For the whole summer…..
For the whole summer, I kept thinking of what I should do for the final project on course5, which needs getting collaborated/connected with people in/outside of our community. There was a possible idea, which I could not make it due to the lack of infrastructure or readiness in terms of the everything related to it. Then I had another thought about the role of our library, for which my project might be good.
A lot of talks and consultation
My consultation with many people including Kim, Kirsten, Hiromi, Reiko, Jo, Una as our K/JS principal and other COETAIL members at YIS helped me a lot to have a certain level of assurance to start this project, and as I talked to them, my ideas were getting clearer.
I shared this idea with my colleagues and had many feedback from them. In particular, the first person, whom I talked to was Kirsten, who is a librarian teacher of K/JS library. She showed/guided me a lot of tips to get it started. She suggested that I should take a couple of students, who want to start the project during their lunch recess time, which would not lose their class time. I can lead the questions to students as they would find it easier to build up their ideas to create the website. I should negotiate with our principle (Una) to get an approval in order to have our students in our library.
Hiromi showed the direction toward the sustainability of the platform, which should be maintained/managed by autonomous participants eventually. This was one of the most challenging issues to get the project started. I ended up talking to Kim, and explained my current limited situation, where I could not take any responsibility if this project were a part of our library’s resources officially. I would do this project independent of our school community or library management although it should still follow our school’s philosophy to get this implemented as if this were a part of our school library. If this could work for all users around the world, our kindergarten/junior school students and their siblings in high school or their parents’ library volunteers could keep maintaining the account to monitor the site. In this project, creators/Initiators are our students in grade 4(, which the grade is the eldest in junior school). This platform then should be handed over to the next year’s fourth graders, their voluntary siblings and their parents, who come to our K/JS library or M/HS library for help regularly.
How I’ve decided to use Weebly as a platform
There are a plenty of good examples of how current social network community sites are actually involved/working in our society. The first thing to come up to my mind was Mixi’s(, which is similar version of face book) original concept that only users’ friend could register the community site as a member.
In this way, it could maintain its trustworthiness among users. This idea would work for especially the particular purpose in an educational field, where viewers of the websites/blogs(, to which kindergarten/junior students contribute) could be more reliable. Once all digital resources of a school community especially for kindergarten/junior students are exposed to the public, there should be a certain level of security, which could protect vulnerable students and their work. Here I am intending to have our students use ISSH publication policy created by Mitch, Hiromi, Joy and Garry when they create a platform.
Connected with other side of this world
However at the same time they should not lose any chances to get collaborated with/connected with experts/peers/friends in other side of this world. One of the challenges of transformation level lies here. If you work for a company or a school or a whatsoever organization, it has got its own system, which needs to be followed according to the philosophy and the regulation. Within the framework, your ideal project has to to be implemented.
Then I have been looking for a particular web/blog site designed for an educational purpose, which was introduced by my colleague when I explained to her my rough idea about creating a platform to be used for the audience to look for books to be read to students especially for an event like mystery reader.
She introduced Weebly to me as a user-friendly station so that students could also benefit from the ease of use , in particular, when they have to create a web/blogsite by themselves.
In addition, Weebly already has been being used in all classes to have their common understanding/communication base, on which for instance students could post their assignments. Their experience of using the site also motivated me to have selected Weebly as a tool for this project. Moreover when I directly talked to our principal about my probable project(since at that time, I assumed I would have to get an approval from admins to start this as a part of our library property although it would not matter at all now due to my project completely independent of our school management), she showed me how each homeroom blog/site, whose host provider is ‘Weebly for education’ has been protected to the public. You need a password to log-in to view the site. I thought this would work for our platform with all necessary conditions considered.