October 23, 2014

About Hiten Samtani

Hiten Samtani (@hitsamty) is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School covering the madcap world of real estate for The Real Deal, and a former contributing reporter on education for the New York Times.

Meet the Makers: Can a DIY movement revolutionize how we learn?

A young patron sits down to a recording session at the
“creation station” of the Darien (CT) Library. 
Photograph by Dru Nadler.

The maker movement, known to past generations as “DIY” (do-it-yourself), encourages collaboration, invention, and radical participation with a single goal: to create new things. This maker ethos is gaining a serious foothold in education, both in practice and at the policy level.

The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All

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The idea of Snapchat is simple, delightfully so. Take an image or a video and send it to a friend. Ten seconds after the receiver opens the file, it self-destructs—or does it? The truth is “the Internet never forgets,” says INFOdocket’s Gary Price.

Librarians Take Aim at Pew Study on Parents and Libraries

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A recent national report from the Pew Research Center that stated that most parents consider libraries important for their children has attracted some criticism from the library community, which is concerned that the findings are based on a skewed sample and put too much emphasis on reading.

Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain

A young patron with an iPad at Darien (CT) Library. Photo courtesy of Gretchen Caserotti.

In a shift occurring nationwide, libraries are conducting “digital storytime,” using apps in kids’ programs for education, entertainment, and involving parents in the learning process. But not everyone’s sold on the use of iPads, especially with very young children.

For Librarians, a New Digital Resource on Students with Disabilities

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Though school librarians have often struggled with meeting the needs of students with disabilities, Project ENABLE is a new resource that will help them assist this underserved population.