Teacher-librarian Collaboration

McHaney, Anita

Topic: Collaboration

Topic: Collaboration

Bib. Citation:  marvkgill1. (2017, December 18).  Collaborating with Your Teacher Librarian. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im7NcPEa2jE

Summary: This is an entertaining video on teacher-librarian collaboration in school libraries. It shows how school libraries are so much more than “just places to check out books.” One innovative librarian describes herself as the “Concierge of the school.” This short video is a great way for administrators to see what we do on a daily basis.

Evaluation: I think this is a valuable video for INFO 250 students; it would be great if each student could make his/her own video for their respective libraries. My favorite part is when an elementary school student describes how “normal libraries” are just a place to check out books, but hers is for researching and her librarian has a collection of stuffed animals if you ever get a little stressed. How cute is that? I definitely recommend watching this cute youtube video!

Culturally Relevant Performance Assessments

Koppenhaver, Chelsie

Topic: Curriculum Assessment

Summary: This article from the Learning Policy Institute discusses how performance assessments, like portfolios, panel presentations and personal reflections, can be made culturally relevant, thereby focusing on the student’s own personal experiences and empowering them to truly express themselves as an individual. This involves centering the relationships a student has built and cultivated with peers, staff and others in the course of their learning. Additionally important is the use of a student’s own personal experience as a way to drive civic and community engagement, an especially interesting focus given this course’s emphasis on communication and finding solutions to real-world problems.

Evaluation: It is important for us to realize that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to assessment that will work for every student or every school. If we want to communicate to students that they are the masters of their own learning then we must realize that they are each unique learners with different backgrounds and needs. The performance assessments discussed here also reach out into the community, engaging them with the students and the school at large, something that is important, not just for students and their families, but for community members who otherwise would not have a relationship or feel any connection to the school.

Citation: Kaul, M. (2019, May 28). Keeping students at the center with culturally relevant performance assessments. Retrieved from https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/blog/keeping-students-center-culturally-relevant-performance-assessments

Inquiry Design Model

McHaney, Anita

Topic: Inquiry and Design

Bib. Citation: Krutka, D. (2018, August 26).  Inquiry design model (IDM) for social studies lessons. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWbJWxYfods

Summary: This is an informative video on the basics of a design inquiry model for a social studies classroom. David Krutka created this video for teacher candidates at the University of North Texas. It describes how with design inquiry, classrooms are built around students’ questions.

Evaluation: I think this is a must see for INFO 250 students, as it describes how to successfully create an Inquiry Design Model. Krutka gives specific hooks for engaging students with questions and examples. A definite thumbs up from me!

Tech Leaders

Koppenhaver, Chelsie

Topic: Technology

Summary: In this article, School Library Journal highlights the efforts of 6 library professionals who are using technology in innovative ways in their schools. These librarians are working with kids using technology like podcasts, 3-D printers, video cameras and more, but most importantly, they recognize that the tech itself is secondary to how students use it, emphasizing creation, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration in their schools.

Evaluation: While it is a short article, I believe it is important for us as library students to see that there are librarians out there who are putting the ideas we are studying into practice in innovative and effective ways. Each of the librarians highlighted here also shows a dedication to putting their students’s voices, opinions, and learning first in their library’s design and instruction.

Citation: Snelling, J. (2019, May 3). Tech leaders: Amplifying reading and research. School Library Journal. Retrieved from https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=amplifying-reading-research-tech-edge

CA – Assessment Types

McHaney, Anita

Topic: Curriculum Assessment

Bib. Citation: Avella, F. (2016, December 18). Assessment in education: Top 14 examples  [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTkQjH-_97c

Summary: This youtube video is a brief, but informative rundown of the different types of assessments in education. From formative and summative to diagnostic and behavioral, Frank Avella explains in basic terms how curriculum is assessed.

Evaluation: I think this video is a must watch for any novice teacher! In a little over four minutes, I learned of the different types of assessment in education. This is a very valuable clip for newbies.

ET – Learning Styles

McHaney, Anita

Topic: Educational Theory

Bib. Citation:  Marshik, T. (2015, April 2). Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=855Now8h5Rs

Summary: In this Ted Talk video, Dr. Tesia Marshik, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse debunks the educational myths of learning styles. While many of us have preferences in learning, most of what we learn is stored in terms of meaning. She reminds us that when something is pervasive, we do not think to challenge it. Just because teachers have heard of particular learning styles, they may not be based on fact, but popular opinion.

Evaluation: I think this Ted Talk is interesting. Dr. Marshik makes a lot of sense, and it is worth noting, especially how she backs up her statements with facts. This video is about 18 minutes long, which may lose a viewer’s interest, but I found her “theory of theories” valuable.

Benetech: Working Toward a Born Accessible World

Mitchell-Isheim, Michelle


Turner, B. (2018). Benetech global literacy services: Working towards a ‘born accessible’ world. Learned Publishing, 31(1), 25-29.


The primary information shared about working toward a born accessible world is a survey of initiatives to show the kind of work being done in this area: Bookshare, the Diagram Center and Born Accessible. Bookshare is a US company with global services that has the largest accessible publications and currently hosts over 570,000 publications. They are adding 5-7k per month in 34 languages. The Diagram Center is a research and design division of Benetech that  focuses on providing STEM support for reading disabled people. Diagram is working to solve accessibility issues in math, complex images, multimedia, 3D models, and other instructional materials. Finally, Born Accessible is an initiative that focuses on the universality of access for all. The ultimate goal is that is information and programs are born digital, it should also be born accessible. 


This peer reviewed article was an epiphany to me about the possibilities for all students to access information. Education in California is making great strides in this area and it is heartwarming to know that these types of support are becoming more universally available for everyone. I have a very personal reason for interest in this area as my oldest son has a language disability, as do 1 out of every five students. New technology will be beneficial for them and librarians who want to empower students through literacy.

Categories and Tags: reading technology, dyslexia, reading disabilities, born accessible, universal access.