Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

Media specialists in the history books?

Posted on: December 11, 2010

Today’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune had a generally decent article on media positions being cut. Students quoted in the article described the need for media specialists to “give them a helping hand.”   The responses posted on the blog are a mix of support and “it’s about time.” Take a look to see what others are writing. One writer said that as a busy teacher she needs librarians to help here and help the kids.

The Power of Primary Sources

I saw an example of that need when I gave a session at the TIES technology conference this week. I shared ideas for using primary sources in the classroom and shared projects developed by graduate students in the using primary sources class I teach  The most common question from the participants was “But I can I find these resources?”

Many media specialists report that  resource budgets are not being cut even when positions are cut.  Who will  help schools get a return on the huge investments they have made in print and electronic resources?  Who will help teachers and students learn how to use them?  I’d love to see a follow-up article in the Strib that emphasizes the emphasizes our staff development, leadership and technology  roles.

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