Your Library Is the Answer: Demonstrating Relevance to Tech-Savvy Learners

Your Library Is the Answer: Demonstrating Relevance to Tech-Savvy Learners

by Christina T. Russo, Cathy Swan


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Today's tech-savvy and digitally connected students present a new challenge for today's school librarians. This book offers the 21st-century tools and know-how necessary for educators to appeal to and challenge students to learn—and to want to learn.

What are the best ways to motivate students to become engaged and develop a passion for learning? Can appealing to their desire for socialization and constant communication—attributes of their lives outside of education—via the integration of cutting-edge technologies and "new media" in the library or classroom serve to ignite creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking? This book shows how you can make use of non-traditional tools such as popular social networks, collaborative technologies, and cloud computing to teach information and communications technologies integrated with the school curriculum to improve student learning—and demonstrates how these same technologies can help you measure skills and mastery learning.

The book provides an easy-to-follow blueprint for using collaborative techniques, innovation, and teaching for creativity to achieve the new learning paradigm of self-directed learning, such as flipping the classroom or library. Readers of this book will find concrete, step-by-step examples of proven lesson plans, collaborative models, and time-saving strategies for the successful integration of American Association of School Librarians (AASL) standards. The authors—both award-winning teachers—explain the quantitatively and qualitatively measurable educational value of using these technologies for core curricular and information and communications technologies instruction, showing that they both enhance student learning outcomes and provide data for measuring their impact on learning.

  • Includes innovative, practical lesson plans designed to promote problem solving skills, flexible thinking, and metacognition as well as an extensive bibliography of additional resources
  • Addresses how to analyze quantitative and qualitative data to perform the assessment necessary to improve learning outcomes
  • Provides essential information and guidance for K–12 librarians, technology integration teachers, and educators as well as school administrators
  • Addresses key aspects of learning such as critical thinking, inquiry, learning spaces, blended learning, engagement, motivation, and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598849332
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/22/2015
Pages: 223
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Christina T. Russo, MLS, is the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) librarian at the New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT.

Cathy Swan is a Google Certified Teacher and world language consultant. She was formerly technology integration and world language teacher at New Canaan Public Schools, New Canaan, CT.

Table of Contents


  • Introduction

  • Part I: Advocate and Manage

    Chapter 1: Leadership

    Chapter 2: Mission and Core Values

  • Part II: Socialize and Engage

    Chapter 3: Environment: Culture and Climate

    Chapter 4: Social Bookmarking / Participatory Learning / Collaborative Research

  • Part III: Communicate and Collaborate

    Chapter 5: Collaborative Technologies and Cloud Computing

    Chapter 6: GAFE: Google APPS for Education

    Chapter 7: Online Blended Learning

  • Part IV: Network

    Chapter 8: Establish Professional Learning Network

  • Part V: Use Standards

    Chapter 9: Common Core

  • Part VI: Instruct

    Chapter 10: Instruction

    Chapter 11: Assessment

    Chapter 12: PLCs

  • Part VII: Search

    Chapter 13: Google Search: Strategies and Protocols

    Chapter 14: Literacy: digital, reading, writing, numeracy and inquiry

  • Part VIII: Create

    Chapter 15: Creativity and Curiosity

  • Part IX: Digitize: Publish and Produce

    Chapter 16: Plagiarism

    Chapter 17: Copyright and Intellectual Property

    Chapter 18: Cybersafety

  • Part X: Innovate and Adapt

    Chapter 19: New and Emerging Technologies

  • Conclusion



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