Volume 7, Number 2, 2009
Editorial
Editorial

 

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Connect 2.0: A collaborative partnership for creative change
Interactions
By Sandy Phillips and Mary Manning   

Abstract

The use of web 2.0 has fostered a major shift from the dominance of independent study to more collaborative and interactive learning. This is reflected in the curriculum expectations in Victoria where students develop as creative, active and inquiring learners. Web 2.0 technologies provide an ideal medium for this curriculum model to be realised. This article illustrates the journey made possible through the ongoing partnership and shared objectives of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) in identifying, sharing and exploring best possible online resources and tools for 21st Century learning.

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Learning and Reflective Practice
Reflections and Actions
By Dr Ross J. Todd   

Abstract

Inspired by the meeting of an international research community and an historic scholarly venue, our regular commentator, Dr Ross J Todd, engages with the longstanding example of scholarly learning displayed by communities of educators. Dr Todd goes on to reflect on the collaborative, interdisciplinary nature of learning through the ages and its nature in a changing, evolving future. What this means for school libraries is central to his discussion.
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The Book is Dead - Long Live the Book
Perspectives: Local
By Dr Sherman Young   

Abstract

Sherman Young shares with us the written version of his recent presentation at the joint SLAV/Curriculum Corporation Conference on the 14th of August 2009. This presentation discusses the history of how we have conveyed information, the role of the internet and web 2.0 and the future of the book. Young’s discussion is based on his 2007 publication The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book (UNSW Press).

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Student Engagement in Learning and Teaching
Perspectives: Local
By Daniel Boase-Jelinek   

Abstract

How shall we engage the students of 2015 in learning and teaching? In this exploration of student engagement, a model is proposed to help answer this question. The model is based on the idea that students are engaged when their emotional, behavioural and cognitive processes are all activated to achieve a learning outcome. Engagement is diminished when any one or more of these elements is missing; students not emotionally engaged are probably bored, students not behaviourally engaged are passive, and students not cognitively engaged are simply memorising facts. When all three elements are activated we can be confident that students are engaged in learning.
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Collaboration or co-blab-oration
Perspectives: Local

Abstract

Dr Gibson-Langford explores the power of collaboration to positively influence learning. In so doing she considers the difficulties inherent in creating an effective collaborative model. Gibson-Langford’s own experience suggests an approach built upon an action research model can facilitate the process of worthwhile collaboration and improve both learning outcomes and the satisfaction to be had from the experience.
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Where are the girls? The gender digital divide and professional IT
Perspectives: Local
By Janice Todd   

Abstract

Girls avoid studying computer science and information technology at both secondary and tertiary levels and, as a result, women are under-represented in professional IT careers. This paper examines the complex causes of the gender digital divide and discusses its social consequences. Recognition of the phenomenon and initiatives at school library, classroom and wider school level will help to address the problem, but the way to significantly increase girls’ participation in IT professions is through a long term, systematic and coordinated approach to curriculum change across all levels of education.
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‘New School’ Literacy: Concepts, Context, and the Self
Perspectives: Global
By Sean Cordes   

Abstract

Communication is critical to a successful academic experience and the forerunner to success in personal life and the workplace. But while still a primary component, the ability to read and write is no longer enough to ensure the literacy of students. Modern literacy requires the ability to both consume and create information in multiple modes using a variety of techniques and media. The ability to do this relies on harnessing student potential to use digital tools, and most important, to apply critical thinking and problem-solving to become adept in the techniques for accessing and creating information in a way that is meaningful to the individual and to the community. This paper presents a foundation for multimodal literacies through a theoretical and applied framework of library instruction that is grounded in the principles of visual, media, information, and multicultural literacy and experience.
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Flexible Learning Spaces and the Majlis
Perspectives: Global
By Andrea Cooney   

Abstract

Andrea Cooney shares with us the beautiful library at the Sheikh Zayed Private Academy in the United Arab Emirates. This school strives to mix tradition with current and future needs to create interesting, evocative flexible spaces for learning and teaching. The Majlis is part of this approach, drawing on the cultural heritage of the region while supporting the concept of the library as a centre for community, knowledge and interaction.
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Policy Formulation and Practical Implementation Problems: Kwazulu-Natal, School Library Policy, South Africa
Research
By Dr Mariana Du Toit   

Abstract

Dr Du Toit explores the critical importance of policy development and implementation to the success of library service development. This research was developed through the study of responses to a series of key questions using the Delphi method of information gathering and knowledge creation. While this work was based on the library service in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, it has application to policy formation of all kinds.

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Pondering a Peruvian Mystery, Part 2: The Artist’s Way of Knowing
Research into Practice
By Dr Carol A. Gordon   

Abstract

Inspired by the history and culture of Peru, Dr Carol Gordon has been engaging with the way of knowing involved in the particular attitude or approach taken by a specific area of teaching and learning. In part one of these discussions, in the previous edition of Synergy, Carol’s focus was the historian. In this, part two, her mind turns to the artist’s way of knowing and engages specifically with the approach of aesthetic inquiry through an analysis of what literature offers and how we might use it in the classroom and the library.
 
