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What is Strategic Planning, Really?

What is Strategic Planning, Really?

A New Way of Looking at Public Library Engagement in America The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project has intensively studied the changing world of public libraries for the last three years. The first stage of our research explored the growing role of ebooks, including their impact on Americans’ reading habits and library habits. Our second stage examined the full universe of library services, as well as what library services Americans most value and what they might want from libraries in the future. In March, we released a report from our third and final stage of research—the fruits of a representative national survey of 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older. It explores public libraries’ roles in people’s lives and in broader American culture—how libraries are perceived, how they are valued, and how people rely on them. provision of digital content is certainly a key element of the services that make libraries useful. This approach is a little new for us. The table above (PDF) provides an overview of the typology groups. Other insights in the data

Una docena de herramientas colaborativas para la gestión de proyectos El Software colaborativo o también conocido como se refiere al conjunto de programas informáticos que integran el trabajo en un sólo proyecto, con muchos usuarios concurrentes que se encuentran en diversas estaciones de trabajo, conectadas a través de una red (internet o intranet). El concepto de Groupware está pensado para , para y para . Las actividades de comunicación y coordinación de los miembros del equipo son facilitadas por las tecnologías que tienden un puente sobre las diferencias de tiempo o espacio dentro del grupo. Algunos beneficios que se buscan al implementar Groupware para el trabajo en proyectos, son la y la . Todo este tipo de herramientas que facilitan la , pueden oscilar desde grandes ERPs o suites empresariales para grandes empresas y/o proyectos a herramientas más ligeras enfocadas a proyectos emergentes o pequeños equipos de trabajo. Es una herramienta para la gestión de proyectos y el seguimiento de errores escrita usando el framework Ruby on Rails . - Workflow.

Workbook for Selection Policy Writing | Banned & Challenged Books Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association Why Do I Need a Policy? Every school system should have a comprehensive policy on the selection of instructional materials. It should relate to and include all materials; for example, textbooks, library books and materials, and all supplementary resources. A comprehensive policy on the selection of instructional materials also will enable school professionals to rationally explain the school program to the community. A good policy on the selection of instructional materials will be relevant to your particular system and include basic sections on objectives, responsibility, criteria, procedures for selection, reconsideration of materials, and policies on controversial materials. Basic Components of a Selection Policy OBJECTIVES Your policy should state succinctly what your system is trying to accomplish in its educational program, and, in somewhat more detail, the objectives of selection. Your overarching goal may be very broad.

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century | PBS Programs Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century re-aired Tuesday, September 3, 2013. About the program Digital media is increasingly present in kids' formal and informal educational settings, becoming as common as pencils and notebooks were to their parents. Yet in many American classrooms and homes, these high-tech tools are severely limited or forbidden. Teachers and parents wonder: What are students doing with these technologies? Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century addresses this vital question, taking viewers to the frontlines of what is rapidly becoming an education revolution. Meet some of the country's most noted educational experts and thought leaders in the digital education realm. Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century also crisscrosses the nation to highlight real-life examples of how digital media is exploding in educational environments. Related Links © 2010 Twin Cities Public Television, Inc. and Mobile Digital Arts.

THE PIPELINE: Influence--7 Rules (And You Can’t Just Do One!) They always say that in polite company we don’t talk about politics, religion, or sex. Because, well, it runs the risk of offending someone and sparking fights and passionate opinion. I never believed that, and I love engaging in the good fight for the rights associated with the basic human condition. That said, when we talk about school library funding, you can get a similar reaction. Some say it’s like the weather: Too many people talk about it but few really do anything about it. I believe that school libraries are a human right—plain and simple. In today’s world, access to information, learning, and technology is a human right in an advanced civil society and especially in a democracy where an informed and educated electorate is critical. Nearly everything we do requires more influence and oversight than it used to. So, here’s a short list of what leaders have built and tried in our profession to influence the success of libraries for learners: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. So What Could Help? 1.

Revista Safety Work 6 elements of a successful iPad implementation By Samantha Messier and Stephanie Schroeder 11/17/2014 Topics: Mobile Learning, 1-to-1, Professional learning As more districts across the United States move to 1:1 initiatives, a common barrier is financial resources, and a common temptation is to regard these initiatives as technology enterprises rather than instructional transformations. In a three-year pilot project, the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) addressed these challenges by implementing a creative approach designed to entice public funders by providing all students with equitable access to digital devices. A key feature of our model was synergy among multiple, interdependent program elements: Community engagement A strong instructional model Digital devices and apps for students Logistical support Guidance toward high-leverage resources Ongoing, embedded professional development None of these elements alone is sufficient. 1. We also made every effort to include one of the most important stakeholder groups: parents.

MLA Formatting and Style Guide Coming Soon: A new look for our same great content! We're working hard this summer on a redesign of the Purdue OWL. Worry not! Summary: MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. Contributors: Tony Russell, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli, Russell Keck, Joshua M. The following overview should help you better understand how to cite sources using MLA eighth edition, including the list of works cited and in-text citations. Please use the example at the bottom of this page to cite the Purdue OWL in MLA. Creating a Works Cited list using the eighth edition MLA is a style of documentation based on a general methodology that may be applied to many different types of writing. Thus, the current system is based on a few guiding principles, rather than an extensive list of specific rules. Here is an overview of the process: When deciding how to cite your source, start by consulting the list of core elements. or

Teaching Essential 21st Century Skills Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to learn key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally competitive, information-based society, such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration—as well as digital literacy skills such as how to find, evaluate, synthesize, and present information. These skills will be critical for success on the new Common Core assessments set to begin this year. But teaching and measuring these competencies can be a challenge, which is why a growing number of schools are adopting new approaches to instruction and assessment—such as project-based learning—that give students ample opportunities to develop these skills. With the generous support of Learning.com, we’ve assembled this collection of resources to help you integrate 21st century skills into your own curriculum. eSchool News Articles 5 steps to a problem-solving classroom culture Additional Resources

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