Let’s Empower Student Voice

Who can empower students’ voices? You can! Read the Entrsekt April 2016 article by Jennifer Snelling, “Empowering Student Voice: Students are now at the center of education transformation.” I truly believe this. As Glen Warren (Encinitas Union District Coordinator for Literacies, Outreach, and Libraries, VP of Government Relations for the California School Library Association, Chair of the Library Media Educator Network for CUE) says, “What matters to you (students) matters.”

At CUE in Palm Springs last month, I gave a talk as part of the CSLA Information Literacy Strand about students as social media content creators. (http://bit.ly/socialmediacontentcreators) The slide show is full of inspiring examples of students of all ages creating legitimate content on social media. We need to give students the opportunities to create content on social media, and we need to listen to students’ voices on social media and in real life.

Snelling credits ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) with doing a great job in listening to students.

Mentioned in the Snelling article:

#StuVoice on Twitter

Stuvoice.org

TakingITGlobal (tigweb.org)

Future Friendly Schools

Angela Maiers and Choose2Matter

Thank you Jennifer Snelling and entrsekt, for giving us some examples and inspiration on this vital issue.

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Students and Social Media Content Creation

10 Great Ways to Use Social Media in Classroom When you try to think of the favorite activity of today’s students, you’ll most probably come up with the obvious answer: social media. It seems like students of all ages are obsessed by it. These social media channels have mesmerizing power, so they can often become…

via 10 Great Ways to Use Social Media in Classroom — Teachers With Apps

Castle gives practical, logical, easy suggestions to try with your students. These ideas can not only familiarize them with social media tools from a “professional” perspective, they’ll also learn digital citizenship, and begin developing a positive digital tattoo.  Castle’s blog post is a good complement to a workshop I led recently at #CUE16 in Palm Springs,”25 Examples of Students as Social Media Content Creators K – Adult”  http://bit.ly/socialmediacontentcreators  In this slide show you’ll see examples of teachers implementing some of Castle’s suggestions. If you’re able to implement any of Castle’s ideas, you’ll see student engagement soar! Here’s an example with Dr. Brad Gustafson, “Pedagogy First” https://adjustingcourse.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/pedagogy-first-video/  

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Fresno and Libraries

Fresno, you’re doing great and interesting things, library-wise.

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From the Fresno Bee, “Two Central High School East librarians were honored with the Nutrition Educator Award in Anaheim on Jan. 15 as part of a statewide nutrition education contest. Christina Flores and Janet Wile were honored at the Astor Classics Event Center in Anaheim and also won $500 for Central Unified’s “Athletes as Readers and Leaders” program, which promotes healthy eating habits.

As part of this program, which is in its eighth year,  high school students visit elementary school each Friday to read books about healthy eating to kindergarten to third-grade classes.” (Feb. 14, 2016)

Congratulations to Ms. Flores, Ms. Wile, Central East student athletes, and Central Unified!

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Also from the Feb. 14, 2016 Fresno Bee:

The Fresno County Public Library has partnered with Career Online High School for a program offering accredited high school diplomas specifically designed for adults. http://fresnolibrary.org or call 559.600.7323.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books and Reading

On a related topic: The other day in an article in the Fresno Bee, owners of a local bookstore, Petunia’s Place were interviewed about their store. They were asked by the reporter: What is the appeal of reading?

 

Hello? How far have we fallen?! What. is. the. APPEAL???!!!of. reading? Hmm… what is the appeal of eating? What is the appeal of sleeping?