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From tablets and scrolls to bound books, libraries have cataloged resources and served as a locus of knowledge. Today, they are reinventing themselves as content becomes more accessible online and their role becomes less about housing tomes and more about connecting learners and constructing knowledge. Printed books still play a critical role in supporting learners, but digital technologies offer additional pathways to learning and content acquisition.
When every student has the potential to carry a global library on the device in his or her pocket, the role of physical libraries may become even more important, not just a place to house resources, but one in which to create meaning from them. The libraries of the 21st century provide a welcoming common space that encourages exploration, creation, and collaboration between students, teachers, and a broader community.
Beth will be presenting The Power of Screentime at the February 9-11 iPad Summit in San Diego and keynoting at the South African iPad Summit. She will also be leading a number of Summer Workshops in June and July.