I'm trying to stay tuned in what's happening in the field of information literacy, school libraries, ICT and learning environments. I am working on my PhD degree and working as a children's librarian, a school librarian and a lecturer in Turku University of Applied Sciences.
The number of people visiting public libraries in NSW is at an all-time high with internet and online usage going through the roof, according to the latest statistics released by the State Library of NSW.
As the nation celebrates April as School Library Month, it's a good time to reflect on the essential role that school librarians play in our children's education. A recent study in the state of Washington showed the wisdom of investing in school librarians. As part of the study, Dr. Elizabeth Coker conducted a data analysis of a 40-question survey conducted by the Washington State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) among 1,486 of the 2,428 K-12 schools in the state.
The results of that study, which was undertaken on behalf of the Washington Library Media Association, were summed up in a report, Certified Teacher-Librarians, Library Quality and Student Achievement in Washington State Public Schools. Those results showed that students attending schools with certified teacher-librarians perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to graduate. The reason, the report states, is that certified teacher-librarians "are far more likely to be directly involved in teaching curriculum-designed around Common Core standards.
Libraries exist to provide amazing services and resources to our users. We are so committed to this vision that we continue to offer these services even after users don't need them.
“The easiest way to know that a product should be killed or sold off is when it no longer fits the company’s distinctive competence and market strategy. Regardless of the costs, a product that doesn’t make sense in the context of the rest of your products just confuses your customers.”
Noosa Library Service is set to become the first Australian public library to recruit a NAO humanoid robot.
The fully-programmable robot’s mission is to provide fun and practical robotics and computer programming training for adults and young people. It’s part of a new library initiative called Robots for Everyone.
“Coding has been described as a necessary language for the 21st century and a key skill for future economic success in digitally driven communities,” says Library Collections and Services Coordinator Tracey King.
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.
Much has been said about the value of libraries and the fear of their decay, both here on the Huffington Post, as well as elsewhere across the web. Recent conversation toggles between heralding efforts to bring libraries into the 21st century and art...
The conversation about what kids need to know and to be able to do by the end of high school has gradually shifted over the past several years to emphasize not just rigorous content goals, but also less tangible skills, such as creative thinking, problem-solving and collaboration.
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