ALA releases 2014 State of America's Libraries Report NEWS.GNOM.ES But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center's...
Grab a couple of tissues before you push the play button on the clip attached below. The video, titled "Unsung Hero," was posted online just three days ago and is nearing the 1 million view mark. It was produced by the Thai Life Insurance company, a Bangkok-based group...
Linda Dougherty's insight:
A definite share with teachers and students - especially fitting with character education to show the power of random acts of kindness.
Over the last 5-6 years I have transformed the space to bring in color, a variety of spaces conducive to both individual, small group, and large group work, reconfigured library computer placement, and display/teaching space. The county approved new lighting and it was installed last summer. I painted plain beige columns with the colors of the rainbow and a parent volunteer painted a beautiful new entry-way highlighting the rainbow theme. ~ Susan Grigsby
Robinson, 30, was among the hundreds of Tetris fans who had a little fun Saturday with a big version of the classic video game on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre in downtown Philadelphia. The hundreds of LED lights embedded in the building's glass facade normally display colorful patterns. On Saturday night, images of supersized shapes "fell" on two sides of the mirrored tower as competitors used joysticks to maneuver them, creating a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped inspired onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of technology. Lee, a game designer who oversaw creation of the giant display, said putting it on an office building was like making a huge virtual campfire.
STEAM has great potential for school and public libraries because it taps into children’s natural interests while also facilitating informal learning. In a school library setting, that translates to enriching activities that might otherwise become too rigidly restrained to a single discipline. A child might love learning about controlled explosions in chemistry class. But she has to wait, perhaps as long as a few years, until the appropriate unit in social studies to learn about bombs in wartime—and then loop back to her technical understanding of explosive materials. Not so with STEAM in which the science, design, and history of an invention are all combined—just as they are in actuality..."
Linda Dougherty's insight:
Great ideas to crosswalk AASL, CCSS, and the new Next Generation Science Standards.