literacy with ICT Across the Curriculum. (2004-2008). Retrieved March 12, 2009, from Manitoba Education, Citizenship & Youth: http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/tech/lict/show_me/continuum.html

Mullen, R., & Wedwick, L. (2008, November/December). Avoiding the Digital Abyss: Getting Started in the Classroom with YouTube, Digital Stories, and Blogs. Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas , pp. 66-69.

Palfrey, J., & Gasser, U. (2008). Born Digital. New York: Basic Books.

Plair, S. K. (2008, Nov – Dec). Revamping Professional Development for Technology Integration and Fluency. Retrieved March 30, 2009, from Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas: http://eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=EJ816794&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=EJ816794

Ransom, S. Leaving Digital Footprints that Count Online Image ransomtech>Digital Footprints. http://ransomtech.wikispaces.com/Digital+Footprints

Rossini (Composer). Barber of Seville. On Frequency Orch. Rossini Selections: http://www.freeplaymusic.com.

The International Society for Technology in Education. (2007). The ISTE Technology Standards and Performance Indicators (NETS-S) for Students. Retrieved March 28, 2009, from ISTE: http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForStudents/2007Standards/NETS_for_Students_2007_Standards.pdf

The International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). The ISTE Technology Standards and Performance Indicators (NETS-T) for Teachers. Retrieved March 28, 2009, from ISTE: http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/2008Standards/NETS_T_Standards_Final.pdf

Valenza, J. +. (2009). You know you’re a 21st century librarian if . . . Retrieved March 10, 2009, from Information Fluence: http://informationfluency.wikispaces.com/You+know+you%27re+a+21st+century+librarian+if+.+.+.

Video sharing sites

September 27, 2008

Not for the squeamish!

I found this video by searching www.video.google.com and plan to use it after reading  “Christopher, Please Clean Your Room!” by Itah Sadu and watching the Talespinner video with my EAL summer school students. I can just imagine how intrigued the students will be. They may even want to learn more about cockroaches!

YouTube in Today’s World:

On my way to work Friday morning I noticed that YouTube has become a visible part of our popular culture. This anonymous poem was on a “Poetry in Motion” poster on my bus:

Afghanistan Confession 17
I carry a coffin
on my shoulder
into the gut of the transport.
The dead fly.
I send video
from my phone
home to YouTube.

As the bus went past the University of Winnipeg I saw a bus bench advertising “YouOne” which is really just the University marketing to students their University One first year program.

According to Wikipedia, YouTube gets over 100 million views per day. Some videos receive over 1,000,000 views. Adam and Mowers, authors of “YouTube Comes to the Classroom” in the School Library Journal (2007, January) assert that young people not only watch YouTube, they want a voice online. In “An Anthropolitical Introduction To YouTube” Michael Wesch states that 88% of YouTube uploads are new and original, underscoring the assertion that young people want a voice online. He also states that 50% of videos feature 18-24 year olds. This is the predominate age group of my school. I can’t afford to ignore the potential of YouTube and other video sharing sites in my school and library.


Michael Stephens provides some very good ideas for using YouTube in libraries in “Social Video: Videoblogging & YouTube” (Library Technology Reports, Sep/Oct 2007). His suggestions cover the gamet between creating a presence on the web for the library/life in the library to hosting 4 min. storytelling contests.

I have spent many happy hours searching www.video.google.com for educational videos on the video sharing sites such as YouTube, Google Video, Teacher Tube, Yahoo Video and Metacafe. I also have lots of experience facilitating students as they create videos using  MovieMaker, Photostory 3 and iMovie. The students are always way more creative than me. I’m now feeling prepared to facilitate video sharing with students.


As I mentioned in my earlier post, I’m dismayed that this WordPress blog will only show YouTube or Google Videos, but I can link to videos on TeacherTube or other sites like Metacafe. YouTube and Google Video are blocked for student logins at my school. It’s been explained to me that online vidoes use too much bandwidth. We’re supposed to be getting a better networking system soon so I will just have to be patient about that. In the meantime I’ve noticed that Metacafe, TeacherTube and Yahoo Videos are not blocked.

Web 2.0 meets Web 2.0
I created this 28 second video using the web-based Animoto application and sending it directly to YouTube. It features some of my daughters artwork.

I learned that Animoto is not blocked for logins at my school, but it may as well be because uploading of images/files is blocked altogether. This is a travesty. For no cost to the school, students could create wondrous 30 second videos using 12 – 20 of their images and share them with pride. I’ve added it to my growing list of sites/services that our students need to access.

Windows MovieMaker meets Web 2.0
Finally, I created this simple MovieMaker video to highlight some of the other implications I’ve gleaned for teaching and learning with video sharing sites. I hope you enjoy it.