From coast to coast, elementary and high school libraries are being neglected, defunded, repurposed, abandoned and closed.
The kindest thing that can be said about this is that it’s curious; the more accurate explanation is that it’s just wrong and very foolish.
A 2011 survey conducted with my graduate students of 25 separate statewide studies shows that students who attend schools with libraries that are staffed by certified librarians score better on reading and writing tests than students in schools without library services. And it is lower-income students who benefit the most.
TILBURG - Een wel heel bijzondere gast nam afgelopen maand vijf peuterspeelzalen en kinderdagverblijven in Tilburg over: robot Robin. Hij nam zo’n 65 kinderen van 3 jaar oud ‘mee op reis’ en leerde ze onder meer in het Engels tellen.
Our new survey has revealed some surprising predictions for the classroom of the future for schools, universities and colleges alike.
The survey found that in five years’ time 20% of respondents believe that learning will be done through virtual reality, while a quarter think teaching will be delivered remotely by tutors who might be thousands of miles away.
Perhaps more surprisingly is the potential emergence of robots in the role of teacher or lecturer. When asked about whether they expect to see robots delivering lessons, 7% are confident that this will happen in the next five years, rising to 11% for ten years’ time. Almost a fifth (18%) think it will be reality in 20 years.
Other findings show the expectation of how tests will be delivered. 33% think that in five years, test will be taken in an app or virtual environment, with results immediately submitted, logged and ranked. 30% believe that technological advancements will mean that within five years new examination methods will be the norm, with students being allowed to take smart phones/devices into exams, to test their research skills.
With technology playing an increasing role in everyday lives, it follows that many respondents recognise the vital role of digital skills. 20% agree that knowing how to use technology will become just as important as traditional subjects like languages when it comes to getting a job in the next year. A further 34% believe this will happen within five years.
The survey canvassed the opinions of 1,000 people in the UK (aged 18 to over 65, and both in and out of education).
Drawing plays a big role in our cognitive development. It can help us learn to write and think creatively, develop hand-eye co-ordination, hone analytic skills, and conceptualise ideas. But drawing is rarely used as a tool for learning in schools. Generally, most high school teachers aren’t trained in visual education.
The thoughtful placement of technology in our education environments can greatly enhance the way students learn and educators teach. As we all know, it’s possible for students to partake in mobile and distance learning, to access a plethora of remote resources from anywhere on any device, and to extend learning beyond the classroom.
However, with any movement or shift towards digitization comes the creation of a digital divide. Not providing comparable access to all members of the community has severe consequences. Equitable access to resources, content, and experts is essential, especially when talking about the education of the future members of our society.
Een dag uit het leven van de student van de toekomst Van schoolbord naar multi-touch LCD-scherm Augmented leren met augmented reality De waardevolle feedback van biometrische eyetracking Video games – van storende afleiding naar leuk, effectief leren Een breder scala aan leerprocessen
Technologie brengt een grotere verandering tot stand in het onderwijs dan enige andere uitvinding ooit. Opkomende technologieën zoals augmented reality, cloud computing en 3D-printing maken de weg vrij voor de toekomst van het onderwijs. Leerkrachten zijn zich steeds meer bewust van de waarde van de nieuwste technologie en devices en de rol ervan in de efficiëntie van de leerkracht. Technologie kan helpen bij het plannen van lessen en het nakijken van toetsen en examens. Ook maakt het de communicatie met ouders, studenten en andere leerkrachten efficiënter. Steeds meer leerkrachten integreren nieuwe technologieën en apparaten dan ook in hun studiemateriaal en er vindt een duidelijke evolutie plaats waarin traditioneel leren plaatsmaakt voor online leren. Cursussen zijn steeds vaker voor iedereen gratis toegankelijk en kunnen overal ter wereld bijgewoond worden. In dit artikel nemen we een kijkje bij enkele manieren waarop technologie het onderwijs transformeert.
The classroom is changing because the world is changing.
That may not be as true as we’d like it to be–the pace of the change in education lags awkwardly behind what we see in the consumer markets. It could be argued that there’s been more innovation in churches and taxis than there’s been in libraries and schools, which is a special kind of crazy, but logical: “fields” that are dependent on consumer habits are far more vulnerable to disruption. Education, being more or less perma-funded by governments and misunderstood by the public, is more built to resist change.
