One of the things I missed in my early days in America was the European style cafe. Not for the coffee, but the community spirit. I soon discovered a place that filled that void: the local library. It offered a sense of a community center plus a broad selection of books [...]
Children's librarian Lindsey Patrick recounts how Nashville Public Library redesigned its summer reading program into a flexible model that addressed the drop in participants and transformed the usual stress of summer into an exciting challenge for patrons and staff.
Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for large-stack library shelving. Snead’s multifloor stack systems can still be seen in many important libraries built in that era, for instance at Harvard, Columbia, the Vatican,...
Late last year, the Bexar County Library, which serves the area around San Antonio, TX, set up BiblioTech, the first all-digital library in the United States. Without any physical books at all, the branch raised a few eyebrows, but head librarian Ashley Eklof tells Library Journal that after a few months, the ebook-and technology-centric project has been so successful it already has its own spinoff at the county courthouse.
From a 1950s-style diner to a double-decker library bus, we look at some quirky and unusual school evironments to help inspire your entry to the School We'd Like competition (Inspiring learning spaces around the world – in pictures
Minecraft explorers worldwide excavate sand to smelt into glass, diamonds to hone into swords and redstone to power millions of digital creations.
Amber Palmer’s fifth-graders visit the Minecraft universe to dig into U.S. history.
At the beginning of the school year, the Bennion Elementary students learned about explorers and land charters, which they had to request from Queen Palmer to begin their virtual building on iPads. (Later, the queen’s stiff taxes provoked a revolt.)
Students formed their own states, debated whether to have slaves, moved westward, endured insect infestations, fires and other natural disasters, and built factories at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
By the time they were creating Minecraft houses with cubes representing gold and diamonds, as they studied the "roaring" 1920s, they knew the decadence could not last.
"They have had enough experience," Palmer says, "to know that there are ups and downs throughout history."
Her savvy in using programs such as Minecraft, Tellagamis, iMovie, MadLips, and S’Cool earned her one of five KUED-The Salt Lake Tribune Teacher Innovation Awards. She and the others will be profiled in a half-hour program Thursday at 7 p.m. on KUED.
Minecraft, she says, is a great tool for creativity and collaboration as she teaches social studies and language arts at the Taylorsville school.
"It’s a way for students to process understanding," she says. "They are the programmer. Their game is only as smart as they are."
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When we think about the great storytelling of the pre-Internet era, writers point out that a common plot device was the absence of real-time communication.
The telegram, a hand-delivered letter and even the landline phone offered far less connectivity compared with smartphones, e-mail, social media and the many communications pathways broadband provides today.
In an interesting series of interviews published in The New York Times, several writers share their perspectives on the changing technological landscape and how it has affected their work.
Why I Love Libraries Huffington Post In graduate school, when I was spending way too much time in basement rooms with fluorescent bulbs humming and crackling overhead, I silently started resenting libraries, bitterly belittling them in my heart as...