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Topic 3: RBL and IL as curriculum

Posted by arlekeno on April 15, 2009

response to Campbell, et al : Resource-based learning.

Mia Dio! Wiki being used in universities? :O      just as an aside, I find this style MUCH easier to read than a lot of other formats the readings have come in.

The scenario makes things much more clear (as opposed to just saying what it is) and I would love to have seen the power points made by kiddies ( but not had to go through all the web searching… which i did once last week already, i guess I am used to it though).

I do like this line a lot. Resource-based learning is predicated upon the principle that individual learners will be drawn to the media and content which best match their own processing skills and learning styles (Farmer, 1999). I think it shows one of the great strentghs of RBL… the other one being we use stuff we have access too 😛

I am also paying a lot of attention to the Rubric and TIMELINE of a unit. Rubrics given to students are now common practice n High schools, but a clear timetable given in advance is not.

Good look at the Challenges as well in this article.


Responses to School Library Association of Queensland (SLAQ) (2008): Resource-based learning

More of the same really, again emphasising the sense of self worth students get from RBL, oh, and enjoyment. Both good things 😉 Not to mention an ABILITY TO USE THE media cntre ( that is the Library… huzzah!)

Response to Qu’Appelle Valley School Division and Regina Catholic Schools, Saskatchewan Ministry of Education (2004-2005). Resource-based learning,

A VERY good definition (despite some jargon in the preface). I particularly like some of the links, e.g. curriculum content, where there are specific ways to use RBL for different subjects.


Response to :

It seems a good statement on info literacy, i would like a little less jargon in it but I would like to see all students and parents reading this so they know that a computer lesson is not just searching on wikipedia or playing games.

But again it does make me think in terms of the evolving role of the T.L. how we have to change ( a little) to help students be able o fit this new world order. I think one of the problems though ( as it has been at my school for several years) is making stdents see the need for higher order thinking ( or tha other students in other schools use it… i hope) because this higher order thinking is very much involved intrue information literacy. Just look at steps 4 and 6 below.








The six steps of the information process

Learning is not linear. Students will need to revisit, reformulate and reflect on their learning through

these six steps. The steps are spiraling, not linear.


Defining Determining the nature and purpose of the task


Locating Seeking information sources and retrieving information


Selecting Selectively and critically examining the information


Organizing Recording, synthesizing and reconstructing the information to suit the task


Presenting Creating and presenting the information; generating new perspectives and knowledge


Evaluating. Assessing the process and making judgements about their learning

(Adapted from the original model of Eisenberg and Berkowitz 1988)

I also like the clearly defined roles. e.g.

The responsibility of the teacher-librarian





·provide an efficient and accessible library service and resources to support student learningJust as an aside, the two points which are newest to me and I have thought about most since starting this point are the ones about working with the IT staff, it makes sense, and to PLAN WITH teachers, both of these are given far more emphasis than I had expected, and as such I think they must be given more priority than I was givng them.


work with technology staff to ensure a planned approach to the use of information and communication technologieswork with teachers to plan, develop, teach and assess resource-based units of worktake a leadership role in planning a whole school approach to resource based learning and information literacy skillswork with and school leadership team to ensure resource-based learning is a major focus and is included in the school’s curriculum plan


Response to the

Actualley I was at this site only last week looking at their journal. But there is a LOT of really useful things in there, esp in projects/resources that could save us a lot of time.

Response to The teacher librarian toolkit for an information literate school community:,

 I love the line about T.L.s being at the forefront of Technology, I think we use technology more daily than most other teachers would.

LOL! the internet is like a library with the books on the floor. (yes, I am using chatspeak in my blog today).


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