Project proposals for course 5

Interactive book review project

  1. Describe the project: What will your students do?
    1.  Students will be asked to share about the books they’re reading. The Panda books awards are a group of books already selected by librarians in China to promote reading. I’ve been promoting these books to students throughout the school year – book talking, panda costumes, and bookmarks. I hope the idea of sharing with each other will inspire more students to read more books.
    2. So, it’s interactive. Students, unfortunately, do not have username and passwords for our in-house blog, but they can comment. I just have to upload the book review. You can see some students have already commented.  We tried this out with one class and one teacher, but I’m thinking about making it a whole school project.
    3. As for commenting, I was thinking about using our COETAIL rubric, using language that better suits their level of understanding. This graphic and site look promising, too.
      1. Leopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia

    4. Ideally, I’d even like to connect with other schools throughout China. I need to get on weChat and contact other librarians in China and even throughout the world, perhaps.
  1. How does this project reflect your learning from COETAIL?
    1. COETAIL has taught me the importance of making connections beyond our schools, beyond our countries, and making use of technology to enhance/transform learning. I believe this project uses technology to enhance learning. If I can figure out how to connect nationally, if not globally, it could transform student learning. It is difficult to connect globally from China, but possible.
    2. COETAIL has taught me that peer feedback can be used as a tool for engagement and motivation.
    3. COETAIL has taught me that blogging can be a great tool for learning and reflecting.
  2. What goals do you hope to achieve with this project?
    1. Ultimately, I’d like students to be inspired to read a book because their peers suggested it to them. It would be nice for students to connect with peers outside of our school building, to receive feedback and recommendations.
    2. Also, it will give students a chance to improve their writing and idea sharing.
  3. Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project?
    1. I’m in a new school that’s never had a librarian.I can’t really redefine/transform a previous unit. I think this is a good idea for course 5 project because it reflects my COETAIL learning and understanding. Interactive book reviews call for students to engage with each other, using technology. Also, peer feedback is a key component.
  4. What are some of your concerns about redesigning this unit?
    1. Build up, engagement, and meaning are going to be key in the beginning. I am concerned, if I miss the mark on how awesome the project could and should be for students. Also, technology anywhere in the world, but especially in China, can be a disengaging factor, if it fails at first.
    2. I don’t give students grades. Grades often motivate students. I’m going to have to dig deep on getting students motivated to read and share. By digging deep, I mean I don’t know what I’m going to do to motivate, other than share some of my own thoughts on the books. Also, perhaps,  writing a review myself, and asking students to comment – maybe? The relationships I have with a few students – “library peeps” will also be a big factor in launching this project. There are a few students whom I know will be keen to get this going, and, hopefully, they’ll inspire other students.
  5. What shifts in pedagogy will this new unit require from you?
    1. The “interactive” part of this project is new for me. I’ve never asked students to critique the book reviews of other students. I’ve asked students to share verbally, but never on an open web platform.
  6. What skills and/or attitudes will this new unit require from your students?
    1. This is going to require students to be good digital citizens. In giving feedback to other students, they should be inspiring, respectful, and insightful.
    2. I’m thinking of doing this with grade 4 students. So, I think they’ll need some help with the tech aspect of this, at first.
    3. I plan on using our in-house wordpress site, but I should look at other alternatives just in case…We can’t use blogger because it’s blocked in China. Kidblog looks like a possibility. Other alternatives might be: kidzworld, edublogs,

Option 2: Library Badging

  1. Describe the project: What will your students do?
    1. When I first started COETAIL, I remember reading @wenfor blog. Like her, I’m in a new library, and I loved her idea of using a badging system to get students involved in the library.

I work with someone else in the library, therefore I don’t have the same needs as Wendy. I wouldn’t necessarily need students to do shelving or checkouts.  So, I was thinking of taking this in a different direction, and trying digital badges. I have to decide which platform we might use.

What will students do to attain badges is the key question?  What skills or attitudes will be demonstrated to earn a badge?

As I see mainly elementary aged students (k-5 come in once a week), I was thinking of making this about reading different kinds of books. An exploration of different authors and genres, perhaps? Potentially, I could connect it to the Interactive Book Review I already mentioned. I have to figure this out.

Or, I could build a badging system aligned with the new AASL standards But, I can’t do this in isolation. I need to find a teacher to collaborate with on this and tie into a unit maybe. Being my first year, I don’t really know where or how I might fit this in student learning.

How does this project reflect your learning from COETAIL?

  1. Badging is personalized learning. Students will have complete choice in whether or not they want to pursue a specific badge by demonstrating a skill or attitude.
  1. What goals do you hope to achieve with this project?
    1. Ideally, this would inspire students to read a diverse range of literature. By wanting to earn a badge (maybe compete with their friends), they’ll read something they wouldn’t have otherwise.
    2. How will I check to make sure students actually read the book to earn the badge? Again, I think I can actually connect this with my blogging project in option 1.
  2. Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project?
    1. This has been all about trying new things. Badging is new to me, and still new to most of the world. I think trying it here in course 5 will be a great learning experience. Also, since another COETAILER has experience with this, maybe I can reach out to her for possible collaboration…
  3. What are some of your concerns about redesigning this unit?
    1. The badging system is going to take a great deal of planning and thought, in order for it to work well with students. I’m going to have to explore what other teachers have done – good and bad.
  4. What shifts in pedagogy will this new unit require from you?
    1. I’ve never tried anything like this.. It’s not a shift. It’s a 180
  5. What skills and/or attitudes will this new unit require from your students?
    1. Dan Pink might think this is an awful idea. But badging clearly derives from a competitive energy, and I was thinking of making this into a sort of competition. This question makes me rethink this whole project…
      1. What if I change the subject of the badges from reading different books to “making the world a better place”
      2. Students can earn badges by doing things to make the world a more peaceful place. Badges can include: helping someone in need, listening to a friend, offering a compliment,

 

Clearly, I have details to figure out on this, but I think I have enough to build on.

 

 

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