Learning, Literature and Literacies

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2nd to 5th October 2007

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Session Selections - Wednesday, 3rd October

Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Guest Speakers

The Conference Organising Committee reserves the right to update the program as information becomes available.

Session 1: 11.15 am

W1.1 -- Catherine Beavis, Associate Professor School of Social and Cultural Studies In Education, Deakin University, VIC. and Meg Mappin, Screenwriter & Project Manager, Curriculum Corporation.
australianscreen online: Delivering Australia’s moving image heritage to the classroom and inspiring the next generation
The need for schools’ curriculum to incorporate digital texts and literacies in preparing students for the networked, multi modal world is now essential.  As screen based texts and literacies increasingly become a central part of the curriculum, access to high quality and engaging resources is fundamental. This presentation illustrates a project that is connecting schools to Australia’s rich heritage of film, sound and documentary archives.
Audience: K-12.

W1.2 -- Di Laycock, Teacher Librarian, Barker College, NSW.
Graphic novels: Trash or treasure?
This session will begin with a brief overview of the characteristics and conventions of the graphic novel format before moving on to explore the value of including graphic novels in both the school library and the curriculum. Specific examples of curriculum use will be considered.
Audience: Secondary.

W1.3 -- Jill Abell, Director of Information Services (IT, Libraries & Archives), The Hutchins School, TAS.
Leading professional learning and mapping organizational change
If a school library leader is designing or monitoring the implementation of a professional learning program, wanting to identify best practice or reflect on progress, then instruments to help define, evaluate and measure progress are recommended.  These instruments can enable information specialists to plan effective implementation of whole staff development programs with evidence based outcomes.
Audience: K-12.

W1.4 -- Jeanette Davies, Administrative Officer with the ICLT Team, Catholic Education Office, Wollongong, NSW.
Inclusive Technology and Podcasting
An overview of podcasting and the technology used to support students with disabilities, this session presents new ways of converting text to speech ready to transfer to iPods, using iPods to provide audio books for students with print disabilities and methods by which libraries can support and manage podcasting.

W1.5 --Val Baird, Perth Modern School, Perth, WA.
Just Google it!
'Just Google it' has become a phrase used within the community to describe an Internet search. This session examines the use of the expression, and provides statistical data on the limitations of 'just googling it'.  Practical examples of alternatives will be offered especially in relation to the use of the Internet for searching, in both school and university settings, including finding appropriate 'Deep Web' data. A comparison of search engines and their strengths will be identified and other methods for finding information for specific purposes will be discussed.
Audience: K-12.

W1.6 -- Suzette Boyd, Head of Library and Information Services, Scotch College, VIC.
Transforming research tasks to avoid plagiarism
Suzette reports on an academic research project which involved collaboration between teachers and teacher librarians. The brief was to develop models of teaching in various subject areas which encouraged students to generate new knowledge and avoid plagiarism. She will discuss strategies used by teacher librarians at Scotch College, Melbourne to engage with classroom teachers and facilitate improved learning opportunities for the students.
Audience: Secondary.

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Session 2: 12.15 pm

W2.1 -- Anne Camfield, Manager, SCIS, Curriculum Corporation, VIC.
Cataloguing for 21st century curriculum search: All about ScOT
Do you wonder what subject searching has to offer the keyword generation? This session helps you re-discover the value of search that takes advantage of well structured controlled vocabularies designed specifically for Australian curriculum materials. Discover the Schools Online Thesaurus: its history, its use in the Le@rning Federation’s Learning Objects and cultural assets, its use in SCIS, its use in edna and its potential for libraries, teachers and students. Find out why SCIS is investing in adding ScOT descriptors to SCIS records, and its vision of the future for resource discoverability in digital repositories.
Audience: K-12.

