TechLearning Article: Textbooks of the Future
A Bookshelf Monstrosity
Amanda, a library media specialist, reviews books, on her blog, “A Bookshelf Monstrosity”, a treasure for any aspiring bibliophile. Amanda’s blog features book reviews on a variety of genres across generations, including such popular classics as Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” and George Orwell’s “1984.”
Mean Old Library Teacher
Hardly the “Mean Old Library Teacher” of this spirited blog’s title, Texas high school librarian Jennifer Turney shares websites worth exploring, offers honest reviews of YA literature, revitalizes burnt-out readers with a 30-book challenge and borrows a bookstore model to reorganize the fiction stacks in line with how kids really look for books.
Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts
With a focus on engaging students through technology, “Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts” distills the experience of a veteran South Carolina library media specialist who tackles issues ranging from strict student ID rules to taking charge of digital footprints, making the most of the ebook revolution and standing up to censorship when book banners take to the soapbox.
The Sassy Librarian
Pennsylvania college library director Courtney Lewis is “The Sassy Librarian” who ponders how to pack up a library when floods threaten, expresses frustration with the trilogy syndrome and offers up book reviews on genre favorites, including steampunk, on this blog with a Bloodlines countdown tool that hints at its blogger’s literary palate.
One Librarian’s Book Reviews
College librarian Melissa offers earnest reviews on genres ranging from magical realism to inspirational tales – complete with ratings to help teachers and parents make smart selections – on “One Librarian’s Book Reviews”; a resolute reader, this blogger hosts the Classic Double Challenge featuring new book versions of literary classics, including plenty of Shakespeare and anything by Jane Austen.
“Mrs. ReaderPants” delves into the world of Middle School and Young Adult fiction, serving up honest reviews, including in-depth narratives and a one to five ratings (on such topics as appropriateness for the age and engrossing), for librarians deciding what books to recommend to their students. The Book Trailers add a fun, multi-media dimension to “Mrs. ReaderPants” who also shares her thoughts in articles geared toward librarians and teen readers.
The King’s High School Library Blog
QR codes invade the book shelves, student library helpers with very specific reading tastes are celebrated and photos capture Random Acts of Reading plus a visit from the Governor-General in “The King’s High School Library Blog” based in New Zealand and chronicled by librarian Bridget Schaumann.
Named among the Library Journal’s latest Movers & Shakers, emerging technologies librarian at UNC Chapel Hill Chad Haefele argues for sustainability rather than vendor dependence as library services go high tech, rates the latest eReaders and tablets and reveals how to formulate search queries that get the right results on his blog “Hidden Peanuts”.
The task of fostering digital literacy, the trend toward tightened online access to local news and the need to archive web content or risk a digital dark age inspire reflection by Penn State librarian Ellysa Stern Cahoy on “E-Tech”, a blog focused on technology’s place in evolving libraries.
A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet
New Jersey Educational Media Specialist Julie Greller is the “cybrarian” behind “A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet”, a rich resource for new teachers as well as librarians and media specialists who are bound to find treasures in an A to Z guide to Web 2.0, tips and tools for creating infographics, information categorized by grade level and freebies ranging from data storage to graphics geared for teachers.
Karl Fisch has been a teacher for twenty-three years. He has taught middle and high school math and is currently Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, USA. He invites you to join the conversation at The Fischbowl.
Moving at the Speed of Creativity is Wesley Fryer's blog. (That's me!) I use this site to digitally document my own journey of learning and collaborate with other educators and lifelong learners around the globe. I focus primarily on issues related to engaged learning, web 2.0 technologies, digital storytelling, educational leadership, literacy, blended learning, creativity, appropriate uses of educational technologies, digital citizenship, and educational transformation.
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