Thing 22: Resource Guide

Step 1: Audience & Distribution Method

For this activity I will begin to create a resource guide to be shared with my co-librarian and other teachers based on curricular area. It would to keep a list for Social Studies, Science, English…..etc. thereby keeping a working list of resources for every department I support. While email would be a great way to distribute lists I would like a more static method that teachers can come back to. For example I have often thought that one of the things I would like to provide on my website is a collection area. When I have resources to share rather than email the teachers the links I can send them to an area of my website. Over time I want teachers to know to just go there for great information.

Step 2: Tools for Sharing

In my last position we used PortaPortal as a place to keep useful information and share it out with teachers and students. Currently I have been using PearlTrees and love the convenience of it. NOTE: For those of you that have computer challenges at work it was worth the work to get administrative approval to have the web extension installed on my primary computer at school.

Step 3: Gather Resources

I like Feedly for scanning the headlines of my favorite sites. It is a quick click to add any site to my PearlTrees account from my computer or my phone.

For this activity I spent some time planning and organizing my PearlTrees account. This is by no way completed. I realize now that I need to organize my collections much more fluidly. In order to do that I am going to import my bookmarks from other tools and then look for organizational categories. What I really like about PearlTrees is that I can share the link to the section I have created for the teacher so I don’t need to send them navigation instructions like I did with the PortaPortal. I also like the visual elemement.

See my very beginning work in progress here Kim’s PearlTrees:

Feedback and suggestions are always appreciated.

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About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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