10/20/07 ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

Dr. Michael Shaw & All who put this conference together...

Sarah Chauncey
Library Media Specialist, Grandview Elementary School, East Ramapo Central School District

Web-based project organizers provide a one-to-one workspace for students to access and respond to teacher-developed units of study and to provide two-way communication between student and teacher. Project organizers support whole class instruction, small group instruction, collaborative learning, and individual learning. all learning experiences. Organizers can be developed for any grade level to incorporate multiple media: Text, images, audio, video, web-based games, activities, website links. Organizers can be adapted to reach and engage students of all levels and learning styles. I will present several organizers and resources for attendees to develop their own organizers.



  • Most Frequently Used Software:
  • Most Frequently Used Hardware:
    • Logitech Webcam
    • Digital Still Camera ~ Cannon Powershot - 6 megapixal
    • Digital Video Camera
    • Mini Digital Audio Recorders -i Sony
    • Microphone - high quality clip-on
    • 24 Notebook Computers
    • 1 High-End Notebook Computer
    • MyBook - Western Digital 500 Gig Drive
    • Smart Board
    • Elmo Document Camera
    • Sound System
    • Just Purchased: Flip Video


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About ~ Some - More

Websites ~ Grandview Library, Digital Pencil

  Thrashing Towards the Future

First Days Memoir

Reading and Children
What Was I Thinking - RCSBA 2004
  September Grandview Library Newsletter
Nanuet HS Graduation Speech 2004

A Philosophy in Four Quotes

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter - Paley
...every child comes into the classroom in a vehicle propelled by that child alone, for a particular purpose. Here is where the fair study of children begins and where teaching becomes a moral act. (Forward by Robert Coles) ...only by reaching into the endemic imagery of each child can we proceed together in any mutual enterprise. All else is superficial, we will not have touched one another
(p. 12)

The Right to Learn -Darling Hammond
...the sin quo non of education is whether teachers know how to make complex subjects accessible to diverse learners and whether they can work in partnership with parents and other educators to support children's development ... Creating a web of always available supports for students' and teachers' learning is the difficult, unglamorous, but absolutely essential work that will make the difference in school reform.  
(p. 294)

The Fifth Discipline - Senge
Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human ...Through learning, we extend our capacity to create, to be a part of the generative process of life.

Small is the New Big - Goden
... a wall, a place where a huge percentage of people abandon the process.  The same thing happens when people learn trigonometry... If each step isn't too difficult, the user will clear the hurdle.  But the moment you havea step that's too hard, too time-consuming, or offers too little, people stop.
(p. 254 )

Is This a Pillar?
All we can do is keep asking the question: "Is this a pillar?" about every aspect of our business, our craft, our reason for being alive etc. and go from there. ( - 25 Ways to Be Creative by Hugh MacLeod)

Publications etc.

College of Information at Florida State University

  • April 2007 ~ Graduate Student Ruth Elder ~ Research Project looks at Grandview Library
    The project looks in depth at podcasting in an elementary school library. Podcasting is explained and its potential value for learners is addressed. The Grandview Elementary School Library in Monsey, NY is described in the case study section. Grandview contains grades K-3 and its library program involves students in podcasting. Students use podcasting in many ways to enhance their learning. The Grandview Newspaper includes podcasts voiced by students who are sharing book reviews, movie reviews, podcasting tips and much more.

Scholastic Magazine

Rockland County Times Article

School Library Journal

  • September 2005
    "Tell Me a Story: A Media Specialist Promotes Reading with Podcasts"    
      SLJ Article

  • November 2005  -  "Make Way for Wiki's"
    SLJ Article

  • November 2006 - Podcasting at Grandview
    SLJ Podcast
    SLJ Podcast (Local Copy)

School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York

March 31st  2006
Workshop: 0 to Digital in 18 Months

Syracuse University School of Information Studies

May 26th 2006
Presentation of Grandview Library Program
Master and Doctoral Level Students
Presentation at Syracuse_University

St Thomas Aquinas - Literacy Extravaganza Presentation

October 21st 2006
Improving Literacy Using Web Based Project Organizer
~ Convergence Blips in a Parallel Universe
Literacy Extravaganza

Rockland Journal News

May 31st  2006
“Invasion of the iPod Kids”
Grandview Elementary School highlighted in this article on Podcasting
Journal News Invasion Of The IPOD Kids

Arkansas Association of Instructional Media

Summer 2007
“Invasion of the Podcasters”, Anita Fletcher
Support from Grandview Library Highlighted
Arkansas Association of Instructional Media - Summer 2007