Last night a few of us from the ASLC were fortunate enough to see Sherry Turkle author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. I must confess that I have not read the book yet. I was originally put off by the title but the research and findings she presented last night make it a must read for educators and parents.
She spent a lot of time talking the impact that being constantly tethered to the internet is having on families, schooling and identity. The generation we are teaching has grown up in a world of distraction. They rarely experience a phone call where the other person has given them their full attention. This made me said but as I watch the students interacting here in high school, I see what she is saying. Rarely are kids speaking to one another without texting, looking at their messages or listening with one earbud in. She even spoke about some complaining that their parents never really give them their full attention---they too are interupting family time by reading emails, texting or connecting to the internet on their mobile device.
She also worries about privacy and how little privacy people actually have now with social networking sites. A consequence of social networking has been the dialing down of human contact. Many told her that they would rather text or email because it is easier to deal with people this way.
Please feel free to browse the notes (more notes) we took during the session. I know after seeing her speak, I am going to read her book. I also know that the next time I am at the park playing with my daughter I will think twice about responding immediately to the beep that lets me know I have received a text message!
You can see more of presentation here on TedTalks
It is a pleasure to announce our Joint Provincial Conference, October 14th – 16th. This year’s theme is “Connecting Globally” – celebrating our ever-shrinking world, the power of global connections and the need for empathy.
We are looking for inspiring presenters who are committed to providing thought-provoking professional learning for teachers and teacher-librarians across a wide range of grade levels! One of the conference goal’s is to showcase the powerful fusion of social studies, educational technology and school libraries.
If you are interested in being a presenter, please complete the Speaker Proposal Submission Form on the Connecting Globally Site by May 30th, 2011.
The program consists of Five Strands:
1. Global Issues/Citizenship - global empathy, responsible, active & digital citizenship, environmental stewardship, economics & resources
2. Geographic and Historical Thinking/ Literacy
3. Outcome –based Technology Instruction – Media Literacy, Web 2.0 Applications
4. Inquiry and Critical Thinking -big idea questions, refining searches, online graphic organizers, presentation tools, decision making & problem solving
5. Inclusion and Diversity in the Social Studies Classroom – support for K & E and special needs inclusion
Recently there has been serious media coverage concerning school libraries in Canada. Below are links to these articles. There was also a segment on the CBC National News on Tuesday, May 17. CASL President Linda Shantz-Keresztes was interviewed for some of the articles. For the Globe and Mail article, Dianne Oberg of the University of Alberta was interviewed. The text after the links was written by Kelly Dilorio of the Niagara Region in Ontario. Teacher- librarians across Canada should be aware of these articles and may want to share these articles with their administration.
The Windsor Star:
A strong school library program includes four components: collaboration with teaching staff (e.g. co-planning, co-teaching units or research assignments, support for teaching research and literacy) building reading literacy (e.g. running book clubs, assisting students in making reading selections, supporting staff with resources such as mentor texts for literacy instruction) enhancing learning through the use of technology (e.g. knowing the latest in technologies, providing support for those who are a little less hesitant to use technology such as SMART Boards, using wikis and blogs to encourage responses to reading) teaching research and information skills (e.g. making students aware of the appropriate and safe use of technology, digital citizenship, effective search strategies - not going directly to Google for answers, for example)
The move from Library to Learning Commons is an attempt to make libraries more current and effective in order to meet the needs of our 21st century learners. This includes expanding the formats to our offerings - eBooks, streaming video, links to research sites through our library webpages, access to a digital library catalog, audiobooks, and using portable technologies such as Netbooks to seek out information. A Learning Commons has both a physical presence (the books on the shelves) and a virtual presence (our library webpages, eBooks, for example) - a library is not just a place where we have books on shelves any more. It's a much more inclusive and differentiated environment that appeals to ALL learners!
"Teacher-librarian Nicola Kuhn is the recipient of the 2011 B.C. New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award by the B.C. Teacher-Librarian Association (BCTLA)." says the Rossland News. Read the article to find out how Ms. Khun is 'an inspiration to others'.
Andy Woodworth at Agnostic, Maybe rounds up 5 TED Talks Librarians Should Watch (and Why). In this must read post, Woodworth reviews each of the five recommended talks from the well-known TEDTalks video site. Here is the list:
Ken Robinson – Schools Kill Creativity (20m)
William Kamkwamba: How I Harnessed the Wind (6m)
Malcolm Gladwell – What We Can Learn from Spaghetti Sauce (19m)
Mark Bezos – A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter (5m)
JR – Use Art To Turn the World Inside Out (25m)
Join ASLC and Diana Rendina, Renovated Learning and Walking Together in exploring the excitement and potential of Makerspaces to impact student learning and learn how literature can help you create an Inclusive Learning Commons!
Location: Strathcona High School 10450 72 Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T6E0Z6