State of NC Curriculum Objectives

Subject: State of NC High School Student Library Media Assistant Curriculum, Revised

  • MEMORANDUM

    April, 2006

    To: North Carolina High School Library Media Coordinators

    From: Frances Bryant Bradburn, Director Instructional Technology Division

    Gerry Solomon, School Library Media Consultant Resources Development and Evaluation Section

    Subject: High School Student Library Media Assistant Curriculum, Revised

    Over the years, many of you have used the High School Student Library Media Assistant Curriculum that the Department of Public Instruction distributed in 1994. This revision reflects information and technology skills in the Standard Course of Study and updates implementation strategies to represent current school library media programs as envisioned in IMPACT: Guidelines for NC Media and Technology Programs, Revised. The High School Student Media Assistant Curriculum provides more advanced skills that build on the ones introduced in the companion Middle School Student Library Media Assistant Curriculum.

    The resource is an ideal curriculum that combines a carefully planned knowledge base with the practical skills that help keep a school library media center running smoothly. You are expected to adapt it to your individual school and media center situation, the number of students who take the course, and each student’s ability level.

    As you review this curriculum and consider implementing it, please note the following:

    •  Implementation of this curriculum for course credit is optional as determined by local decision.

    •  The “Competency Goals,” “Objectives,” and “Focus” have been revised to reflect the Information Skills and

      Computer/Technology Skills components of the Standard Course of Study. It is assumed that this curriculum will produce learners and assistants with a higher level of knowledge and information/technology skills than the high school student who has not taken this course.

    •  The “Strategies for Learning” are suggestions, not mandates. Individual media coordinators are expected to adapt these ideas to their own needs.

    •  Implementation of this curriculum offers high school students an excellent opportunity for service learning and career exploration, as well as academic enrichment.

    •  Many daily library media center activities offer students an opportunity to acquire basic organizational and interpersonal skills necessary in any future work environment.

      INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

      FRANCES B. BRADBURN, DIRECTOR | fbradbur@dpi.state.nc.us
      6364 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-6364 | (919) 807-3292 | Fax (919) 807-3290 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

    Finally, any Student Library Media Assistant program requires a vast amount of time and energy. The organizational tasks that students can accomplish in the school media center are the practical applications and evaluation opportunities resulting from a carefully managed instructional program. Professional library media coordinator and technology facilitator staffing as defined in IMPACT: Guidelines for NC Media and Technology Programs, Revised is necessary for the most effective student educational and service experience to be possible.

    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Competency Goal 1: The student media assistant will experience and appreciate a wide variety of reading, listening, and viewing resources to interact with ideas in an information-intensive environment.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    1.1 The student media assistant will demonstrate proficiency in the EXPLORATION of reading, listening, viewing sources, and formats.

    Focus:

    Demonstrate knowledge of sources

    Demonstrate competence and self motivation as a reader.

    Maintain awareness of Copyright Laws, Fair Use Guidelines, plagiarism, and understand the intent and implications.

    Demonstrate knowledge of the four steps of media literacy*: awareness, analysis, reflection, and action.

    Participate in read-aloud, storytelling, booktalking, silent and voluntary reading experiences.

    Assist students in the selection of materials from various genres.

    Select and recommend various media formats.

    Create a graphical glossary of media terminology

    Writing opportunities related to the media program:

    annotations
    columns in school newspaper
    compose features for school television web articles
    reflections on library assignments
    reviews of new materials
    booktalks
    directions and instructions

    Media Literacy
    investigate all parts of a media message
    analyze intent of a media message
    critique a topic of interest from various media

    points of view

    Participate in media activities related to reading, listening, or viewing either for groups or individuals within the school or for younger children.

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    pathfinders
    booktalks
    storytelling
    puppet shows
    read-alouds
    equipment operation, including delivery and return

    Web site evaluation

    Independently identify, select, and use appropriate sources and formats.

    Demonstrate appropriate care of resources.

    Assist student populations through read-alouds, storytelling, booktalks, or recorded story reading.

    English as a Second Language Exceptional Children
    Lower grades

    Participate in promotion of school-wide activities to encourage reading.

    booktalks
    bulletin boards
    bookmarks
    creating displays, genre specific
    posters
    book signing
    participate in promotional reading events

    Assist in the creation and production of bibliographies for teachers or students.

