Eliminating school librarians while trying to increase student performance is like cutting half the foundation while trying to build a skyscraper. There are more than 60 studies conducted in 22 states directly linking student ...
Social media is taking up more and more of our time, both at home and work. However, since social media is so new, there really aren't established best practices built around it. It's hard to determine what works and what doesn't, and it's easy to be blind to social media risks. Here are 7 social media tips and tricks that will help you better protect your privacy, attract more followers, and increase your reach and influence.
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Libraries, Patrons, and E-books . Here's an excerpt: Some 12% of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book ...
Prior to leading the National Education Association and the N.C. Association of Educators, John Wilson taught special education for 23 years. He is a past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Learning First Alliance, and the N.C.
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Many schools currently at the forefront of education are implementing what is being called Bring Your Own Device ( BYOD ) policies with great success and I soon expect these policies to be the norm at the secondary level. For a quick read on this subject from the point of view of a Principal/School Administrator, here is a blog post from Eric Sheninger, who in 2011 was awarded Best School Adminstrator Blog by Edublog.
Allowing students to access the instructional materials of a school from their own devices such as tablets and even smartphones is a trend that is continuing to grow. In the near future it is likely that your school will want to fully integrate mobile services into your library media program. Future plans for services could include a library media program which makes educational apps available for students to load to their own devices; text/mobile based reference services; and eBooks which are available for downloading to student’s own devices as well as on eBook readers which can be loaned out.
Technology is a great educational resource and tool. There are literally thousands of types of technology, software, and hardware out there for educators and students to use. But what happens when a school requires students to have a specific brand of technology?
In this post, Amdy outlines some great lessons that take advantage of the iPad, but there's no reason they can't inspire similar lessons In a BYOT environment. From the article:
"At Burlington High School in Burlington, MA, we are entering our eighth month of a 1:1 iPad initiative that began in September 2011. Don't get me wrong, we think the iPad is a great device for learning and gives each of our students a dynamic learning tool that can be used across the content areas and to accomplish a variety of tasks. Many of the critics claim that we are backing our students into a corner by giving them one brand and one skill set to learn exclusively on one device. This is not the case at Burlington. Furthermore, I have support."
Libraries have a responsibility to fight for the public and ensure that users have the same open, easy and free access to e-books that they have come to rely on with physical books. They face two major challenges. The first is that, unlike print books, publishers are not required to sell e-books to libraries -- and many do not. This is a complex and evolving issue. The second, addressed here, is that the products currently offered by e-content distributors, the middlemen from whom libraries buy e-books, create a fragmented, disjointed and cumbersome user experience. To correct this, e-content providers must be willing partners, and offer products that allow users to:
Student eBook Use Accelerating in SchoolsMarketWatch (press release)OverDrive will showcase its School Download Library service at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference (Booth 5831) in San Diego, ...and more »...
AFPStudy: E-book library borrowing takes slow paceWSLSNEW YORK (AP) E-book readers have been relatively slow to borrow digital works from the library, frustrated by a limited selection and by not even knowing ...Most people don't realize libraries...
Christian Science MonitorE-book battle: Libraries, publishers square off on pricingChristian Science MonitorE-book publishers are worried about profits shrinking if libraries go digital, and they're hiking e-book prices.
Calling all book lovers! Here's something to put a smile on your face. In a world filled with iPadS, laptops, touch screens and smartphones the trusty leather-bound book is becoming used less and less.
Ah library websites. OCLC brings to the fore the notion that library websites are not being used by their patrons as often as search engines are used. [Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community: A Report to the ...
"As soon as I received my iPad I was eager to see how I could use it. As mentioned I only have one for my class and although I could easily borrow other teachers iPads in order to have a class set, the thought of orchestrating a lesson with each child on an iPad seemed a little daunting. So how was one iPad going to impact my teaching and the children’s learning?"
One day, fellow teachers will shake their heads at the idea that we once confiscated phones from students, refused to give them the school WIFI password, and required permission to use their own laptops in class.
"The path of technology integration in education is lined with disruptions on one side and opportunities on the other. Technology teams work to bring useful technology into teaching, all with good intentions, only to encounter unwanted side effects such as distraction and disruption in the classroom."
It's important or me to add an editorial note here: I don't believe that technology ADDS a distraction to the learning environment. Students are engaged in the learning or they are distracted. When they are distracted, the technology is just another vehicle for the distraction—no better or worse than daydreaming or acting out.
Baltimore Post-ExaminerChicago Building Its First Joint High School/ Public LibrarySchool Library JournalThe Back of the Yards branch of the Chicago Public Library plans to open its doors in the fall of 2013, serving both the new Back of the Yards...