How are you involved in education?
I am a "techno-librarian" at Westlake High School in Austin, Tx. We are a 1:1 iPad campus, and the library helped initiate the project and supports the mobile technology use. I'm also an education blogger, a White House Champion of Change for connected learning, and recently was a participant in the ALA Summit on the Future of Libraries. I'm fascinated by how technology use and libraries intersect, in professional development, and in learning space design. Being in the library, I see a cross-section of the curriculum and work with teachers across the board. As a former English teacher myself, I know how important that support is for our teachers. I see the role of the librarian as an innovator, a curious investigator, a professional development leader, and a teacher.
What's your ideal school or classroom like?
What inspiration would it be to have schools designed around teacher and student voices? I envision flexible learning spaces, collaborative learning spaces, cave spaces, watering holes, campfires(performance spaces), and mobile and interactive furnishings. Not only can spaces like this enhance learning and teaching and create a spirit of innovation, but they also provide comfort and a sense of well-being and importance. What message do we send to our nation's children when we send them to school in crumbling buildings with drab interiors (or worse, building in disrepair) about their value to us as a society. I envision beautiful library or learning commons hubs as part of these school spaces --with lots of light, comfortable seating, areas for groups or students alone--a public square for a school where student art and student voices are central.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOE, what would it be about?
Learning space design -- What do we need to rethink/unthink and where to go from there
The challenges/promise of eBooks
What we've learned in four years of 1:1 iPad implementation
Research using iPad apps