Teen Tech Titans..or how I spent my summer at the LaGrange Library

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Teachers and tech: @ home and in the classroom: a Pew Institute Research report

teacheripad A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and secondary school students finds that digital technologies have become central to their teaching and professionalization. At the same time, the internet, mobile phones, and social media have brought new challenges to teachers, and they report striking differences in access to the latest digital technologies between lower and higher income students and school districts.techlaptops

Asked about the impact of the internet and digital tools in their role as middle and high school educators, these teachers say the following about the overall impact on their teaching and their classroom work:

  • 92% of these teachers say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access content, resources, and materials for their teaching
  • 69% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to share ideas with other teachers
  • 67% say the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to interact with parents and 57% say it has had such an impact on enabling their interaction with students

studentipadThe survey finds that digital tools are widely used in classrooms and assignments, and a majority of these teachers are satisfied with the support and resources they receive from their school in this area. However, it also indicates that teachers of the lowest income students face more challenges in bringing these tools to their classrooms:

  • Mobile technology has become central to the learning process, with 73% of AP and NWP teachers saying that they and/or their students use their cell phones in the classroom or to complete assignments
  • More than four in ten teachers report the use of e-readers (45%) and tablet computers (43%) in their classrooms or to complete assignments
  • 62% say their school does a “good job” supporting teachers’ efforts to bring digital tools into the learning process, and 68% say their school provides formal training in this area
  • Teachers of low income students, however, are much less likely than teachers of the highest income students to use tablet computers (37% v. 56%) or e-readers (41% v. 55%) in their classrooms and assignments
  • Similarly, just over half (52%) of teachers of upper and upper-middle income students say their students use cell phones to look up information in class, compared with 35% of teachers of the lowest income students
  • Just 15% of AP and NWP teachers whose students are from upper income households say their school is “behind the curve” in effectively using digital tools in the learning process; 39% who teach students from low income households describe their school as “behind the curve”
  • 70% of teachers of the highest income students say their school does a “good job” providing the resources needed to bring digital tools into the classroom; the same is true of 50% of teachers working in low income areas
  • Teachers of the lowest income students are more than twice as likely as teachers of the highest income students (56% v. 21%) to say that students’ lack of access to digital technologies is a “major challenge” to incorporating more digital tools into their teaching

How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms report as cited on http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Teachers-and-technology.aspx

Happy Bobbie Burns Day

Royalty-free; scanned from a Dover bookRobert Burns was born on 25 January 1759. To commemorate the 250th birth of  this Scottish poet,  The Prince of Wales recorded two of his favorite Robert Burns poems for the BBC Scotland audio project  in 2009. He recited My Luve is Like a A Red Red Rose and My Heart’s In The Highlands.

The site was launched  as part of the multi-platform BBC Scotland celebration to mark the 250th anniversary of Burns’ birth and more of his works will be added over the next two years. The project has also seen contributions from First Minister Alex Salmond,  and actors Alan Cumming, Robert Carlyle and Robbie Coltrane.

_45406433_charles_burns226paMy Luve is Like a Red Red Rose was the most popular of the Prince’s readings and received 23,444 hits.  For American audiences an audio clip can be found by clicking here.

Jeff Zycinski, Head of Radio Scotland, said:

There’s no doubt in my mind that the involvement of Prince Charles in this project gave it a real boost and his recitals attracted interest from Canada, Australia and all around the world. We were especially pleased with the care His Royal Highness took during the recording session. He was very keen to give us a real, heartfelt performance and not just a simple reading.

as found on http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/robertburns/



Lance Armstrong biography…fiction or non fiction?

In a true testament to the hyperactive power of social media, this photo surfaced  recently in an Australian  public library…Image

Just days after the disgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong,  admitted to doping throughout his decorated career, the notice jokingly suggested his books would be moved to the fiction section, created by a library clerk of the Manly Public Library. A library patron snapped and posted the image  on social media. By January 20th, 2013, the image was making the rounds on global media websites, including  USA Today.

The clerk, Jack Dee, was shocked and removed it immediately when he realized it had gone viral and apologized to the town’s local government, the Manly Council.

He was shocked to see how fast it had spread online, and deactivated his Facebook account after media outlets started contacting him.  Mr Dee said he was frustrated to read media reports and tweets suggesting that the library was actually reclassifying the books.

Manly Library’s acting manager Wendy Ford said

Libraries Australia classifies all material, and member libraries follow that interpretation.

