Week 10 - Term Project - 80 points



You have volunteered to collaborate with a colleague to make a professional presentation at the Missouri Association of School Librarians' Spring Conference. Your topic is "The Role of the School Library in Supporting the Common Core State Standards." This is a formal presentation that will seek to demonstrate to your colleagues how librarians can be fundamental to this latest round of educational enhancements. It is imperative that librarians not be left out and you are going to give background information as well as tips for activities the librarian can do to be part of the leadership process.

The focus of the presentation is not specifically dealing with technology -- your focus is how the librarian can assist teachers in implementing Common Core. Go from the point of view that a lot of librarians don't know where they fit into the process of Common Core or how to go about helping teachers. You're going to give these librarians perspective on what their role can be in their buildings. (Let's say you have been giving this whole CCSS thing a lot of thought, read and viewed, and attended meetings - so now you are going to share some of your wisdom.)

Librarians can just sit back and watch the teachers sweat through this process or they can be actively involved and even lead in the process. What about CCSS really fits our role and could be argued that we have been given a gift. What is it and what does it look like?
  • You will need to do some research on this topic.
  • Your part of the presentation will need to be a minimum of 15-minutes long but no longer than 30 minutes.
  • Since you are not going to be presenting this at a conference, you will need to record this as if you were presenting. If you have a Web cam then I want you to use the free application <https://present.me/> which will allow us to see you as you go through your presentation. If you do not have a Web cam then you can use SlideRocket <http://www.sliderocket.com/> or myBrainshark <http://www.brainshark.com/mybrainshark>.
    • SlideRocket: easy to use, auto-saves, audio recording interface does not allow for editing mistakes from the point of the error
    • myBrainshark: works particularly well if want to lay audio over a PowerPoint presentation; audio features easy to use
  • This can be truly a collaborative assignment but each person's contribution will still need to be 15 minutes long. (Red text added 24 Feb 2013).

WYLIO: Here is a great article about how to get copyright-free images for your presentation: http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/neverendingsearch/2011/01/20/wylio-for-image-searching-embedding-attributing/

  • Do not read your slides to us.
  • Be sure that there are enough citations on your final slide that I can tell you have done significant research for this project.
  • I will be looking for a minimum of 10 citations on your final slide(s) formulated in MLA format.
  • Since this is potentially a dull subject you will need to work at keeping our interest and making us believe what you are saying.

Link to your presentation on Blackboard. Comment on each others' projects.

The scoring guide for this project is in the COURSE DOCUMENTS section of Blackboard.

Whether you are creating a PowerPoint, a screencast, a video, or any kind of multimedia project, one of the issues that needs to be addressed immediately is fair use, copyright, and attribution of information. It is a professional responsibility of the librarian to assist students and staff in being ethical users of information and to "practice what we preach" in our own presentations.

What is the current thinking about the best use of PowerPoint?

What is fair use in using copyrighted materials?

How can I make my PowerPoint presentations more powerful?
  • Consider using photos to give your statements more impact
  • Beware of bullets (ever) and too much text on the screen
  • Keep in mind the differences of whether your presentation will be live (need less text on the screen) or if it is one that will be used by another teacher (more text -- but also information in the notes section of each slide) or if it will be used in a tutorial, self-paced learning, or review situation (perhaps the need for a worksheet to accompany).

Where can I find copyright-friendly pictures for my presentations?

How do I cite photos taken from Flickr?
  • One of the easiest ways to find photos you can use in presentations is in Flickr because you can specifically search for photos that give you the right to use the photos. There are different levels of permission, but whatever the level, you need to always give credit to the original owner of the photo (or music, or video, etc.) You always have to give credit to the original owner even if the media is copyright free.
  • How to Attribute a Creative Commons Photo From Flickr? http://librarianbyday.net/2009/09/how-to-attribute-a-creative-commons-photo-from-flickr/

What is the the policy on attribution in this class for any material used in a presentation that is not original with the student?
  • Cite the URL where the image was found on the slide (or during the portion of the video) where the image is used. (Use a small font as to not distract from your image or your message; this is just for reference.)