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Articles By Carolyn Foote
Stephen Abram (see just above) isn't our only librarian, educator, and future-watcher! Carolyn Foote also chose to peer ahead at the future of the profession this issue, basing her comments on her own vast experience and on thoughts and writings gleaned from sources such as the book Library 2020 and the Center for the Future of Libraries "Trend Report."
Posted 01 Dec 2017 / Nov/Dec 2017 Issue
Virtual reality was a hot topic at Austin's SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive conferences this past March. Carolyn looked and listened, with an ear to learning how VR can best be used in educational settings, and how to "not only consume it but turn our attention to student creation and what students can learn from being intentional creators of VR content."
Posted 01 May 2017 / May/June 2017 Issue
Carolyn builds the case for flexible library spaces that support authentic inquiry and promote the kind of collaborative energy inherent in effective project-based learning.
Posted 01 Jan 2017 / Jan/Feb 2017 Issue
Mary Ann's fellow Texas librarian and colleague Carolyn Foote has written this memorial to and appreciation of Mary Ann to fill the void in this, the final Belltones column. Mary Ann recently passed away quite unexpectedly.
Posted 01 Nov 2016 / Nov/Dec 2016 Issue
In June, the Department of Education Office of Ed Tech rolled out a new Future Ready Librarian initiative and framework that highlights the ways librarians can accelerate change to help their districts build future-ready schools. Learn more from Carolyn, and get on board!
Posted 01 Sep 2016 / Sep/Oct 2016 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2016 / Mar/Apr 2016 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Nov 2015 / Nov/Dec 2015 Issue
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?
Posted 01 May 2015 / May/Jun 2015 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2015 / Jan/Feb 2015 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Sep 2014 / Sep/Oct 2014 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2014 / Mar/Apr 2014 Issue
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.
Posted 06 Nov 2013 / Nov/Dec 2013 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Sep 2013 / Sep/Oct 2013 Issue
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.
Posted 01 May 2013 / May/Jun 2013 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2013 / Mar/Apr 2013 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2013 / Jan/Feb 2013 Issue
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!
Posted 01 Nov 2012 / Nov/Dec 2012 Issue
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!
Posted 01 Sep 2012 / Sep/Oct 2012 Issue
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.
Posted 01 May 2012 / May/Jun 2012 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2012 / Jan/Feb 2012 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Nov 2010 / Nov/Dec 2010 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Mar 2010 / Mar/Apr 2010 Issue
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