Using These Tools

in the School Library Media Center
School library media specialists are using online writing and productivity tools to:
  • teach technology literacy
  • teach information literacy
  • teach visual literacy
  • teach students about collaborative online productivity tools
  • teach teachers about collaborative online productivity tools
  • foster collaboration
  • share meeting notes
  • collaborate on articles, presentations, lessons with teachers and colleagues
  • produce research articles
  • provide writing tools for students in the library media center
  • provide presentation tools for students
  • provide spreadsheet tools for students
  • inform students and faculty about tools they can use at home or school
  • plan events with faculty and colleagues
  • use with English teachers
  • provide tools for writing practice for students
  • provide tools for students to collect information for research projects and produce drafts and final documents
  • provide feedback on student writing and projects
  • allow peer review and comments on student writing and projects
  • transfer notes and documents between work and home
  • create instructional documents and pathfinders
  • create student-created stories and books
  • use as a drop box for student work
  • design instructional materials and write articles at home and access at school
  • avoid software compatibility issues
  • create assignments
  • share ideas with colleagues
  • provide a mechanism for teachers to review policies and procedures and comment so all will be happy and informed
  • store ideas for easy access
  • share documents in progress
  • list and share resources within and between schools and districts
  • plan curriculum benchmarks
  • provide a common tool for group projects
  • share planning documents with state association board, committee members, teachers
  • write letters, applications, memos
  • provide low-cost or free suite of software applications for all school and/or library media center computers
  • avoid students having to carry diskettes or flash drives to save and transfer work
  • take notes and write reminders for later use
  • help students create group papers and projects
  • create parent workshops
  • compile lists for teachers
  • promote special collections (bi-lingual books, recorded books, themed titles, etc.)
  • work collaboratively on budget with other school library media specialists in the school
  • share links with students and teachers
  • author monthly and annual library media center reports
  • access documents from cell phone
  • write and review proposals
  • maintain a file of cover letters and forms that can be easily customized and updated