via Bib 2.0
The New York Times is publishing a series of articles looking at how the Internet and other technologies are changing the way people read.
This week’s article, In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update focuses on school libraries and the role school librarians play in teaching kids information skills for the 21st century. There is also a great video that emphasizes the idea that today’s school librarians believe that “literacy includes, but also exceeds, books.”
All are worth a read.
When Wikipedia was first launched, librarians and teachers were adamant that it should never be used as a valid and authoritative reference source. As time has passed, however, some educators have come to believe that Wikipedia has a place in teaching information literacy and critical thinking.
Scott McLeod’s post on his Dangerously Irrelevant blog gives some good reasons why we should be using Wikipedia with students and why we should talk about its use with our administrators. It’s worth the read.
Where do you stand on the issue?
Today’s students will enter a job market that values skills and abilities far different from the traditional workplace talents that so ably served their parents and grandparents. They must be able to crisply collect, synthesize, and analyze information, then conduct targeted research and work with others to employ that newfound knowledge. In essence, students must learn how to learn, while responding to endlessly changing technologies and social, economic, and global conditions.
The article goes on to say that there is now research to back up the claims that inquiry-based teaching helps students develop those highly sought-after critical thinking skills and I know that I should be jumping for joy.
My reaction though is somewhat different. I wonder: Is change even possible?
We’ve known for years that kids learn better when they are engaged and involved in activities that relate in some way to the read world. Educational gurus have been advocating for this type of teaching for at least 15 years.
So why is it still a struggle to get some educators to understand the value of a teacher working with a librarian to provide these types of experiences for our kids?
Is change possible?