Together for
Learning
Stephen Abram
Texas Library Association
April 9, 2014
2
My son: Zachary
Why Invest 60 minutes with Me?
 Librarian
 Technology and Digital Education Futurist
 Author, researcher, teacher, prof...
The Big Picture
Change is just starting to increase
The education sector is a target (follow the money)
Student vs. Learner
Education vs. Learning
Credits vs. Lifelong Skills
School Librarians
 Faculty …Teachers
 Curriculum Leaders
 Administration
 Whole School
 High Impact
21st Century Learning
Based on research, demographics and need
Critical Thinking
What is critical thinking?
 ―Critical thinking is that mode of thinking — about
any subject, content, or problem — in whi...
What is creative thinking?
 A way of looking at problems or situations
from a fresh perspective that suggests
unorthodox ...
What is creative thinking?
 Creativity is a phenomenon whereby
something new and valuable is created
(such as an idea, a ...
Beyond 3R’s
Real Issues
Technology
Scalability
Costs and impact
Training
Alignment
Equity
Real Issues
Students
Engagement – dropouts, fun, boredom.
Success
Employment and workplace or Higher-Ed readiness
Real Issues
Staff
Introduction
Aging
Learning Curve
Tech readiness
Changing Learners
 Increased IQ
 Genetics and Learning Styles
 Gender issues and Developmental
Differences
 Boys and G...
Retail Sales Down?
Teen Reading Down?
Titles Down?
Circulation Down?
Reading Down?
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
Focus on the REAL Issues...
Changing Education
 Flipped classroom
 E-Textbooks and coursepacks
 eLearning and digital learning
environments are pro...
Impact Studies
150+ studies
 Dr. Keith Curry-Lance (CO)
 Dr. Ken Haycock (USC, UBC, SJSU)
 Dr. Ross Todd (Rutgers)
 Dr. Steve Krashen...
Do school libraries make a
difference?
 Yes. Simply yes and a big one.
 Standardized testing scores
 Second only to a p...
Special Skills and Tools
Addressing:
Learning differences
Disability spectrum
Behavioural differences
Intelligence- especi...
At their fingertips
 Consortial access at great savings effectiveness –
quality, real life search, structured
 ReadSpeak...
Research and Network Effects
 Digital agnosticism
 NYPL,BPL, QBPL, NYDOE
 Vendor agnosticism (vs. Apple or Google
Educa...
The Virtual Handout
 The Value of Public Libraries
http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/06/the-value-of-
public-librarie...
The Library as Sandbox
Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA
Principal
Lighthouse Consulting and Dysart & Jones Associates
Cel: 416-669-4855
stephen.abram@gma...
Ooohs and Ahhhs
 Printing an entire house
 Printing skin grafts
 Printing bone and skull
plates
 Printing guns
 Print...
Professional applications (3D)
 Rapid prototyping
 Rapid manufacturing
 Mass customization (solo copies)
 Mass product...
Simple and Easy Scaffolding
 LEGO® and duplo® and Mega Bloks®
Scaffolding
 Pre-school, Elementary, Middle School, High School
 Competitions, Communities, Hackers
 Mega Bloks large-s...
Teaching with LEGO
LEGO Mindstorms®
LEGO® a place to start
3D Photo Booth
http://hiconsumption.com/2012/11/3d-figure-printing-photo-booth-in-
James Bond’s Skyfall Car
http://www.slashgear.com/james-bond-skyfall-crew-turned-to-3d-
printers-for-aston-martin-db5-stun...
Filigree Skull
http://makezine.com/craft/3d-printed-filigree-skull/
Portrait Sculpture
http://blog.ponoko.com/2012/04/19/3d-printing-as-an-art-form/
Prosthetics
http://gizmodo.com/5993147/how-3d-printing-gave-this-man-his-life-and-
face-back
Clothing
3D Home Printing in one day
http://www.dezeen.com/2013/02/13/protohouse-2-3d-printed-house-by-softkill-
Prototyping
Manufacturing
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/3d-
weapons/
Play & Learning
http://southweb.org/lifewise/fabrication-power-to-the-
people-why-no-government-can-stop-the-3d-printing-
...
