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Technology Makes Reading Better. Here's Exactly How. - Te@chThought

Technology Makes Reading Better. Here's Exactly How. - Te@chThought | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Reading is just the communication of ideas through alphanumeric symbols. I’m not sure what this represents such hallowed ground for teachers, but it does. Personally I’d be more concerned with reading habits, reasons for reading, the quality of reading materials, etc. Symbols change, forms change, media change. See the gif animations that demonstrate how a student feels when “bae won’t respond to them.” This is your audience, and these are the symbols they gravitate towards.

 

In the apps-for-close-reading post, I said that this “interaction” between reader and text during close reading “doesn’t require technology, but can be changed by it.” So it made sense, I thought, to guess at some ways this happens. Or should be happening, anyway.

 

With more personalization, more access, and more connectivity, we should be creating a generation of close-readers that can’t get enough. So if we’re not, the question is, why isn’t that happening? The pieces are there."


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Technology sure changed my reading habits allowing me to read faster and more comfortably with larger font size!!  

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, July 17, 2:37 AM

Wat gebeurt er toch veel op technologisch gebied. Dat we over 10 jaar denken: deden we dat ooit op papier???

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The Future of Libraries

Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project, runs through the seven questions libraries need to address as they consider future services and their role for their patrons and communities. He describes how project research about the changing role of technology in people’s lives affects the kinds of issues librarians need to address as they experience the disruptions of technology change.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Move with the times and establish a virtual presence.  21st century libraries or learning commons are IN!

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The Library of the Future

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Experience the immersive, collaborative, innovative James B. Hunt, Jr. Library at NC State in this video.
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Dream!  This learning commons is now and happening and not waiting for the future to dictate its future.  This is library advocacy!!

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Jo Dane's curator insight, March 27, 7:54 AM

One of the most impressive libraries I have seen! Designed for the student who has not yet been born! Now that is future thinking!

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Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift

Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Today is the second annual Digital Learning Day, designated to bring attention to the benefits of technology for learning. As part of the effort, PBS LearningMedia has released a survey showing that 74 percent of teachers say educational technology benefits their classroom in many ways, including the ability to reinforce and expand content, motivate students, and respond to a variety of learning styles. Given these numbers, and despite increasing access, it’s not surprising that 68 percent of teachers still want more access to technology in the classroom. That number goes up to 75 percent of teachers in low-income schools.   Read more in this Mindshift article, with infographic on digital learning.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Technology has definitely played a huge part in our schools, and I am always thankful for a task that makes our students' lives easier, and more beneficial to their critical thinking.

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By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded?

By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded? | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
It's a provocative question, and it may be argued that "choosing" is not exactly the right term. For schools using any online tools -- from Edmodo to any of Google's apps to student information systems, are they risking exposure to a data breach, or is the issue being blown out of proportion? PBS Idea Channel's always-entertaining Mike Rugnetta breaks it down.
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Good questions to think before using technology, in this great video.  Do we have a choice?  

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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library

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One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library.  A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn.  When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money.  I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Awesome maker spaces in this learning commons!

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 15, 3:05 PM

Raises ideas about thelibrary as a makerspace 

Radhika Singh's curator insight, May 15, 4:21 AM

Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea for using space creatively.

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Teachers Ultimate Digital Kit 30+ Great Educational Technology Guides ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Ultimate Digital Kit 30+ Great Educational Technology Guides ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Some awesome teaching guides to many technology tools.  

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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: High Tech High Touch in HCS Learning Commons- Letting go of the Physical Book

Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: High Tech High Touch in HCS Learning Commons- Letting go of the Physical Book | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Letting go of the Physical book and embracing new technology at HCS Learning Commons.  We are enjoying the ride!

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