The key to the explosion of the maker movement is accessibility. We have arrived at a point in time when ingenious new inventions are affordable and often free. Anyone can easily find and share tools, instructions, and ideas online, where a vibrant community of hundreds of thousands of global problem-solvers congregates—when they’re not collaborating face to face.
In 2013, there were more than 100 Maker Faires—“the greatest show-and-tells on earth”—and Mini Maker Faires across the globe. At last year’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, more than 150,000 children and adults gathered over a weekend to make things, show off, challenge one another, laugh, play, invent, tinker, solve problems, and inspire.
A Stylish Twitter Guide Inspired By Dr. Seuss Twitter remains one of the most powerful platforms for sharing and conversation. This translates well to education, as it allows said sharing and conversation to be done...
Encourage the joy of reading, access to more resources than I could afford to buy, recommend resources that I may not have found on my own, access to activities and tools, teaching me responsibility for my library card .....
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The sounds of libraries today reveal the impact of libraries throughout our lives -- from the excited giggles of toddlers in storytimes to the "aha's!" of young people engaged in inquiry to the quiet conversations of senior citizens discove...
Karen Bonanno's insight:
All types of libraries -- school, public, and academic -- form a library ecosystem that provides and supports lifelong learning. Funding cuts to school libraries have an impact on public and academic libraries as students lack essential information literacy skills. Public and academic libraries have to adjust their core services to accommodate the need.
Storytime is the premium service for children in public libraries across the country. For many youth librarians, it's the most treasured part of their job. A storytime veteran shares her best practices.
In a world of information overload, it is vital for students to be able to find information on the Web, as well as to determine its validity and appropriateness. These web literacy materials demystify the process Web so you can impart the vital skills students need to be safe, successful 21st century learners.
Strother: Little libraries belong to community The Albany Herald Victoria Walters opens the Birdhouse Books “Littlest Library on the Block” for her 2-year-old son Will during the grand opening of Melissa Strother's little library at the junction of...
The Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation is a broad membership of film and television organisations in Australia committed to educating people about the value of screen content. IPAF aims to highlight the role of copyright and how the choices consumers make can contribute to the future of the film and television community in Australia
Studies show that students are more likely to be successful if they have the benefit of school library programs led by a state certified school librarian, and that higher test scores are linked to the presence of quality school library programs and the involvement of full-time school librarians in the learning process.
What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. At the very least though, we can extrapolate from what these promising technologies and predict how schools will adopt them in time to come.
We are seeing some of these technologies now in schools, but maybe higher education places/spaces will be the leaders with a flow on effect to the schools. Regardless, it is still important to prepare our students for this transition.
KQED (blog) How Educators Can Protect Students' Data from Security Breaches KQED (blog) As chief technology officer in the modern century classroom, an educator's role becomes more complex (and potentially overwhelming) as more tablets, computers,...
The School Libraries section of the 2014 State of America's Libraries Report provides an overview of the top school library trends of the past year. School libraries are at a critical point: Budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or deprofessionalize school libraries, but the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology makes them more critical than ever. School librarians’ collaboration with other educators is key to literacy and imlementation of Common Core State Standards. The American Library Association (ALA) is undertaking an advocacy campaign for school libraries that sets goals in five critical areas.