But that doesn’t mean change isn’t happening (e.g., flipped classrooms, BYOD, maker movement), and the more isn’t on the way. So below I’ve collected a list of those ‘things’ most likely to see disappear from the classroom over the next 12 years, with technology, and technology-based thinking being the catalysts for change. 12 years isn’t really very long, but the pace of change isn’t linear. The difference between 2004 and today will likely be surpassed by today and 2028.
Cast Aside That Stepwise Progression and Open Students’ Minds to the Freedom to Learn in Their own Way David Walsh is presenting at FlipCon16 in Allen, Texas this July. The conference is the 19th – 21st (pre-conference workshops on the 19th,
But with that said, there is one decision you should never consider making, and that is to get rid of your school librarian or library. School libraries and the certified school librarians who run them are essential, never a luxury. They are vital parts of the school community and, with little fanfare, actively support that community’s growth. The presence of computers and maker spaces can not replace a certified school librarian installed in a library filled with books. Don’t be fooled by the latest edujargon or by some article that you read. Don’t get me wrong. Maker spaces are amazing. They foster creativity, expression, exploration, design thinking, and so much more. The library is the perfect place for one. As Diana Rendina stated in her article “Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries,” “While it might vary from one person to the next, most would agree that one of the main missions of the library has always been to make resources and materials accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic status, intelligence, status (gifted, special education), gender, etc.
Confession. We at EdSurge are a bit in love with what may be America’s favorite new pastime: making. Indeed, it’s been a busy two years since we published our first guide on making, during which makerspaces have spread into classrooms and curriculum far and wide. But for many, issues of budget and b
I know I'm a little biased, but I think we have a pretty amazing makerspace. It's getting bigger - and messier - every day and the kids are creating some incredible stuff. Until recently, the makerspace was pretty contained to the library. This certainly wasn't to exclude maker activities from occurring elsewhere - it just happened.
While at one of our ELA planning meetings, we were discussing the lack of enthusiasm kids have for writer's workshop. What was once a time for kids to express themselves creatively, was now a time that kids dreaded. How sad? I loved Writer's Workshop as a kid. We had to fix this. They had tried creative prompts, incorporating movies and music, but they were still "bleh".
As we were brainstorming, an 8th grade English teacher brought up the book "Make Writing" by Angela Stockman. Oddly enough, I had just finished reading my advanced readers copy since I'm a member of the Hack Learning VIP program. All of a sudden we both were sitting at the edge of our seats ready to do it!
By Susan Polos, School Librarian, Mt. Kisco Elementary School, Mt. Kisco, NY; Sara Sayigh, School Librarian, DuSable Campus, Chicago, IL; and Sara Stevenson, School Librarian, O. Henry Middle School, Austin, TX “It’s an awfully sad misconception that librarians simply check books in... Read More ›
Technology and Reading Can Complement Each Other Well, With a Little Conscious Design Reading is multidimensional: it entails decoding of each sound, reading those sounds at an appropriate pace (fluency), then knowing how to interpret each of those word parts in
Computerkunde Kinderen moeten leren denken als een computer, vindt de Finse schrijfster Linda Liukas. Maar landen verschillen in hoe ze dat op school organiseren. Bennie Mols 25 april 2016
Linda Liukas: „Ik wil kinderen voorbereiden op een toekomst waarin alles een computer wordt.”. Foto Maija Tammi, illustraties Linda Liukas
Ruby is op zoek naar vijf edelstenen die haar vader voor haar heeft verborgen. Al zoekende leert ze de principes die ook een computer gebruikt om problemen op te lossen: problemen abstraheren en helder formuleren, grote problemen opknippen in kleinere problemen, patronen ontdekken en stap voor stap plannen maken voor een oplossing. Computational thinking heet dit: denken als een computer. En het is belangrijk dat kinderen dat leren, vindt de Finse auteur en illustratrice Linda Liukas (1986). Deze maand verscheen de Nederlandse vertaling van haar rijk geïllustreerde kinderboek Hello Ruby. Liukas is ook oprichter van Rails Girls, een wereldwijd platform dat de basis van programmeren aan meisjes onderwijst.
Linda Liukas: Hello Ruby: Een avontuurlijk sprookje over programmeren. Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds, 112 blz., € 17,95
Liukas wil dat computational thinking verplicht wordt in het primair onderwijs. „Onze wereld draait in toenemende mate op software”, zegt ze. „Ik wil kinderen voorbereiden op een toekomst waarin alles een computer wordt.” Niet dat iedereen moet leren programmeren, maar iedereen zou wel de basisprincipes moeten kennen van hoe computers problemen kunnen oplossen
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