Guest post by Fiona Birkin, Head of Learning Resources and member of my in-school PLN.
Can learning to use an OPAC be fun?
Several weeks ago the Yr4s got to explore the Learning Resource Centre and hone their skills in using the OPAC to locate books. In the past, this type of lesson has teetered on the brink of becoming boring; in fact some student’s behaviour told me it was a big YAWN! This time I had the iPads to ’pull in’ those students that tend to hover on the fringe of lessons and zone-out land.
First, as part of my lesson preparation, I created QR codes
The students worked in pairs and with them they had two main tools to help, a laptop for access to the OPAC and an iPad with a QR code reader app on it to help them decipher the QR codes scattered around the Learning Resource Centre. The LRC was filled with busy, engaged and excited children trying to locate books and information.
Throughout the lesson I was able to wander around and simply interact with the students; supporting their journey in locating.
The students who were confident and successful users of the OPAC stayed engaged because the element of using the QR code reader was fun. The students who found searching a catalogue a challenge, got my assistance. They also had the motivation of wanting to use the iPad for the next clue once they had solved the first one; to do that they needed to master the skill of searching on the OPAC.
Cross posted at fiLearning.