I am a newly hired Elementary Media Specialist. Classes have Library for 30 minutes a week and Technology for 30 minutes a week. This week, I was able to observe and speak to the technology coordinator teaching the tech classes for now. From what I've gathered, PK-2 are getting acclimated to using computers, navigating websites, learning about certain keys. The K and 1 classes used Tux Paint to type a simple sentence and draw a picture. 3rd grade used Tux Typing to practice their typing skills.
I'm going to collaborate with the teachers, tie lessons to what students are learning in class. I'm also going to connect Library and Technology lessons where applicable.
One thing I brainstormed with the principal on was utilizing Technology for book reports (almost like the summer reading projects we used to get from kids when I worked in the public library ): mobile, newspaper report, recipe, art work, poster, video, etc. I also would love to incorporate podcasts (after I attend a Podcasts for Dummies lesson). I could teach 4th grade about trustworthy sites for research. I don't think the school has databases this year (no more budget); if the position becomes permanent for next year I'll be involved with the purchase of databases.
Does anyone have any suggestions about where I should start? I think my biggest issue is starting mid-year, I'm afraid of duplicating lessons from last semester.