Preservation and Study
http://www.geekosystem.com/staples-3d-
Theatre
http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2012/04/23/mbtv-s02e08-scenic-
Bio-printing
http://on3dprinting.com/2012/07/06/infographic-go-on-print-a-liver-the-
evolution-of-bio-3d-printing/
Medical
Making for Libraries
 Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Little Bits
 LibraryBox
 Publishing, Art, Music
 Infographics
 Video & P...
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  1. 1. Together for Learning Stephen Abram Texas Library Association April 9, 2014
  2. 2. 2
  3. 3. My son: Zachary
  4. 4. Why Invest 60 minutes with Me?  Librarian  Technology and Digital Education Futurist  Author, researcher, teacher, professor, board member, start-ups, founder, etc.  Education designer (MBA, Law, K-12, Higher-Ed, corporate, etc.)  SchoolRooms, eTextBooks, eBooks, Online learning, MOOCs, Databases, Web, School& Library Culture
  5. 5. The Big Picture Change is just starting to increase The education sector is a target (follow the money)
  6. 6. Student vs. Learner
  7. 7. Education vs. Learning
  8. 8. Credits vs. Lifelong Skills
  9. 9. School Librarians  Faculty …Teachers  Curriculum Leaders  Administration  Whole School  High Impact
  10. 10. 21st Century Learning Based on research, demographics and need
  11. 11. Critical Thinking
  12. 12. What is critical thinking?  ―Critical thinking is that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self- monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem- solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.‖  http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/our-concept- of-critical-thinking/411
  13. 13. What is creative thinking?  A way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective that suggests unorthodox solutions (which may look unsettling at first). Creative thinking can be stimulated both by an unstructured process such as brainstorming, and by a structured process such as lateral thinking.  http://www.businessdictionary.com/definitio n/creative-thinking.html#ixzz2ZbaI9BaK
  14. 14. What is creative thinking?  Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created (such as an idea, a joke, a literary work, a painting or musical composition, a solution, an invention etc.). It is also the qualitative impetus behind any given act of creation, and it is generally perceived to be associated with intelligence and cognition.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creativity
  15. 15. Beyond 3R’s
  16. 16. Real Issues Technology Scalability Costs and impact Training Alignment Equity
  17. 17. Real Issues Students Engagement – dropouts, fun, boredom. Success Employment and workplace or Higher-Ed readiness
  18. 18. Real Issues Staff Introduction Aging Learning Curve Tech readiness
  19. 19. Changing Learners  Increased IQ  Genetics and Learning Styles  Gender issues and Developmental Differences  Boys and Girls  Reading is Up…  Brain development –reasoning skills and frontal lobe  Demographics and diversity  Games, gamification, lead . ..
  20. 20. Retail Sales Down? Teen Reading Down? Titles Down? Circulation Down? Reading Down? NO NO NO NO NO Focus on the REAL Issues Not BOOKS! The experience
  21. 21. Changing Education  Flipped classroom  E-Textbooks and coursepacks  eLearning and digital learning environments are proven successes  Online high schools rising  MOOCs  Distance education  Learning modules
  22. 22. Impact Studies
  23. 23. 150+ studies  Dr. Keith Curry-Lance (CO)  Dr. Ken Haycock (USC, UBC, SJSU)  Dr. Ross Todd (Rutgers)  Dr. Steve Krashen (UCLA)  Dr. David Loertscher (SJSU)  Worldwide and repeatedly
  24. 24. Do school libraries make a difference?  Yes. Simply yes and a big one.  Standardized testing scores  Second only to a parent reading to you.  Public Library partnerships  Summer reading, story hours, etc.  Top and bottom of class  Equity  Digital/hybrid Strategy Leadership
  25. 25. Special Skills and Tools Addressing: Learning differences Disability spectrum Behavioural differences Intelligence- especially top and challenged learners
  26. 26. At their fingertips  Consortial access at great savings effectiveness – quality, real life search, structured  ReadSpeak  Font size  Lexiles and search  Search and Find  Quality resources – primary secondary and tertiary sources, non fiction, active collection  Specialized targeted programs  Fluid formats (e.g. for reading and learning issues)
