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This chapter introduces a widget-based Personal Learning Environment (PLE) specifically designed for finding and sharing Open Educational Resources (OER) on the web. The aim of this investigation is to raise awareness about the capabilities of widget-based PLEs to researchers, educators and learners that are interested in finding and sharing OER.
Via João Paulo Proença
For Immediate Release
April 17, 2012
*Teacher Librarian Leadership Award Winners Announced*
Bowie, MD---April 17---The winners of the first annual Teacher Librarian Leadership Awards for significant contributions to the field have been announced by the editors of /Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals/. Dr. David Loertscher, co-editor of the journal, said these individuals "have shown visionary leadership in the Learning Commons concept and innovation in 21^st --century learning." "Librarianship and education are changing to meet the needs of students
in a complex, information-rich, technology-intensive environment," according to Loertscher, and "our honorees understand this and are working to innovate and create new models of learning and teaching, where technology plays a growing role not only in finding and using information but also by facilitating new social structures which promote collaboration, sharing, and real learning."
The award recipients will be featured in the April 2012 issue of /Teacher Librarian/.
Robin Cicchetti, LMS at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Concord, MA; Sydnye Cohen, LMS at Brookfield(CT) High School;
Valerie Diggs, teacher librarian, Chelmsford (MA) High School;Vi (Violet) Harada, professor, Dept. of Information & Computer Sciences, Library and Information Science Program, University of Hawaii , Honolulu;
Gwyneth Jones, "Daring Librarian", Murray Hill Middle School, Howard County, MD; Sue Kowalski, teacher librarian, Pine Grove Middle School, Syracuse, NY; Michelle Luhtala, library department chair, at the New Canaan (CT) High School Library;
Dawn Nelson, Instructional Media and Technology Coordinator, Osseo (MN) Area Schools; Mark Ray, teacher librarian, Skyview Senior High School, Vancouver, WA;
Ross Todd, associate professor, School of Communication & Information at Rutgers,
the State University of New Jersey, and director, Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL), Rutgers University;
Joyce Valenza, teacher librarian, Springfield (PA) Township High School;
Linda Waskow, library media technology specialist, Beaufort (SC) Elementary School; and Tim Wilson Chief Technology Officer, Osseo (MN)Area Schools; Carol Koechlin, educator and author, Canada; Karen Bonanno, educational consultant, Australia;
Lyn Hay, lecturer, teacher librarianship, School of Information Studies, Charles
Sturt University, Canberra, Australia;
Andrew Churches,head of faculty art & technology, Kristin School, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand.
Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals is one of the leading publications in it field. Co-edited by Dr. David Loertscher and Dr. Elizabeth "Betty" Marcoux, the journal is published five time per year and is available in print and digital editions. It is owned and published by E L Kurdyla Publishing LLC which also published Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) magazine. For additional information see
www.teacherlibrarian.com and kurdylapublishing.com or
Dr. David Loertscher, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
mailto:email@example.com Tel: 801.532.1165
Edward Kurdyla, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
mailto:email@example.com Tel: 301-805-2191
Congratulations to all winners!!
“These school libraries should be proud of this achievement,” said Eugene Hainer, assistant commissioner and state librarian at CDE. “Libraries remain one of the critical links to 21st century skills and literacy acquisition, and the students will benefit immeasurably from the district’s support of these highly effective programs.”
Today’s libraries are more than just houses for books. Where can low-income families access the Internet for free? The library. What is a safe place for kids to go to after school? The library. Where can teens and their parents access college resources like school and financial aid information? The library. You get the picture. The library is a community space for reading, for research or for gathering to learn. It provides the perfect quiet space for mentoring, tutoring, or studying. And what better place for a child to get lost in a good story and discover a new world!
The Library Media Centre at Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, has launched a project on information literacy for young learners, InfoLit India.
The project aims at developing the essential 21st century literacy skills (mainly Internet, media and library literacies) in the students and teachers through nstruction, training and research. It is conceived on a basic information literacy curriculum which was developed according to the standard skill sets required in an Indian school educational environment.
The project has three main components.
1. Internet Literacy ("Web challenge")
2. Media literacy ("Media matters")
3. Library Literacy ("Face-a-book")
The project will select a group of students and carry out a planned Information literacy programme for the coming one year. The impact and effectiveness will be evaluated through various statistical procedures. The findings will be used to develop a national
information literacy programme for Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country.
For more details, please log on to the project website, http://infolitindia.org
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom
What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? In The Atlas of New Librarianship, R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.
Via AnneSpiegel, Mihaela Banek Zorica
Based on unwavering support by the municipalities, the Swedish public and school library systems can look back on a long history of fruitful collaboration. The libraries often share premises and cooperate to varying degrees, both with and without formal agreements. Statistics for 2010 indicate that 43 per cent of 1,214 Swedish public libraries were integrated with their counterparts in the schools.
Almost a quarter of teenagers are online for four or more hours a day on non-school-related work, a new study by Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers has found. The report found 85 per cent of respondents used social networks, with 75 per cent accessing sites such as Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis.
Via CurriculumLeadership, Karen Bonanno
C. Shoemaker, H. Martin, B. Joseph (2010) How Using Social Media Forced a Library to Work on the Edge in Their Efforts to Move Youth From “Hanging Out” to “Messing Around, Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:2 (2010) 181 – 184
Full Text Research Paper.
Via Dennis T OConnor
Today, I'm asking your special attention for the 'Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries' CISSL. The center is part of the Rutgers School of Coomunication and Information (Rutgers, State University of New Jersey), situated in New Brunswick.
The Center is well-known for its ongoing research in school librarianship. The latest research on behalf of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, begun in April 2009, seeks to (a) construct a picture of the status of New Jersey's school libraries in terms of their informational-transformational-formational dimensions, (b) to understand the contribution of quality school libraries to education in New Jersey; (c) to understand some of the contextual and professional dynamics that enable and inhibit school libraries to contribute significantly to education in New Jersey, and (d) to make recommendations to NJ stakeholders to develop a sustained and long term program of capacity building and evidence-based continuous improvement of school libraries in New Jersey. Phase one and two have recently been published.
Another significant report is the Complete Position Paper. One quote I would like to share with you here is: "Schools without libraries minimize the opportunities for students to become discriminating users in a diverse information landscape and to develop the intellectual scaffolds for learning deeply through information. Schools without libraries are at risk of becoming irrelevant."
All reports can be downloaded for free. Take the opportunity to study and share these reports, as they offer substantial evidence for the importance of school libraries in today's education.
April 24, 2012. Lourense Das.
“Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads” at the 2012 Mobile Learning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 13, 2012. The blogger's THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS.
The official conference session description was:
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts. Learn what one technology team experienced from initiation to implementation of iPads in a school in the heart of Coconut Grove, Florida. “Computer teachers” have transformed into “technology integrators” and move from within the lab to the classroom, the campus, and beyond. Integrators must understand the 4 C’s of 21st century skills and how project based teaching and learning supports it. – What comes first? Teachers? Students? Devices? Professional development? – Obstacles to overcome – Resistant teachers: “This is just a fad!” – Hardware/Software logistics
Via Karen Bonanno
On average, Americans read at an 8th grade level..... All of these examples, and countless others, show that when the emphasis is on using technology to improve basic literacy, and not just information literacy levels, students develop both kinds of literacy. The most important lesson of this is that we can combine the two without sacrificing either.
Via Karen Bonanno
Interesting game which tests your knowledge of plagiarism. Done very simple but being right on the spot of the problem. This is a link to the game, but if you go one step back than prior to the game you have some nice tutorials.
Via Mihaela Banek Zorica
ALA Press Release on new publication.