Your Resource for Information Literacy
As part of National Information Literacy Awareness Month, we are excited to feature guest posts from leaders in the field. We are honored to have Neil Krasnoff from Dallas ISD contribute.
Recently, I heard Lee Rainie of Pew Research Center speak at a Librarians Expo in Plano, Texas. One phrase from his highly engaging talk that stuck in my mind was the idea of information as a “third skin.” Rainie is referring to the networked teen or young adult that lives in a universe of near-continual connectivity and social media.
This new development of humanity necessitates an even greater urgency to emphasize information literacy skills in high school and college education, and it challenges librarians to adapt their instruction to the brave new world of social media.
Librarians have waged the battle against unreliable, unsourced information on the Internet since the beginning of the World Wide Web. With the help of tools like EasyBib, we have demanded students compile their sources in a methodical manner, evaluating each before adding it to their bibliography. The skill is mainly useful in an academic environment where students can be held accountable for their behavior.Read More
As part of National Information Literacy Awareness Month, we are excited to feature guest posts from leaders in the field. We are honored to have Alison Head from Project Information Literacy contribute.
Who doesn’t believe in lifelong learning? Many librarians, educators, parents, and government officials are stalwart supporters of lifelong learning. However, we’d argue that while lifelong learning seems to be a deceptively simple concept, it’s actually quite tough to pin down.
Is the elderly couple ambling arm-in-arm through the MoMA lifelong learners? Is the farmworker, taking a moment to read an online post about how to register to vote while his daughter checks out books from a public library, learning? How about the electrician taking a class on digital signal processing in an evening class at the local community college?Read More
This post originally appeared on Shannon Miller’s Van Meter Library Voice blog. Shannon kindly asked us to share the news of this good cause on the EasyBib blog, and we are excited to join her and other teacher librarians involved in Libraries Change Lives! All content and photos are used with permission from Shannon.
I love being a teacher librarian. I feel blessed and fortunate every day.
In this profession, I am surrounded by brilliant, wonderful, and kind teacher librarians who are my mentors, colleagues, and most of all, my friends. There is not a group of educators more passionate and persistent about making a difference in the lives of others.
Every day, I am surrounded by amazing young people, educators, and families within my school at Van Meter and throughout the world. In these spaces, I am motivated, encouraged, and excited to make a difference in the lives of others… especially those of the children that I am lucky enough to be with every day.
We have a space that brings us books, creativity, critical thinking, digital resources, connections, and collaboration all throughout the day. It is within the school and online. It is our school library. It is one of the best spaces there is at our school and within our community. We are all very lucky to have our library and the voice that it gives to all of us.Read More
Chris Johnson is a Co-Founder at Wakefield Media, a New York-based company that connects dreamers and doers with successful startups through transformative content and event experiences.
So where’s a newly-minted, debt-addled grad supposed to look for a job?
More students should look to startups – and more would if they had access to the resources. Startups are booming — according to a recent survey, some 87% of tech startups are hiring now.Read More
When developing ways for both teachers and students to use Clipix for educational use, the concept of using one platform for saving everything and anything they come across was key. A student, when researching for a paper or project, can all of a sudden have 10 tabs open on one browser, 7 open on another, and lose track of that quote they were planning to cite. Now that we no longer have to imagine the world pre-Clipix, research can be saved to one location. Clipix eliminates that need of constantly logging in to different services for each task.
Teachers can utilize Clipix when developing lesson plans or even assisting students on improving their research skills. Our syncboard feature allows our users to share and collaborate in a group on Clipix. This creates a more organized environment for group projects as well as a central source for students to interact with their teachers or librarians. Users can also save files including Word documents and Excel spreadsheets on Clipix which are easily accessible from any computer. By using Clipix for educational, both students and teachers are able to aggregate all of their research to one location.
Some of our features that teachers/librarians may find useful:
Privacy controls: Since Clipix is a utility and not a social network, it is the user’s choice if to have their clipboards private or public view. Every clipboard on Clipix has a little lock on it, and by clicking the lock, the user chooses the privacy level on their clipboard. Over 70% of clips on Clipix are in private clipboards.
File upload: Since Clipix is a real organizational tool, users are able to upload documents that they have on their desktop as clips. Users can upload photos, Word documents, Excel documents, PDF’s, etc. Files are then stored in the cloud and are always accessible via Clipix just like the user’s other clips, including on any mobile device.
Custom thumbnails: Clipix is not about pretty images. It’s about really helping our users to organize their online lives. In addition to being able to upload documents as mentioned above, users are also able to clip from pages that only have text and no image.
Multiboards: As an organizational tool, users can drag one clipboard into another to create a multiboard that can contain many clipboards. When users have many clipboards this maintains a sense of order and is especially useful when using Clipix for different projects.
