Social Media Networks

♦ The social prism, designed by Brian Solis of Future Works, depicts social media as ‘The Conversation: The Art of Listening, Learning, and Sharing’. According to this, social media does not just encompass Facebook and Twitter; it includes a cross section of community sites, blogs, bookmarking sites, photo sites, sharing tools, audio and video tools, and some advanced tools that are used in conjunction with one another to have a dynamic online experience.

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Digital Natives

♦ Based on the research by Gary Small, MD & Gigi Vorgan in their book, iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, the infographic below illustrates common features of a digital native.  How can you structure your lesson plans to appeal to this kind of student?  What does this information tell us about what is and what is not working in the classroom?

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Makerspace in Libraries

♦ There are many different ways to define a Makerspace but essentially it is;

A place where people can come together to use, and learn to use materials as well as develop creative projects. Makerspaces promote learning through play and can be created in a classroom, a library or even in a stand alone building. The important idea is that it is a place that can be used for a range of activities with changing and flexible educational goals and creative purposes. We have seen Makerspaces in all different shapes and sizes and whilst they are most commonly associated with using technology to create and design,typically the spaces will;

  • Foster play, exploration and participatory learning
  • Facilitate informal learning opportunities where connections between home, school, and community are enabled and encouraged.
  • Collaborative learning where educators and students pool their skills and knowledge and share in the tasks of teaching and learning;
  • Develop a culture of creating as opposed to consuming
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