Stacy Morgan is the library media coordinator at Friedberg Elementary School. Stacy collaborated with Marley Knapp, instructional technology facilitator, to create a data wall to provide evidence of media lessons aligned with the curriculum.
At our professional development session with staff from UNCG last year, we were encouraged to have an elevator speech about what it really means to be a librarian/media coordinator/library media specialist. Unfortunately, community members, staff, and other “stakeholders” don’t always know exactly what it is that we do. They are not always aware of the many hats that we wear and what a valuable part of instruction we can be. The media coordinator is, and should be, an integral part of curriculum design and instruction. The media coordinator is also an expert on books and other resources as well as a skilled user of technology. The question is though, how do we make sure that others see our value?
While working with our school’s ITF, Marley Knapp, she suggested an awesome way to advertise the wonderful things that are being done in the media center: a media data wall. I had heard this mentioned before at NCSLMA and NCTIES but had not looked into it a great deal until Marley volunteered to get me started. With Marley’s help, we created a “wall” for each grade level with the Information and Technology Essential Standards. The theme for the wall is monsters as it goes with the fall book fair, but we will probably change it up after the second quarter is finished. Using Comic Life, Marley pulled in spooky backgrounds for the standards to be featured on. I also tracked down the monster characters from the book fair. After the basics were gathered, I was ready to start featuring all of the learning that happens in the media center!
The plan is, each time I complete an activity in the media center, I complete a monster/card that notes the activity, a description, and how it meets a CC or NCES standard. Then, I run a string from that monster to its corresponding Information/Technology Essential Standard. These walls are a large, attractive feature in the media center that can easily be seen by parents, teachers, and other community members. It is an eye-catching way to show that media coordinators are experts at weaving information, technology, and the classroom curriculum into meaningful learning experiences for students.
As the year goes on, this wall will turn into a web of cool activities. It will also serve as a great artifact to share with others and keep in my own portfolio. My administrators and teachers have already been checking it out and I am excited to watch this process grow!
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