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Immersion as learning: collaborating on the learning journey
Learning Landscapes
By Camilla Elliott   

Abstract

Camilla Elliott discusses the nature of professional development and what varied benefits we each gain from participation. Our need to interact and make connections is foremost in Elliott’s mind as she goes on to explore the importance of this to our students, its relevance to powerful learning, and the ease with which it can be supported with new technologies.
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Seven things to try with one-to-one laptops
Strategies
By Ruth Buchanan   

Abstract

As with other education systems around Australia in 2009, the Year 9 students at NSW Department of Education and Training schools are being issued with individual laptop computers. The Digital Education Revolution (DER) program is a profound change and a great opportunity. How might a teacher and a class start this journey?
Buchanan shares with us her own list of ideas on where to begin.
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Reviews
Reviews
Synergy board members, respected practitioners and academics review publications of interest to the teacher-librarianship community. In this issue the following titles are reviewed:

 

What Teachers Need to Know About Teaching Methods 
Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover 
Knowing Our Place: Children Talking about Power, Identity and Citizenship 
Cool, Calm and Collected: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library 
Quick and Popular Reads for Teens 
The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction 

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Horizons
Horizons

National and International Conferences and Events

ICDL 2010 - International Conference on Digital Libraries

23rd-26th February 2010
India Habitat Centre
New Delhi, India
 
The theme of the conference is 'Digital Libraries: Shaping the Information Paradigm' and the focus is on the strengths and potential of digital libraries and their role in education, cultural, social and economic development.

2010 Centre for Educational Leadership and Innovation Forum

9th-10th March 2010
Brisbane, Qld
 
Organised by the Centre for Educational Leadership and Innovation, Independent Schools Queensland, this forum features presenters Michael Furdyk, Kristin Alford, Greg Gebhart, Graham Burt, Eugenia Lim and Nigel Collin.

Idea10: Learning futures: technology challenges

10th-12th March 2010
The Sebel, Albert Park, Melbourne
 
IDEA10 will provide a national, cross-sectoral forum to:
  • discuss infrastructure supporting education;
  • share intelligence on emerging technologies and technology supported learning;
  • discuss opportunities and challenges for digital education;
  • foster alliances and communities of practice around technologies used by the Australian education community;
  • provide a showcase for Australian projects focused on enhancing learning through the use of technology.

Details: http://www.linkaffiliates.net.au/idea10/

Australian Computers in Education Conference ACEC2010: Digital Diversity conference

6th-9th April 2010
 
This conference will address this need for flexible technologies for flexible learners. It will examine ways that ICT can maximise students’ potential through their personal learning styles. It will investigate how ICTs can allow all people including those with diverse skills and thinking strategies become lifelong and creative learners. Not only those with diverse skills and thinking strategies, but all.

Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2010

24th-28th May 2010
University of Zadar,

Zadar, Croatia

The annual international conference Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) addresses the changing and challenging environment for libraries and information systems and services in the digital world. Each year a different and 'hot' theme is addressed, divided in two parts, the first part covering research and development and the second part addressing advances in applications and practice. LIDA brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and developers from all over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made easier by being held in memorable locations.
Themes LIDA 2010
Part I: DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP: support by digital libraries
Part II: DIGITAL NATIVES: challenges & innovations in reaching out to digital born generations
Details: http://www.ffos.hr/lida/

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ALIA Access 2010 conference

2nd–3rd September 2010
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland
 
ALIA 2010 conference will include an unconference and special interest strands for libraries.

SLAQ/IASL Joint Conference 2010

Diversity Challenge Resilience
SCHOOL LIBRARIES IN ACTION
27th September - 1st October 2010
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland
 
The 40th Annual IASL (International Association of School Librarianship) Conference incorporating the 15th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship is being held in collaboration with the School Library Association of Queensland.
Strands:
Developing curriculum - These sessions may focus on the collaborative work of teacher-librarians and classroom teachers and teacher-librarians and students to demonstrate the effectiveness of school library programs within the curriculum; the development and delivery of engaging and inspiring teaching programs to encourage social learning.
Delivering excellence through standards - These sessions may focus on the application of standards in information and digital literacy through national and international programs; the development and application of standards for the teacher-librarianship profession; the development of policy and procedures to support teaching standards.
Supporting the digital education agenda - Sessions within this strand may address the changes in information & communication technologies (ICTs) and the impact on teaching and learning programs; the challenges of ICT delivery, access and bandwidth; the social and ethical responsibility of use of ICT tools.
Building literate communities - These sessions may focus on the development of creative and literate learners through reading, writing, books, art and literature.

2nd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World

IFLA
22nd-24th September 22-24, 2010

Ankara, Turkey

The Impact of Technological Convergence and Social Networks on Information Management.

Main topics of the Symposium are as follows:
  • Technological Convergence and Information Management;
  • Social Networks and Web 2.0 Technologies;
  • Convergence, Social Networks and Education;
  • Digital Preservation of Cultural Heritage;
  • Socialization of Information and Convergence;
  • Information Organization, Information Architecture and Information Retrieval;
  • Interdisciplinary studies
 
Contents
Contents

Editorial

Interactions

Connect 2.0: A collaborative partnership for creative change - Sandy Phillips and Mary Manning

Reflections and Actions

Learning and Reflective Practice - Dr Ross J. Todd

Perspectives: Local

The Book is Dead - Long Live the Book - Dr Sherman Young

Student Engagement in Learning and Teaching - Daniel Boase-Jelinek

Collaboration or co-blab-oration - Dr Linda Gibson-Langford

Where are the girls? The gender digital divide and professional IT - Janice Todd

Perspectives: Global

‘New School’ Literacy: Concepts, Context, and the Self - Sean Cordes

Flexible Learning Spaces and the Majlis - Andrea Cooney

Research

Policy Formulation and Practical Implementation Problems: Kwazulu-Natal, School Library Policy, South Africa - Dr Mariana Du Toit

Research into Practice

Pondering a Peruvian Mystery, Part 2: The Artist’s Way of Knowing - Dr Carol Gordon

Learning Landscapes

Immersion as learning: collaborating on the learning journey - Camilla Elliott

Strategies

Seven things to try with one-to-one laptops - Ruth Buchanan

Reviews

Horizons