My brain is about to explode it is just so full of knowledge. A summary of the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, September 25-26, 2015
I attended the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy at the Coastal Georgia Center, in Savannah, Georgia because it was required, but when I left this conference I was inspired. College professors are facing the same challenges that public high school teachers face every day…accountability. We all live in our ivory towers thinking everything revolves around my world and no one understands. One thing I gained from this was the knowledge that college professors, librarians, and public school educators need a line a communication. More collaboration is needed, not just through a survey. We need to hold workshops where local panels of college professors, librarians, and teachers can meet and plan together the changes that need to be made in our teaching methods to make all of our students successful. Librarians can be the bridge this divide. Librarians can help integrate information literacy into anyone’s curriculum.
I attended two presentations that modeled different types of collaboration between college campuses and public schools. A tight bond between the college librarian, education professors, and public school educators created a learning space that was beneficial to all. These presentations were presented by Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra, Gayle Schaub, and Susan F. Carson of Grand Valley State University and the other presentation was given by Denise Woetzel of Sargeant Reynolds Community College and Anita B. Tarbox, of Hermitage High School.
I think back through my 21 year career as a teacher and I see my ups and downs. The times when I was becoming frustrated because of the changes in curriculum, changes in the students over the years, and the pressure being placed on teachers to be miracle workers and solve what ails the world. I was talking to Dr. Stephanie Jones and I had an epiphany. At times, it has felt like a ton of bricks was lying on my shoulders and that I had to do it all on my own. But what brought me back to life was doing the one thing I always loved…learning. Attending school and taking college classes always has had that effect on me. My confidence builds, I get new ideas from my peers, and I fall in love again with my chosen passionate career, teaching. Notice, I said peers here. There has always been that divide between the professors and their students, but at this conference this divide seemed to fall away…The Professors are HUMAN.
I was able to work and collaborate with some of the rising shining stars of the education world as a person on equal ground, as a person who wants to implement change, and as a person whose opinion was valued. In a word, it was empowering to see that the professors’ struggles to keep up with changes in technology and in the student population are the same struggles teachers face every day. I feel like my son who in the third grade that was diagnosed with A.D.D. When he first started taking his medication and he was finally able to pay attention in class. A funny thing happened. Here I will quote what said in a conversation between Julian and his teacher…
“Mrs. B. , my head is about to explode!”
“J what’s wrong do you need to go to the nurse?”
“No, Mrs. B. , my head is about to explode because it is just so full on KNOWLEDGE!”
This is the exact feeling I had after leaving this conference, my head is just so full it is about to explode with knowledge. What knowledge you may ask?
Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA. September 25-26, 2015. #GACoIL
I am now taking my last class prior to practicum. I want to have everything organized and ready for the last step of my education prior to my career as a media specialist. It is difficult to get everything done in a timely manner, between work and college, life can be overwhelming at times. I am continuing with this blog to keep my PLN alive and running. I want to continue to be able to follow my classmates and see what is new inventive technologies are arising daily. I also want to organize my PLN so that it is in a user friendly format.
I don’t think my appetite to learn will ever end. I remember my 9th grade English teacher was really the one who inspired me to read books for fun. We read two Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Boroughs and wrote a comparison paper. I loved the fantasy, action, mystery, and love story all wrapped in one series of books. My passion to read continued; I just could not get enough of Tarzan, so I read all 26 books written by Boroughs…that could have also been fueled by the fact that every weekend my parents traveled to the farm where there was no air conditioning or television. However, the joy of escaping into a good book has never left me. I still love to read. Even though I am taking a full load this summer and live by a computer 24-7, I still have to take breaks from thinking and focus on escaping. Those moments take me to another place where I can release the stress of taking college classes, work, and home. I hope that somewhere in my career I will be able to inspire my students like Mrs. Perry in the 9th grade and give them the joy to read, escape, travel, and use their imaginations. I can’t wait to become a media specialist.
Post # 5 Revisiting your personal learning goals with a focus on mindset, net-savviness, and diversity (the filter bubble)
Prior to this assignment I really thought I knew what I was doing, but now I see that things have changed. I definitely need to keep up with the times and how things are changing when it comes to the internet. I already knew about http://delicious.com what I have always thought of as a great way to bookmark and keep up with websites that are useful to me. I knew there were probably more, but it is amazing at the infinite amount of sources there are on the web today. I really enjoyed learning new ways to search using Google. I also liked reading the information about all the search engines that are out there that eliminate the information bubble that Google, Amazon, and other monsters use to pigeonhole the information we are fed by our previous selections (filters). I liked two of these sites in particular and they were as follows: https://duckduckgo.com/ and http://fixtracking.com/ . Everyone should get out of the “filter bubble” if you want to do serious research. According to the article we read the google generation is defined as people born after 1993, but it also reflected that the older generation is catching up with them when it comes to our skills at using the internet in a practical and useful manner. I have to agree that the most important task as an educator is to teach our students how to search properly, how to decide if the information is valid, and where to search for scholarly reliable sources. I have found myself skimming for what I want to find without actually clicking on the site just like teenagers. This is a bad habit that this assignment has helped me break.
All I can say is this is an exciting world in which we live. Such powerful people with so many ideas of how to share and learn using the digital world we live in today. So many of the students are bored in the classroom and teachers don't understand why this is the case. They are all digitally connected. Their minds are constantly being bombarded with information from social networks, gaming, and more. We as teachers have to change with the times and learn to incorporate this type on information bombardment so that what we are teaching is meaningful. We also have to teach our students how to have internet savvy, and determine if the information they are using is viable. Look at the RSS Feed that I posted by Howard Rheingold "Crap Detection Course," it was illuminating. Watch the video I posted by Diana Laufenberg she is pure inspiration. I just wish I knew how to inspire my students to learn geometry the way she does history, cover all the standards, and pass the EOCT in one semester.
Since I was having such difficult times with blogger, I thought I would try a different webpage creator. One goal for this class is update my technology knowledge. Obviously many things have changed since I was going to school back in 2008, so I have a lot to learn. Another goal is to get better using the online classroom resources. I have never taken online classes prior to this course. This is going to definitely take some getting used to for me be successful in this learning environment. Another first for me is using twitter. I have to remember the #FRIT7234 every single time! I want to create a learning environment that will be useful for any educator. I will definitely have math sites, since that is my primary work environment at this time, but I also want to include education discussion topics. By the end of the semester I want to have gained a circle of peers who will always be there to share new and exciting technology and ideas about education.