Morning Links: Laptops for students? Adults love coloring books too!

By Joanna Cabot
April 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

Are Laptop Requirements a Forgone Conclusion or a Burden on Students? (Media Shift) One 2014 survey found 90 percent of students own laptops and 86 percent own smartphones, while less than half of those surveyed own tablets. *** The Internet Doesn’t Make You Smarter; You Only Think it Does (Ars [...]

Morning Links: Tablets in the classroom help learning? Amazon-Harper Collins face off

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
April 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn? (Gizmodo) What do these mobile devices really add, though? Is there more to this tech trend than just grabbing the attention of students? Is mobile technology boosting classroom instruction, or is it all just a flashy way to accomplish the [...]

Toronto Catholic School Board Cuts Every Teacher-Librarian

By Joanna Cabot
March 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s budget time here, and every municipality in my area is trying to balance the books. One of the more controversial cost-cutting tactics to come to light this week is the Toronto Catholic school board’s decision to eliminate teacher-librarians in ALL of its elementary schools. As the [...]

Education alliance urges Congress to support dedicated school library funding

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its support for “a coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., ESCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers” which has just sent a letter to the [...]

Teaching Good Media Habits for Children

By Joanna Cabot
March 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

I featured this story in the Morning Links yesterday, and have been thinking about it all morning. Amanda Enayati writes about ‘unplugging’ as a trend thing, that people are finally noticing the ‘stress’ that their devices cause them. It seems to me that addressing that [...]

Morning Links: Apple making iPads in classrooms easier. More on Little Free libraries

By Joanna Cabot
March 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

How My Little Free Library Became Self-Sustaining (Book Riot) The reality of running a Little Free Library is often much less bright and cheery. A lot of the books that get put in aren’t anything anyone would want to take. *** How I Manage my Creative Process on an 11-Inch Macbook Air (GigaOM) I [...]

Two cheers for World Book Day?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 5, 2015 // 4 Comments

I shouldn’t be remotely snarky about the UK World Book Day, perhaps. After all, any initiative that promotes books and reading in a country whose literacy and reading levels besmirch its cultural and economic status is welcome. “Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book [...]

Warwick Report exposes systematic divides in UK culture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Unsurprisingly from the country that gave the world the concept of philistinism, the 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – otherwise known as the Warwick Report – has found that “the government [...]

Review: Steampunk LEGO by Guy Himber

By Joanna Cabot
February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

I got a package in the mail this week—a gorgeous hardcover book from No Starch Press! When I wrote earlier about this publisher, I mentioned that one of the things which intrigued me about them was their print-plus-eBook bundles. They graciously agreed to let me try one out, and while I was [...]

Quick Reads finds snack-reading between meals can refresh the synapses other opiates can’t reach

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

UK reading advocacy program Quick Reads – operating in partnership with Galaxy Chocolate – has shared a new research study revealing “that those who read for just 30 minutes per week are 20% more likely to be satisfied with their lives.” Dr. Josie Billington at The [...]

Want a Humble Bundle for Geeky Kids?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s an interesting theme for a Humble Bundle. Brainiac kid’s books, including books on coding, physics, website design and, of course, LEGO. Heck, that sounds like something this self-proclaimed geek adult might be interested in. The line-up looks quite intriguing. Customers can pay [...]

UK National Literacy Trust appoints Frank Lampard as reading ambassador

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

UK NGO the National Literacy Trust has appointed Frank Lampard, star footballer and currently mid-fielder for Manchester City Football Club, as a new ambassador for the Trust, “supporting our ongoing work to raise the profile of literacy in the UK and motivate disadvantaged children to read [...]

The K-12 and economic cases for a national digital library endowment

By David Rothman
January 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

President Obama wants expanded broadband, as indicated in his State of the Union address—a laudable goal. But what to use it for, beyond such purposes as, say, the faster downloading of YouTubes? Here’s the latest version of LibraryCity’s call for a national digital library endowment [...]

Sad news for Egmont as US operation closes without buyer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sad to say, Egmont Publishing has had to close its US business after trying but failing to find a buyer. The official Egmont statement said: Egmont Publishing, which at $900 million is the largest division in the Denmark-based Egmont group, employing 2,400 people across 30 countries, has a new [...]

Morning Links: Netflix wants to expand to 200 countries. Doctorow wants to end DRM

By Joanna Cabot
January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Netflix Wants to Expand to 200 Countries Within the Next Two Years (GigaOM) Netflix wants to complete its global expansion within the next two years, the company announced as part of its Q4 2014 earnings release. *** License Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (David Nickle) So here’s a [...]

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