It’s no secret that online and blended learning are picking up momentum.
While many use the terms interchangeably, online learning and blended learning differ slightly, said webinar moderator Butch Gemin of the Evergreen Education Group, which publishes iNACOL’s annual “Keeping Pace with Online Learning” report.
Online learning is teacher-led instruction delivered primarily via the internet, and it includes software to provide a structured learning environment. Teachers and students are separated by geography.
Blended learning occurs any time a student learns in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar place, away from home, and at least in part through online delivery, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace.
The new feature puts a new option in the Tools menu within a Google Doc called “Research.” To use it, you first highlight a word or phrase (or, as in the image below, a large chunk of text like a poem) in the document you’re writing, then click Tools –> Research (or use the keyboard shortcut: Command+Option+R on Mac; Control+Alt+R on Windows). This performs a Google Search on the highlighted words, the results of which pop up in a right-hand sidebar.
With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. We've created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.
You'll find Search Literacy lessons and A Google A Day classroom challenges. Our search literacy lessons help you meet the new Common Core State Standards and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.
The alarming 2006 ABS statistic that just under half (46%) of adult Australians cannot confidently read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle, was a motivator for Australian libraries to found the National Year of Reading.
There have been many articles and blog posts lately debating the future of libraries. It is hard to imagine a school without one of these learning centers (where else would faculty meetings, testing, and baby showers take place?), but this post focuses on busting the myth that librarians will become obsolete.
Less than one-third of the 200 Prince George’s County schools will have a full-time library media specialist next year, after what many principals call a year of making do with school libraries closed three days the school week and finding other staff to teach research skills.
“Whenever you have a full-time media person, there is an opportunity for the person to work with classroom teachers,” said Frances Tolbert, principal at Cool Spring Elementary School in Adelphi, where there will be a full-time specialist this fall. “Students got the benefit of that coordination of services.”
"Exposure to news media at my high school library helped me to become engaged with my community. Fiction and non-fiction books at elementary and high school libraries promoted recreational reading and the chance to explore subjects and interests that appealed to me.How much more information is accessible to students in an unending barrage; librarians promote information literacy so that students become knowledgeable consumers.
Students who are left to fend for themselves in navigating information options will be placed at a disadvantage. Students on the wrong side of the digital divide, without access to information on the Internet, will be disadvantaged all-the-more."
Schools need to offer a sound curriculum in protective measures of social media that is methodical and practical. Let's choose wisely rather than rely on learning bits and pieces or possibly incorrect information from friends.
This infographic from Online Universities shows how ebooks have penetrated U.S. reading habits and book culture in relatively short time periods. With the advent of iBooks Author and other stellar applications for creating beautiful interactive books, who knows where we'll go from here?
The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL), as the leading international center dedicated to school libraries worldwide, provides an arena for the international community of school library scholars and practitioners to generate produce and share a substantial body of rigorous research on the dynamics and impacts of school libraries on student learning.
CISSL enables the adoption, adaptation, and transformation of systematic research to practice. The center provides professional development that supports the implementation of research findings to the learning-centered practice of school libraries.
Rutgers University Center for International scholarship in school libraries has released the second part of their research into the impact of school libraries on learning. Critical reading for school leaders
My pre-conference survey elicited a number of interesting responses. I have been collecting this kind of data for 4-5 years now and something is changing. Teacher-Librarians, in my previous experience, were resisting the inevitable changes wrought by the internet/WWW. No longer:
"I recently chatted with a school librarian for a story I was working on. When I arrived, she and the media specialist were helping a student understand a poem she had to analyze for a class. The media specialist looked the poem up online and the three chatted about it. The student left with her brow a bit less furrowed."
So much incorrect information is on the Internet. Are we really willing to allow Wikipedia and the randomness of Google Search to determine our children’s futures? I understand budget cuts are needed in today’s economy, but the library is not a place where we can afford to cut from. I encourage all those who do see library teachers are indispensable to go to board meetings or let their board directors know.
"Earlier this week, Google introduced Knowledge Graph, the company's new search technology that understands "things not strings" and adds rich and relevant details about your query in the sidebar of your search results. Here are five great things you can now do with a quick Google search."
"I took the new version of Google Search for a spin to find out just what it can do, and have to say it's pretty useful. To recap, Google now connects your search query with its knowledgebase, which includes Wikipedia and the CIA World Factbook. If you search for a person, place, or thing within that 500+ million object database, Google adds the related key facts alongside the regular search results. (The tech is still rolling out, but you should see it when you're logged into Google sometime in the next few days, if you don't already.)