Source: School Libraries Impact Studies « Library Research Service Looking for ways to show administrators the positive impact that strong library programs staffed by qualified librarians and/or library technicians has on students' academic success? This is a great source of studies and statistics: Library Research Service. Right at the top, it contains an
Source: Education Week Must makerspaces have a 3-D printer? What kind of skills do they help foster in students? This article, School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' is a good summary of how makerspaces are taking off in the United States and even being used to support the curriculum's Common Core Standards. It's
I'm a big fan of Richard Byrne's blog, Free Technology for Teachers. He does post a lot of useful ideas, links, and suggestions. I subscribe to a weekly email service that he provides in which I receive summaries of what he's been posting. Richard Byrne recently posted an article on best practices for using photos
Lists, lists, and more lists. I keep saying that we librarian love lists. Edutopia provides a hyperlinked annotated filmography of films that talks about the importance of school libraries in Five Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library. The article goes from the general to the specific in its coverage of school libraries, with all the
Kids love to put on plays. Reader's theatre is a wonderful technique to make books come alive and to have students bring books to life. According to the article, Taking It to the Stage With Readers Theater (the article is from School Library Journal, hence the American spelling!), readers theatre helps students to become more
Two things happened to me this week. First, I went on a West Wing rerun binge. Second, I heard from a friend of a friend of a friend about a speaker who was talking to teachers and made it a point to play up the importance of classroom libraries, not school libraries, but classroom libraries.
Library Learning Commons are in the mainstream news now and if you are looking to convert a library or libraries to this model, it's not a bad idea to start collecting articles from mainstream press to provide administrators and principals with background information so that they can understand how important the LLC model is as
Here's a fun one! The Guardian has a photo gallery and an article on school libraries from around the world. http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/gallery/2015/jan/08/school-libraries-world-books-gallery http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/jan/08/school-libraries-books-students-technology Photo: Dame Bradbury’s tree of knowledge, Stephen Perse Foundation, Found on The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/gallery/2015/jan/08/school-libraries-world-books-gallery Interestingly enough, some of the libraries are in schools located in poor areas. Private corporations and foundations
An inspiration piece by Matthew Lynch in the Education Week Magazine's Blog about traditional school libraries, as well as what our modern school libraries could be, and finally what they could be one day... and what the author feels is needed to do in order to remain relevant in the world of today. Worth reading.
While this article in Good Magazine came out nearly a year ago, I thought it was still worth sharing. At the very least, it adds more ideas as to what Skype could do for our schools, in the classroom and of course (with very little alternation) in the library as well. http://www.good.is/posts/skype-in-the-classroom-connects-kids-to-nasa-and-global-experts Julian