We’ve certainly come a long way but some things seem hauntingly similar to many years ago. For example, Thomas Edison said in 1925 that “books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye.” I’m pretty sure this is exactly what people are saying these days about the iPad.
With the advent of Web 2.0 and related technologies, Social Computing has become a new paradigm for the ways we communicate, learn, and educate. Social Media, including Social Networking Web sites, Wikis, blogs, tweets, online groups and forums, podcasts, Web mashups, virtual worlds, MOOC, recommender/evaluation systems, social tagging/bookmarking, and other related technologies, are enabling innovative behaviors that enable the acquisition, access, manipulation, processing, retrieval, presentation, and visualization of information within a teaching/learning space. Social Media for education has become dynamic, ubiquitous, distributed, real-time, collaborative, bottom-up, manyto-many, value-based, and personalized. This conference and book volumes seek original research with respect to the use of Social Media and related technologies for education; the emerging applications of Web 2.0 as an educational platform; and policy issues including: privacy, risk, and security, that drive, what might be referred to as, “Social Computing for Education 2.0.”. The seminal conference and publication will provide an important reference of current unique, innovative, and effective uses of Social Media in education for teaching and learning. More specifically, the conference will provide an in-depth analysis of the tools and platforms that are currently being used, or may potentially be used, in a learning environment. It will highlight the future cutting-edge systems that enhance learning spaces.
The conference and publication will follow a coherent theme in the use of Social Media in the teaching/learning context, with each chapter exploring in greater detail a different approach or methodology within that theme.
The relevant and important questions addressed include: • How do Social Media enrich learning and teaching experiences? • What can be learned from current case studies of state-of-the-art Social Computing/media systems or platforms being used in the learning/teaching setting? • What are the necessary policies to balance security, privacy, and risk issues in using Social Media for education? • How can learning be integrated in a distributed and ubiquitous Social Computing environment? • What methods can be used to assess and evaluate learning and teaching through Social Media?
Topics: • Web 2.0 techniques and Social Computing for learning (media sharing, media manipulation,conversational arenas, online games, virtual worlds/spaces,socialnetworking,blogging, micro-blogging, podcasts, social bookmarking,recommender systems, collaborative editing, Wikis, RSS, mash-ups) • Theory and modeling of Social Computing in education • Social Computing Technology and software for educational application • Social educational system design and architectures • Case studies, best practices, and demonstrations of Social Media in educational contexts • Assessment and evaluation of Social Computing in education • Benchmarks and experiments on in education • Social Computing quality and reliability • Software for social and collaborative learning • Mobile learning applications for Social Computing • Semantic Web applications for d-learning, e-learning, and m-learning • Virtual worlds/spaces for learning communities • Ubiquitous, mobile, distributed, and collaborative learning • Integration of social learning spaces • Social gaming/human computation within education environments • Social media policy issues (privacy, risk, security, and so on) within educational contexts • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
This collection of writings, written by graduate students in the Teacher- Librarianship by Distance Learning program at the University of Alberta, demonstrates the critical role of the teacher-librarian in schools.
Lourense Das's insight:
NEW: E-book on teacher-librarianship with interesting insights on the role of the teacher-librarian and the school leader. must read!
The American Library Association would like to thank Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) for their leadership in including strong provisions for effective school library programs in the Strengthening America’s Schools Act that was introduced on Tuesday. The bill is the first to recognize the role school library programs play in student learning since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965.
Children’s and young adults’ culture exists in multiple forms and media, from nursery rhymes and oral storytelling to videogames, from printed books to eBooks... As we know, libraries play a key role in preserving this cultural heritage and in giving access to it. How are they doing this? What must they do now so that this heritage is not lost and cultural diversity is preserved? How are they giving young people access to their cultural heritage?
These questions will be studied in the conference "Creating the future: preserving, digitizing and accessing all forms of children's and young adults’ cultural heritage" that will take place in Bangkok, on August 14th and 15th 2013 (preceded by a complimentary tour to Ayutthaya on August 13th).
It is organized by IFLA section Libraries for Children and Young Adults and IFLA PAC (Preservation and Conservation) programme together with Thailand Knowledge Park, the Thai Section of IBBY and the Thai Library Association.
A website dedicated to informing secondary students and their teachers of copyright law, plagiarism policies, and caveats in order to uphold literary integrity and digital ethics through a compilation of various media.