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John Evans

5 Reasons Makerspaces Belong in School Libraries - 2 views

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    "The Maker Movement continues to grow, and makerspaces have hit a point where they are clearly no longer just a passing fad. Academic universities are conducting research and gathering data on makerspaces' impact on learning, and dozens of books have already been published. More and more makerspaces are being created in schools, some in separate labs and some in corners of classrooms. And some makerspaces, of course, are in the library.

    In these last four years of speaking at conferences, chatting on Twitter and talking to colleagues, I've fielded a lot of questions from two camps.

    One camp is made up of hesitant librarians. They're not really sure that a makerspace belongs in the library. They're afraid of it taking over their whole program and replacing the books. Their school already has a STEM lab, so why do they need a makerspace in their library too?

    The other camp is made up of librarians who are ready and eager to start a makerspace, but who are meeting resistance from their administration. We already have an art studio; why do we need a makerspace in the library too? Aren't those kids just playing and messing around with LEGO® bricks? Shouldn't the library be a quiet, clean, studious environment? How would a space like this tie in with curriculum, improve test scores or create better experiences for our students?

    This article looks to address some of these concerns and to explain why makerspaces do belong in libraries."
John Evans

Pam Moran on transformed school libraries - @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch - 1 views

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    "Once I believed that libraries were places where people went for books and reference materials.
    Now I believe that libraries are learning opportunities that promote pathways for people to "search, connect, communicate and make."
    Please do not miss superintendent Pam Moran's post today about the possibilities of 21st c school libraries.
    Please share her vision with at least one other administrator."
John Evans

CS (Computer Science) First: for middle school libraries, and your CS program - @joycev... - 3 views

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    This looks like just the type of program a middle school librarian could love.

    CS, or Computer Science First is a free Google program designed to increase student exposure to computer science education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs in a club approach run by teachers and/or community volunteers.

    CS First works towards its goal of developing student courage, confidence and curiosity about computer science by providing a wealth of free training materials targeted at students grades 4 through 12. The resources may be tailored for nearly any schedule. Students learn how to build creative projects using Scratch, learn about the critical role computer science and coding play in today's world, and explore technology-based career options.

    There's something here every kid could love as well.
International School of Central Switzerland

Debate on School Libraries in South Africa | Equal Education - 1 views

  • The meaning of school libraries
  • One panellist suggested that a library should be regarded as a function, with its resources tying in with the school curriculum and meeting the needs of both staff and learners.
  • The panellists were in agreement that while the digital information revolution could not be ignored, it did not undercut the value of libraries and skilled librarians.
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    On Tuesday, 21 June 2011, EE hosted a debate on school libraries in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. The night before, the debate took place at Wits University in Johannesburg. The panel brought together library experts from Europe, Australia, South America and Africa as well as local library experts. The panellists were asked to provide insight into the importance of school libraries, share unique perspectives on challenges in advocating for their provision and to address the challenges and opportunities that information technologies (e.g. e-books) present in the campaign for school libraries in South Africa.
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