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The London borough that’s putting pianos in every single library

The London borough that’s putting pianos in every single library

The council say the move is designed to ‘level the playing field’ for less privileged children

https://www.mylondon.news/news/north-london-news/london-borough-thats-putting-pianos-24555304

 

Posted on: August 12, 2022, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

4 Big Changes for Twitter and Instagram That Will Have a Major Impact on Your Library Marketing!

4 Big Changes for Twitter and Instagram That Will Have a Major Impact on Your Library Marketing!

Posted on: August 12, 2022, 6:34 am Category: Uncategorized

Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations

Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations

*What you put on your classroom walls can affect your students’ ability to learn.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/dos-and-donts-classroom-decorations

“CLASSROOMS SHOULD BE ENGAGING, NOT DISTRACTING

That’s not to say that every wall must be bare. In 2015, a team of researchers in the U.K. analyzed 153 classrooms and found that students benefited most when the walls had some decorations. “The displays on the walls should be designed to provide a lively sense to the classroom, but without becoming chaotic in feel. As a rule of thumb, 20 to 50 percent of the available wall space should be kept clear,” the researchers wrote.

So what do researchers say teachers should do?

  • Display student work. Students not only feel a greater sense of responsibility for their learning but are also more likely to remember the material (Barrett et al., 2015).
  • Feature inspiring role models. Putting up images—and short stories or quotes—featuring heroes and leaders can help students gain a greater sense of belonging and aspiration, especially when their backgrounds and interests are represented. Strive for inclusion, but avoid token or stereotypical representations—they can be damaging to students’ self-esteem (Cheryan et al., 2014).
  • Avoid clutter. Keep at least 20 percent of your wall space clear, and leave ample space between displays so they don’t look disorganized. Resist the temptation to keep adding decorations—it’s better to swap them out than to keep adding more (Barrett et al., 2015).
  • Visual aids—like anchor charts, maps, and diagrams—are OK. Posters that reinforce a lesson, rather than distract from it, can boost student learning. But don’t forget to take down ones that are no longer helpful (Carney & Levin, 2002Bui & McDaniel, 2015).
  • Avoid displays of student scores or grades. Many teachers use data walls to motivate students, and while they can work for high performers, they can backfire for struggling students, leading to feelings of shame and demoralization (Marsh et al., 2014).
  • Let in natural light. Don’t cover up your windows with decorations unless you have a problem with glare or outside distractions. Students who are exposed to more natural light in their classrooms outperform peers who get less natural light in math and reading (Cheryan et al., 2014). If you don’t have windows, making sure the room is well lit can boost achievement (Barrett et al., 2015).
  • Balance wall colors. You don’t have to stick with four white walls—try having a single feature wall painted a bright color, with the rest being muted (Barrett et al., 2015).”

 

 

Posted on: August 11, 2022, 6:59 am Category: Uncategorized

Every Library Card a Miracle: Rural and Small-Town Libraries Are a Boon to Society

Every Library Card a Miracle: Rural and Small-Town Libraries Are a Boon to Society

Between the proverbial front and back covers of every library lives a wealth of services and community-building tools. Rural communities often rely on these services to a far greater extent than their urban counterparts.

Posted on: August 11, 2022, 6:30 am Category: Uncategorized

Libraries in the U.S. and Canada are changing how they refer to Indigenous Peoples

Libraries in the U.S. and Canada are changing how they refer to Indigenous Peoples

https://theconversation.com/libraries-in-the-u-s-and-canada-are-changing-how-they-refer-to-indigenous-peoples-185106

Posted on: August 11, 2022, 6:02 am Category: Uncategorized

Pew: Teens, Social Media and Technology 2022

Teens, Social Media and Technology 2022

TikTok has established itself as one of the top online platforms for U.S. teens, while the share of teens who use Facebook has fallen sharply

Teens, Social Media and Technology 2022

Posted on: August 10, 2022, 3:01 pm Category: Uncategorized

eBook revenue was down 5.7% in May, 2022

eBook revenue was down 5.7% in May, 2022

eBook revenue was down 5.7% in May, 2022

Posted on: August 10, 2022, 2:55 pm Category: Uncategorized