I am a school librarian in the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, KS. We have been fortunate to have access to technology in a variety of ways throughout the building, including the school library. In January, technology access will change as my building goes 1:1 with MacBook Airs.
We are excited for every student to have laptops available with creative programs like iMovie and Xcode. We are hopeful that students will create amazing works to demonstrate their learning in new ways. We are grateful that they can access the library’s subscription databases and utilize research tools any time.
But I’m not going to lie, this change makes me a little anxious. I wonder…
- Will teachers and classes still visit the school library throughout the day?
- How will my instruction change? Will I move from classroom to classroom instructing classes for short amounts of time?
- How can I help multiple classes if I am in one classroom and away from the school library?
- When we think of providing opportunities beyond 1:1, what does that look like?
- What do I not know?
I am also very excited to try new things, including
- Creating a Chrome Extension to our website providing easy access for students.
- Increasing the instructional piece of our website. Provide more videos and tutorials.
- Branching out from our current way of doing things and figuring out how to serve our students and staff better.
- Incorporating a chat/remote option for students to ask questions to the library staff from any location in the building.
I am excited and nervous at the same time, but I need your help.
What do you wish you would have done differently when going 1:1 in your building?
What was the biggest obstacle?
Please leave comments below. I would love feedback and suggestions.
Author: Becca Munson
Becca Munson, Librarian, is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 24 years of experience in education. Becca is the Coordinator for Library Systems in the Blue Valley School District. Previously, she was school librarian at Blue Valley West High School. She opened two buildings in Blue Valley and spent some time as an Ed Tech Specialist before returning to libraries. Becca supports over 45 librarians and support staff as they work to fulfill the mission of flexible scheduling, collaboration, and literacy.