    Assist peers with locating and using resources such as:

    Online Catalog NC WiseOwl databases
    Internet

    new technologies
    Follow acceptable use policy (AUP/IUP) for

    electronic resources.

    Assist peers with information sources outside the school through such means as:

    local public library online catalog email, blogs, chats
    on-line course management tools distance learning opportunities

    Participate in activities conducted in partnership with public libraries and other community organizations

    Explore primary and secondary sources.

    Investigate and recommend potential information sources outside the school.

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Competency Goal 1: The student media assistant will experience and appreciate a wide variety of reading, listening, and viewing resources to interact with ideas in an information-intensive environment.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    1.2 The student media assistant will EVALUATE information in a variety of resources and formats to demonstrate information literacy.

    Focus:

    Identify and apply criteria for evaluating the design, content, and presentation of information and formats.

    Assess reliability, relevance, integrity, usefulness, and appeal of resources.

    Develop an awareness of the school selection policy.

    Assist in the evaluation and recommendation of new materials for the media center.

    Locate and compare reviews.
    Locate and compare award winning resources.

    Compare and evaluate school media center web sites.

    Serve on a Media and Technology Advisory Committee to observe the resource selection process.

    Present student-created reviews in a variety of formats (booktalks, video productions, multi-media presentations, newsletters, web pages, etc.).

    Assist in the creation of a survey of reading, listening, or viewing interests and report results.

    Assist patrons in using appropriate reference sources.

    Assist in the evaluation and materials for weeding.

    Identify biases (cultural, age, racial, sexual, religious, ethnic, etc.) in resources.

    Compare advertisements with standard reviews.

    Identify the power of information to influence.

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Competency Goal 1: The student media assistant will experience and appreciate a wide variety of reading, listening, and viewing resources to interact with ideas in an information-intensive environment.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    1.3 The student media assistant will RELATE and communicate ideas and information to life experiences.

    Focus:

    Learn to access, analyze, interpret, synthesize, apply, and communicate information.

    Learn the use of various media formats. Learn to select and use technological tools.

    Adhere to Fair Use and multimedia copyright guidelines.

    Learn to determine accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness of information resources.

    Become aware of the power of media to influence.

    Assist in the creation and production of displays.

    Select appropriate media formats for research tasks.

    Create bibliographies using appropriate technology or print tools.

    Cite sources of copyrighted materials in papers, projects, and multimedia presentations.

    Model and convey to other students the importance of adhering to copyright laws and multimedia guidelines.

    Collect information on relevant topics based on teacher requests.

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Competency Goal 1: The student media assistant will experience and appreciate a wide variety of reading, listening, and viewing resources.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    1.4 The student media assistant will relate and communicate ideas and information to life experiences relevant to the career of a media coordinator.

    Focus:

    Become aware of the scope of the media coordinator’s job description.

    Learn to perform general media tasks independently with attention to detail and personal pride.

    Develop personal service skills in dealing with all media center patrons.

    Understand and abide by the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.

    Perform general media tasks such as, but not limited to, circulation, cataloging, processing, weeding, and housekeeping.

    Exhibit professionalism and good etiquette at all times.

    Sign a confidentiality statement based on the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Competency Goal 2: The student media assistant will employ strategies to access, evaluate, use, and communicate information.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    2.1 The student media assistant will USE research methods to meet information needs. (e.g., Big 6, scientific method)

    Focus:
    Determine the purpose of the patron's research

    (i.e., curricular or personal.)

    Select the appropriate research methods to meet the information needs of the patron.

    Demonstrate proficiency in locating library resources.

    Practice effective questioning techniques to determine information needs.

    Help students use electronic databases or print indexes to browse for possible research topics.

    Use the Dewey Decimal system to direct students to relevant materials.

    Help maintain the collection to provide access to all available materials and resources.

    Shelve materials, read shelves, and perform additional daily tasks.

    Assist with and maintain inventory. Maintain vendor catalog file.

    Maintain periodical display racks and archives/back issues.

    Use appropriate resources, including technology, to produce guide sheets/manuals, pathfinders, etc., for using library resources.

