Constant Contact seems like a very reasonably priced program. I could see it being very reasonable in a school. I think it would be great as a media specialist to have a newsletter that is sent to the staff about new things coming to the media center that will be helpful to them, and ideas for using the media center. I think it would also be nice to be able to send newsletters to interested parents. As a classroom teacher, newsletters to the parents would be very easy if they were done in this way. The only problem I see is reaching those who do not have internet. In this case the newsletter will need to be printed and either sent home with the student, or mailed.
I will be creating a newsletter using Constant Contact. I will create it for the staff of my building. For one article I will be talking about the new Lexile Levels spreadsheet I am creating to help them find books for their students' reading levels. I will also reinforce the importance of media center rules that students must keep. Finally, I will include an idea for collaborating with the media specialist on a research project. I may include a few other reminders as well.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I think brochures can be very useful in the media center. They can help students to use the media center, give parents information about the media center, or help teachers to utilize media center resources. I think some great topics for a brochure could be informing students about the advanced search options of Google, how to use the databases and how to access them from home, and just basic information about the library. I am going to create a brochure on how to use the library databases and how to access them from home. I believe this will be very useful because a number of the classes that have come to the media center this semester at my field experience have been there to learn about the databases. I think a brochure would be something helpful for them to review when they use the databases at home or later on.