One unexpected tool in this return to the physical is the Espresso Book Machine from On Demand Books. This mobile printing factory is a high-output photocopier coupled with a book-binding robot, able to produce quality paperback books in about five minutes—just long enough to go get an espresso while you wait.
This semester I’m participating in a seminar titled Awakening the Digital Imagination: A Networked Faculty-Staff Development Seminar. We’re using the New Media Reader and it’s loaded with all the classics: V. Bush, Licklider, Engelbart, Kay, etc. Each week we read an essay and discuss the foundations of computers and the web. We’re encouraged to blog our thoughts and so I’ll devote a few posts here to that experience.
I guess it comes down to this: do I want a job so desperately that I am willing to, for a time, fundamentally change how I do things in the hopes that everything that I have been doing hasn’t already sabotaged my chances?
What we fail to accept is that those students who grew to love reading in spite of us still do better on these tests than all of the kids who endured years of reading instruction by highlighter, but never really read. Avid "I cannot wait to get my hands on a book" readers outstrip their peers on every test, every time.
Isn't this what students should learn from us about reading?
It is an ethical issue, not just an educational one. Children trust us and deserve more.
So, first, do no harm. Do not take away that love of reading in the name of the greater good (Good for whom?). It ultimately kills. It kills children's love of reading for all of their lives.
The documentary explores the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty, including an ex-banker who now relies on a food pantry, and an aging fisherman whose shrimp catching business has been devastated by the Gulf oil spill.
What does a story on parasites have to do with the administration, teachers, and students of New Dorp High School and their writing instruction as highlighted in "The Writing Revolution" by Peg Tyre? We suspect that Bob's initial understanding of parasites was based on a rudimentary inquiry into the subject, a reliance on what is often construed as established fact, and a desire to come to a simple, but satisfactory conclusion.
We, Stephanie and Bob, worry that the writing initiative at New Dorp is being viewed with a similar kind of narrow vision, perpetuating the simple and unhelpful dichotomies often construed as established fact in education rather than a deep inquiry into the complexities inherent in teaching and learning.
The skill sets and the interests of the individual students are pinpointed and then used to move ideas forward. The mutual benefit of this dynamic relationship is evident in the success of FFL and in the success of these students as they graduate and move toward the next step in their professional paths. The professional team at FFL is made up largely of librarians who were once student support staff members or interns at FFL. The community benefits each time one of these librarians is able to develop and launch an innovative idea.
Maker spaces in libraries are the latest step in the evolving debate over what public libraries’ core mission is or should be. From collecting in an era of scarce resources to curation in an era of overabundant ones, some libraries are moving to incorporate cocreation: providing the tools to help patrons produce their own works of art or information and sometimes also collecting the results to share with other members of the community.
Fulton County could serve as a core sample of all the ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of metro Atlanta, stretching about 80 miles from the north to the south, from the suburbs through the heart of the city.