"I love teaching! I love being a School Librarian & Technology Specialist. I love my practice, my profession, my school, my library, my students, my families, and my community! I can't imagine doing anything else that feeds my soul like being an educator. I love the seasons and the time and tide of it. *
Every new school year is a do-over. Any and all the mistakes or things you didn't get to do the year before can be corrected the next year. I can't think of any other profession that gives you such a clear start and stop and a time to reflect.
The great thing about summers off (other than that they are made of awesome) is the ability to step back and reflect about the past school year. "
I'm excited to be facilitating a Simple K-12 webinar designed to help educators learn to Create an Interactive Map Project. This is part of a full-day of webinars dedicated to introducing Tools for Student Projects. I hope you can join us on Tuesday, July 19th.
More schools are transforming their traditional libraries into innovative makerspaces, giving students the chance to experiment and grow in new and exciting ways.
Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
Tania Gammage's insight:
A great explanation of how maker spaces in libraries transform them from content consumption spaces to content creation spaces. Not only does this idea strengthen STEM initiatives but the library ties all curricular areas together through storytelling, production, research, and independent self-selection driven by student interests. This is yet another reason why a certified professional library/information specialist is imperative in every school!
Leslie Stebbins writes: "This all started when my teenage son reported that Adam Sandler has Ebola. He saw it trending on Facebook. I sighed inwardly and asked if he had looked at the source of the information. Being the son of a librarian he quickly said: “Yes! CNN.COM.”
Why did elementary school librarian Barbara Johnson and her students start tweeting, facebooking, live streaming, making movies, screencasting, creating websites, digital backpacking, and sharing her work with parents, teachers, administrators, and...
Hundreds of schools, from Ivy League universities to community colleges, have remade their libraries as colorful hubs of college life. Gone are bound journals, miles of musty books and rules governing proper behavior. In are on-site cafes, group study areas where talking is encouraged, 24-hour access and sofas designed for dozing.
Sylvia Martinez, leading author and speaker in the education technology space, spent time with Dr. Rod Berger to discuss the Maker Movement and her new book, 'Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.'
Sylvia works in schools around the world to bring the power of authentic learning into classrooms, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects. Sylvia speaks, writes, and advocates for student-centered, project-based learning, gender equity in technology, computer programming, and life-long learning.
Many of us are rethinking and redesigning our library spaces. We have visions of flexible, mobile furnishings on wheels, beautiful charging stations, tools to support technology. And these are all great and wonderful. But if we go to our administration/school board/people who have money to give us and all we do is paint pretty pictures of what our space could be, they may or may not give us money. By identifying the specific design problems in our space and how they impact student learning, we are much more likely to secure that funding that we need. Here’s some common design problems we often face in school libraries and some ideas on how to reframe them.
We know how to help kids develop into powerful learners. Now, we just need to make that happen in schools.
"A parent of two teen-agers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education.
Will has authored four books (with two more on the way), including ""Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere"" (September, 2012) published by TED books and based on his 2013 TEDx talk in Melbourne, Australia. ""Why School?"" is now the #1 best-selling TED book ever.
A former public school educator of 22 years, Will is also co-founder of Modern Learner Media and co-publisher of ModernLearners.com which is a site dedicated to helping educational leaders and policy makers develop new contexts for new conversations around education.
As someone who has moved across the country several times, I find myself having to start all over again each time I take a new library job in a place that is new to me. This comes with some challenges. ...
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