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Digital learning environments. By Dr Michael Hough AM, RFD, ED ACCESS, Vol. 25, Issue 1, 2011, pp. 5-9.

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Librarian role

Campfires. Education Week. The Internet of Things - The Inevitable Future? Zaneta Stepien explains what the Internet of Things is, and why we should be excited about it.

The Internet of Things - The Inevitable Future?

Technology never fails to bring us exciting developments and always promises to make our lives better. In recent years, there has been an explosion of technological creativity and innovation, with bold projects being undertaken in all corners of the Earth: from wireless power, 3D printing, gamification, autonomous vehicles and Automatic Content Recognition, to mobile robots and -- the topic of this post -- The Internet of Things, or, as some call it, The Internet of Everything. Sounds grand? Well, it's probably because it is. Here's What The Internet Could Look Like In 2025.

Charlie Chaplin once said that cinema was just a fad.

Here's What The Internet Could Look Like In 2025

In 1936, The New York Times wrote that a "rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere. " In 1955, Variety magazine stated that rock n' roll would be gone by June of that year. Predicting the future of technology is a fool's errand. But that certainly hasn't stopped us from doing it. On Tuesday, the Pew Research Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining The Internet Center tried to cast light onto what online life will look like in 2025 by publishing a series of predictions about the Internet from academics and scientists. By 2025... You'll Forget The Internet Is Even There.

"The Internet (and computer-mediated communication in general) will become more pervasive but less explicit and visible," David Clark, senior research scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, told Pew. The Internet Will Be Better Than Any School Teacher. Kindle v Glass, apps v text: the complicated future of books. How many e-book consumers realise that some publishers, writers and distributors know an awful lot about their reading style?

Kindle v Glass, apps v text: the complicated future of books

They have knowledge about how far into the book you’ve reached, when you get bored, which characters you like and those you don’t. Amazon, Apple and Google, along with countless large publishers, embrace the idea of providing products that readers are apparently craving. It’s yet another way that our digital footprint is commercialised, marketed and analysed. Nothing is private anymore. Curling up on the couch with an e-book is not a solitary act but instead a way for corporations to learn about your habits and then sell you items you’ll think you need.

Novelist Scott Turow told the Wall Street Journal in 2012 that writers still didn’t know who bought their books or why. Along with the music and newspaper industries, the publishing world is undergoing a profound transformation that will affect every book that you buy or write. The Rise of Writing Literacies, Implications for Libraries. The look of any library — school, academic, or public — is always dependent on local needs in a community, but the feature that has traditionally characterized all types of libraries is reading literacy and the tools and practices that support readers.

The Rise of Writing Literacies, Implications for Libraries

Walk into any library and the feature that tends to dominate and define library for most people is the print collection housed in stacks and stacks of books. Even as libraries continue to transition to digital formats of eReading like databases and eBooks, most people associate print books and reading literacies with libraries. In the December 2013 Pew Research Center Report, “How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities,” 95% surveyed said that “public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading” (Zickuhr et al. 1). Librarians Have Key Roles in Blended and Online Learning.

In January, I joined teacher librarians Steve Coker and Sarah Applegate from the North Thurston (WA) School District to teach a graduate library course at the University of Washington.

Librarians Have Key Roles in Blended and Online Learning

This wholly online course made me think about the roles that librarians might play as online and blended learning expands in our schools. The points: online and blended learning Many other teacher librarians instruct at the university level in online or blended-learning scenarios. I suspect that more teach or collaborate in K–12 online courses. When you add those who took virtual classes as students, it’s clear that online teaching and learning are now key skill sets for 21st-century information professionals.

Online learning can be defined in a number of ways. Learning management systems (LMS) can support online learning by providing open-ended structures for the virtual classroom. Libraries of the Future Infographic. Other Infographics The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits.

Libraries of the Future Infographic

In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of patrons who rely on more traditional resources. Turning the Page. E-books Turning the Page Printed books are losing out to digital resources, bringing profound change to school libraries while provoking a fierce debate over the very act of reading.

Turning the Page

Did you hear what James Tracy did? If you haven’t, you should consider spending more time at the faculty watercooler, where Tracy has been a trending topic since last summer, when as headmaster of Cushing Academy, a prep school about 90 minutes west of Boston, he began to rid the campus library of virtually all of its books in favor of a digital-only collection. It was a move that, whether intended or not (Tracy says not), has caused bookshelves to wobble all across K-12, and has challenged educators on how much 21st century learning they’re willing to tolerate. Why We Still Need Librarians. New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition. New report shows digitizing learning can engage students in new ways. / Credit: Rocketship Education The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) published the report “Leading In and Beyond the Library,” this past January, showing the importance of school and public libraries in both state and district-wide efforts toward digital learning and the effective use of technology in teaching.

New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition

“There is a critical role for both school and community librarians in the transition to digital,” says Sara Hall, director of the Center for Digital Learning at the Alliance for Excellent Education based out of Washington, D.C. “Whether they’re librarians or media specialists, they’re often becoming instructional coaches leading the transition.” Digital materials from e-books to online databases—and tools from tablets to 3-D printers—have quickly found their way into school libraries, classrooms, and public library branches as well. “Don’t just buy the device,” says Hall. A revised manifesto. Do People Need Libraries in the Digital Age?