In many schools across the country, the roles of the librarian and media specialist are gaining in importance as the use of digital content within classroom instruction takes a center stage position. Speak Up has been following this trend for several years, and I am excited by the emergence of the librarian as a digital leader within the school community.
A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education explains the key role that school librarians and libraries should play in state- and districtwide efforts to transition to digital learning, or the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning.
Dramatic changes have taken place in academic libraries over the past decade or so. Many libraries have renovated — or are planning to renovate — their space to create information or learning commons, incorporating technologies and collaborative spaces for students into spaces previously dedicated to print volumes and furniture for individual, quiet study.
Karen Bonanno's insight:
I'm sure there are ideas here which can be adapted to the school library context.
“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. “In one week last year, 15 million students tried an Hour of Code. Now we’re aiming for 100 million worldwide to prove that the demand for relevant 21st century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”
For more than a century, educators have strived to customize education to the learner. Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make that dream a reality — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy rewards.
Six principles (below) define it and allow every young person to experience learning that is social, participatory, interest-driven and relevant to the opportunities of our time.
Does your campus have an active parent organization? Parent organizations are great ways to leverage the manpower of volunteers, grow advocates for your programs, and build stronger programs through collaborative partnerships.
Librarianship Part II students have been very busy over the past couple of weeks producing virtual book talks and presentations promoting the differentiated learning opportunities in the library learning commons. For many of these students, it was their first time using a particular technology, and the first time sharing their work publicly in the online environment.
Recent research emphasises this importance. A study by the Institute of Education (2013) found reading for pleasure ‘to be more important for children's cognitive development between ages 10 and 16 than their parents' level of education.’ Similarly a study by Oxford University (2011) found ‘16-year-olds who read books at least once a month were significantly more likely to be in a professional or managerial job at 33 than those who didn’t read books at all’.
December 5, 2014 Bloom's taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge are two popular conceptual learning frameworks. They both approach the learning process from relatively different stands:Bloom's taxonomy seem...