by Kathy Dubrovsky
Recently, I sent an email to all MSLA members encouraging you to take advantage of this summer’s MassCUE’s free professional development opportunities. “As a partner with the Massachusetts Department of Education, MassCue is offering to support MassONE workshops around the state that will train teachers in the use of MassONE for communications, collaboration, productivity and instruction.” You can find out more about these workshops on the MassCUE website, http://www.masscue.org/announcements/massone.htm .
If you are not sure what MassONE is, it is a set of web-based applications, resources, and tools for students, teachers and administrators. There are a few reasons that I am recommending that you take these workshops besides the obvious earning necessary PDPs reason. As an avid MassONE user, I have seen MassONE improve in the last few years and usage has really increased. “MassONE had more than 14,000 log-ins per week in May-an increase of 3000% since 2003” Teachers are using MassONE because the online tools have improved and better innovations have been added. Now, all teachers must have a MassONE account to participate in any DOE Content Institute. Once you start using MassONE, you won’t want to stop.
The collection of tools that educators can use to enrich classroom learning, provide online instruction, and enhance their ability to collaborate with other teachers include: the announcements tool; calendar tool; discussion forums; virtual hard drive; teaching and learning resources; survey tool and technology self-assessment tool. The tool that I use the most is the Virtual Hard Drive. By saving this article on my MassONE Virtual Hard Drive, I could work on it on my laptop or my desktop at home, my desktop in my office or any other computer at school or anywhere else. It is pretty convenient.
This summer, I have registered for the Webquests and MassONE Workshop offered by MassCUE on August 27 in Hanover Middle School. During this workshop, I will learn how to utilize MassONE’s “teaching and learning” resources in support of the curriculum, integrate discussion forums into classrooms and save and share files using the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) and Workgroups.
I have used MassONE’s suite of curriculum tools to create standards-based lesson plans that are posted on MassONE. These tools include a template where you can enter information such as key concepts, activities, and assessment strategies. I made these lesson plans public and have shared them with all other teachers who are MassONE users.
Right now, you can search the Academic Frameworks as shown in the screen below. It is my belief that if enough library teachers submit lessons plans, we could have a better chance of getting the Department of Education to adopt the Information Literacy Standards that we have presented for approval. Our argument could be that we need the Information Literacy Standards approved because of the number of lesson plans that are being submitted by library teachers need to be classified and be searched under an Information Literacy Academic Framework. I hope that you will consider investigating MassONE. If your school is not a member of MassONE, I can register you on MassONE as a MSLA member. If you have any questions, please let me know at
I would also recommend reading the Frequently Asked Questions on the MassONE website at http://massone.mass.edu/support/faqs.html