W2.2 -- Pauline Crawford, Coordinator Resources and Information Literacy, and Kevin Nelson, Australian Science and Mathematics School, SA.
Picture books and senior students at the Science and Maths School
An insight into the specialist Australian Science and Mathematics School and how its library and teacher librarian contribute to the school’s emphasis on collaborative, interactive student-directed learning. School staff will present examples of innovative curriculum showing student negotiation and assessment within senior secondary English, using picture books as visual texts.
Audience: Secondary.

W2.3 -- Anne Girolami, Convenor, ALIA/ASLA Policy Advisory Group.
Effective Partnerships: ASLA, ALIA and ECU working together
This session highlights the work being done on behalf of school libraries by the Policy Advisory Group, a joint ASLA/ALIA initiative, which has formed a partnership with ECU to develop an electronic survey instrument. The data gathered from the survey will provide valuable information that can be used to lobby for school libraries. The data gathered from the survey will be outlined and its significance will be explored. The implications for lobbying at a national, state and local level will be considered and a systematic way forward will be developed.
Audience: K-12.

W2.4 -- John Chisholm, Children's and Youth Services Librarian, Alice Springs Public Library, NT.
Their ghosts stalk the shelves: the information seeking behaviours of the millennial generation.
Take a walk amongst a broad range of information seeking behaviours. Examining the way Millennials (or generation Y) deal with search engines, databases and possibly even books (although only as a last resort).
Audience: Secondary.

W2.5 -- Richard Dearden, Morris Miller Librarian, University of Tasmania, TAS.
Sharing the passion for information literacy and lifelong learning: Partnerships between school and tertiary libraries
Examine a new Information Literacy framework based on a continuum of information literacy learning outcomes from first grade to graduation, and outlines progress at the University of Tasmania with its implementation. This session will explore with conference participants how the framework can be a basis for partnerships between schools and tertiary libraries for the benefit of our students.
Audience: Secondary.

W2.6 -- Patricia Carmichael, Independent Learning Centre Manager/Teacher Librarian, Concordia Lutheran College, QLD.
An Independent Learning Project that can change the culture of learning in your school.
The implementation of an Independent Learning Centre Project has breathed new life into the teaching of information literacy skills, study skills and also independent learning skills at Concordia College, Toowomba. The session will attempt to demonstrate how such a project can be generalized to other contexts, and in particular how it can be used as a change-agent in schools.
Audience: Secondary.

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Session 3: 2.00 pm

W3.1 -- Robyn Valli and Barbara Combes, Lecturers, Edith Cowan University, WA.
Defunking Dewey: Taking fiction out of the equation
Only fifty years ago, the information landscape was so much simpler. There was either fiction if you wanted to be entertained or nonfiction if you wanted information. However, in today's information landscape new categories are increasingly more common, with descriptors such as infotainment, edutainment, recreational information, educational games, infomercials, faction and educational simulations to name a few. Is it any wonder that our students are confused? In view of this increasing complexity and the development of information sources that are multifaceted, perhaps it is now time to seriously reconsider how we describe and catalogue resources. Perhaps it is time to take the term fiction out of our library collections.
Audience: K-12.

W3.2 -- Judy Gauld, Educational Publishing, National Museum Of Australia, ACT. and Christopher Cheng, Author.
History and fiction: a challenging partnership
Is writing historical fiction as simple as creating an ‘old-fashioned’ setting? Christopher Cheng will explore some of the challenges he faced in writing a story for the Making Tracks collection. Judy Gauld will discuss the National Museum of Australia’s motivation for publishing these fictional stories.
Audience: Primary.

W3.3 -- Kris Johnstone, Head of Library and Information Services, Sacre Coeur, VIC.
Softly, Softly : The library's role in staff professional development
Take a look at promotion of the role of teacher librarians as 'experts' in curriculum delivery. This session will cover materials and professional development delivered at a system and school level, and showcase strategies for developing links with faculties through professional development based on current educational theory and practice.
Audience: Secondary.

