Monday, April 6, 2015

Your Library

Russo, C. T., & Swan, C. (2015). Your Library is the Answer: Demonstrating Relevance to Tech-Savvy Learners. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-59884-933-2

Publisher's Description
Today’s tech-savvy and digitally connected students present a new challenge for today’s school librarians. This book offers the 21st-century tools and know-how necessary for educators to appeal to and challenge students to learn—and to want to learn.
What are the best ways to motivate students to become engaged and develop a passion for learning? Can appealing to their desire for socialization and constant communication—attributes of their lives outside of education—via the integration of cutting-edge technologies and "new media" in the library or classroom serve to ignite creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking? This book shows how you can make use of non-traditional tools such as popular social networks, collaborative technologies, and cloud computing to teach information and communications technologies integrated with the school curriculum to improve student learning—and demonstrates how these same technologies can help you measure skills and mastery learning.
The book provides an easy-to-follow blueprint for using collaborative techniques, innovation, and teaching for creativity to achieve the new learning paradigm of self-directed learning, such as flipping the classroom or library. Readers of this book will find concrete, step-by-step examples of proven lesson plans, collaborative models, and time-saving strategies for the successful integration of American Association of School Librarians (AASL) standards. The authors—both award-winning teachers—explain the quantitatively and qualitatively measurable educational value of using these technologies for core curricular and information and communications technologies instruction, showing that they both enhance student learning outcomes and provide data for measuring their impact on learning.

  • Includes innovative, practical lesson plans designed to promote problem solving skills, flexible thinking, and metacognition as well as an extensive bibliography of additional resources
  • Addresses how to analyze quantitative and qualitative data to perform the assessment necessary to improve learning outcomes
  • Provides essential information and guidance for K–12 librarians, technology integration teachers, and educators as well as school administrators
  • Addresses key aspects of learning such as critical thinking, inquiry, learning spaces, blended learning, engagement, motivation, and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Table of Contents
Part I: Advocate and Manage
Chapter 1: Leadership
Chapter 2: Mission and Core Values
Part II: Socialize and Engage
Chapter 3: Environment: Culture and Climate
Chapter 4: Social Bookmarking / Participatory Learning / Collaborative Research
Part III: Communicate and Collaborate
Chapter 5: Collaborative Technologies and Cloud Computing
Chapter 6: GAFE: Google APPS for Education
Chapter 7: Online Blended Learning
Part IV: Network
Chapter 8: Establish Professional Learning Network
Part V: Use Standards
Chapter 9: Common Core
Part VI: Instruct
Chapter 10: Instruction
Chapter 11: Assessment
Chapter 12: PLCs
Part VII: Search
Chapter 13: Google Search: Strategies and Protocols
Chapter 14: Literacy: digital, reading, writing, numeracy and inquiry
Part VIII: Create
Chapter 15: Creativity and Curiosity
Part IX: Digitize: Publish and Produce
Chapter 16: Plagiarism
Chapter 17: Copyright and Intellectual Property
Chapter 18: Cybersafety
Part X: Innovate and Adapt
Chapter 19: New and Emerging Technologies