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Robin Good: School librarians may be one of the new change-making roles in the educational revolution silently taking place. Their role as organizers, collectors and guides to relevant information is a skillset that is not only in growing demand by the marketplace, but which perfectly fits the learning needs of today students / tomorrow information workers.
Joyce Valenza and Shannon Miller, who recently presented at the Building Learning Communities conference, think that we are about to witness a "golden age" of librarianship and that there are five skills that information / school librarians need to cultivate.
The first of these is curation.
"Given the unprecedented quantity of information learners are exposed to, the librarian’s role is more important than ever.
Librarians help all students gain access to, evaluate, ethically use, create, share, and synthesize information.
Students have long documented their research in notebooks, bibliographies, and research papers, but the presenters described these containers as inadequate for the digital landscape.
In the 20th century, content was king, but in this millennium, curation has emerged as the new monarch.
Valenza and Miller highlighted emerging technologies that help students showcase their progress as they acquire, organize, contextualize, and archive both existing content and new learning.
...The presenters stressed the value of teaching learners to purposefully contribute to society’s collective intelligence.
School librarians, with their specialized training and background in collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating information, must now teach their patrons—students and educators alike—to perform these tasks."
I have recently bought 16 books all having to do with ' teaching with technology' , as a part of my preparation for my master thesis which is about " The Pedagogical Implications of The Use of Emerging Technologies in Education". Today as I have finished reading one of these books called Net Smart: How to Thrive Online I deem it very important that I share with you some interesting ideas it contained.
Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents. Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.
"My top three preferred platforms for sourcing and sorting through qualified curators and their content are Twitter, Scoop.it and Google Plus" says Debra Askanase on the Socialbrite blog.
It's interesting to read how she explains her daily routine with Scoop.it which involved both publishing and following topics she has a professional interest in. "If you have only 30 minutes each day to read the latest news in your industry, start with Scoop.it; it serves up the newest information in a very readable format."
Check out her topics, including Facebook research and best practices.
Media and Information Literacy education is a recently-developed pedagogical approach that take into consideration the new cultures emerging from the Information Society. Some prefer the terms Media Education, News Literacy, Digital Literacy, Information Literacy, or 21st Century Literacies. Media Studies and Media Ecology researchers world-wide are also contributing to the development of these new educational initiatives.
An easy to use guide that focuses on web evaluation . Lists evaluation criteria with links to actual pages that illustrate each point. The Examples page can be used by teachers for an in-class activity.
The Common Core Standards really have more to understanding them then eating a five course meal, but here's another simple Infographic for you to share with your colleagues to gain further understanding on how the shifts ...
"Often, I come across websites that re-publish or link to my articles here on MakeUseOf. This is how I discovered Scoop.it!"
This is how Bakari Chavanu introduces a very complete review of Scoop.it on MakeUseOf.com. We always like to see awareness for the platform grow virally as well as site publishers embrace it and write about us. And we also feel great reading "the setup was easy and there are a few easy-to-use features that enable you to populate your page very quickly."
Last May, as Nancy Everhart (at the time she was president of AASL) was finishing her Vision Tour of excellent school libraries around the country, she announced 100 things that students would miss if school librarians were ...
Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation.