The librarian’s role has changed less than that of the library. “Think of us as knowledge and information curators – we bring together the best resources from across all dissemination platforms together for our patrons,” says Ms. Guinn.
At public libraries everywhere, that’s meant a new focus on teaching new groups of users – immigrants, homeless people, teenagers, seniors – not just how to find a print volume, but how to work with all the different kinds of technology to find the most reliable information on the Internet, download a book remotely to their e-readers, and get children excited about reading....and that includes using social networking!
What does the future of education hold? Who is the Learner? Who is the teacher? What kind of curriculum, learning spaces and sustainability models will we see in the future? We are EduCitizenship 2020.
I think all teachers must have times when they’re faced with the decision to continue on the safe road that they know, or radically depart on a way that they believe to be better, but the specific route and outcomes are unknown. At least I’ve been faced with this decision. And in all honesty, sometimes I’ve chosen the former, and sometimes the latter. Although for the last five months, I’ve consistently chosen the latter, and they have been the most challenging and fulfilling five months of my career.
Over the course of four days earlier this summer at a lush retreat in Seattle, I had the opportunity to write and engage with some of the most exciting teachers I’ve been able to interact with in my career.
Vision is our primary input for daily life and learning, so why not focus (pun intended!) on integrating it more in your classroom? Learn about a selected sample of technology tools and teaching strategies that allow students to create, synthesize, summarize, communicate, analyze, and share their understanding.