September 28, 2016

Librarian Launches Indiegogo to Fund Hands-on Coding Blocks

School librarian Laura Fleming and two other educators have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a coding blocks and storybook set to teach computer science.

Free Virtual Conference to Help Librarians Teach Data Literacy

The 4T Virtual Conference on “Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students” will take place July 14–15 and focus on teaching high school students statistical literacy, data visualization, and how to use data in arguments.

Tech and the Race to Read: the Case for Early Literacy

A Houston library services specialist finds that the addition of technology motivates learning, helping both students and teachers overcome the challenges of low reading achievement.

Braille’s New Age

Braille tablets and other new tech may help visually impaired children truly engage in e-learning.

The Digital Wild West of Apps Is an Opportunity for Librarians

Being able to accurately size up language and literacy apps for young children isn’t easy in today’s online environment. Yet it is a crucial service, one that librarians are uniquely suited to provide.

Ebooks Can be a Great Choice for Middle Schoolers

A middle-school librarian conducted his own research on ebooks. What he found out now guides his collection development—and may be the answer to the “middle school drop-off” in pleasure reading.

Booktalks and Book Reports in a Digital Age | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner explains how librarians can help students implement digital tools to create 21st-century booktalks and book reports.

Twenty-Five Vlogs for Teens (and Teen Librarians)

Librarian and blogger Molly Wetta presents 25 notable channels and vlog series—covering categories such as gaming, beauty, and science and technology, and more—that may be of interest to teens.

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.

Bristol’s Literacy Academy Bridges Digital Divide

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In Bristol, a city straddling the border of Tennessee and Virginia, the Bristol Public Library (BPL) is taking digital literacy training to the next level. The library employs a small staff of full-time teachers, who have made computer training a key component of BPL’s 25 year-old Patricia Freedman Literacy Academy (PFLA). The academy launched as a GED prep program in the late 1980s, and even then, it offered a small computer component for students who wanted to learn keyboarding, said BPL Executive Director Jud Barry. Computers have since become ubiquitous, and five years ago, BPL opened a new main library with a computer lab, where the teachers are available for one-on-one instruction five days per week.