Earlier this month, librarian Sarah Pope of the Hotchkiss Library paid a visit to Paonia Elementary to teach Melisa Pizey's sixth-grade glass how to use iMovie on the iPad to create book trailers to promote new books at the library. The students learned how to integrate photos, video and voice to make their one-of-a-kind trailer.
This program, started by former librarian Jessica McGrath with Debbie Lange's fourth-grade class, is now expanding to other classes and grades.
"Literacy has always been important to libraries, but the definition of literacy is changing," said Pope. "Now libraries have started thinking about digital literacy." According to Wikipedia, digital literacy is defined as "the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies."
Due to new concepts such as digital literacy, libraries have evolved services to meet the needs of the community. "We want to encourage students to discover a love for reading, and now there are even more tools to do so," adds Pope. "Students have access to amazing technology at their schools and libraries. Now students can download an e-book or audiobook, get homework help online, and learn a new language, all through the library website. By teaching students how to create book trailers, we kindle a love of reading while helping them feel more confident using modern technology." The students and their teacher really enjoyed the training.
The students thought it was a "phenomenal and thrilling experience," where they could not only express their feelings, but be creative at the same time. "The overarching feeling was that programs like this allow students to express themselves in a creative fashion. It is important that we connect to our youth where they are, not where we think they should be," said regional manager Kit Stephenson. "Technology is a critical part of students' lives, and we want to find ways to connect with them."
Once the book trailers were complete, they were uploaded to the libraries' YouTube account so library patrons, family members and friends could all enjoy the students' creativity. It used to be that the refrigerator was the venue to post and celebrate your children's creativity, but now the Internet has allowed their work to be showcased to the world; and now the world knows about the new books available to them thanks to Ms. Pizey's sixth-grade class.blog comments powered by Disqus