Doug Johnson writes today about interactions he has had with Technology and Curriculum specialists in the past week.
In the midst of interacting with them, he writes, “Until our profession sees its primary instructional focus as teaching information and technology literacy skills, we will lack both credibility and voice in technology implementation efforts. ” I certainly don’t have statistics to support this or deny this, but I think there are many shining examples where this is occurring. And, in the same way that teacher-librarians gain collaborative partners one-to-one, we need to do the same with the technology techs or specialists in the same way.
So, where are some of these examples? Well here are people and initiatives who do see their focus as teaching information and technology skills just to name a few…and I’m sure there are many others…name some more!
- School Library Learning 2.0 is now in it’s second version and now has a bevy of Massachusetts librarians participating in addition to our California group and countless others around the world. (I need to disclose that I was part of the team that put this together, but it is really taking off and making a difference for a lot of people).
- At Educon and Blog gatherings, people like Joyce Valenza continue to lead and participate in the conversation.
- Teacher-Librarians all over the place are the key people in their schools utilizing and integrating technology and transforming thinking. Just a couple – Annie Lokrantz in Fresno, John Volkman at Reedley High, and Doug Achterman in Hollister, and countless others who are leading the way in technology at their schools.
Doug does ask some interesting questions that are important for all of us to think about and define for ourselves. How do you answer these questions?
- who are we?
- What do we do?
- How do we do it?
P.S. I think the new AASL standards help to define this for those who are not sure.