iPads Raise Questions About a Changing World of Reference

By IGI Global on Oct 10, 2011
Students at Archbishop Mitty High School, USA have some new school supplies for the 2011-2012 school year. Notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, and calculators are still brought to class by many students, but they're increasingly unnecessary as the students get used to their newest supply: the iPad. According to a recent video from msnbc.com, Eric Anderson, the Director of Information Technology for the school, is currently working with a select group of teachers and students in a limited trial to use the iPad in class. If the trial continues well, all students will begin using iPads in their classes in the 2012-2013 school year.

When teachers and students utilize the latest technologies in the classroom, there are many benefits ranging from increased student engagement to greener classrooms resulting from less wasted paper, but many questions are also raised. For example, when students use their iPads to independently research answers to their questions, what Web sites will they use? In this school, according to reporter Wilson Rothman, "For students doing research, no sites at Mitty are blocked. That's because one of the newest lessons that students are learning isn't on a traditional curriculum, and that's how to discern good sources from bad when all the world's information is at your fingertips." To see the rest of the video, visit www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43384144/vp/44542309#44542309.

This lesson is a new one for some students and an important one for all generations. With easily accessible content ranging from online newspapers to wikis and scholarly journals to blogs, students have many opportunities to power up their research with reliable resources and just as many opportunities to confuse their learning process through questionable sources.

These issues and many more are addressed in one of IGI Global's latest releases, E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts, edited by Sue Polanka, Wright State University, USA. In chapters such as " INFOhio Transforms Content Delivery for PreK-12 Students: From Physical Classrooms to Virtual SchoolRooms" and " Making an Impact: Digital Resources for Teens," the authors dig into the changing world of reference and research for students.

While today's students are often considered to be an extremely tech-savvy generation, their lack of experience with traditional research methods means that librarians and teachers have a different set of needs to address in today's classrooms and libraries. For any librarian or teacher seeking to learn more about these needs and help students excel in research, this book is a must-read. For more information on E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts, please visit www.igi-global.com/book/reference-context-discoverability-libraries/53011.E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts

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