Why Technology Matters for Children, The Digital Divide

Community Technology Programs Deliver Opportunities to Youth” is an 8:46 minute video in which young people help tell the story of why access to quality technology and training matters to their future. The video covers health improvement, educational achievement, workforce training and civic engagement of young people through the use of information and communications technology.

Produced by the youth of the Bresee Foundation together with The Children’s Partnership ©2007.

Information is Always Evolving

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The video below was made in 2007, the same year the term Transliteracy was coined by Production and Research in Transliteracy (PART).  It was created by Dr. Michael Wesch to show the way we find, house, and share information was changing.

Now in 2010, the video and its content are still relevant  This video really shows how the transliterate individual can do so much with the access to information we now have.  In addition to this, the video shows a clear need to educate people on how to transverse this now limitless sea of information. I think that this is where Participatory Librarianship and Transliteracy go hand in hand.  We need to understand how to help or patrons, students, friends, family, and colleagues become cognizant and comfortable with the tools they will need to communicate and collaborate with others.

Visual Learning and Mind Mapping

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Visual Learning & Mind Mapping was created and originally presented by Roger Hannon and Kaitlyn Mesley of Adult Learning Centres Grey-Bruce-Georgian for Transliteracy Conference 2010 in Owen Sound, Ontario. These videos give you a great visual representation of mind mapping, immersive learning, and how we are primarily visual learners. They also go into explaining how to use Power Point and mental models to educate adult learners.

These presentations will give you some great tools and ideas for your adult technology/non-technology programs and help you understand how they learn and retain information.

Infowhelm and Information Fluency

[tweetmeme source=”librarianbyday” only_single=false]An interesting look at the amount of information we as a society are producing each year from the 21st Century Fluency Project

via Information Literacy meets Library 2.0

Bring on the Learning Revolution! a TED talk from Sir Ken Robinson

[tweetmeme source=”librarianbyday” only_single=false] In this video Sir Ken Robinson talks about what is wrong with the education system – namely us.  We push children down the cookie cutter assembly line of education and expect them all to come out the same at the end.  This doesn’t account for passion or individuality.

And we have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education. And it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.

He offers the suggestion of moving to system that feeds their passion, encourages growth and development.

We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process, it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development; all you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.

What does this have to do with Libraries and Transliteracy? It is a wider approach to education and learning.  If you’ve heard me speak about transliteracy you have heard me say our education system is broken and is preparing students for a world that no longer exists.  Sir Ken Robinson is essentially saying the same thing, but with a British accent and much more eloquently 🙂

Transcripts are available on TED.com

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