About time…well waves really!

If you spend anytime in the library, and many of you do, chatting to me about which book to read next, you’d know that my favourite genre is science fiction. So I am a little excited that there is a new trilogy out by Rick Yancey. The first book – The 5th Wave is an action packed read that has a bit of everything; it is end of the world disaster meets alien invasion, boy meets girl, girl tries to rescue younger brother type scenario. If you enjoyed Ender’s Game, Hunger Games and Divergent – then this is a must read. A little more action packed – if that is possible – and the actual writing is rather good.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the 
lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 
4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway,Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the 
countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last 
survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she 
meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’sonly hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender. 
http://www.the5thwaveiscoming.com/books

There is even a film – just released – in case you were wondering.

Best get to the library quickly and grab it before anyone else…

Written by

Lisa Trundley-Banks

 

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The Rights of the Reader

7. The Right to Read Anywhere

What is the strangest place that you have been known to read a book? Perhaps best to answer this internally…In Daniel Pennac’s book – The Rights of the Reader – on which this blog has been based – he describes a certain soldier who volunteered everyday for the most awful duty in the barracks – “shit-house duty.” Pennac then describes the young man going off with broom in hand, nobody thinks to question him as no-one else wants to clean the latrines. He has a secret. 1900 pages of Gogol.

You probably have not heard of Gogol – and no matter. The point is that he volunteers for the worst job so that he can lock himself in the cubicle and READ. He left behind the following message:

Yes, I can honestly say – sit down, pedagogue

That I’ve read all of Gogol, right here in this bog.

So exercise your right to read anywhere, except perhaps whilst crossing the road. I like to read whilst eating and whilst watching TV – yes I can do all three at once!imgresThis soldier is a certainly exercising his rights to read…As are the gentlemen below.holland-house-bombed-ww21

Lisa Trundley-Banks

Content Curation

I totally switched off in the last school holidays and disconnected from most forms of social media. I read instead. I forgot to switch off Twitter! Luckily so, as I became part of a conversation that I would have regretted missing. It centred around the question; What is the role of the 21st Century Librarian? I was flattered that people thought that I would know the answer! And I didn’t even hesitiate when answering such a big question.

It hasn’t changed! The role of the 21st Century Librarian is absolutely no different to a librarian in the 20th, 19th or 18th centuries. We are there to provide the very best information for our customers. Of course there is far more to it. We predict what our customers need and intuitively know, fairly often, what type of information they are looking for based around careful questioning when they appear at our desks asking for help. Sometimes this can be a simple problem – they are looking for a good book to read – but they want you to find it. Sometimes it is a little more complex – they are searching for the latest information on the human genome project or whether genetically modified meat is safe to eat. (That one is hard – really hard, as I found out recently whilst assuring boys that we would find information.)

So the role of the librarian is still that of providing information to people in whatever shape or form they are after it in. This is where the role has changed. It is the delivery of the information and how we can now deliver it, that is so exciting. This is wScreen Shot 2014-10-14 at 3.27.22 PMhere content curation comes in. Once again, this is not new – think back to the vertical files that most school libraries had – great big imposing metal drawers full of articles cut from papers and magazines. I love online content curation and get quite excited when a department at school approaches me to create a new board for them. (Partly because online curation is so attractive and neat and tidy.)

I have been very lucky that the Science department, in particular, Chemisty, have jumped at the chance of having content curated. This is because they wanted information that is verified for validity, sourced reliable websites and relevant to the topic. This stops the students from aimlessly sifting for hours through the internet looking for information – looking like they are working, but in reality becoming increasingly distracted by whatever else they come across on their ‘search.’

My preferred sites are Scoop.it and Learni.st. There are so many of them, that you just have to pick a ‘look’ that suits your school and go with it.
Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.21.08 AM I use them for different types of projects. So for science  based courses, I prefer Scoop.it simply because it looks  modern and fresh. It allows to students to scroll quickly through the content and have a brief read and then decide  for themselves which links they will investigate further. I  have found it is better for topics that change quickly such  as genetics. Scoop.it allows me to quickly delete old articles, and with its suggested content, I can update it just as quickly. My most successful curation on this site has been on genetics. I originally made it for classes in English studying Frankenstein and Never Let Me Go, but then some biology students discovered it and showed their teacher and now they also use it in Year 13! This has been a delightful but unintended outcome – cross curricular learning of a fashion.

I use Learni.st for arts and social science subjects – where the students tend to follow a course more or need to use all the links to direct their own learning. From this point of view it supports flipped learning beautifully. My most successful board has been one that I created for Classical Studies on Roman Social Life. It has 27 links that you scoll through. The best thing about Learni.st is that it allows you to add comprehensive notes next to a visual image. This means you can add activities and instructions for your students.

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Content curation is a win win situation.

  • It stops students from just ‘googleing it.’
  • It promotes reliability of sources of information.
  • It introduces the idea of validity and relevance of information.
  • It can be used for flipped learning.
  • It is a great collaborative tool.
  • In the long run, it saves time for students.
  • It can be updated easily to keep it relevant.

My next step os to collaborate with staff to create boards of their classes – maybe next year.

Lastly, it is worth bearing in mind;

Content is king. Without content you have an art project!

Lisa Trundley-Banks

Teacher Librarian at Christ’s College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be a good Digital Citizen

Digital Citizenship has recently become the hot topic. And with little wonder. BYOD means more and more children have their own personal laptops not only at school but at home – in their bedroom, on the sofa, and whilst eating their supper.
Not only that, an increasing number of people have more digital technology in their pocket, than the average home computer had a few years ago.
So what is digital citizenship?
TKI defines it as;

The ongoing changes in technology and the way it is used means all staff, students, and the wider community need to know how to model responsible behaviours as successful digital citizens in real-world contexts.
http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Digital-citizenship

Wikipedia define it as;

Digital citizenship is a term that describes how a person should act while using digital technology online and has also been defined as “the ability to participate in society online”. The term is often mentioned in relation to Internet safety and netiquette.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_citizenship#Online_etiquette

Here is a short video that introduces the idea. It is from google but never mind I just quoted Wikipedia! I am sure a few boys will pull me up on it next week.

Lisa Trundley-Banks