About two weeks ago there was an article in the New York Times titled Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era which caused an outcry among librarians, and there has been a whirlwind of online activity.
Today, in addition to introducing children to books and curating collections in school libraries, teacher-librarians are doing the same with websites and online information.
They often research and vet appropriate websites ahead of time to provide to teachers when they're covering a particular subject, just as they do with books.
But they also teach students to do better Internet searches, refine their search terms, and become more independent.
Part of the challenge is a trend teachers and librarians call "satisficing," a combination of satisfying and sufficient or suffice, said Finlay. In other words, students' approach is often "get what I need for an assignment and hand it in."
Teacher-librarians aim to get students to look deeper into their subjects.
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Getting kids to really focus on what exactly they are searching for, and then be able to further distill idea into a few key specific search terms is a skill that we must teach students, and we have to do it over and over again.
1.Books that are professionally selected to meet school and personal needs.
2.Equitable access to computers and other forms of technology. 3.Someone to talk to and someone who listens – the school librarian. 4.A place to get help when they need it. A place to assemble with their friends openly..........