August 22, 2014

Lauren Barack

About Lauren Barack

Lauren Barack writes about the connection between media and education, business and technology, and is the recipient of the Loeb Award for online journalism. She can be found at www.laurenbarack.com.

California Administrator Creates Digital Stopgap After School Librarian Cuts

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When school librarians began to disappear in this Camarillo, California school district, Jay Greenlinger, the district’s director of instructional technology, found a way for students to find books and information online.

Are Today’s Kids All Thumbs? Touch Matters. Researchers Bring Tactile Learning into Digital Realm.

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Using our hands is critical to learning, and the rise of digital use by young children potentially limits their opportunities to learn about the world around them through touch. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found that young children have trouble using toys and blocks because of their overuse of touch-screen devices.

Weaving Together Touch and Digital into Early Childhood Play

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Experts have found that physical touch and hand movements are important for brain development and learning—crucial aspects to be aware of when creating apps and other digital programs for children.

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

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Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

Discovery Education Summit: We Don’t Just Needs Tablets, We Need A Digital Game Plan

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Educators at Discovery Education’s learning summit last month in Maryland talk of how digitization requires strategy and training—not just putting a device into student’s hands.

New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition

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This past January, the Alliance for Excellent Education published a report showing school librarians in the front lines of the education movement to shepherd digital tools and skills into the hands of students.

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

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Maker spaces, robot construction, and computer tear-downs will figure prominently in librarians’ Teen Tech Week lineups this year, taking place from March 9 through 15.

Sonoma Library to Host Minecraft Camp

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Rebecca Forth doesn’t want kids to simply play Minecraft, she wants them to design their own worlds in the virtual building game. They can do just that and learn the necessary coding skills in a program set to launch at the Healdsburg branch of the Sonoma County (CA) Library in March 2014.

South Dakota Honors “21st Century School Libraries”

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School Library Award winner Kerri Smith (in green jacket)
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The South Dakota State Library launched a new program this fall, the 21st Century School Library Award, to honor the work of 20 school libraries who are best representing 21st-century principles. The creators are hoping the recognition will serve as a motivation for other schools and districts to invest in their libraries.

Librarian Creates Site for Teachers to Earn Digital Badges for New Skills

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Even teachers need a little acknowledgment for learning new skills, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming. Through her site, Worlds of Learning, Fleming is offering teachers at her school and beyond the opportunity to earn digital badges—honors that can be posted online—for mastering digital literacy in various areas, from QR codes to video editing.