That wonderful, mad ambition to contain all the knowledge in the world has been with us for millennia. The Library of Alexandria in the 3rd century BC became the archetype, an Atlantis of lost learning and a symbol of a city.
Deborah Welsh's insight:
The public library being reinvented in spectacular designs, animated spaces belonging to its users.
The new WISE Publication, to be released in 2014, will focus on the link between new technologies and learning. Graham Brown-Martin, Founder of Learning Without Frontiers and Founder of Education Design Labs, will write the third WISE Book, which will be illustrated by the creative photography of award-winning photographer Newsha Tavakolian.
why [has] technology, to date, had very little impact on improved learning outcomes? This could be because we continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice to meet out-dated assessment models.
Most of the world’s curriculum and assessment systems are based around fact recall rather than actually demonstrating that you have learned something and can deploy it within a problem-solving situation.
In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year’s consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment. The IFLA Trend Report is more than a single document – it is a selection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society.
Each week I provide links to stories about libraries, authors, and books. Today we're going to do something different! In no particular order, here are some of our favorite library-related places on the web.
A website dedicated to informing secondary students and their teachers of copyright law, plagiarism policies, and caveats in order to uphold literary integrity and digital ethics through a compilation of various media.
School libraries have the potential to be a vibrant hub for learning, information, reading promotion, creativity, student leadership and social interaction within their school community. From an equity perspective, the school library is one of few places in a school open to all students, teachers and parents. In addition to providing a congenial learning environment and ‘safe haven’, the school library often offers a venue for extra-curricular activities, as well as school community events and meetings.
School librarians are uniquely positioned to collaborate with teachers to infuse technology to support learning, assessment and curriculum within a collaborative learning environment. Teacher-librarians are connected to current research and can assist with best-practice in effective technology implementation.
Later this year an all-digital library will open in Bexar County, Texas. It will have 100 e-readers available for lending and an e-book collection of over 10,000 titles. Staff will also teach basic computer skills.... And it's a reflection of how poor a job libraries do promoting themselves that everyone thinks it's easier to leech off Apple's popularity than actually explain what libraries do and are. I
Deborah Welsh's insight:
This will be a scary concept for many librarians. Don't mention the war!