When walking into a library in the Farmington School District, there will be some noticeable differences since days gone by.
According to Kate Dillon, the library media specialist at Farmington Middle School, the shift from the traditional library to today’s library was also facilitated by the advancement of digital media. With more and more content being processed digitally, books cannot keep up as quickly as information changes.
This section explores many aspects of digital and media literacy: from the basics, to how youth engage with different media, to issues they may encounter, the essays and educational games featured here help you become ‘media smart’.
For the sake of argument, let's all agree that the answer to this question is yes: libraries have a central mission to change the world—to make it a better, more intelligent, more tolerant, more open-minded place, one that is (thanks in part to our professional efforts) increasingly filled with well-informed critical thinkers who will, themselves, take the tools and skills with which the library has provided them and go on to make the world even better. This is what the library exists to do.
With a generous sponsorship from the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA), CEA has teamed up with researchers from Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education to conduct the research and produce fact sheets like What are effective approaches to improving students’ mental well-being? and other hot button issues.
He uses the term passion projects, which is very close to Genius Hour and Passion-Based Learning. The differences across the three terms are often a matter of individual use and interpretation, a point we wanted to help clarify by using the three terms interchangeably even though they may not be exactly the same–passion projects needn’t use a Genius Hour format, nor does passion-based learning necessarily need to take the form of projects. In that way, the above model can be used for any of the three, but it felt most precise as a model for teachers to use to design Genius Hour projects.
Google is a more powerful tool than most people realize. You can get much more refined searches with Google's built-in tools, advanced operators, and third-party extensions. You can also use it for some pretty cool stuff if you know the right tricks.
This article examines the flipped classroom approach in higher education and its use in one-shot information literacy instruction sessions. The author presents findings from a pilot study of student learning and student perceptions pertaining to flipped model IL instruction.
In terms of writing and the brain, there are multiple reasons for embedding writing throughout STEM courses. Writing promotes the brain’s attentive focus to class work and homework, promotes long-term memory, illuminates patterns (possibly even “aha” moment insight!), includes all students as participants, gives the brain time for reflection, and when well-guided, is a source of conceptual development and stimulus of the brain’s highest cognition.
Middle school librarian Mary Burkey wondered how she was going to get digital books into kids’ hands.
OLMS seventh grader Anna Pohlman, who has visited the kiosk four times since it was installed in the fall, says, “Now that I have the opportunity to listen to audiobooks, it has encouraged me to [borrow] books more, because I can just have someone else read to me if I don’t feel like [it].”
Personal learning environments (PLEs) and critical information literacies (CILs) are two concepts that have been presented as responses to the challenges of the rich and complex information landscape. While both approaches support learners’ critical engagement with new information environments, each was developed within a different field. This paper connects and contrasts PLEs and CILs in order to explore the design of pedagogical responses to the information environment.
Inquiry-based learning has been around in education circles for a long time, but many teachers and schools gradually moved away from it during the heyday of No Child Left Behind. The pendulum is beginning to swing back towards an inquiry-based approach to instruction thanks to standards such as Common Core State Standards for math and English Language Arts