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Is The Library Important? Multivariate Studies at the National and International Level

Research has shown that more access to books results in more reading and more reading leads to better literacy development. A new study on the impact of libraries on reading achievement by Stephen Krashen and colleagues using NAEP reading scores and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) data. Three multivariate analyses, all controlling for the effects of poverty, confirm the importance of the library. The researchers conclude: "In all of the multivariate studies considered here the library emerges as a consistent predictor of reading scores... Of course, providing access is only the first step: Even with access, some children (but surprisingly few) will not read. The research literature consistently indicates that rewards for reading are not effective (McQuillan, 1997; Krashen, 2003; 2004), but that read-alouds and conferencing do help. But in order for these approaches to work, the books need to be there.

But what is clear is that libraries definitely matter and they matter a lot.

Inspection of the betas in the tables reveals that access to books in some cases had a larger impact on reading achievement test scores than poverty (tables 1,3, 4), and in other cases had nearly as strong an impact (tables 2,5). This suggests that providing more access to books can mitigate the effect of poverty on reading achievement, a conclusion consistent with other recent results (Achterman, 2008; Evans, Kelley, Sikora, and Treiman, 2010; Schubert and Becker, 2010). This result is of enormous practical importance: Children of poverty typically have little access to books (Krashen, 2004). It seems that libraries can provide this access."


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How Social Media Changed the Way We Consume News [Infographic]

How Social Media Changed the Way We Consume News [Infographic] | School Library Tools | Scoop.it

Social media is fast becoming one of the main destinations for news online. An infographic created by the University of Florida Online, explores the evolution of the news industry and the way news is consumed.

In 2012 there were 2.4 billion Internet users, and 1.4 billion of them were using social media. Nearly 50 percent of Internet users surveyed said they regularly or occasionally heard about a breaking story on social media before it broke on mainstream sources. In fact, since 2009, social media buzz has resulted in a 57 percent increase in traffic to news sites.

Now online dominates the news market, with 64.5 percent of people going to official sites like The New York Times to get their news. Surprisingly, nearly 30 percent of people still get their news from the papers, but social media is hot on print’s heels with 27.7 percent of consumers.

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BlairEvanBall's curator insight, February 21, 2014 4:38 PM

Social Media is closing in on print media as consumers choice for news. Online news has exploded, and is probably one of the reasons why Facebook continues to push NEWS in their news feed.

We as consumers seem to be hungry for news as it happens, and Social Media plays a big role in the delivery of content.

Mr Tozzo's curator insight, February 26, 2014 4:12 AM
How Social Media Changed the Way We Consume News [Infographic]
Sara Prendergast's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:00 PM

Social media is incredibly important for the exchange of news. This infographic shows the evolution of news in social media, and what made it the important source of information it is today.

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AngularJS picked as one of the three most exciting technologies by StackOverflow users.

AngularJS picked as one of the three most exciting technologies by StackOverflow users. | School Library Tools | Scoop.it

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Sergio Aguilera's curator insight, November 9, 2014 6:45 PM

Node.Js  y AngularJS entre las tecnologías más excitantes, según los usuarios de Stackoverflow

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Improvement in Florida Schools Libraries Boosts ... - My Domus Blog

Improvement in Florida Schools Libraries Boosts FCAT Scores and Students Reading Abilities. The purpose of any school library is always to advertise studying and improve reading and analysis abilities.

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Hello Common Core, Goodbye 'Huck Finn' - WBUR

Hello Common Core, Goodbye 'Huck Finn' - WBUR | School Library Tools | Scoop.it
Hello Common Core, Goodbye 'Huck Finn'WBURThat's because national K-12 standards known as Common Core — adopted by Massachusetts in 2010 and soon to be implemented — will drastically reduce classical literature in educational curriculum.

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Boasts About Textbooks Aligned to Common Core a 'Sham,' Say Researchers

Boasts About Textbooks Aligned to Common Core a 'Sham,' Say Researchers | School Library Tools | Scoop.it
The jury is still out on whether new, digital instructional materials can achieve greater alignment with new standards than traditional textbooks.

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