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Bringing the outside world into our School Library… Part One. April 27, 2012


Local Artist and Historian Jared Davidson Image

After visiting Albany Senior High last week and seeing their learning spaces, I’ve been inspired to look at our spaces in a different way.
Today with not one but two visitors coming to talk to our students in the library it was “now or never” for a bit of change!
Feedback from  presentors, students and teachers was nothing but positive.

Even the word “fun” came up, so  that was a definite bonus.

Riccarton High School students, Year 12 & 13 Art Design students explored the Celebrate People History exhibiton at the Upper Riccarton School and Commuity Library after a brilliant and very chilled out talk by Jared Davidson.
“Since 1998 the Celebrate People’s History Project has produced an amazing array of political posters by different artists from around the world, each highlighting a historical example of struggle for human rights, social justice, and freedom. From the Spanish Revolution to feminist labour organisers, indigenous movements to environmental sustainability, protests against racism to the Korean Peasant’s League — Celebrate People’s History canvases global movements in collaboration with a global network of artists.

Visually the posters are as diverse as the topics themselves. Screenprint, woodcut, linocut, illustration, line art and traditional graphic design all feature in full colour — employed to engage in much needed critical reflection about aspects of our history often overlooked by mainstream narratives. A seamless welding of art and social themes”

Our Design students are just starting a Poster Design unit, so the timing of this exhibiton couldn’t have been more perfect.
Thanks heaps to Sam L, Community Learning Librarian at Upper Riccarton School and Community Library for making this exhibiton happen and Ms Blackwell for making it happen for RHS.
It’s just amazing what can be achieved in a Joint-Use School/Community Library!
The display runs until May 14th, come in and say hi if you do come to see it 🙂



Geek 2.0 October 28, 2011

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I love learning new stuff and how to get more from my gadgets, and tonight I’ve had a massive hit of success!
Our school is buzzing with BYOD talk and elearning.
Lots of teachers, and one librarian (!) talking about what device is best, what apps, what’s the best approach and lots of differing opinions, as you’d expect.
Amongst our talking I was shown the fabulous feature of the iphone4; that it can be made into a personal hotspot.
Green with envy, I was gutted that it’s apparently only a iphone4 feature, sadly I’m still on a 3.
So, tonight when I discovered that indeed my nearly retro iphone3 is actually a personal hotspot and I then get my laptop and phone talking to give me the world wide web away from my completely retro fixed internet connection, I really feel like I’ve won first prize!!!
(Check: Settings >Personal Hotspot is under WiFi, select and turn to ON.I’m connecting through a USB to my laptop. It’s not superfast, but it’s fantastic for what I want tonight!)
After much discussion and lots of playing I’ve recently chosen an iPad2 for our school library, to add to the very small but growing “sandpit” of toys we can involve in the students teaching and learning as we push on as a school with encouraging the development of any elearning environment.
Lake Tuggrenong College in Canberra so kindly donated money to Riccarton High School after the February earthquake. Their teacher librarian, ex Christchurch Kiwi Janice Wilson, organised an Easter egg hunt and sausage sizzle. Lake Tug also has a Joint-Use library and we’ve worked together over the last 7 years.
The donated money paid for much of our new ipad!Thanks so much Janice xxxxx
After being the lucky receipent of the Hydstore Development Fund and sponsored by LIANZA Aoraki to attend uLearn 11 in Rotorua last week, one of the conclusions I came to from those amazing 3 days that – everyone can lead change,you don’t need a label or title, or to be a certain age or certain anything.
You need a good dose of belief in yourself and what you want to achieve and why.If it doesn’t work hey, lets do it differently next time and think about what we learnt and try again.
Keynote speakers Simon Breakspear and Tony Ryan were inspirational, as was Paula Jamieson who delivered the App Harvest session, and it’s awesome to have them in my PLN through Twitter at least.
For me, uLearn delivered the rev-up I needed to share more through this blog while developing my skills along the way.
Thanks LIANZA for the support and encouragement.


Learning about Animoto August 18, 2010

Riccarton High School is dipping it’s toes into the world of Animoto
The possiblilties seem endless as to how we could get our teachers and students presenting information and ideas, by using animoto.
We’ve registered with the US$30 package for a year.I think we’ll have some great content, to justify that outlay.


Innovation in inquiry. July 14, 2010

I’ve been following some amazing blogs, written by incredibly innovative librarians and teachers.
Many Web 2.0 aps that use technology in a creative way to get greater student buy-in have got me thinking.
It would be great to see students presentating their inquiry findings using more than just the usual powerpoint and poster presentation  styles.
Voki, Animoto,Wallwisher,Youtube and Wiki’s have definite potential in our secondary school setting.
And, a student driven and run blog to record comments, highs and lows.
If anyone has more suggestions of aps they’ve had success with, I’d love to read your stories.


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