  27. 27. Research and Network Effects  Digital agnosticism  NYPL,BPL, QBPL, NYDOE  Vendor agnosticism (vs. Apple or Google Education partnerships)  Research on apps, sites, tools, smartphones, tablets, 3D printing, etc.  Learning standards  Curriculum resources  Copyright compliance and risk reduction
  28. 28. The Virtual Handout  The Value of Public Libraries http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/06/the-value-of- public-libraries/  The Value of School Libraries http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/06/the-value-of- school-libraries/  The Value of Academic and College Libraries http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/07/value-of- academic-and-college-libraries/  The Value of Special Libraries http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/07/value-of- special-libraries/  Library Advocacy: Save the Library Campaigns http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/01/save-the-library- campaigns/
  29. 29. The Library as Sandbox
  30. 30. Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Principal Lighthouse Consulting and Dysart & Jones Associates Cel: 416-669-4855 stephen.abram@gmail.com Stephen’s Lighthouse Blog http://stephenslighthouse.com
  31. 31. Ooohs and Ahhhs  Printing an entire house  Printing skin grafts  Printing bone and skull plates  Printing guns  Printing car parts (Jay Leno)  Printing original art  Printing historic objects  Printing food  Printing jewelry Prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction (AEC), industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, civil engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.
  32. 32. Professional applications (3D)  Rapid prototyping  Rapid manufacturing  Mass customization (solo copies)  Mass production  Domestic and hobbyist uses  Mass distribution
  33. 33. Simple and Easy Scaffolding  LEGO® and duplo® and Mega Bloks®
  34. 34. Scaffolding  Pre-school, Elementary, Middle School, High School  Competitions, Communities, Hackers  Mega Bloks large-size, primary colour – macro-motor skills  Duplo – medium-size – motor skill and manipulation development  LEGO – fine motor skill development, colour awareness, creativity  LEGO Kits – instruction sets, reading, levels of complexity  LEGO Mindstorms (LEGO Robotics) +software  LEGO Software- e.g. LEGO Digital Designer (CAD/CAM),  Mindstorms software (bluetooth), plus non-Lego free software like BlockCAD, LDdraw, LeoCAD …  LEGO Hackers – LegoBOT 3D printing (pictured)
  35. 35. Teaching with LEGO
  36. 36. LEGO Mindstorms®
  37. 37. LEGO® a place to start
  38. 38. 3D Photo Booth http://hiconsumption.com/2012/11/3d-figure-printing-photo-booth-in-
  39. 39. James Bond’s Skyfall Car http://www.slashgear.com/james-bond-skyfall-crew-turned-to-3d- printers-for-aston-martin-db5-stunt-double-12256594/
  40. 40. Filigree Skull http://makezine.com/craft/3d-printed-filigree-skull/
  41. 41. Portrait Sculpture http://blog.ponoko.com/2012/04/19/3d-printing-as-an-art-form/
  42. 42. Prosthetics http://gizmodo.com/5993147/how-3d-printing-gave-this-man-his-life-and- face-back
  43. 43. Clothing
  44. 44. 3D Home Printing in one day http://www.dezeen.com/2013/02/13/protohouse-2-3d-printed-house-by-softkill-
  45. 45. Prototyping
  46. 46. Manufacturing http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/3d- weapons/
  47. 47. Play & Learning http://southweb.org/lifewise/fabrication-power-to-the- people-why-no-government-can-stop-the-3d-printing- revolution/
  48. 48. Preservation and Study http://www.geekosystem.com/staples-3d-
  49. 49. Theatre http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2012/04/23/mbtv-s02e08-scenic-
  50. 50. Bio-printing http://on3dprinting.com/2012/07/06/infographic-go-on-print-a-liver-the- evolution-of-bio-3d-printing/
  51. 51. Medical
  52. 52. Making for Libraries  Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Little Bits  LibraryBox  Publishing, Art, Music  Infographics  Video & Podcasts  Crowdfunding (Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, RocketHub, etc.)  Your imagination
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