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A Virtual Tour of Our School's Makerspace. I’ve shared lots of small details of our makerspace so far in our first year, including examples of World Language projects, examples of primary grades projects, space design details that have proven important and surprising and unexpected needs.

A Virtual Tour of Our School's Makerspace

I’ve even shared lots of details about other makerspaces I’ve visited. But I’ve never shared what our makerspace looks like in its entirety. So here we go! The importance of school libraries in the Google Age. Kay Oddone In Australia, access to the internet is almost ubiquitous.

The importance of school libraries in the Google Age

In 2014–15, 85% of the Australian population aged 15 years and over were internet users, with 99% of people aged 15–17 using the internet (ABS 2016). With such widespread access to information comes the commonly asked question: now that we have Google, do we still require libraries and librarians? This question is particularly being pressed in schools, where smartphones mean that both teachers and students carry a wealth of information in their pocket, and school budgets are increasingly stretched between a wide range of competing demands. Regular newspaper articles spread the gloomy news about the demise of the teacher librarian; articles such as 'Teacher librarians on borrowed time' in The Age (Preiss 2014) speak of funding pressures in Australian schools — but this is not just a local phenomenon. The situation is dire, but the battle is not over yet.

School-Libraries-the heart of 21st C schools.pdf. Books To Inspire Kids To Change The World. The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time. We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation.

The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time

In the… We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. School Library Guidelines, 2nd edition. By IFLA School Libraries Standing Committee, Barbara Schultz-Jones and Dianne Oberg (Eds.) The 4 Facets of Information Literacy. When talking to instructors about what information literacy is, I’m not the biggest fan of referring to its commonly accepted definition: “Information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”

The 4 Facets of Information Literacy

Why? Because in order to embrace it, support it, and implement it in their courses, instructors need a description that more precisely breaks down the skill sets involved in information literacy so that they can determine how those skills best fit within the context of their courses. That’s where the instructional design skill of task analysis comes in (which also requires overcoming one’s expert blindspot). What specific skill sets are needed for one to become information literate? Jane Corry Supports School Libraries. Jane CorryMultnomah County Library.

Jane Corry Supports School Libraries

New report from Scholastic confirms the importance of school libraries and librarians. Freedom of Access to Information and Resources. Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers. Your students are probably Internet authorities.

Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers

When it comes to Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, they might know far more than you. All of that time spent tweeting and chatting doesn’t necessarily translate to deep learning though. As students progress through school, online research skills become more important — for good reason. Both college professors and employers will expect young people to know their way around the academic side of the Internet; a skill that for many students, needs to be taught.

In a Pew survey, a majority of teachers said that their students lacked patience and determination when doing difficult research. Image via Flickr by Brad Flickinger For many students, doing research means typing a word or two into a Google search and using information from the first link that pops up. Common Sense Media. School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? More and more schools are coming to value maker education and exploring ways to create makerspaces in their schools.

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

Many schools are discussing how they might utilize their library to facilitate this. As my school has increased our commitment to constructionist learning and maker education over the last few years, we have done so in close collaboration with our school library. In exploring the relationship between the school library and school makerspace, it's not difficult to see why conversations about the growth of makerspaces are often tied to the conversation about the future of libraries. Both makerspaces and libraries are constructivist learning spaces that share a number of common goals, while approaching them in different ways and through very different material resources. Similar Yet Distinct. A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet. It’s Not About Shelving The Books and Keeping Kids Quiet. Some schools no longer have teacher-librarians and, the more I see of teacher-librarians, the less sense that makes to me.

It’s Not About Shelving The Books and Keeping Kids Quiet

What’s next? No teachers? Kids turning up to the classroom each morning and inventing the day ahead? Maybe there’s a note on the door about what the curriculum has in mind, maybe there isn’t … Each time I’m told that a school no longer has a teacher-librarian, I’m told that the school still has a library, as though the building does the job all by itself. Some news for schools thinking of going librarian-free: having some books on shelves in the school’s second-biggest building – along with a chillout zone with half a dozen lunch-stained beanbags – does little for your students lives without a well-trained passionate human or two in there to wake the place up and get the most out of it.

Some advice to anyone running school budgets anywhere: CUT THE TEACHER-LIBRARIANS LAST. Promoting reading promotes literacy and prepares students for life. Like this: Like Loading...