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Technically a Librarian: Make Writing. I know I'm a little biased, but I think we have a pretty amazing makerspace.

Technically a Librarian: Make Writing

It's getting bigger - and messier - every day and the kids are creating some incredible stuff. Until recently, the makerspace was pretty contained to the library. This certainly wasn't to exclude maker activities from occurring elsewhere - it just happened. While at one of our ELA planning meetings, we were discussing the lack of enthusiasm kids have for writer's workshop.

What was once a time for kids to express themselves creatively, was now a time that kids dreaded. As we were brainstorming, an 8th grade English teacher brought up the book "Make Writing" by Angela Stockman. The idea of Make Writing is so basic that it is genius (but doesn't it always happen that way). Think about it... Writer's Workshop is intended to give students a creative outlet. Makerspaces are intended to give students a creative outlet. Put them together and you have magic. Three easy steps: Step 3: Sit back and watch :) ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education - Home. Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools. "It's not about the tool," they say -- but sometimes it is.

Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools

In our middle school makerspace, students have been using a variety of tools and technologies in a variety of projects and activities. And there are many more that we've yet to explore and experience. While our makerspace is still in its infancy, it feels like we've had the program forever. As of this writing, a second group of students is in the midst of Design Experience One. We haven't had that much time to delve into projects in depth, but you can expect more from us later in the year.

Before I go any further, let me say that we realize just how fortunate we are. The Lure of Bright, Shiny Objects Makerspaces are too often defined by things -- hardware, software, other technologies -- which can engender a shopping-list mentality among people interested in creating such a learning environment. 1. We want students to collaborate effortlessly, express themselves freely, and do so in ways not possible in other classrooms.

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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: "The Internet Will Disappear" Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted the end of the Internet as we know it.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: "The Internet Will Disappear"

At the end of a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where his comments were webcast, he was asked for his prediction on the future of the web. “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear,” Schmidt said. “There will be so many IP addresses…so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it,” he explained. “It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. Concluded Schmidt: “A highly personalized, highly interactive and very, very interesting world emerges.”

The panel, entitled The Future of the Digital Economy, also featured Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and others. Earlier in the debate, Schmidt discussed the issue of market dominance. She cited women as being among the beneficiaries, saying the Internet narrows divides. How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities. Students learn how to take great product photographs using equipment provided by Etsy’s pilot Craft Entrepreneurship program held at the Chattanooga Public Library.

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities

(Courtesy of Mary Barnett) It’s well known that public libraries are no longer just about the books — even e-books. Many community libraries are receiving 21st century digital-age makeovers: Numerous digital technologies, maker spaces to invite creation, even video production suites and 3-D printers now inhabit many libraries across the country. But a report just released by the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries asks us again to reconsider how the library can serve communities in the 21st century.

“Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” aims to “capture the momentum and excitement of the innovations taking place in public libraries across the country, and the impact these are having on communities,” said the group’s director, Amy Garmer. Meeting Real-World Needs Beyond Mobile Libraries Related. Impact Studies - SLIM - CISSL. The School Library Impact Measure (SLIM) is a toolkit that enables you toassess student learning through guided inquiry in the school library.

Impact Studies - SLIM - CISSL

It consists offour instruments that elicit students’ reflections on their learning at three points intheir inquiry process. The toolkit will enable collaborating school librarian –teacher teams to chart changes in students’ knowledge and experiencesthroughout the process. Inquiry LearningThe school context for using the SLIM toolkit is an inquiry unit. An inquiryapproach to learning is one in which students actively engage with diverse andoften conflicting sources of information and ideas to discover new ideas, to buildnew understandings, and to develop personal viewpoints and perspectives. SLIM Handbook SLIM Reflection Instruments and Scoring Guidelines SLIM Scoring Sheet Kuhlthau, C., Heinstrom, J, & Todd, R. Todd, R. Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project - Public Opinion Polling, Survey Research, & Demographic Data Analysis.