GLMA hosted a group of influential education officials at the C.H. Gullatt Elementary School in Union City, Georgia. C.H. Gullatt has a beautiful new media center that is innovative in its technology and its design.
Attendees included Dr. Jeff Rose, the Superintendent of Fulton County Schools, and Caitlyn Dooley, PhD, the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at the GA Department of Education. GLMA wanted to give these important stakeholders a real, in-person experience of an advanced school media center and how these spaces positively affect Georgia’s schools.
The tour highlighted the innovative features of this state-of-the-art school library program, including:
Flexible and mobile furnishings
Collaborative group spaces
Chairs and tables with integrated power for charging mobile devices
Power dropping from the ceiling
A blend of electronic and print resources
Virtual collections featuring e-books and high-quality online databases, as well as curated multimedia and digital resources.
This school library media center serves as the foundation of a highly effective school library media program. The physical space, coupled with a competent, capable school library media specialist, empowers learning through innovation.
The tour featured students working in five different stations.
Collaboration Station: School librarian/Media Specialists work with classroom teachers on ways to incorporate and/or provide resources (print, digital) linked to the curriculum for classroom use.
Coding Osmo Genuis Kit / Osmo Creative / Osmo Coding: Coding is the most in-demand skill across industries. Students have the ability to make their own games and apps. Coding develops technology and programming skills. This helps students think critically, reason systematically and work collaboratively, all are essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Genius Bar Digital Resources: Students will read text from devices that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Students participate in group reading or select texts based on their reading level and/or interests. Featured resources included Mackin VIA, Tumblebooks and Gale.
Robotics Lab: Novel Engineering Robotics supports STEM learning and “not your traditional story time” in today’s school library media center. Novel engineering is an integrated approach to teaching engineering and literacy. Students develop projects based on selected texts they read in English Language Arts or other curricula areas. The characters become their clients; by using critical thinking and problem-solving skills students design and build solutions. [Source: Tufts University www.novelengineering.org]
Nearpod Station: Digital Citizenship Digital citizenship is the foundation of all school library media programs. Digital citizenship ensures that today’s students are responsible and aware digital citizens. Preparing students to use technology safely and responsibly is an essential requirement of every school library media program.