Looking Ahead, In the School Library and Beyond
In the November/December issue of Multimedia & Internet@Schools, we take one of our periodic looks at what’s happening in the world of school librarians—you who are both an important component of our readership and who are in many ways the information technology brokers for the teachers and administrators who comprise most of the rest of that readership! We’ve reached out to you specifically through two articles in this issue.
Victor Rivero’s Tools for Learning roundup this month covers a broad range of library-oriented products, services, and information resources that take the school library social, as in social media. You’ll note that many are from established library automation providers; many more are from newer companies and other organizations. Check out Victor’s feature, Libraries Get Social—Social Media, That Is! on page 8.
And Stephen Abram’s future-oriented Pipeline column delves deeper into the timely issue of ebooks, print books, and education. In P-Books vs. Ebooks: Are There Education Issues? (p. 13), Stephen records his own and other thoughtful experts’ answers to questions such as, “What’s so good about print books?” and (Oh, yeah? Well, then …) “What are the advantages of electronic books?” As the discussions centering on ebooks proceed … rather furiously … and the relevant technologies evolve … rather quickly … Stephen offers some helpful perspectives. Ever the enthusiastic optimist, he writes: “It’s a great time to be a librarian participating in the creation of new plateaus for reading, books, education, culture, entertainment, enjoyment, and more. And it’s going to get more exciting, not less, in the coming years.”
Other authors and columnists this month are examining educational technology trends as well, with an eye to seeing what can work and how to ensure that it does. Here are a couple:
Since online teaching and learn-ing is growing by leaps and bounds, Media Center columnist Mary Alice Anderson, who herself is in the midst of the online teaching fray, recounts many of her own and her colleagues’ experiences in What’s It Like to Teach an Online Class? (p. 20).
And Carolyn Foote reports on how her district is assessing the effectiveness of the Apple iPad as an educational tool. “It’s a device everyone wants to get their hands on, touch, and play with,” she notes. “But it can’t just be about the dazzle of the device. It needs to be about what the device helps students and teachers do better.” Checking Out the iPad—A Pilot Project Tests the Hot New Tech Tool (p. 17) serves up some positive, if preliminary, observations.
Enjoy! See you next year in January, when we’ll come to you with a shortened name and a tighter editorial focus, as Internet@Schools magazine!
David Hoffman , editor