Summary: This article on “3 Ways to Build a Digital Content Library” by Bridget McCrea is all about explain how to integrate digital content into core curriculums all across the states. McCrea breaks this concept into two main approaches, a Wiki-Based library and a hybrid approach. She explains that Matt Zuchowicz, director of educational technology services for the 20 different school districts served by the Santa Barbara Count Education Office, that “these districts were among the first in California to develop an online portal to deliver digital content.” Her hybrid approach utilizes live streaming, downloadable content, and other documents to further student learning using bulk buying method. She understands the economic crunch that has been placed on schools and believes it is unrealistic for these institutions to create all of the necessary depth of digital resources in house. The second approach to the digital database is an Wiki-Based library. As K-12 schools nationwide explore more digital content options, McCrea understands that the solution is a totally online resource that aligns up with CCSS standards. She explains that this Wiki-based Library links together ideas, presentations and related contents to bring forth tools for teachers, students, and parents. She explains that “That information wasn’t always so well organized and accessible. “We originally had stacks of binders that housed all of the materials created by our teachers,” said Hedgepeth. “Our goal was to find a good way to organize that information on the Web so that teachers, students and parents could access it.”” McCrea emphasizes that this Wiki-based is combination of teachers that use it. This Wiki-based library is for teachers made by teachers.
Q1. What is your opinion of this article? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
A1. I completely agree with this article because technology is a very important part of school, but it is difficult for some low-income schools to gather the needed resources and tools that align with with CCSS standards. Students today are being thrown into a very tech savvy world, and it is important that schools are helping their students explore a greater database of information, furthering their education. An aspect of teaching that is under utilized by most is the importance of student-parent relations and how important it is for them to further their learning at home. With this hybrid and wiki based library, teacher will be able to help parents aid their kids when needed.
Q2. How will this help the teachers?
A2. Wiki-Based and Hybrid type libraries give teachers access to online resources such as quizzes, tests, homework, and other articles to aid them teaching their students with better efficiency. With the average cost of education rising, teachers in low-income schools have a harder time getting the need material that is updated and deserving of the students. These types of libraries, will give schools the ability to buy in bulk and have access to a wide range of materials.