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Standard 3-3 Reflection

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Standard 3.3 Educational leader
Candidates are able to articulate the relationship of the library media program with current educational trends and important issues.  Candidates recognize the role of other educational professionals and professional associations.  Candidates translate for the school the ways in which the library program can enhance school improvement efforts.  Candidates utilize information found in professional journals to improve library practice.

 

Artifacts:

 

            In ISTC 601, we read articles to gain knowledge on media programs, one of these articles discussed using Web 2.0 tools to make learning more interesting.  The article promotes using Web 2.0 tools and how to use certain tools.  Some issues are brought up, for example administrators possibly banning certain Web 2.0 tools and the author discusses ways to deal with this issue.  One way of dealing with this is educating students on Internet safety.

            An article review for ISTC 651 discusses using Wikipedia as a tool for information literacy.  Many educators have a stigma towards Wikipedia because the content can be edited and they do not see it as reliable, however this article brings up other points such as using Wikipedia for critical thinking, and how librarians are viewed.  The article states that librarians were viewed as marketers of information rather than educators, marketing print materials rather than online resources, depicting them as inaccurate.  However the author states that not all librarians view online resources as such and goes on to explain how some believe Wikipedia would be a great tool for educating about information competence and critical thinking.  While I know “Wikipedia is evil” is not a belief held by librarians I have met, I feel that sentiment is something many teachers believe especially in higher education.  I think helping students understand critical thinking and information skills are important issues today with people moving more and more towards digital resources.

            The research summary from my ISTC 601 class is another artifact, which shows trends and issues, a part of Standard 3.3.  The summary explains how library items like the amount of books, computers, non-print materials, and library hours affect student achievement.  When those items increase student achievement increased, meeting another part of Standard 3.3 in showing ways the library enhances school improvement efforts.  I plan on referring back to this and other studies in the future if necessary to improve my future library.

            I discussed in my Standard 2.1 reflection, the SIP Presentation from ISTC 702.  This artifact fits well within Standard 3.3 as it presents how a the Natural Reader 9.0 tool can “enhance school improvement efforts.”  The tool has a number of features to help struggling readers, auditory and visual learners, and students with disabilities.  Features include text-to-speech, highlighted words as they are read, changeable voice speed, exportation of text-to-speech, integrated toolbar for word processors, text prediction, and text can be read as typed into a word processor.  The presentation explains how it will meet Hereford Middle School’s Improvement Plan and affect the students.

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