School Libraries As Multimedia Learning centres In-service Training

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SLAMIT 4

Lifelong learning - School Libraries and new learning

Course to be held in Costa da Caparica, Lisbon, Portugal 27. September 3. October 2009


Photo: Peter Milford

Background

The two previous Minerva projects, SLAM and the GrandSLAM, together demonstrated that the school library, as a multimedia and learning discovery centres staffed with media specialists, ICT teachers and specialist teacher school librarians, could become an essential focus within curriculum planning and a central beacon promoting new learning styles and new processes within the institutions.

Objectives

The SLAMIT courses disseminate and spread the experiences of SLAM, GrandSLAM and SLAMIT, together with those of recognised centres of excellence across Europe. The courses use tools and learning materials from the projects including workshops, practical work, lectures and group works, presentation and debate to provide a concentrated and in-depth introduction to the management of school libraries and the use of information literacy and multi media systems.

The fourth SLAMIT course intends to focus on learning centres as important catalysts for promoting the introduction of new learning styles and methods and on school libraries as workshops for learning.

The main goals for the fourth course will be to

  • Demonstrate and share best practice between SLAM/GrandSLAM/SLAMIT partners and the course participants
  • Foster a sense of community among school librarians and teachers from all parts of Europe.
  • Exchange professional and cultural experiences among course participants.
  • Encourage course participants to include the European/international dimension in their future projects and actions plans for their local school libraries.
  • Inspire participants to develop local action plans or projects both individually and through reflection groups.
    Work supported by experienced mentors.