If you are any kind of fan of Bill Murray at all, then you will enjoy this interview he did with Howard Stern last week. Murray, who is famously hard to get a hold of, does not do a lot of interviews like this, so it was a rare treat. It's not a performance. This is just two guys talking, but there are some gems in there and even a few bits relevant for presenters and speakers of all types. You can listen to the audio here, but I highlight two of the more relevant points for presenters below.
http://eduwebinar.com.au/webinars In this webinar snippet Karen Bonanno shares background research, design elements and examples of how classrooms and libraries have been designed to improve student learning outcomes and behaviour.
Reading to children has been repeatedly shown to improve their reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking, concentration and general academic aptitude… as well as inspire a love of reading.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image.
BYOT can save schools and governments considerable monies and hassles forever on, while enhancing the quality and appropriateness of the schooling provided.
In brief BYOT, and the natural next step, digital normalisation forever removes the onus on the school funding, selecting, maintaining and replacing every student’s rapidly evolving suite of personal digital technologies.
Our children’s education and readiness for the workforce are in peril as school library budgets and school librarians are cut.
Across the country, testing pressures and budget decisions have led to decisions to eliminate school libraries and school librarians. Yet, school libraries and school librarians are among the most effective and efficient resources to boost student academic achievement.School libraries that are adequately funded deliver incredible value by increasing student achievement.Volunteers cannot replace a certified school librarian. Volunteers play a valuable role in helping students and schools, but do not bring the teaching and research expertise of a certified school librarian.
The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys.