Virtual Symposium: My Dream Library

For my Virtual Symposium contribution, I’ve shared some slides, which my fifth grade students made as part of their Dream Library Design presentations. They had a lot of fun with this project and I learned a lot about the participatory experience by engaging with them and allowing myself to be inspired and delighted by their ideas. The kids used emerging technology to create their slideshows as did I for this culminating slideshow. While the students used Google Slides to create a presentation they could share in person, I wanted to be able to record my presentation and share it with you digitally. I tried a lot of different screen sharing platforms including Camtasia. Camtasia is neat because you can edit and add music and work with multiple tracks. I made a cool video but, in the end, I chose not to subject you to the giant watermark in the center of each slide, which appeared because I used the trial version of the software (no watermark = $250). Thanks to a fellow classmate, I was reminded of Zoom. You can create a meeting, share your screen, and record it. Then I shared the Mp4 to YouTube. Simple but it worked. All in all, this week was a lesson in emerging tech, which was of course the intended goal. Enjoy my little project.



4 thoughts on “Virtual Symposium: My Dream Library

  1. Sarah Jo,

    Your virtual symposium was very creative. Wow, fifth graders have many interesting ideas. A movie theater in the library or being able to check out pets! I’m sure my fifth grader daughter would love these ideas as well. Thanks for sharing!


  2. This is an amazing project!! I would have loved to do something like this as a 5th grader. Your students are so creative, imaginative, and thoughtful. I was blown away by some of their ideas, like bringing nature to the library, or even the simple come ask me pin. I loved that they thought of having the game room sound proof!


  3. Thoughtful questions and great responses from your brilliant students. Brought a huge smile to my face – sign me up for Library Island. 🙂


  4. Hi Sarah Jo, thanks for sharing and what a great video/project! I think it’s great how you empower and validate your students to participate, share, explore, play, learn, and collaborate in a safe space. Amazing ideas too!


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