The New Library

BYOD? SAMR? PBL? - What's it all about? *

For me, the perfect library is pictured above. It connects learning to the outside world instead of limiting it to the four walls of a building. Most of all, the space reflects how a community is built by the engagement of its citizens.

As we move towards the learning commons model, where the whole school is a connected and collaborative space, partner with the library to

  • explore how to best utilize our new wireless, BYOD environment
  • engage the critical thinking abilities of students
  • transform student assignments by effectively incorporating technology

As you're thinking about getting ready to start a new school year, I'd like to share with you a sample of some of the ideas I've been playing around with. All ideas are cross-curricular and take into consideration the 21st century learner.

BTW, this Smore as an example of three-dimensional reading. Click on the links and enjoy!

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Literacy & Research 2.0

With the advent of the internet and the development of technology, how has literacy changed? Literacy 2.0 is a quick - but informative- read that describes the new reality in which our students are learning, communicating and collaborating. See my review below for book highlights. Talk to us about developing these new skills with your students. In the review, I've included links to great free resources. Please take a look.


Use our eResources link to

  • create course materials
  • accesss databases using advanced search to refine your results
  • find thousands of free eBooks online

Presentation Skills

Suffer from Death by PowerPoint? We've got solutions! Also, check out some of these resources:

The Age of the Image

With the advances in technology, images are becoming an increasingly more powerful tool. How are you employing visuals in your lessons? Are your students visually literate?

Examples of using images in inquiry-based teaching:

Content Curation

A hot new topic.

Tired of students mindlessly googling and accessing the first links that come up after one search? Get them to curate the resources they find, evaluate them, and share the best links with the class. Construct an assignment where students need to collaborate and cross-pollinate the information they find.

I think of curation as a digital annotated bibliography; the difference is that technology not only lets users share and comment on peer work, it also gives them instant access to the best resources.

Here are examples of two curation tools below. If Pearltrees or Blendspace don't suit your needs, there are many other tools. This Smore is another example of curation.

Gamification: Creating incentive in learning

Another educational buzzword.

Gamification is not about playing games; it is about using game elements in non-game environments. Think about how it feels to have someone "like" your post, or to accumulate badges or to master a new skill that takes you to the next level. Businesses and social media are using gamification. Can educators employ it, too?

Don't forget professional development

If you've been talking to me recently, you know that I love, love Coursera. It's possible just to audit a course to learn something new or refresh your brain. You can also work towards a certificate. It's also a glimmer of what may be the future of education. Perhaps you'll get inspired, not only by the content, but also by the format of these lessons.

Now if only we could implement distance learning...

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BYOD = Bring Your Own Device

SAMR = Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition

PBL = Problem-Based Learning OR Project-Based Learning OR Points, Badges, Leader board

Image Credits

Art. . Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 17 Jul 2013.

Cottage (camp) At Clearwater Bay. Photo.Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 17 Jul 2013.

Digital Earth. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 17 Jul 2013.

KushiPL, . Glasses on book. 2009. Deviant Art. Web. 19 June 2013.

Müller, Joachim S. Librarian. Taken on July 30, 2013. Flickr. Web. 20 Aug. 2013. <>.