Designing a Bookworm's Dream Home

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Image retrieved online from Buzzfeed 11/6/13.

I love articles that focus on creatively incorporating books and/or bookish themes into functional, whimsical design. At the very least, they can be conversation starters.  The post, 22 Things that Belong in Every Bookworm’s Dream Home (October 2013), is sure to please. 

Just for fun: Consider constructing one of the featured seating options to double as a workstation for your home office and maybe even your library/media center.

  • Would new books in a library display similar to #1, #9 or #20, attract attention and draw readers to peruse the titles?
  • Would students be encouraged to study independently if a library contained seating depicted in #18?

The Role of A Publisher

Image by Drew Coffman. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons licensing.
Image by Drew Coffman. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons licensing.

Before “it” is in print or available online, many writers seek assistance from a publisher. So, what role can a publisher play in the process?

This October, the Scholarly Kitchen circulated a list of 73 Things Publishers Do (2013 Edition.) This post is a broader, continuation of tasks originally identified in 60 Things Journal Publishers Do (2012.)  The author, Kent Anderson, is the CEO/Publisher of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.  Anderson includes a quick reference to the potential expense(s) for each of the 73 tasks listed ($-$$$$.) He also identifies the difficulty of navigating each undertaking using a metaphoric scheme describing the terrain.

Minnesota Reflections Webinar

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Logo retrieved online.

Marian Rengel, Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Digital Library will facilitate a free webinar on Wednesday, November 13th from 3-4:00 PM (Central Time). She will discusses the contents of Minnesota Reflections as it relates to History Day research and identify potential resources for programming.

Click here to register for this Minitext event or to learn more about the webinar.

Students Talk About Their Digital Lives

Image Cuddling with multiple devices. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons' licensing.
Image Cuddling with multiple devices. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

Common Sense Media released an interesting information graphic of students’ opinions about their digital lives. Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives is based on a survey of a little more than 1,000 U.S. students between the ages of 13 and 17. The survey addresses the following questions;

  • Intervals in which students text and use Facebook or Twitter
  • The preferred medium to communicate with friends and family
  • How communication tools are affecting friendships and family relations
  • How networking make students feel, reflective in their self concept
  • And so on…

Although the sample size is somewhat small,  it suggests that there is a love, hate relationship building between “digital natives” and social media.  Indicating that increased face time with devices does not necessarily equate to enjoyment or better relationships. Click here to download the full report.

Note: Teachers look for ways to engage students using social media in an effort to meet students where they are at, when they are there. However, this report emphasizes the importance of also maintaining face-to-face interactions. At a time when some students are on digital overload, educators can induce reflective time, “unplugged” into a student’s day; being mindful of how and when to incorporate social media in programming and/or curriculum development.

Who Should Deal With Cyberbullies?

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Image by J_O_I_D. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

Recently on the ISTE Connects Blog, Nicole Krueger wrote a great piece titled, Who’s Responsible for Teaching Kids Not to Be Cyberbullies? This type of bullying has gotten a fair amount of play in the media recently, often leading to tragic endings. In first person, Nicole describes what it is like in the  life of a bullied middle schooler before social media, and after. Her post made me realize how much additional stress is placed on kids who are bullied today, and it is time to figure out who should address this topic. Sometimes, parents think schools should handle it, while school administrators say they cannot ensure what students do outside of the school day. An interesting conundrum, but worth addressing.

Krueger goes on to  write….“In a typical classroom of 30 middle or high school students, 21 students  will have experienced some form of cyberbullying, according to the Annual Cyberbullying Survey 2013, which included responses from more than 10,000 teens worldwide. Of those 21 students, more than 10 are daily victims. The top venue for bullying: Facebook, which is used by 75 percent of respondents — more than half of whom have been bullied there.” And now that Facebook has loosened its privacy rules for teens, allowing minors to post publicly instead of just to their friends, the door to bullying has gotten a little wider for everyone from “mean girls” to sextortionists.

Does cyberbullying happen in your school? Who is responsible for teaching  this important content, and does your school develop its own curriculum on this subject?

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