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Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Will they connect with like minds or spill TMI to the wrong people?
Will they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Will they do the right thing or take shortcuts?
The change has come more slowly to books than it came to music or to business correspondence, but by now it feels inevitable. The digital era is upon us. The Twilights and Freedoms of 2025 will be consumed primarily as e-books.
All my life, librarians have been my enablers. They presented me with a wide choice of nefarious temptations, slyly accompanied by the line, “Oh, you'll enjoy this!”, until I helplessly surrendered and took the books home with ...
Let's consider the things that TED Ed asks the learner to do: watch a video, take a multiple-choice quiz, write brief constructed responses, and read through a bibliography. If I took the name TED out of this scenario, I would suggest that many educators would say that this format is exactly the type of traditional assessment that project-based, inquiry-driven, personalized learning is at odds with.
It is perfectly fine to watch a video. It is perfectly fine to view a lecture. It is perfectly fine to quiz yourself on what you remember from the video or the lecture. It is perfectly fine to write a brief response about a big question. But let's not call that a lesson. That's just a starting point.
Librarians as leaders. One of my bosses said to me that you should never ask someone who works for you to do anything you wouldn't do. I still use this as one of my guiding principles in staff management.
A list of librarians I admire would be incomplete without mentioning the fabulous librarians I work with. I've tried to be very careful about mentioning where I work--I want the freedom to express my opinions and not make my readers feel like I'm expressing district opinions. So sufice it to say, my district--Large Ol' District, for lack of a better name--has the best librarians around! The 35 women who work at the various campuses are some of the most dedicated, hard working people I know.
We are trying to stay ahead of the curve in terms of digital learning. For example, nearly every one of our schools wants to participate in funding a subscription to Overdrive even with the impact on budgets because it's the way of the future. Our elementary schools are teaching researching through databases and using tools like Noodletools to our youngest students so they are prepared when they reach us at high school. Our middle schools continue on with that research instruction while fostering a love of reading that sometimes gets lost as kids get older. Our high schools cover research in subjects ranging from academics to culinary to auto to vet tech to cosmotology. In addition we have IB classes, AP/ pre-AP classes, ESL classes, Sped classes and everything in between.
We've been hit hard with budget issues lately and everyone is coping. The hardest hit were our middle school librarians, who lost their assistants. But yet, they still teach research lessons, do booktalks for kids and generally keep things going, smiling all the while. I've been a middle school librarian--I don't know how they are doing it.
At the high schools, we lost one assistant but still have one. Things get a little hectic--for example, when I'm trying to teach a class and another comes in for checkout and yet more students walk in for help. Two people serving 2000 students don't stretch very far. But again, not to blow my own horn, the high school librarians are doing whatever it takes to make the library program successful.
Our elementary librarians are some of the most cheerful, bubbly people I know. I laughed when I attended one of their meetings because they were so animated! A huge change from the secondary meetings!! But their personalities and passion for reading and learning start our kids out in the right direction. Without the foundation they give our students, our jobs would be so much harder!
So ladies--you know who you are in the Large Ol' School District--I salute you all. You make me proud to be a librarian.
"Literacy used to be a very subtle concept that meant linguistic sophistication. It used to denote a skill that could be developed to arbitrary levels of refinement through practice. Literacy meant using mastery over language — both form and content — to sustain a relentless and increasingly sophisticated pursuit of greater meaning. It was about an appreciative, rather than instrumental use of language. Language as a means of seeing rather than as a means of doing.
Reading and writing — the ability to translate language back and forth between oral and written forms — was a secondary matter. It was a vocational pursuit of limited depth.
The written form itself was merely a convenience for transmitting language across space and time, and a mechanism by which to extend the limits of working memory. It had little to do with language skills per se.
Confusing the two is like confusing the ability to read and write musical notation with musical ability. You can have exceptional musical ability without knowing how to read music. And conversely, you might have no musical ability whatsoever, but still be able to read and write musical notation and translate back and forth between the keyboard and paper. Being able to read and write musical notation really has almost nothing to do with musical ability..."
Phil Johnson writes in Forbes about the unlikely (and quite wonderful) success of the Harvard Book Store, an absolutely terrific independent bookstore that was bought by Jeff Mayersohn, a high-tech entrepreneur who was determined to exploit the...
Who Let the Librarians Out? — Presentation Available. by davidshumaker. I've just posted my presentation to the Texas Library Association, entitled “Who Let the Librarians Out? How Digital Content Is Freeing Librarians for ...
"n hindsight 60 apps in 60 minutes was a bit ambitious. I kind of felt as if we were auctioning off apps. (Perhaps a Nifty Fifty pack would have been a better fit.) For those of you who missed our session…or those of you who attended and caught whiplash from the sheer speed of it, here is a list of all of the apps we (John Samuelson and I) featured."
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