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Is It Really May?

Every year goes by quickly, but I can’t believe that it is already May. Usually at the end of the semester, we get so busy with teaching that we get behind in blogging. This semester is no exception! We have classes scheduled in the media center and computer labs into the last week of school. This is a great problem to have, but it does leave us a little out of breath when the whirlwind settles!

Since we last posted, many exciting things have been happening in the media center. We hosted our state-wide Exemplary Library Media Program Open House. We had almost 40 attendees throughout the day who represented at least 9 counties in Georgia. We were very pleased to have a media specialist from as far away as the metro-Atlanta area attend. Additionally, we were thrilled that Dr. Vayla Lee, Superintendent of Liberty County Schools, joined our principal, Scott Carrier, in supporting this event. We had several other central office officials, school principals, and even a school board member attend as well. Oh, and I can’t forget the two Instructional Technology professors from Georgia Southern University, Dr. Repman and Dr. Green, who taught us so much about this profession! The support our media program receives from all levels of administration and the community makes a big difference in what we are able to accomplish. image

When we have not been teaching, we have been preparing for some big changes coming in technology next year. We recently learned that we will be going 1:1 in grades 4 – 12 next year. For those of you not familiar with this term, it means all students in these grades will be assigned an iPad to use for instruction. With significant improvements in bandwidth and teacher training, we expect to see some great things happening in our classrooms. While Mrs. Lukkarinen and I have had our hands full with the logistics of these changes, we are really looking forward to leading our teachers and staff through this period of transition next year and beyond.

Finally, we learned last week that our program has once again been designated a Liberty County Exemplary Media Program. While we are ineligible to earn the state distinction again for the next 10 years, we are proud that our program continues to improve and increase student achievement at Bradwell. While we look forward to finishing another school year, we are also anticipating the wonderful things awaiting us and the rest of the Tiger community next year!

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Media Snapshot

During Professional Learning Communities yesterday, Mrs. Lukkarinen and I decided to check some statistics to measure our growth so far this year. We had a phenomenal year last year, with a 27% increase in student visits, 51% increase in circulation, and about a 2% increase in media lessons over the previous year. With such great growth in visits and circulation, we set our target SMART goal much lower for this year, expecting to possibly see another 10% growth across the board.

I will admit that I was a little anxious to see how we were doing so far this year, as we just completed our slowest month of the school year. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when we charted the data. This year has been fantastic, and we can’t wait to see where we are in June!

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iPad Kiosks

We have been at it again! Check out our new iPad Destiny look-up stations. It was rare to see students using our computer stations for this purpose, but now they can’t wait to look for items themselves. We have had so much interest in the kiosks that we have added an additional station and are planning to add yet another!DSCN0362

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In Our Thoughts

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