By Ann Morgester
We live in a world of memes and 45 second sound bites. How can we determine if the data that is being presented is accurate and worth our time? This session on Data Visualization Strategies in the Age of Fake News was powerful. The presenters define Data Visualization as using charts, graphs, or other visual forms to communicate (mostly quantitative) data or information. The addition of a visual element contributes additional insight, understanding, or patterns and is not merely decorative.
The key concepts covered were statistics and data comprehension, data as argument, and data visualization.
The first thing to understand is that different types of visualization work better for different types of data. Here are the critical questions to ask relating to any data visualization you are evaluating or creating from the book Creating Data Literate Students.
The second thing that the group covered was the importance of teaching students to not only read and evaluate data visualizations but teaching them to create effective data visualizations that tell a story, present an argument, and/or present an interpretation of the data.
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By Trill Schroeder, Huffman Elementary School Librarian
One of the breakout sessions at AASL that was of great interest to me was Social Media for the Library. It was on my list of must-attend breakout sessions for several reasons. First, I’ve always wanted to understand Twitter. Over the years I’ve dabbled in Twitter, mainly as a bystander, and I’ve wanted to take my Twitter presence to the next step. (Yes, I admit, I’ve felt the urge to tweet.) Secondly, as a classroom teacher I used social networking and apps like Homeroom to successfully connect with parents and families, but I was still trying to figure out the best social media fit for the library. Lastly, I know social media is widely used to find information. When I think about my own social media habits, I often peruse Facebook and Twitter to get in touch with what’s going on in the world, our state, our city, and our community.
Social Media for the Library’s moderator was Nancy Joe Lambert, a teacher librarian in Frisco Independent School District at Reedy High School. Lambert has five years of teaching experience, and has been in a school library since 2010. She also holds committee appointments in ALA and AASL. From the beginning of the hour-long session it was obvious Lambert is PASSIONATE about social media. Even better, she knows her stuff and she’s willing to share with fellow librarians.
Librarians have to be advocates for their libraries. In this day and age, there are various social media tools available to help tell the story of the learning taking place in your library.
Lambert’s key points before venturing into your social media of choice include:
And, here are some of my own tips when it comes to social media: