As Zac notes in this article, which he wrote spontaneously on his “Bring Your Own Device” while at school, many teachers have been reluctant to allow technology into their classrooms, even if they have that option. Zac suggests it’s a trust issue — teachers don’t trust students and students decline to demonstrate that they’re trustworthy because they feel they are being denied access to what (to them) is a tool for everyday learning in the real world.
WILMINGTON -- When the Wilmington High School library got rid of around 5,000 of its books, leaving just a few shelves full, one teacher suggested to librarian Paula Byrne that it marked the end of civilization.
At the Elizabeth Forward High School library in Elizabeth, PA, beanbag chairs have replaced study carrels, computers are everywhere, and instead of a cranky librarian telling kids to be quiet, there’s a new music studio. Welcome to the new EF Media Center.
AUSTRALIAN schools are faced with the controversial decision about whether to allow students to bring their own smartphones and tablets to school as the computers supplied by the federal government reach the end of their lifespan.
Libraries are changing. They’re becoming an online resource for students of all ages, a meeting place for the entire community of a school, and bridging the gap between school and home. That’s just a few of the ways outlined in this handy roadmap / visual embedded below.
As you can see, it lays out a handful of ways libraries impact learning. From the first step (offer access to electronic resources) to the last one (enable social collaboration), it’s clear the role of the library is extremely important. While I personally think each of these services is of the utmost importance, there are even more things I believe a library should be doing. From figuring out future trends of data storage, Open Access, and identifying new ways to open up the virtual stacks to the world.
It remains to be seen how libraries will evolve over the coming years but it’s a great time to start paying attention to what your library is doing during this time education evolution. Is your local school or community library offering these services outlined below?
“School libraries are about more than information literacy. Information literacy is important but ... for next school year. This is an exciting project, which will broaden my own knowledge and understanding of digital citizenship.
CONSUMER FORUM Technology in libraries improves access to the legal system Bangor Daily News Patrons of Maine's public libraries will soon have a chance to hear from experts on a number of legal issues at no charge.
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