- Audio books can actually motivate students to do more reading.
- There’s no “best” search tool.
- Students need media resources 24/7.
- Students need challenging projects that ask them to analyze, compare, synthesize, and draw conclusions.
- TurnItIn and citation generators can be used to teach students how to write original work instead of simply policing plagiarism.
- Schools have to be consistent about fair use and copyright law. Looking the other way with a wink and a smile doesn’t cut it.
- Subscription databases are an information goldmine.
- Blogs are the ultimate primary source. If you want to know what’s really happening in Iraq, read a soldier’s blog.
- Google works best when asking very focused questions. “Which 20th century president did the most to promote civil rights?” is a hard question to answer with Google.
- Researchers have to use multiple sources and compare and validate information.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
21st Century Librarians
Here are some key ideas from the EdTech Talk podcast with Joyce Valenza as synthesized by jschinker in his Taste of Tech blog: