Today I introduced the 2nd grade classes to the library’s Destiny catalog. I did a quick overview and modeled looking up a picture book. Then we proceeded to use their tablets (we are a 1:1 school) to look up the catalog and bookmark the website.
I have to have the students use their tablets as earlier this school year our technology department eliminated the generic student login (too dangerous to the system or something!?!?), which has meant a huge headache for the library media center. Now when a student wants to look up a book, they have to use their individual login to log onto one of my 8 computers. If this is the first time they have logged onto that particular computer it will take about 2-3 minutes to complete that cycle. That’s a long time to just look up one book! Our technology department did create a catalog kiosk at one of my computers, but now you can only access the catalog or take an Accelerated Reader quiz on it, effectively eliminating it as a second circulation computer or any other use! Well, that’s enough of that rant.
Sooooo, in order to teach a whole class and eliminate the time consuming task of having 2nd graders logging onto the library computers, I am having them bring their tablets each week while we do this instruction. Of course this took up a lot of time initially, but now that the catalog is bookmarked we should be ready to go for the rest of the weeks instruction. One teacher, who is particularly on the ball, had already added the link to the catalog to her Portaportal site which students can easily access. Wish they were all that well organized!
After this initial foray into the catalog, some students just couldn’t wait for additional instruction and had to jump in and try it! They needed some assistance as I had only covered finding books in the E Fiction section, not the non-fiction or chapter book areas. It was rewarding to see them so excited and problem solving.