Librarians Lead the Way to Digital Literacy

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Librarians have been on the front lines of information literacy for years, putting them in a prime position to help youth learn to navigate a complex and growing world of digital information and news.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

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Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills. “Libraries are all about inquiry,” says Valerie Jopeck, a former librarian and current education specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. But in this case, Jopeck is not talking about just […]

Spark an Interest; Ignite a Passion: Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2017 LRNG Innovators Challenge

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LRNG Innovators is launching its third challenge, inviting educators to imagine engaging ways to help young people explore their interests, thereby igniting a passion that can lead to college, to a career, or having a positive impact in the community. We seek proposals for programs, curricula, or projects that actively help youth discover interests connecting the spheres of their lives, both in and out of school, and provide potential future opportunities.

Philly Teens Prep for College Through Making and Badging

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The summer before freshman year at college can be tricky—filled with anticipation, transitions, and sometimes nerves. For teens participating in a college preparation program at the Free Library of Philadelphia last summer, it was also filled with making, film production, and creating a set of badges for younger kids.

Digital Games in the Classroom

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This post originally appeared on the YALSA blog. A new survey from the Games and Learning Publishing Council sheds light on just how commonplace games have become in today’s classrooms. Among the findings: Among K-8 teachers surveyed who use digital games in teaching, 55% have students play games at least weekly 72% typically use a […]

At Local Libraries, Teens Pursue – and Publish – Their Passions

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By Maureen Kelleher Rachel Kaplan, a 16-year-old from Northbrook, Ill., a Chicago suburb, started plotting mysteries almost as soon as she could hold a pencil. Her short stories have won regional awards in Scholastic’s annual art and writing competition. Last week, she became an e-author, published on Scribd and in the iBooks store. Serena Dinh, […]