Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google

In making the case for digital literacy, Mark Moran singles out a New York Times profile of Stephanie Rosalia, a Brooklyn NY librarian. (Forbes, of course, does not link to the article.) He writes: As a former corporate lawyer, I owe much of my success to effective research skills that evolved, with the help of skilled trainers, as new tools came along. As a former executive officer at a company that had 1,200 employees in 29 countries worldwide, I know that without adequate media literacy training, kids will not succeed in a 21st-century workplace. The "old school" ways of communicating won’t cut it; I’ve mastered those, and yet now spend each day re-learning how to communicate effectively in this new world order. And as the founder of a company whose mission is to teach the effective use of the Internet, I have pored through dozens of studies, and recently oversaw…continue reading →

Who Should Win Google Fiber Contest?

It's been a bonanza for public relations folks who can dream up zany stunts that feed the our news media's thirst for "man bites dog" stories. Google reported Friday that they had received more than 1,100 community responses to the broadband fiber request for information (RFI) and more than 194,000 responses from individuals. The company dashed a bit of cold water on those hopes when it reminded us that the goal of this experiment is to "reach a total of at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people with this experiment." But what city/cities should really win Google's broadband challenge? [caption id="attachment_2894" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Greenville, SC Creates Google Logo With More Than 2,000 People Holding LED Glow Sticks; Photo by Michael Bergen,"]Google Greenville[/caption] …continue reading →