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Robin Cicchetti

Do School Libraries Need Books? - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • constant need to acquire new books
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      Still need to acquire digital versions. The spending doesn't disappear with the paper.
  • more efficient to work online
  • went beyond stacks and stacks of underutilized books.
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  • Our library is now the most-used space on campus, with collaborative learning areas, classrooms with smart boards, study sections, screens for data feeds from research sites, a cyber cafe, and increased reference and circulation stations for our librarians. It has become a hub where students and faculty gather, learn and explore together.
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      This is a perfect description of a learning commons.
  • But they need more help from librarians to navigate these resources, so we have also increased our library staff by 25 percent.
    • Robin Cicchetti
       
      Relevance is what saves and builds programs and protects budgets.
  • Cushing Academy today is awash in books of all formats. Many classes continue to use printed books, while others use laptops or e-readers. It is immaterial to us whether students use print or electronic forms to read Chaucer and Shakespeare. In fact, Cushing students are checking out more books than before, making extensive use of e-readers in our library collection. Cushing’s success could inspire other schools to think about new approaches to education in this century.
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      Diversity of format, open access, increased reading.
  • Holding a book in our hands, we orient ourselves within a larger system.
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      Strong sensory and nostalgic connections to books and the idea of reading.
  • Who wrote that? Where are the competing voices? How is it organized? By what (and whose) terms is it indexed? Does it have pictures? Can I write in it myself?
    • Robin Cicchetti
       
      Is critical thinking enhanced by one format over another? I think these skills apply to all formats.
  • knowledge is proximate
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      Why is knowledge proximate? Global awareness is a goal for every student. What about POV?
  • The digital natives in our schools need to have the experience of getting lost in a physical book, not only for the pure pleasure but also as a way to develop their attention spans, ability to concentrate, and the skill of engaging with a complex issue or idea for an uninterrupted period of time.
    • Robin Cicchetti
       
      It is possible to get lost in text, no matter the format. We see it every day. Students engrossed reading off their iTouch, desktops, laptops, Kindles and Nooks.
  • The printed word long ago lost its position of eminence in the American library.
    • Robin Cicchetti
       
      Studies indicate people are reading more than ever - but not from paper.
  • The tangibility of a traditional book allows the hands and fingers to take over much of the navigational burden: you feel where you are, and this frees up the mind to think.
    • Robin Cicchetti
       
      So many references to the tangible experience of paper. Nobody comments on how heavy a book is, how you can't take that many on your suitcase for vacation because of the weight, or holding it in bed at night. If we are going sensory, I'd rather pack/hold a Kindle.
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    Debate on traditional vs. digital reading continues.
Yvonne Barrett

Flexr 1.1.4 - 9 views

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    "CK-12 has developed an online system for collaborative, custom-collated, self publishable educational content that can be adapted for individualized needs in a digital-age textbook known as a FlexBook. "
Robin Cicchetti

How E-Books Will Change Reading And Writing : NPR - 0 views

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    Concise yet thorough pulse of ebooks and the evolution of writing. Reference to Japanese cell phone novels was good, and a trend worth watching.
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    Useful article for an overview of ereaders and their potential impact on reading and writing.
Donna Baumbach

DailyLit: Read books online by daily email and RSS feed - 1 views

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    We are thrilled to announce that DailyLit is now 100% free. Starting now, any book, story or series featured on DailyLit is being made available for free. DailyLit has always been about responding to our readers - any feature we've launched or change we've made has been in response to readers' requests. We're now listening to our readers once again, and it's clear that they most appreciate the wonderful books, stories and installments available for free.
Donna Baumbach

Myebook - get it out there! - 0 views

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    myebook aims to revolutionise the way we create, publish and share ebook content online. Built on a feature-rich social platform, complete with powerful, browser-based, builder software, and a slick reader environment, there's never been an easier way for anyone and everyone to 'get it out there'. With myebook.com, we've made it possible for anyone to upload, or create from scratch, beautifully simple or adventurously complex page designs and covers online, in no time. What's more, you can publish your book with a single button and release it to the world before the (virtual) ink's dry! You can create as many publications as you want. And it's all free.
Donna Baumbach

Libraries Without Books? - 0 views

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    There is a place for eBooks in the classroom. Can they replace textbooks. Heck yeah! Why not! The eBook of the future could be a multimedia platform with video and audio and interactive teaching tools. But should eBooks replace entire libraries like the one in Massachusetts? I just don't think so, at least not right now.
Jennifer Garcia

http://www.bookglutton.com - 16 views

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    "Read, Chat, Comment, Inside books"
Jennifer Garcia

World Public Library - Classic Literature Collection - 9 views

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    Search ebooks by: my first book, childrens and young adult collections
Jennifer Garcia

ManyBooks.net - Free eBooks for your PDA, iPhone, or eBook Reader - 11 views

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    Read books online
Beverley Humphrey

Free Web 2.0 Books - 0 views

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    Downloadable PDFs on using web 2.0 in education with age graded projects
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