I have planned a card sorting activity in Web Design for a long time, so I was enthusiastic to try it out this week. Since the students have chosen and begun to develop their idea/concept for their website, I wanted them to first begin to look at the links within the pages of their website. This is very much in line with library curriculum, as it focuses heavily on information organization. I wanted to try to give the lesson in the space the students were used to, so I created a Google Slides presentation that they could follow along with. This is also helpful to the one hearing impaired student that I have in my class. If she can’t hear what I am saying, she can follow along in the slides. With this method of instruction, the students seemed much more engaged. Multiple students answered my questions as I asked. I also asked for volunteers to read some of the slides instead of just me doing it on my own. Next, the students could either work on their own or pair off. Using old card catalog cards that I found in the old storage closet, they labeled each page of their website to begin organizing their page. They had a visual guide to follow from my Slides presentation. What I didn’t expect was that the students were so fascinated by the old card catalog cards that it was a bit of a distraction. They were very interested in looking through them. This was a welcome type of distraction!
I have previously heard from teachers that they didn’t know what resources were available in the library. This is a large problem in my eyes, because if they don’t know what we have, they can’t use those resources. I spent this week creating a simple webpage in Google Pages that lists all of the resources we pay for, some helpful free sites and tools, and our catalog search tool. I also added a page for each department but left those blank. I then emailed the entire staff and administration to announce the page, welcome suggestions, and ask if any teachers wanted any specific library or other resources they need on their page. I have had a lot of positive feedback, and three departments emailed within just a couple of days asking for their specific resources to be added. I then posted printed posters from Infobase with the webpage listed, printed labels and set out dozens of bookmarks, and asked one of my classes at the end of class if they would help me change all of the library computer browser homepage sites to the new library resource page. They happily helped me do it.