Articles By Carolyn Foote
Like public libraries, school libraries and librarians are in transition. Identifying trends in the Aspen Institute's "Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries" report can provide valuable insights into new thinking about school libraries as well.
This issue, Carolyn has her eye on trends in the evolution of libraries as institutions and how librarians can provide the leadership to take their libraries, students, and schools toward that future.
From the Apple Watch to Fitbits to tech jewelry, the wearable technology market is beginning to take off. Other than geeking out at what will be possible with wearables like some futuristic fantasy out of a sci-fi movie, how does this apply to schools?
Ebook usage is taking off rather slowly in school libraries as compared to public libraries. With that in mind, Carolyn has dug into nationally gathered data on students and ebooks and is in the process of gathering and analyzing more locally. Learn how she's proceeding and what she's learning in this issue's Idea Watch.
Many techie educators rely on Twitter for their own professional development-culling helpful links or attending thematic edchats online that cross the boundaries of states and countries. But there is a growing movement to bring that Twitter PD opportunity home, within the boundaries of a district. Carolyn's got some ideas and example of what that looks like.
In theory, ebooks can provide your students with easy access from all of their devices to reading material, writes Carolyn. But for libraries, there are all sorts of issues to be resolved in order to offer ebooks to our students. Developing an ebook collection is more fraught with questions than answers.
As more mobile devices enter our schools, libraries have to be responsive, in the tools we use and also in the design and functionality of our physical spaces. We need to examine how our policies support what students need, rather than act as obstacles.
Makerspaces in school libraries are a natural fit with the mission of the library—and they are springing up in public libraries all over, providing excellent models for school libraries.
More and more ebook vendors are entering the market, yet there are still many particular needs schools have that are simply not being met, according to Carolyn. Read her dissection of the current state of ebook affairs … and what's needed to improve it.
Live-blogging is commonly used for online events, but it has made only a slow entry into the classroom and into library instruction, despite the fact that research studies show it to be an effective learning tool, not to mention a means of communication that students are familiar with.
Librarians now have opportunities not only to curate information but to be leaders in their schools as innovators and change agents who bring new ideas and tools into the educational mix. Carolyn's got it covered.
A year ago, Carolyn's high school rolled out 1:1 iPads to all of its teachers, juniors, and seniors. After a year of working in a 1:1 iPad environment, it's clear that the devices have changed a lot about how the school works—for the better!
Carolyn considers this time whether educators—and school librarians in particular—are getting the right message out to administrators, in the right way, and even to the right audience. Read her conclusions here. Hint: Don't dump data; tell a story!
Carolyn Foote, our newest columnist, recently attended the South by Southwest Education Conference in Austin, Texas, where she was intrigued by the ideas of author and game designer Jane McGonigal. That got Carolyn thinking about the emotional benefit we get from game-playing.
At Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, an iPad pilot initiative is exploring how a new portable technology, in the hands of teachers and students, can affect teaching and learning. Librarian Carolyn Foote describes how they are proceeding, keeping a close eye on what is working and what the impacts of the project are.
Just carry an iPad into a restaurant or a school library and see how much attention you get! It's a device everyone wants to get their hands on, touch, and play with. But just what are its strengths and weaknesses as a teaching and learning tool in schools? That's what author Carolyn Foote and her colleagues wanted to find out in their district. Read on to learn about their ongoing iPad pilot project at Foote's high school research center as they examine whether the devices are helpful in a school and/or library environment.
In this age of easy access to Google, standardized testing, and AP curriculums, why should we teach research skills? Don't students "know everything" about research and the web? Hardly! Carolyn Foote has a lot to say about this, and even more about why teaching research skills counts for even more today than in the past. What we're striving for, she says, is student empowerment.