The school of one minute from now will be an information hub--a complex, omni-directional experience involving thinking, reading, and writing. These are some thoughts on how to make the schools of Missoula part of this vision.
Although the Articles of the Library Bill of Rights are unambiguous statements of basic principles that should govern the service of all libraries, questions do arise concerning application of these principles to specific library practices.
Following are those documents designated by the Intellectual Freedom Committee as Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights and background statements detailing the philosophy and history of each. For convenience and easy reference, the documents are presented in alphabetical order. These documents are policies of the American Library Association, having been adopted by the ALA Council.
The Mobile Learning Institute’s film series “A 21st Century Education” profiles individuals who embrace and defend fresh approaches to learning and who confront the urgent social challenges that are part of a 21st century experience. “A 21st Century Education” compiles, in short film format, the best ideas around school reform. The series is meant to start, extend, or nudge the conversation about how to make change in education happen.
The Bloggers' FAQ on Student Blogging addresses legal issues arising from student blogging. It focuses on blogging by high school (and middle school) students, but also contains information for college students.
Virginia K-12 educators and students use instructional resources via LAN, WAN, the Internet, and other electronic devices. Administrators, teachers, library media specialists, and students must monitor the use of technologies for grade-level and content appropriateness, ethics, and safety.
This week, I spent some time exploring Acceptable Use Policies from schools around the country and found that an alarming number of them were somewhere between excessively prohibitive and just plain silly. In a world where technology has become a part of virtually every thing we do, it seems almost absurd to still think of technology use policies as separate from the everyday policies that govern behavior and learning activities. If something is wrong; it’s wrong regardless of the tool we use to carry out the act.
So, it got me to thinking…what if we carried the theme of creating a separate set of rules for other essential learning tools…