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Top 100 Tools for Learning

Top 100 Tools for Learning | Library bits |

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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant

Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant | Library bits |
For school library relevancy to remain strong, librarians and media faculty need not view tradition and technology as isolated ideas.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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10 Everyday Phrases That Originated From Poetry

10 Everyday Phrases That Originated From Poetry | Library bits |
By Max Minckler for Riffle: Think poetry has nothing to do with you?

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:33 PM

I can't help but wonder how many of these "everyday phrases" actually are still everyday phrases. That is, are they too just something "old people" say? 


"Chickens coming home to roost"?

"Method to his madness"?

"Bite the dust"?


Really? Are these stiil everyday phrases? 


To be clear, I'm not suggesting that these phrases are not phrases that today's students can learn and come to understand. I'm simply suggesting that if the point is that they might be interesting to students because they ARE everyday phrases, as in they hear them frequently, and therefore might be potential engagement bridges between their own lives and the classics from which they originated, that this might not be a valid conclusion to draw or rely upon when designing an engaging learning experience for many 21st century learners.


I kind of felt a similar question when I first showed West Side Story to my students a few decades ago. When it came out it was a modern day adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. And, supposedly generated engaged traction with young people who were young THEN. But, that bridge is pretty aged now. 


Don't get me wrong, there are still fans of West Side Story, even among today's youth. But, for many the fact that it is a modern day adaptation just doesn't hold. Gangsters wearing neckties?


That's funnier than it is bridging for many.


There is a surge of modern day Shakespeare (and other classic literature) adaptations coming from Hollywood today. They may well be perceived and thus more welcomed as "modern day" bridges to the classics. And, they will succeed in ways that West Side Story succeeded when it actually looked at least a little bit like what Hollywood teenagers looked like to teenage audiences in 1961. Teen age audiences in 2013 are not seeing a Hollywood version of contemporary teens in West Side Story.


And, I'm all for recognizing that best practices change or evolve in order to create more successful connections for students and educators of the day. The Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet, though clearly "Hollywoodized" had a much closer similarity to its contemporary teen audiences in 1996.


But, that very recognition is also at the heart of my realization that best practices, like #1 songs, fads, fashions, box office blockbuster movies, like video games, like so much that we know can move massive numbers of people to engage enthusiastically in that particular area of interest, has a shelf life. 


Remember Gangham Style? CDs? Neighborhood video rental stores?


Connecting to the contemporary is a great practice while that connection is in fact contemporary.


Some things never quite die, but their attractiveness as a means of generating engaging "contemporary" connections begins to fade for at least a very large proportion of those who once were captivated by those contemporary connections. And, I'd suggest that we amplify the problem by also considering those students who really are too young to have ever been a contemporary beneficiary of the powerful connections as likely to "appreciate the contemporary connections" for resources that never were contemporary in their own lifetimes.


Perhaps the shelf life of contemporary connectivity ought to be considered.  And, best practice regarding the use of "aging" resources, might require the moving those resources from the required learning experience shelf to the optional learning experience shelf.


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 "Google Lit Trips" is the fictitious business name for GLT Global ED an educational nonprofit.

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Eight Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

Eight Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom | Library bits |
David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.

Via Dale Borgeson
Dale Borgeson's curator insight, August 18, 2013 8:46 PM

Whether you are looking to reorganize one corner or redesign the entire room, here are eight tips that may help you throughout the process.

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The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here’s what that looks like.

The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here’s what that looks like. | Library bits |
The new Digital Commons shows how libraries are responding to the needs of their patrons in the modern age.

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, August 8, 2013 11:50 PM
Libraries are transforming themselves into technology hubs since the Internet became the primary way of gathering information~as a community space that enables access to technology and a source of digital literacy. Read more:
Kris McGlaun's curator insight, August 19, 2013 8:21 AM

Libraries are evolving to meet its patrons needs