    Demonstrate proficiency in using print and non-print resources.

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Competency Goal 2: The student media assistant will employ strategies to access, evaluate, use and communicate information.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    2.2 The student media assistant will employ appropriate research methods to meet information needs.

    Focus:

    Assist students in selecting and using appropriate search strategies to meet a variety of information needs (print and non-print).

    Assist students in accessing information from the most appropriate resources.

    Assist students in citing resources appropriately.

    Understand and use the concepts of Boolean logic and keywords as online search strategies (as search strategies).

    Create bookmarks for Internet access, etc.

    Follow oral and written instructions for using search strategies with various resources and be able to interpret them for others.

    Prepare preliminary help sheets for online information retrieval.

    Create appropriate works-cited documents employing a standard method and tools (e.g., MLA, a citation generator, Rookies Guide to Research, etc.).

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Computer Skills Competency Goal 1: The student media assistant will understand the important issues of a technology-based society and will exhibit ethical behavior in the use of technology.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    1.1 Identify examples of the societal impact of technology as related to the media program.

    Focus:

    Explore librarianship and information technology as possible career opportunities.

    Describe the impact of emerging or current technology on the community.

    Locate resources on new technologies that relate to the media program.

    Identify the rationale for discarding obsolete technologies.

    List media-related jobs that utilize technology. Create a bulletin board/display of new

    technologies.

    Create a presentation on new technologies, preparing a bibliography of resources used.

    Identify and assist in the process of removing obsolete technology in the media center and/or school.

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Computer Skills Competency Goal 1: The student media assistant will understand important issues of a technology-based society and will exhibit ethical behavior in the use of technology.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    1.2 Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior and online personal safety as it applies to technology.

    Focus:

    Understand the parameters of ethical behavior in the use of technology.

    Model ethical behavior.
    Understand and model adherence to Copyright laws

    and Fair Use as they apply to the media program.

    Define confidentiality and privacy with respect to the media program.

    Understand and model online personal safety.

    Locate resources to support the instruction of ethical behavior.

    Discuss the role of the student media assistant in the monitoring of ethical behavior.

    Create a pamphlet to explain the role of copyright, confidentiality, and/or privacy as they apply to technology.

    Develop a set of rules for compliance with copyright, confidentiality, and privacy laws in the media center.

    Create scenarios to demonstrate examples of copyright, confidentiality, and/or privacy compliance or infringement.

    Assist other students in practicing online personal safety.

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Computer Skills Competency Goal 2: The student media assistant will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the use of technology that supports the media program.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    2.1 Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of technologies used to support the media program.

    Focus:

    Develop an understanding of the operation of the library management system.

    Learn basic preventive maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.

    Practice personal safety measures when using equipment.

    Demonstrate an understanding of basic networking and terminology

    Use the library management system to assist with circulation and inventory.

    Assist school staff and students with simple technology troubleshooting.

    Develop a flyer describing basic troubleshooting steps.

    Work with school technicians or media coordinator to perform basic preventive maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.

    Create safety signs for various equipment items.

    Prepare a presentation for fellow students explaining network operation.

    Assist students and staff with network services (e.g., logging in, print services, file sharing).

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ASSISTANT CURRICULUM

    Computer Skills Competency Goal 3: The student media assistant will use a variety of technologies to access, analyze, interpret, synthesize, apply and communicate information.

    OBJECTIVE

    STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING

    3.1 Select and implement the appropriate technology to support the media program.

    Focus:

    Use technology applications to produce electronic and print materials.

    Use word processing/desktop publishing programs to produce reserve lists, reviews, library newsletter, etc.

    Design Web page content for the media center.

    Create a spreadsheet illustrating costs of materials/equipment purchased.

    Create a database or spreadsheet for tracking printer supplies.

    Create and edit videos.

    Produce a digital library of photographs to be used for school projects.

    Create tutorials on research strategies using technology applications.

    In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, N C Public Schools administers all state-operated educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.

    Inquiries or complaints should be directed to: Dr. Elsie C. Leak, Associate Superintendent Office of Curriculum and School Reform Services 6307 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-6307
    Telephone (919) 807-3761; fax (919) 807-3767

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