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03/6/2012 Comments off

via the Australian Library and Information Association.

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Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search

11/5/2011 Comments off

Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search

“Who’s to blame? Not the students. If they’re naive at Googling, it’s because the ability to judge information is almost never taught in school. Under 2001’s No Child Left Behind Act, elementary and high schools focus on prepping their pupils for reading and math exams. And by the time kids get to college, professors assume they already have this skill. The buck stops nowhere. This situation is surpassingly ironic, because not only is intelligent search a key to everyday problem-solving, it also offers a golden opportunity to train kids in critical thinking.

Consider the efforts of Frances Harris, librarian at the magnet University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois. (Librarians are our national leaders in this fight; they’re the main ones trying to teach search skills to kids today.) Harris educates eighth and ninth graders in how to format nuanced queries using Boolean logic and advanced settings. She steers them away from raw Google searches and has them use academic and news databases, too.

But, crucially, she also trains students to assess the credibility of what they find online.”

 

 

Categories: InfoSkills, Uncategorized

Goodnight iPad, by Ann Droyd

10/6/2011 Comments off

Goodnight iPad, by Ann Droyd

sigh. Been there, done that.

 

 

 

 

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Action Needed Now for the SKILLs Act Proposed Legislation!

08/22/2011 Comments off
Please take just 5 minutes to do this now:

Call your Senators (for NJ: Senator Lautenberg @ 202-224-3224 and Senator Menendez @ 202-224-4744) and ask them to co-sponsor S. 1328 the “Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act” or the SKILLs Act.  This national legislation is crucially important for the future of school libraries. 

The SKILLs Act was introduced on July 6 by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and will amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by:
* Ensuring that funds will serve school libraries in elementary, middle, and high schools;
* Improving literacy and college and career readiness through effective school library programs;
* Encouraging coordination and shared planning time among school librarians and classroom teachers;
* Expanding professional development to include digital literacy instruction that is appropriate for all grade levels, an assessment of student literacy needs, the coordination of reading and writing instruction across content areas, and training in literacy strategies in all content areas;
* Requiring books and materials to be appropriate for students in all grade levels and students with special learning needs, including English language learners;
* Providing grants on a competitive basis for a period of three years;
* Targeting funding to school districts with 20% or greater levels of students in poverty;
* Ensuring an equitable distribution of funds among the different geographic regions of the country and among urban and rural areas; and
* Requiring greater coordination among other literacy, technology, and professional development funds and activities.

Please call today and encourage your colleagues, neighbors, friends, family, and others to do the same. 

As of August 17 only 6 senators have agreed to co-sponsor this bill; we need to get as many senators on board as possible!
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How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

02/23/2011 Comments off

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain | MindShift.

hmmm…  “The technology train has left. You have to deal with it, understand it, and get some perspective.”