While many people feel betrayed by  7 time Tour de France  winner, cyclist Lance Armstrong’s admission of  usage of performance enhancing drugs,   this  notice, while a tongue in cheek joke,  is a prime example of how social media is shrinking our world.  Information, via social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the like  spread information (some true, some not so true)   quickly.   Availability of camera phones,  allow quick documentation  and dissemination of events .  This is a gentle reminder to be wary and question content  as  the role of the reader.

as found on http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/manly-library-review-after-librarians-lance-armstrong-notice-proves-twitter-hit/

Kitchen connected

I  will admit that I am addicted to my Ipad.  I read  ebooks off of it, connect with my email, Facebook and various social media, blog,  take quick photos, utilize it for library duties, even give Accelerated Reader tests to my students  on this device.

Sometimes I prop it  up in the my kitchen (carefully)  to cook from, or watch a cooking demo by my hero , Martha Stewart.  All the while, nervous of errant splatters, or granular sugar scratches appearing on the screen.  Ultimately, I prefer my traditional paper cook books, many of which are stained with flour and memories of the dish and the occasion it was prepared for. Or with whom is was prepared with……often I think of my Grandmother Rivier when I pull out her  cookbook and read her hand written notes in  the various margins.   See previous post, click here.

Thankfully, Williams and Sonoma are keeping up with the societal shift to the Ipad, by offering a kitchen stand,    blue tooth speaker   and  splatter screen cover  in their Christmas sales catalog.  Tech savy cooks can consult a recipe , watch/listen to   cooking demos,  crank on a tune from their  Spotify channel…and perhaps a panicked  Facetime  consultation with Mummy  (in Canada)  when  the yeast is not rising properly….all while whipping up  supper…without fears of cooking spatters on said electronic device.

Further proof of  the Ipad’s cemented  integration into our daily lives.  Maybe,  I would like one?  St. Nicholas, are you reading this?

Digital Bookmobile

As part of the National Digital Bookmobile tour, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School will be hosting Overdrive’s bookmobile.

Visit us in the Upper School Parking lot, corner of Manatee Ave and 39th Street West, in Bradenton, FLA to tour the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile on Thursday November 15th. Classes will tour from noon -3pm, open to the public from 3pm-6pm. Ask eBook download questions. Visit the Gadget Gallery to learn about how easy your electronic tablet can hook up to this free service.

Look for the 74 foot transport ….. Not your Grandmother’s bookmobile of yester year……74 feet of awesomeness…….

Blog Anniversary

Happy Blog Anniversary to ME!  Today is the 5th anniversary of  my blog….any excuse for cake…..

Thank you to the many people to stop by my blog, read it, make comments, post a ‘like’ to it etc.  Thanks to you,  I seem to be averaging around 120 views per day….on my heaviest day…468 views  on  August 5, 2012. Thank you!   Feel free to share your suggestions  of future blog topics with me.

Majority of Young Readers Still Use Libraries

Some 80% of Americans ages 16-29 have read a book in the past year, and six in ten say they have used their local public library, but library attitudes among that age group are somewhat in flux, according to survey report released today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, with younger readers reporting that they are reading more in an “era of digital content,” and increasingly on their mobile devices, suggesting “opportunities of further engagement with libraries” later in life as found

Other major takeaways among Americans between the ages of 16 and 29:

  • 60% reported using the library in the past year.
  • 83% reported reading a book in the past year—with 75% saying they’ve read a print book; 19% reading e-book, and 11% listening to an audiobook.
  • Among e-book users, those under age 30 are more likely to read on a cell phone (41%) or a computer (55%) than on an e-book reader such as a Kindle (23%) or tablet (16%).
  • Readers under age 30 are more likely to say that they are reading more these days due to the availability of e-content (40% vs. 28%).

Meanwhile, as with the last Pew survey of older readers, younger readers are also generally unaware that they can borrow an e-book from their local library, a significant challenge going forward. Just 10% of the e-book readers in the 16-29 age group have borrowed an e-book from a library and, among those who have not borrowed an e-book, 52% said they were unaware they could do so.

Future proof that libraries have work to do with advocating their services. Promoting, marketing of available service to our patron community.


Gene Roddenberry would be proud?

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Today,  Google celebrated the 46th anniversary of  the Star Trek series on television.  While one of the fathers of science fiction genre,  Google  decided to celebrate by going where no doodle has gone before.

I have many fond memories of  watching Next Generation with my  floor mates  in Lister Hall, 12th floor Mackenzie at the University of Alberta.  A group of nearly 14  grad students would ‘trek’ down to the cafeteria to eat supper, discuss  the days events,  then, back to our lounge to commandeer the t.v. and couches.

While I do like my fellow Canuck,  William Shattner’s portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk…I do sit on the fence with  Patrick Stewart’s Jean Luc Picard character….both had unique Captain qualities.