How do we prepare teachers for teaching and learning the ever evolving landscape of technology? Chris Kennedy, the Superintendent of Schools / CEO with the West Vancouver School District (West Vancouver, BC), suggests that
"We’ve shifted from seeing technology as a way to support distance learning to looking for ways to make blended learning part of every student’s educational experience. And we are beginning to move beyond being excited about the tools themselves to looking for ways we can best use these tools to support learning goals and good pedagogy."
Alberta Education's Guide to Education: Kindergarten to Grade 12 provides important guidelines for the school library program in Alberta schools:
"Students in Alberta schools should have access to an effective school library program that is integrated with instructional programs. Such library programs improve student opportunities for achieving a basic education. Student learning experiences should integrate information retrieval and research skills. These skills are learned best within the curricula. To promote integration, opportunities for cooperative planning between teachers and teacher–librarians should be provided.
In an integrated school library program, the services and activities are not peripheral or supplementary to the school’s instructional program; they are an
essential and dynamic part of it. The integrated library program broadens, deepens and personalizes learning by involving students in the planned and
purposeful use of resources. Library resources are designed to help students expand their abilities to find, generate, evaluate and apply information.
Developing these information skills will, in turn, prepare students to function effectively as individuals and as full participants in society. An integrated school library program attends not only to its formal instructional role, but also to its function as a centre for informal learning. As a resource centre, the school library should be a place where students can pursue their individual educational interests." (p.69)
Alberta Education (2012). Guide to Education: Kindergarten to Grade 12 (2012-2013). Edmonton Alberta: Alberta Education
Retrieved from http://education.alberta.ca/media/6719891/guidetoed2012.pdf
The school learning commons should be a space where learning and technology intersect. Ewan McIntosh discusses ways to create multiple learning spaces within your school and/ or learning commons:
Join the ORC and the Alberta School Library Council (ASLC) South Regional for two evenings of ORC resource training. These evenings will provide information about new resources, and new resource features that are ideal for students in K-6 and 7-12. In addition, ways in which ORC resources can support information literacy skills while teaching curriculum will be discussed.
Why not bring a friend this year? It is always a great idea to attend a professional development event with a colleague. This allows for continued discussion, idea generation and support with implementation following the PD experience. It may also mean that there are two experts available to support your school staff.
Can't join us for the entire evening? No problem! Feel free to join in when you are able or leave early if needed. The sessions for both evenings will be organized so that they chunk resources by the curricular area they support. For a timeline of each evening please see the event RSVP webpage on the ORC Support Site.
Chinook Learning Services - Viscount Bennett Centre
2519 Richmond Road SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E 4M2
Time: 4:30 - 7:00 pm
January 14, 2015
Resources that Support Learning in K-6
January 15, 2015
Resources to Support the Grade 7-12 Curriculum
The Online Reference Centre (ORC) grant-in-aid for 2014/2015 has been approved! This means that the ORC will remain available to all Alberta K-12 students, parents, staff and pre-service teachers.
The ORC is currently in the process of firming up its 2014/2015 collection. Although the ORC is working with the same budget this year, US exchange rates have changed, and this has an impact, since many of the ORC contracts are paid to US publishers in US funds. The ORC Coordinator is working with the current publishers to see what can be done about maintaining the current collection despite changing financial circumstances.