Finally sent out…
The platform circulated to accessible people via e-mails was sent out to peers/experts including other elementary international school library teachers/librarians from my e-account. It has started receiving some responses, yet still far to see users interact with each other by commenting on another person’s comment.
To get it really kicked off on line, I had asked my connected people around the world, and this worked for the first two or three weeks. However I could not see any constant reactions inside the blog furthermore. It is very hard to be spread over. What is the reason behind it?
There are library volunteers in our library, to whom also I sent out the link as my role of the secretary of vigorous four initiators. (My students actually wrote the invitation messages, which were cited directly to the e-mail sent out to my connected people.) However no ones have left any comments yet. I had a consultation with one of our students’ parents, who loves reading so much!!! because she should have a plenty of recommendations in her head, which should be shared with us. In addition, she loves talking to anyone what she has read so far.
However her reflection on the link was not what I had assumed. She said that it would be very pressure thing to give comments to especially the viewable on-line page, at which everyone would have a look to refer to a book s/he would look for to be read or read. It is very much ok to give suggestions or recommendations, yet s/he would have to think of the grammar/editing/careless mistakes/right or proper views on books, which would bother her posting.
In particular, she emphasizes on the fact that she is not native speaker or so(although her English or the command of language is superb, and for me she is a native speaker.) Moreover the platform in the blog looked educational purpose, which would also prevent her from posting any recommendations as casually or freely as she wants(even though I said to her not to care for those small things.)
Then this is what she has suggested to invite more participants to the platform.
1) There should be no open-ended format designs on the comment space.
2)If it is possible, it needs a table or survey format inside the comment space, which just let them click on the appropriate/relevant check boxes having all sorts of answer examples/selections/range ready.
3)This would make it much easier and comfortable enough for accessible people to leave recommendations as casually as they want.
Weebly’s setting for the design of comment space has been already formatted and the whole design needs changing eventually if that voice is reflected on the platform maybe by way of using the HTML language. However she highlighted the very core of a problem that no parents except a few of parents previously asked had left any comments yet.
Mouth to mouth
On the other hand, as my students discussed with each other including myself that this platform should not be like a communication tool for us to push someone to do. The most ideal style or approach is that this should be spread over to one person after another naturally.
Always there are very good social sites or interaction places or public spaces or even for community places such as shops/restaurants/cultural activities, where customers/users are driven by the information they get from their friends or neighbours. According to the natural selection, no matter if it is a bad or good thing, things selected by users stay long or sometimes for a while and without any assumption it is gone all of a sudden depending on if/how it has the right taste of the necessity that it is demanded within the current environment. The core of popularity leads to the fact that the recognition should be spreading by mouth to mouth.
I had a consultation with 4 initiators(as 4 students) how to promote the platform in/outside of this community.They came up with the idea that they would make a poster to introduce the platform, which is just efficient/effective way to get other students’ attentions. One of initiators also got the advice from her classroom teacher to put the QR code on the poster, which can be scanned through mobile phone. This impressed me so much since I had absolutely no idea how to make the code(a kind of a square size of barcode). It has been posted along the corridor wall with the approval of our principle since this site has nothing to do with our school educational sources, which is the hardest part in this project to get an approval for each action beforehand especially since I am not in a position to teach them.
Their connections throughout the world
That student also said that she would spread the news to her friends living overseas since of course they are all international school students, who have already got their friends in the other side of this world. They said they would invite their friends to this site.
In addition the other student said she would consult with her classroom teacher to give them an opportunity to introduce the platform since some of them have not noticed the poster yet.
I don’t know how it will turn out to be, yet they have got their own strategies already in their minds. They are creators as well as press center people. Their methods to promote the site looked to me so professional.
Now and then
On the other hand, Mrs I as one of our parents’ valuable voice should be notified. She was actually the motivator of this project since she gave me the right moment to motivate me to start thinking this platform, which is not only for students but also for parents/teachers extending to peers/experts outside of this community.
When I had a consultation with her, she gave me the right path, which I have also been thinking of.
Her question is how it could be sustainable in the future? Since this is the student-centered driven force activity, its design/content should be controlled by initiators although I supervise it. When I also had talked to Hiromi to get her feedback before this project started, she had been concerned with who on the earth would control it eventually.
Since eventually the initiators go to middle school in the next school year, their interests would not stay although they would like to keep their eyes on it even if they go to middle school, which has more other things to care for.
Our current initiators could find or appoint the second generation. They can teach them the mainstream, or/and our library volunteers could monitor or supervise it constantly since the concept of this platform should be no borderline between students and parents/teachers/peers.