The Curator's code

The Curator’s code

Back when the internet was largely a static collection of web pages, many web sites consisted merely of lists of links to other pages. At one stage it seemed that the internet was just an infinite loop of links between…

Closing the book on the printed encyclopaedia

Closing the book on the printed encyclopaedia

  The New York Times has reported the the Encyclopaedia Britannica will no longer produce a printed edition as content will now only be available digitally. The decision ends a 244 year tradition and signals a significant shift by the encyclopaedia’s Chicago…

Ten meta-trends from the Horizon Project

Ten meta-trends from the Horizon Project

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international community of experts on technology in education who produce an annual report known as The Horizon Report. Horizon reports highlight key trends in technology and education for the year to come, with an emphasis on innovation…

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#pencilchat

Over the past couple of days the #pencilchat has been trending on Twitter with educators using the allegory to comment on technology use in schools. Discussing the ‘dangers’ of  pencils, how they’re just a passing fad and more, people humorously…

Bright Ideas subscriptions

I will very tentatively push the ‘Publish’ button on Bright Ideas today, as I know many of you have received far too many notification emails when a post goes live. The clever people at Edublogs have been working away and…

School libraries and teacher-librarians in 21st century Australia

The Report of the Australian Parliament, House of Representatives, Education and Employment Committee’s Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher-librarians in 21st century Australia was tabled on 23 May 2011. SLAV welcomes the recommendations and is working in collaboration with the…

Worth reading - London's illiteracy crisis

Worth reading – London’s illiteracy crisis

London Evening Standard is running an expose on what they are terming as ‘London’s illiteracy crisis’. The below article is ‘Scandal of the homes with not a single book to read’ (31st May 2011), and examines why ‘one in four children leaves the capital’s…

Worth reading - 'Librarian positions cut...'

Worth reading – ‘Librarian positions cut…’

‘Librarian positions cut in schools across the country’, published by HuffPost Education (last updated 1st June 2011), is a look at the struggle teacher librarians in the USA face to hold onto their profession. Australian teacher librarians are circulating the article (e.g. I found…