I originally started blogging 4 years ago when completing the State Library of Victoria PLN program which ignited my inquisitiveness about new technologies and how they could be integrated into the classroom (and library). I continued to blog about my journey with a school-based project ‘PORTIA’ and my ‘ULTRANET’ experiences until 2012.
The past 18 months has been one of ups and downs for me with many challenges and changes to be overcome – new school administration, relocation of the library to a smaller space, gathering of class resources from around the school (as new ‘learning areas’ were created), overseeing the revamping of an attached old locker bay into a ‘Learning Hub’ (meeting space) with teaching resources, and all completed as the library staffing was also downsized to one (me)!
So my time lately has been taken up with creating a library space which students want to come into and which is still seen as the ‘hub’ of the school for many staff. I have spent many hours moving shelves, books, cataloguing and re-cataloguing (with lots still to be done as more resources find their way ‘home’), setting up displays and keeping our online resources running. I also started a ‘student library monitors’ program for Year 7 and 8 students who help with displays, processing new resources, borrowing, shelving, etc. They are enthusiastic, keen, love the library and their roles (quick to dob in anyone doing the wrong thing), and also help promote reading at assemblies and with newsletter reports. Oh and did I say that I also created a new library website (which I need to update already), help with the College magazine, edit a quarterly past students newsletter, set up an online book club ‘Between Covers Book Club’ via Inside a Dog (only last week, so needs more promotion), facilitate two ‘ClickView’ groups, manage the school website, Facebook and Twitter accounts, assist with all sorts of ‘odd’ requests which seem to find their way to me, and somehow I’m managing to stay sane through it all!
At the same time I have tried to keep up with my own personal digital learning and whilst it hasn’t always been ‘hands on’ I have been aware of how much it has changed so quickly – thank goodness for my online connections via Twitter, Facebook and blogs, and my network face-to-face meetings. Seriously it sounds ridiculous when I look back over the past 18months and no wonder the time has flown by!!
I now have an opportunity to take on a new challenge and get back into the digital learning area at my school as we embark on the introduction of BYOD iPad devices for our Year 7-10 students. We are also introducing a new lesson planning tool, ‘myEd App’, which will change the way many staff deliver their lessons. I will be amongst a core group of staff who are embarking on some training this week and shall be coming up with a session for students on copyright. I’ve been revisiting some earlier work I did within classes and looking at how I can deliver it in a different way via the ‘myEd App’.
Thank you to Corrie Barclay who has generously shared his knowledge recently, pointed me towards many online resources, and encouraged me to share this journey via my own blog. So watch out for me on Twitter @swannelllynn, pardon my many questions, queries and thank you all for connecting and sharing your wisdom to people like myself who have ‘followed’ in the background envious at what you are achieving. It’s going to be a new beginning with #excitingtimes ahead and I just hope I can keep up…oh well after all what are holidays for!