April 23, 2014

The Next Big Thing

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

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The effects of screen time on little ones, the integration of technology with library programming – these are some of the issues now facing the profession. It’s time to break down divisional silos, according to Christopher Harris, and work together to ensure libraries’ effectiveness in serving kids and teens.

Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

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Put the “science” back in library science and help support STEM learning

“Cultural Competence” Is Essential to Serve Teens

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With a society that’s growing increasingly diverse, librarians should proactively integrate cultural aspects of “diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic groups” into programs and services.

The Future of Computing: The ISE (“eyes”) Have It

Recently thanks to a colleague I’ve been playing around with iPython. iPython is an interactive version of Python that many people are beginning to use to teach Python, to create and run simulations and visualizations, and to just generally have a richer environment within which to work while coding. This investigation led me to Xiki, […]

Tablets in Schools—What’s Ahead in 2014

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“Twenty thirteen was the ‘year of the tablet’ and good riddance,” says Christopher Harris. Time to focus on the real reason to invest in any tool for learning: content and pedagogy.

Germany’s Unperfekthaus: Is this the Library of the Future?

Photo by HDValentin (www.flickr.com/photos/vbachem).

Let’s be honest. Physical resources are in decline, and the transition to digital holdings will only accelerate.Now: What can we do with all that library space opened up by the decline of print? Consider the Unperfekthaus, a German model that encompasses maker spaces and much more.

Love Whispersync, Hate the Terms: How can schools legally work with Kindle technology?

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It’s the “holy grail of ebook features for education,” writes Chris Harris, of Whispersync for voice. But we need clarity on Amazon’s terms of service before schools can reasonably commit to the Kindle ereader.

Board Games to Support the Common Core

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Christopher Harris believes that board gaming is a strong contender to become the “Next Big Thing” in schools. Yet no sector of education has laid claim to it. Could libraries be the place where gaming flourishes?

ConnectED Will Bring Faster Connections to Schools and Libraries | The Next Big Thing

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What could your library do with gigabit broadband? If you don’t have a list of innovative ways to use an Internet connection 10 or 100 times faster than the current norm, start making it now.

‘Here Be Fiction’ Launches: New site features ebook fiction available to schools on library-friendly terms

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Discovery of ebooks in K-12, particularly worthwhile fiction, has been tough going. A new site, Here Be Fiction, will attempt to remedy that, enabling users to identify quality ebooks accessible to schools on library-friendly licensing terms. Featuring ebook previews and reviews, HereBeFiction.org will enable librarians and others to discover fiction from a wide variety of publishers made available for both individual and multi-user access.