BookLamp is a book analytic engine powered by the Book Genome Project. BookLamp's technology has applications in book discovery, reader advisory, and book suggestions similar to how Pandora.com analyzes music.
Safe to say that you wouldn’t be HERE if you were unaware of the back story - this charming and delightful parable having morphed into arguments about standardized testing. If, by chance, you want to read about that controversy, click HERE for an informative piece by Lisa Fleisher.
Ever noticed that not all e-book formats are compatible with all devices? As a matter of fact, it seems that most devices have their own set of formats that it reads and these are rarely congruous with other readers. This poses quite the issue for school libraries looking to incorporate these devices.
Think remix as an alternative to Bloom's taxonomy.
Since completing my doctoral thesis on digital and new literacies, I've been thinking a lot about how educators can use my work in a practical way. In Chapter 9 of my thesis I come up with eight 'essential elements' of digital literacies, ...
Every child in America deserves access to an effective school library program. We ask that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs.
In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader (ECAR), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2011. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2012 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Once the five finalists have been determined, we will tell you where you can go vote for them. The winner will be announced in May 2012.
"I keep asking myself a question in these situations (I hope the librarians and teachers in the room are asking it, too): when these kids leave school, are they also reading every day? And if they are, how big would the reading slice of pie be compared to, say, posting on Facebook, listening to music, and texting their friends? I’m increasingly convinced that I’m staring at a pie where 90 percent of the slices are cut up into non-reading forms of entertainment and social media."
In addition to books and video media, I have found a desire from students to put music and other sounds into their movies, presentations and projects. A well versed Library-Information Hub should know tools like this as well.
Here are nine free tools that students can use to create their own music online.
The concept of an “e-book” is a strange one. Just consider the idea of pages on a screen--is that metaphor really the best way for us to explore written content? And do e-books still need to books at all?
Perhaps most impressive is this finding: Tablet ownership among college students and college-bound high school students has more than tripled from a year ago. The survey also reveals that more students are reading digital books than were last year, and a majority of college students and high school seniors believe that tablets will replace textbooks in the next five years.
The new issue of School Library Journal features a cover story called, “Next Year’s Model: Sarah Ludwig left the library, became a tech coordinator, and forged a path to the future.” Unless I have misinterpreted the article, author Linda Braun wonders if school librarians have to leave the library and take on a completely different job title to do the work of a modern school librarian. The thesis seems to be that school librarians taking on job titles other than school librarian, like “technology coordinator”, might be the future of the profession. While I’ve had my own misgivings about the future of the profession, I respectfully disagree with Linda Braun and would argue that such a path will only lead to the demise, not the flowering, of our profession’s future.
Building upon a process- and context-oriented information quality framework, this paper seeks to map and explore what we know about the ways in which young users of age 18 and under search for information online, how they evaluate information, and how their related practices of content creation, levels of new literacies, general digital media usage, and social patterns affect these activities.
Seventeen year-old New York high school senior Samantha Garvey became homeless on New Year’s Eve. Samantha’s mom had been in a car accident and hadn’t been able to work for 8 months because of her injuries. Her dad, a cab driver, couldn’t pay the bills on his job alone. As a result, Samantha and her family had to move into a homeless shelter — a very rough start to a new year.
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Historic Map Works is an online gallery of hundreds of historical maps. On Historic Map Works you can browse for maps by continent, country, state, and province. Contrary to my initial experience, downloading the map images is not free. But, you can view more than half of the maps as Google Maps overlays using Historic Map Works's free Historic Earth Basic.