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Authors add pressure on UK government over school libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dozens of British authors and others have written an open letter to the UK Department of Education calling for action in the wake of a report from the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group, entitled The Beating Heart of the School, urging that the Department should supervise proper standards of [...]

Back to School Week, Part 1: Let's Do Lunch!

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s back-to-school week here in Canada! Public schools typically open the Tuesday after Labor Day; I teach in a private school, so we don’t start classes until Thursday, but we’re back for meetings and prep bright and early on Tuesday morning. To celebrate this annual rite of [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 6: The Nearly-Free English Degree — Electives and Wrap-Up

By libertyc
August 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * I hope you’ve been enjoying my series on the “nearly free” English degree! So far, I think I asked you to buy just one book. That reallyis nearly free! For [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 5: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Four

By libertyc
August 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * For year four of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we’ll be covering contemporary times and other special topics. Each “course” below is worth one [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 4: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Three

By libertyc
August 23, 2013 // 3 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * For year three of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we’ll be covering the Romantic through Post-Colonial times. Each “course” below is worth one [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 3: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Two

By libertyc
August 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * Welcome back! For Year Two of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we’ll be covering the Old English through Renaissance times. Each “course” below is [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 2: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year One

By libertyc
August 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * In the initial post of my new “Don’t Go to Art School” series, I shared with you a great little blog post by an artist who exhorted his peers to [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 1: The Opening Argument

By libertyc
August 17, 2013 // 3 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * A Facebook friend recently sent me a great little blog post. It’s titled, “Don’t Go to Art School,” and here’s an excerpt: [...]

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools

By libertyc
July 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

MediaShift has an interesting write-up about a school district in Massachusetts that’s grappling with how to best roll out laptops in its schools. The article talks about the program in Natick, Mass., which involved issuing Macbooks to all students in grades eight through 12. The results have [...]

Is This Bizarre 'iPad-Only' School the Way of the Future? I Hope Not!

By libertyc
July 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

GigaOM recently had a write-up about a weird little school in the Netherlands that contains only iPads and students. They haven’t just used iPads as a paper-replacing virtual book, but rather as a virtual school-in-a-box: “There will be no paper notebooks or books or laptops or [...]

Sony and E Ink are Making a Digital Paper Notepad and it Looks Awesome (Video)

By Matthew Marchesano
May 17, 2013 // 5 Comments

I’m an all-day note-taker—my day’s or week’s itinerary, messages to give to someone else, story ideas, ramblings, etc. Unfortunately I’m also a bit of a messy … well, unorganized person, I admit. And as you may guess, those two personality traits usually add up, for me, to lots [...]

Exploring Technology Overload with Students, Part 2

By libertyc
March 2, 2013 // 3 Comments

I wrote a few weeks ago about the health unit I’m doing with my Grade 2 class, exploring technology and how we can use it safely in our lives. Well, our second lesson was delayed by a snow day, so I’ve only now gotten around to lesson two, and it was a doozy! In our previous class, we [...]

Exploring Technology Overload with Students

By libertyc
February 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

As my school’s technology coordinator, part of my job is to explore the different ways our students use technology, and how that’s working for us. Are there tools we are under-utilizing? Tools we are over-utilizing? Are there concerns parents have over how their kids are interacting [...]

Republic, Missouri school library book removal may backfire

By libertyc
August 3, 2011 // 1 Comment

I live in Springfield, Missouri. Republic isn’t exactly one of our suburbs, but it is the next town over, and just a few minutes away if I should want to visit. My brother used to live there, before moving to St. Louis. So I feel a little remiss in not having commented on the Republic school [...]

Columbia publishing course shifts focus to include ebooks

By Chris Walters
July 19, 2011 // 1 Comment

There’s an interesting article from the New York Times that’s making the rounds this week, about how a long-running, and hugely popular, publishing course at Columbia University now includes topics on digital publishing and ebooks. The summer session began with a focus on “The Digital [...]

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