I spent two days last week at the NCSLMA Media conference in Winston-Salem. For North Carolina, this is THE media conference focusing on media techniques, lesson ideas, technology integration, and this year, apparently, advocacy. With our state facing a potential $6 billion, yes B-I-L-L-I-O-N dollar shortfall, media coordinators in schools always begin to get a little fidgety. At times, State leaders have said they were expandable. With the Republican in NC recently taking power, that seems a possibility again.
I ask what do we do in North Carolina media centers to justify our necessity? Are they training students on the newest, most interesting tools for 21st Century Students? What can you find from the leaders of media at a conference? Well, here’s what we found:
- Doug Johnson, a Media/Tech Director and famous blogger provided some thoughts on using web 2.0 tools and cutting the dead wood from the existing media coordinators
- Nancy Mangum, a tech integration expert at NCSU’s Friday Institute, advocating for librarians to create their own Personal/Professional Learning Networks using tools such as Twitter, Plurk, and Facebook
I failed to see, however, any sessions on open source software and Creative Commons. That worries me. The main school personnel that work with students and content, and they missed their chance. Of course I saw sessions on Copyright, and one that maybe may look at Public Domain, but what about content creation? Yes, traditionally Media Coordinators have been the ones in charge of existing content, and they still will, to a point, but they must also show/work with students to create content and then put it out for others to use. I would think media coordinators would gravitate toward that. Obviously not, at least in North Carolina. Looks like we have work to do!