140 books that we think will speak to the boys of YA. They're full of adventure, magic, real-world issues, and romance. Some of them are even written by - *gasp* - women. They give us all kinds of male figures: strong, brave, struggling, emotional, confused, and yes - even a few great role models. Most of all, they give us great stories for any reader -- almost all of these books appeal to us as adult women even though we are probably not the target audience from a marketing perspective. That being said, while we do think that there will always be outlier readers who feel comfortable reading anything and everything (and we love them for it), we also realize that it might be a struggle to hand-sell a book with a girl in a dress on the cover or a romance-driven plot to the "average" boy. We'd love to think of this list as a tool for educators, librarians, parents, and teens to find a great read for the boys in their lives, but anyone who enjoys a great story will find something in this wall of books."
Via Heather Stapleton, Rebecca Shiels, Karen Bonanno
"I am constantly struggling with the sense that I’m doing a lot of talking for nothing. I painstakingly teach kids how to use a database and they go straight back to Wikipedia as soon as I turn them loose. I show them how to use keywords and operators and they always fall back on their “ask Google a question” method."
Some worthwhile things to consider in teaching information searching!
Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog - “Open Classrooms” are a reflection of the dedication and forward-thinking of the leadership at the American School of Bombay to support 21st century skills and personalized differentiated learning. Each learning space or pod now has movable walls -- open environment of learning! Simultaneously, the conventional centralized library was replaced by multiple interactive libraries called iCommons (Information Commons).
As schools across the nation move from printed textbooks to digital materials and digital learning environments, school libraries are adapting to keep pace—and new advancements are changing the very definition of school libraries and library media...
Motivated by a shared inquiry question, a team of librarians at Deerfield High School (Illinois) gathered data to support a push to integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum, and developed a fruitful collaboration with other departments resulting in a co-taught Medieval narrative project. Among other important outcomes: a change in student perceptions about the role of school librarians.
Part 3 of an interview I conducted with Travis Jonker, an elementary school librarian in Michigan, founder and blogger of 100 Scope Notes, reviewer and blogger for School Library Journal, former judge for CYBILS Awards, ...
School fields trips turn to virtual, digital technologyUSA TODAY2012 - When Nina Corley, a high school history teacher in Galveston, Texas, prepares her students for a field trip, more often than not these days she sets up a large monitor in the front...
BookLamp is a book analytic engine powered by the Book Genome Project. BookLamp's technology has applications in book discovery, reader advisory, and book suggestions similar to how Pandora.com analyzes music.
Great tool for the librarian trying to find books for the hard to please patron! :)
More than eight in ten Americans ages 16-29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. Many say they are reading more in the era of digital content, especially on their mobile phones and on computers.
This report by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project examines how readers (age 16 - 29) "encounter and consumer books in different formats." There are many findings in this report and three are listed below (quoted):
* 83% of American between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year. Some 75% read a print book, 19% read an e-book, and 11% listened to an audio book.
* Many of these young readers do not know they can borrow an e-book from a library, and a majority of them express the wish they could do so on pre-loaded e-readers.
* High schoolers (age 16 -17) are especially reliant on their library for their reading and research needs...College age-adults (ages 18 - 24) show interesting shifts in their reading habits compared with high schoolers. They have the highest overall reading rate of any age group...Adults in their late twenties (ages 25 - 29) exhibit different patterns when compared with younger age groups.
Many more facts on reading habits, how e-content affects reading habits, and other areas related to reading are also covered.
"I realize that different teachers will have different styles and also may be somewhat limited in what their schools will allow them to do. Given that, here are some things that worked for me in my classroom full of 13 to 19 year-old struggling and reluctant readers over a period of 15 years. Most of my students were boys."