The past two days were informative and inspirational. I listened and learned from Kiwi library staff from public and school libraries. During this time, I got to peek through a small window of what is important to the local library staff. Everyone is in agreement that students (and even adults) need support in digital literacy and digital citizenship.
Sally Pewhairangi @sallyheroes developed a free assessment tool so that library staff can self-evaluate and figure out where their digital competencies are and what needs to be strengthened. For those who wish to grow in this area, a self paced course is offered for a small fee. Just click the hot link above to see whatś offered!
For students, Library Manager Saskia Hill teaches a curriculum that she developed through a trial and error process. She now has a digital citizenship curriculum that she rolls out to specific grade levels. She went into great detail about what the students learn in each lesson, which everyone found extremely helpful. Saskia also mentioned that all of the feeder schools are teaching the students digital citizenship as well, for continuity. Therefore, she knows what her students should know when they come to her High School. Itś nice to hear that students will be coming to high school with some background knowledge.
Other Conference Highlights- PIctures with Captions Due to Limited Time
Sue is a teacher and school librarian living in Atlanta, GA, USA. She was in NZ as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher from Feb-June 2016.