Library Media and Technology Services
The Library Media Program is the hub of our schools and plays a central role in the education of our children.The philosophy of our Library Media Program is one of flexible, open-access to support all curricular areas and personal interests. Students can access the Library Media Center at any time for individual or group work. Students who can access resources independently in the Media Center – select books, find research materials, use the technology tools in order to create, collaborate and communicate – are demonstrating their ability to learn to learn. Reader’s Advisory, reference help, and assistance with using technology are just some of the ways that the Library Media Specialist facilitates the individual student’s curiosity to learn. Through collaborative project-based units of a study, teachers and media specialists come together to help students find, evaluate, use and present information in ways similar to real-world expectations. Children produce multimedia presentations, create websites and produce digital movies. School media centers have gone beyond the physical spaces they occupy as more of their resources are available 24/7 through the power of the Internet. Our program is a "media center without walls."
In addition to providing a variety of print and electronic resources, our media centers also deliver a challenging, collaborative, standards-based curriculum based on Transdisciplinary Strands. The curriculum aligns with national and state standards (Connecticut State, ISTE and AASL) as well as supporting our Vision of the Graduate
- Research and Information Fluency - Students locate, access, evaluate, synthesize and use information effectively and efficiently to conduct research, solve problems and manage projects through all content areas.
- Communication and Innovation - Students interpret, evaluate, commnicate and work collaboratively to create innovative products using digital and visual media.
- Technology Operations and Concepts - Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations and use computers and other technologies for productivity, problem-solving, and learning.
- Digital Citizenship - Students practice responsible, legal, safe and ethical use of information resources and technology.
- Literature Appreciation and Independent Learning - Reading is a foundation skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment.
The Library Media and Technology curriculum is delivered through four models including direct instruction, district-wide assured experiences, collaboratively planned units based on a model at the school-level, and individual services. The balance for these four models changes as students progress through the grade-levels.
• DIRECT INSTRUCTION
o Grades K-5: Fixed Media Time (45 minutes per week) – includes a 30-minute lesson and a 15 minute book selection time. The Library Media Specialist provides lessons and units through a fixed Media time reflective of the curriculum and flexible enough to align with classroom content. Included in this instruction are keyboarding, library skills, Internet Safety and technology literacy. Resource selections (both print and non-print) provide students with practice on utilizing a variety of information-problem solving strategies as well as an environment for pursuing an enjoyment of reading. In Grade 5, students are given the Technology Literacy Assessment – a national online, performance-based assessment that is aligned with the 2007 ISTE Standards to ensure that students have met proficiency standards in technology literacy, digital citizenship, information fluency and communication in a digital age.
o Grades 6-8: All 6th grade students take a Media class dedicated to providing a foundational base of skills students will be able to apply in their middle school years. In 8th grade, students review Internet Literacy, technology literacy and keyboarding. Students are given an exit assessment and all are expected to demonstrate proficiency. In the past two years, 93% of our students achieved proficiency.
o Grades 9-12: High School students have the option of pursuing interests through their courses that may involve a higher-level and more technical exposure to certain technology skills. A variety of courses are available to students from many Departments that include electronic music, digital photography, business education and technical education among others. The Media Department offers Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced selections for TV Production.
• ASSURED EXPERIENCES
o Grades K-12: Guaranteed learning experiences are delivered collaboratively through interdisciplinary units that support each of the Transdisciplinary Strands. The assured experiences are outlined in the grade-level curriculum maps and address grade-level expectations for Media & Technology as well as other content areas. In these projects, the media specialist provides instruction on the skills and processes while the classroom teacher instructs on the content.