W3.4 -- Gary Green, Director of Library, Presbyterian Ladies' College, WA.
Enhancing literacy outcomes through the use of learning technologies
The utilisation of technology as a means to enhance literacy outcomes is an important tool in the teacher librarian's toolkit that is often underestimated. Technology allows the teacher librarian to unlock experiences differently allowing them to clone some learning experiences while offering incredible diversity with others. This session will NOT focus on the latest ICT 'gadgets' but instead will be a practical demonstration of how technology has been adapted to suit the work of a teacher librarian in both a library and classroom setting to improve learning outcomes.
Audience: K-12.

W3.5 -- Cathy Hill, Head Teacher Librarian Senior School, and Yvonne Hammer, St Paul's Grammar School, Penrith NSW.
The intersection of information seeking models in the research process
Assessment tasks set for students in today’s education environments demand a research focus that places higher expectations on staff and students. An increasing realisation that emotional intelligence is related to the student’s knowledge of process in the analysis and synthesis of information, and is similarly implicated in student independence in achieving that knowledge, has led us to examine the intersection between the affective domain and student completion of academic research tasks. This discussion will outline the use of a range of learning models in order to facilitate student understanding of the research process, including Parnes Creative Problem Solving Model ; Kuhlthau’s Information Search process; Information Process Model; Transdisciplinary Research Skills (PYP); and the Big Six.
Audience: K-12.

W3.6 -- Karen Tayleur, Author, Black Dog Books.
Would I lie to you?
What started out as a short story has now grown into a six book series. In her David Mortimore Baxter series for reluctant boy readers, author Karen Tayleur explores the tricky world of growing up. Liar!, The Truth!, Excuses!, Promises!, Secrets! and Manners! follow the life of David as he negotiates a minefield of adult rules. In Chasing Boys, her first young adult book, Karen continues the exploration with a new character, El Marini a teenager who lives a lie because the truth is too painful.

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Guest speakers: 4.00 pm

WG1.A -- Stephen Abram, Vice-President, Innovation, Sirsi Dynix.
Building a better learner
The kids are alright. This is an amazing generation and we are challenged with developing them into the learners they will need to be for the world they will encounter. How do we combine the classroom experience and the multitude of resources available for homework and learning? What is proven to improve student scores on standardised tests? Are this generation's behaviours really different? How? Stephen will share the experiences and research undertaken to understand the new learner. He will put this into the context of the changes that are happening in the world that will persist into their adulthood and higher education and workplaces. RSS, YouTube, Blogs, Wikis, Bebo, Facebook, MySpace, and more!

WG1.B -- Dr Cushla Kapitzke, School of Cultural and Language Studies, Faculty of Education Queensland University of Technology, QLD.
Critical copyright literacy: Countering conventional rationalities for governing creativity
Two notable social developments characterising the last decade are an upsurge in cultural participation enabled by Web 2.0 media and calls in government policy for enhanced innovation through education. Paradoxically, this has occurred alongside increasingly restrictive access to cultural resources through changes to national copyright law. Concepts from governmentality theory are used here to explain this paradox. In particular, Foucault's critique of the author figure and of the promotion of 'freedom' as being part of the 'will to govern' within liberal democratic societies is used to argue for a critical copyright literacy.
Audience: K-12.

WG1.C -- Jennie Bales, Teacher Librarian, Lilydale District High School, TAS.
Student voice, choice and responsibility in a socially networked online world
The rapidly increasing availability of Web 2.0 tools provide young people today with the means to participate in shared network experiences that support a live web presence and previously unforeseen opportunities for social engagement. This session considers the role of educators in addressing the use of such tools in the school context. The opportunities for students to present their own voices in a virtual world and to elicit comment and feedback is exciting, challenging but at times potentially threatening. Students need sufficient experience and understanding to make wise choices in their social engagements, to use the built in safety mechanisms of many of these tools and to develop an ethical and responsible approach to their socially networked experiences.
Audience: K-12.

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