John Seely Brown co-wrote a book with Douglas Thomas called A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. It provides new learning strategies for all organizations dealing with helping people. In it, he outlined why playing, making and tinkering are important modes of human behavior that can be used to learn and assimilate new technologies and ideas. He talked about Make Magazine and Maker Faires as important for libraries since they offer a great opportunity to provide new participatory learning environments. When I brought these ideas back to the Westport Library, our director, Maxine Bleiweis, was extremely receptive as was the staff.
When teachers walked off the job in Chicago last month, they were pushing back largely against education priorities pursued by the Obama administration: revamped teacher evaluations, more charter schools and diminished job security for school...
"Where I Like To Read" is a series of short author interviews and blog posts in which writers share their literary tastes and their favorite places to curl up with a good book. Where do you like to read, and what is the last book you read there?
Challenge: How to turn an ornately designed, inconveniently shaped basement into a sleek, technology-driven community space? This was the question that Bostwick Design Partnership faced when taking on the task of creating TechCentral, Cleveland Public Library’s new technology center on the lower level of the library’s downtown Louis Stokes Wing.
I did not go into tweeting expecting to learn lessons about writing. But, I learned as much about audience, purpose, conventions, and handling writing apprehension as I have learned from writing much longer pieces. The pressure we feel when we learn something new is immense. To be in the position to have to ask questions, to show that you do not know, is uncomfortable. It’s even more uncomfortable to try something when there is a good chance you may not do it the “right” way.
Natasha Trethewey is at her most powerful and piercing in the 29 poems of her new book, "Thrall," when she is looking at art and photographs, representations of life that mix the imagined and the reported.
There's no question young adult literature has become a cultural juggernaut, with the genre increasingly becoming a feeding ground for movie studios and more adults buying young-adult books than the intended teen audience.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver often writes about the natural world — the animals she sees and the woods she walks in. Her new book, A Thousand Mornings, collects her morning meditations as she stands by her door, notebook and pen in hand.
Diane Ravitch has asked teachers, parents, administrators and anyone who supports public schools to write their congress people and the President for the October 17 Campaign for Public Schools. ...
"Diane Ravitch has asked teachers, parents, administrators and anyone who supports public schools to write their congress people and the President for the October 17 Campaign for Public Schools. After 30 hours in my school building over the last two days, here is my contribution. It ain't perfect but I'm too tired to proofread at this point. Go leap over the orangey thingy."
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