The research has been done and the results are in: the better the quality of resources in the school library, the more money spent on resources for the school library, and the more collaboration between the teacher-librarian ...
Chances are, when you’ve been assigned a research paper, your first idea is that you’ll to do a quick search on Google. Perhaps you’ve been surprised when your instructor says that Googling for resources is not allowed.
“ Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.” Through the use of innovative technologies and online resources, school libraries can now be available tostudents wherever—and whenever—they need them. “Flipped” or blended learning offers students thepower of personalized instruction, through a mix of virtual and face-to-face interactions, at a student’s own pace. Embracing this concept is a must for student engagement and the future of the profession, say school librarians Joyce Valenza, Brenda Boyer, and Michelle Luhtala.
Via Dennis T OConnor, Petra Pollum
"Recently on westXdesign–via scoopit–we found an interesting graphic about naming 12 principles of collaboration. Collaboration is among the most-often promoted fluencies of 21st century learning (along with creativity and communication). However, there are very few frameworks or models that exist to support the development of better collaboration forms. As it is, in many K-12 learning environments, collaboration is limited to teacher-created grouping, or more scattered project-based learning groups that converge on a single project and thus a single goal. The following principles of collaboration (seemingly created for businesses but clearly applicable to learning) push that idea a bit further–with some important emphases on the individual, including:"
Via John Evans, Karen Bonanno, Petra Pollum
- Schooling and education [in a digital and internet age]
Schooling, in terms of people going to a building from 8:00am to 3:00pm, is going to be less and less prevalent. Education is going to be lifelong. It’s going to start very early, and as long as people are active, they are going to have to keep learning. It’s very different than from a century ago when a person attended high school, if that, and he/she was set for life. A lot of education will take place via distance.
We don't yet know the pros and cons of distance learning with young kids. I certainly think human face-to-face interaction is very important, but we are going to have to demonstrate that to skeptics. Skeptics will say that if we can do distance learning with a 3-year-old, then that’s the way it should be done.
People who believe in face-to face learning and older people who believe in residential education, as I do, will have to show that it has benefits that distance learning does not. Some of the negatives connected with both distance and face-to-face learning (e.g. cheating, bullying) will also have to be dealt with. They wont be able to be swept up under the rug.
Teaching Shakespeare’s intrigues are not on the serving platter for today, there will be no Titus Andronicus’ baking boys into meat pies. We’re discussing love. Love is hard enough for a fifteen-year old to swallow.
Towanda School Board cuts librarian position Towanda Daily Review Despite concerns raised by a teacher, a librarian and a student, the Towanda School Board on Monday cut a half-time librarian position, leaving Towanda Junior/Senior High School...
Anna Szumilas's insight:
What a shame. To think that now more than ever students need help with identifying the reliable sources whswear doing their research.
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