In schools with limited access to educational technology, libraries are important spots on the virtual space map. They become places of easy access to
resources necessary to study. Technological advances require a critical overview of the available materials on the part of the library. New content and services should be added, including the use of new technology to manage lessons and projects involving teachers and students.
How can a school library change into a media education space? Read NEW FUNCTION FOR THE SCHOOL LIBRARY and find out!
REMEMBER! What is important is that the library’s offer be attractive for students (it is worth consulting them and taking joint decisions). Activities should also be scheduled adequately so that students have time to participate in them. When a library changes its role, new undertakings are in place. These should be fully supported by the headmaster and by the school teachers (especially form teachers), as well as by the parents’ council. A fast Internet connection, appropriate computer equipment and software, as well as photo and audiovisual devices are needed to implement such changes. There should also be enough space to run the new activities. It is also worth thinking about additional financial means for educational outings, teacher training and new materials.
The vast array of educational tools accessible online is inspiring. There are many options we can use. For instance, instead of organising regular written quizzes or tests, we may use Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizlet or similar applications. This will make students more active and willing to participate.
E-quizzes and tools for organising them are discussed in E-QUIZZES.
Quite often there is not enough time in class to develop certain topics with students. In the teacher community, it is also difficult to arrange a meeting and discuss school issues or suggest solutions to the encountered problems due to lack of time, short breaks and different working schedules. Can the social media address this challenge?
Inspiring examples can be found in FACEBOOK IN THE HANDS OF TEACHERS.
Make an experiment. Test some online applications, such as Quizizz, Kahoot or Quizlet and organise the next test with the use of one of them.
Remember that the principles of using such applications should be explicitly stated. Students should be able to get to know the applications and test them several times in class. It is also important that each student knows what steps to take in order to participate in the quiz. Computer access is required to enable interactive use of such applications. We should be using either a computer room or mobile devices (local or personal), provided that Internet access is of good quality.
After conducting the experiment ask the students for feedback!