Syncboards: Sharing and collaborate on Clipix is an intuitive, simple, cohesive experience. If users need to share information, plan a trip, a party or anything else, they can send each other a clipboard with clips or any other information in it, and when received by the friend, it becomes a syncboard. There is no limit to how many members can share a syncboard, and all members can contribute to it. When a clip is added to a syncboard, all member see it live and can comment on it.
Price Drop Alert: This is a patent-pending, proprietary feature of Clipix. Members can now clip items to their clipboard from most retailers’ websites, and set a price alert at which they have a desire to purchase that item.
Our system automatically “pings” that retail website daily and promptly notifies the member when the desire price is reached via email and clipboard notification.
Copyright: At Clipix we take copyright seriously. We place a watermark on each image that is uploaded to Clipix because we believe that those who create original work and own the rights should not have to worry about someone else using their work without permission.
iPhone and Android Apps: Clipix is dedicated to providing excellent mobile experiences to users of multiple mobile operating systems. We have both iPhone and Android apps, providing our members a way to always be connected and synchronized with their clipboards.
Language Availability: Available in 12 languages, which include English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese, Clipix allows for seamless sharing across languages, so users who speak different languages are able to share clipboards & can see them in the same language or in their preferred language.
For more information, please visit: www.clipix.comRead More
Mary Beth Hertz is a certified Instructional Technology Specialist and K-7 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA. She has presented at a number of conferences and is a blogger and avid user of social media. She is also a co-organizer of Edcamp Philly and sits on the Edcamp Foundation Board. She was also named an ISTE Emerging Leader in 2010. She is passionate about making school meaningful and about all things edtech.
Now that school has wound down and we can all come up for air, it’s time to start thinking about next year. If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking about next year and how you will do things differently since May. Now that you have some time to reflect and learn to inform your planning for next year, here are some suggested titles for your summer beach reading and viewing.
Crap Detection 101: How to Distinguish Good and Bad Information Howard Rheingold, video 2011
Rheingold has been writing about the digital world since the 1980s and this video is a must-see for any educator navigating the overloaded world of information with their students or as a professional.
NetSmart: How to Thrive Online Howard Rheingold 2012
While I haven’t had a chance to read Rheingold’s newest book, it is on my to-read list because of his wide range of expertise and experience in the field of digital life.
Understanding the Common Core John Kendall 2011
This tiny, inexpensive book is great guide to the events leading up to the adoption of the Common Core along with some of the thinking behind its structure and purpose. Although it is a bit biased, since it is written by a drafter of the document, I found it a great introduction to what is coming down the line.
The Power of Our Words Paula Denton 2007
This book, part of the Responsive Classroom model’s book series, changed the way I speak to my students. It provides practical, real examples of how changing your words can change your classroom dynamic and your teaching.
Never Work Harder Than Your Students Robyn Jackson 2009
As the title suggests, this book is focused on getting you as a teacher to put more of the responsibility for learning onto your students. It is practical and realistic and gave me a lot to reflect on.
Curriculum 21 Heidi Hayes Jacobs 2010
Although this book came out a decade into the new century, Jacobs argues that it is time to completely overhaul our curriculums and create a new ‘operating system’ for our schools. An important read for any current educator.
Brain Rules John Medina 2008
This book created in me a sort of obsession for brain-based learning theories for a while. Medina approaches highly scientific concepts in an easily digested way that makes simple connections to learning for educators to reflect on. Not only does what he describe make sense to anyone who has ever taught, it is based on hard science.
Making Learning Whole David Perkins 2008
After I finished Brain Rules, I picked up this wonderful book about creating learning experiences for students that break the current mold of subjects and segmented learning by thinking about teaching and learning the same way we think about teaching and learning how to play games like baseball. Perkins builds out this metaphor in a way that not only ‘sticks’ but offers guidelines and examples for educators.
Walk Out Walk On Deborah Frieze, Margaret Wheatley 2011
All I can say is that this book made me begin to question a lot of things. The authors take you on a journey through a non-fiction, first-person account of communities around the world stepping up and taking charge of their communities rather than waiting around for experts to come save them. If you have ever been part of a grassroots community (like Edcamp) this book will speak to you. If you haven’t, it will open your mind.
Teacher Man Frank McCourt 2005
My grandparents gave this book to me years ago (probably when it first came out) and it took a while for me to pick it up. When I did, I was immediately glad I had. This is an autobiography of a teacher in New York City. McCourt’s story is one of persistence, dedication and inspiration for anyone who has ever taught.
The Element Sir Ken Robinson 2009
By now, Robinson is almost a hero in the education world for his influential TED talk about creativity. After watching his video for the umpteenth time, I finally purchased his book. I was not disappointed. While not an educator, I found the stories inside inspiring and the message to discover and follow your passions a powerful one.
Feel free to share your own recommendations!Read More