The Learning Laboratory

Girl with video cameraEffective instructional media specialists create dynamic, technology-rich learning environments to promote the intellectual growth of their students. Much more than the traditional library, today's learning laboratory contains a wide range of information resources, tools, learning spaces, and student-generated materials to stimulate and support information inquiry.

Today's school library media program reaches beyond the library itself into classrooms across the building. It also extends into the community through collaborations with agencies such as the public library, museums, and local nature centers. This laboratory space also involves virtual environments such as online database services, collaborative writing environments, and cyber-mentoring activities.

blue ribbon logoThe Blue Ribbon course Library Materials for Children and Young Adults explores the wide range of resources found in today's school library media center. The Blue Ribbon course Nonfiction Resources for Young Adults examines nonfiction materials in the learning laboratory.

Reading buddiesAlthough books still play an essential role in today's learning laboratory, electronic materials are an increasingly important source of information. From educational software to informational websites, a wide range of electronic materials are available for children and young adults.

blue ribbon logoThe Blue Ribbon course Electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults focuses on the evaluation, selection, management, and use of electronic materials including web and computer-based materials. The prospective school library media specialist explores categories of resources and develops materials such as Pathfinders and WebQuests to facilitate access and promote learning. Issues such as copyright, technology planning, and grant writing are also examined. To learn more about this course, go to Electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults.

blue ribbon logoThe Blue Ribbon course Audio and Video Information Sources focuses on decision making in the digital audio and video information environment with emphasis on the evaluation, selection, management, and use of a wide range of low to high tech media. To learn more about this course, go to Audio and Video Information Sources.

blue ribbon logoThe Blue Ribbon course Technology Rich Learning examines how Internet resources, educational software, and technology tools can be used to engage learners through motivating and meaningful learning environments. To learn more about this course, go to Technology Rich Learning.

National and state initiatives related to people with disabilities increasingly stress maximization of their independence, whether in school, employment, or daily living environments. The school library media specialist must consider the needs of all learners when selecting resources and designing learning environments.

blue ribbon logoThe Blue Ribbon course Library Resources and Services for Patrons with Disabilities focuses on access to information as a critical element to sustained independence. Topics include specific materials, services, and assistive technologies available to meet the needs of various types of disabilities.

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