The Librarian is an Alien–and Other Fake News!

A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet

I thought that since I am starting my first year as a school librarian, I should take a look at what some of my more experienced colleagues have to say about being a librarian. I started with the blog, “A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet.” Julie Greller’s mantra, “Because you never know when you’ll need a cybrarian!” is wonderful! I feel that I do more with technology than I get to do with my beloved books, so this message really appealed to me. In one blog, “Welcome to the 21st Century: 45 Resources on Coding,” Julie gives you oodles of resources to find out more information about coding from videos, apps, articles, and website to learn/explore at your own pace. It definitely hits many of the modalities of learning!

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The second post teaches us how to spot fake news–with diagrams and graphics to help us visual learners learn more about spotting fake news! It gives you articles, guides, lesson plans, and videos on how to evaluate and spot fake news. This is such a hard concept for students to comprehend–if it’s on the web, then it must be true! But many times it is too
good to be true! So many links–48 to be exact–to learn about the best way for students (and teachers) to spot fake news.

The Adventures of Library Girl

newspaperThe second great librarian blog is “The Adventures of Library Girl.” It’s latest post is called, “Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of Truth.” Boy, another blog about finding truths and being able to spot fake news! This must be a bigger problem than I really thought about, but it certainly has made me think about how I go about teaching identifying good resources.

I also really enjoyed watching and reading the posts about the #30SecondBookTalk Championship 2017 (there were 2 posts focused on this topic). I liked how there were facts about the topic, resources to use, and videos to watch to learn more. Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is the Lead School Library Media Coordinator/Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist for New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, NC. is very good at pulling wonderful resources that are easy to use and give you facts to begin with!

The True Adventures of a High School Librarian

Nikki Robertson is a “veteran educator, librarian and Instructional Technology Facilitator for James Clemens High School. She is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens.” I love getting the point of view of a high school librarian in the post Cha Cha Cha Changes: In the JCHS Library–I know that the set up and class schedule of high school is very different from an elementary schedule. Nikki posted how the library wasn’t being used as it should be to accommodate the needs of her students. So, to break up the library into zones for students to use and eliminating food and drink in the library, it helped to make the library a more welcoming, useful area for the students at James Clemens High School. Pictures of her set-up, signs used, and the fact that usage in specific areas has increased is great information to know and use!

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Another great post is “Hour of Code: It Just Keeps Getting Better and Better.” This post walks you through what the hour of code is with videos, games they played, and a step-by-step guide on how to have a successful hour of code at your school. It is a great way to get over your fear of coding.

Reflections

Two of the three blogs had posts about showing students how to spot fake news and only to use reputable websites and sources. I especially liked the videos and pictures that helped me to visualize what the authors were talking about. All of the blogs certainly gave me plenty to think about and ways to implement them into the library at my school.

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