Calling all librarians, educators, civic leaders, or members of the public who are interested in your local public library’s role in your community: 

We have new quiz tool that allows you to create your own version of our library user quiz and invite members of your community to take it. You can learn how your community’s members use their local public library, how they think about their library’s impact on the community, and how they view the importance of libraries in the digital age. 

This post offers helpful information on the quiz and how to take it. Click here to go directly to the quiz.

We have a new report out today, a typology of Americans’ engagement with public libraries. It caps off the past three years of research the Pew Research Center has produced on the topic of public libraries’ changing role in Americans’ lives and communities.

Some of the main findings:

  • Americans’ library habits do not exist in a vacuum: People’s connection—or lack of connection—with public libraries is part of their broader information and social landscape. As a rule, people who have extensive economic, social, technological, and cultural resources are also more likely to use and value libraries as part of those networks. 
  • Life stage and special circumstances are linked to increased library use and higher engagement with information: Deeper connections with public libraries are often associated with key life moments such as having a child, seeking a job, being a student, and going through a situation in which research and data can help inform a decision.
  • Technology users are generally library users: A common narrative is that Americans are turning away from libraries because of newer technology, but the data shows that most highly-engaged library users are also big technology users. 

Check out the full report on our website! And if you’re curious about the basic data, this earlier report summarizes the measures we used to explore Americans’ engagement with public libraries.

In this new DigiEverything age, what, exactly, are teachers having their students do online? http://pewrsr.ch/13rr3Cb

In this new DigiEverything age, what, exactly, are teachers having their students do online? http://pewrsr.ch/13rr3Cb

"92% of AP and NWP teachers surveyed describe writing assignments as ‘essential’ to the formal learning process, and ‘writing effectively’ tops their list of skills students need to be successful in life."

— Our new study looks at teachers, writing and technology. Explore it here. (via pewresearch)

(via poynterinstitute)

The skills that teachers think students need for the future …
(http://pewrsr.ch/1bFTx34)

The skills that teachers think students need for the future …

(http://pewrsr.ch/1bFTx34)

"There tends to be a perception that students willfully copy and paste intellectual property out of laziness and disregard. But teachers emphasized to us that more often than not, it’s genuine lack of understanding."

The Washington Post on our new report on how digital tools are affecting student writing (http://pewrsr.ch/13g8t4f)

Yes. Student writing in the digital age allows for more collaboration, creativity, and expression.

But — digital tools also allow for more shortcuts, and let informal writing creep in.

This, plus much more, in our newest report on how digital tools are affecting student writing and how it is being taught in schools. http://pewrsr.ch/13g8t4f

Teaching 2.0: Is Tech In The Classroom Worth The Cost?

A conversation featuring our Kristen Purcell, Pew Internet Associate Director for Research. For more context, visit our recent report: How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms

FULL STORY

NEW REPORT ON TEACHERS & TECH: A survey of teachers shows that digital tools are widely used in their classrooms and professional lives. Yet, many of these middle and high school teachers are hampered by disparities in student access to digital technologies. (http://pewrsr.ch/Z19l8r) Here’s a look at what technologies teachers use, and what techs they are bringing into the classroom.

(Source: pewinternet.org)

The perceived impact of the internet on student research, in a word:
“Overall, what would you say is the most POSITIVE aspect of students today being able to conduct research online?
A survey of Advanced Placement & National Writing Project teachers finds that teens’ research habits are changing in the digital age. They say the internet & digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ research work, but are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans”. Check out the full, detailed report, out today: http://pewrsr.ch/Ujc6yh

The perceived impact of the internet on student research, in a word:

Overall, what would you say is the most POSITIVE aspect of students today being able to conduct research online?

A survey of Advanced Placement & National Writing Project teachers finds that teens’ research habits are changing in the digital age. They say the internet & digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ research work, but are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans”. Check out the full, detailed report, out today: http://pewrsr.ch/Ujc6yh

(Source: pewinternet.org)

Bricks and clicks: The Internet and higher education in 2020
In the Pew Internet/Elon University survey of 1,021 Internet experts, researchers, observers and users, 60% agreed with a statement that by 2020 “there will be mass adoption of teleconferencing and distance learning to leverage expert resources … a transition to ‘hybrid’ classes that combine online learning components with less-frequent on-campus, in-person class meetings.” Some 39% agreed with an opposing statement that said, “in 2020 higher education will not be much different from the way it is today.”
What do you think? What will universities look like in 2020?

Bricks and clicks: The Internet and higher education in 2020

In the Pew Internet/Elon University survey of 1,021 Internet experts, researchers, observers and users, 60% agreed with a statement that by 2020 “there will be mass adoption of teleconferencing and distance learning to leverage expert resources … a transition to ‘hybrid’ classes that combine online learning components with less-frequent on-campus, in-person class meetings.” Some 39% agreed with an opposing statement that said, “in 2020 higher education will not be much different from the way it is today.”

What do you think? What will universities look like in 2020?

Oprah To Join Lady Gaga at Harvard to Launch The Born This Way Foundation
Via BostInno

The two will be making an appearance on Wednesday, February 29th, in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, and will be joined by other special guests, including author Deepak Chopra; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius; and Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, according to a press release. Together, they’ll unveil the new nonprofit focused on “youth empowerment and issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.”

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Oprah To Join Lady Gaga at Harvard to Launch The Born This Way Foundation

Via BostInno

The two will be making an appearance on Wednesday, February 29th, in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, and will be joined by other special guests, including author Deepak Chopra; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius; and Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, according to a press release. Together, they’ll unveil the new nonprofit focused on “youth empowerment and issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.”

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by danah boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey, First Monday.

You can read the full article at the link above, or read danah’s blog post summarizing the results at the Digital Media and Learning Blog.

Gaga launches foundation with MacArthur, Harvard

NEW YORK—Lady Gaga is launching a foundation with the help of the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University.The Grammy-winning singer announced Wednesday that she is launching the Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on youth empowerment and “issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.”Gaga’s partners include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

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Gaga launches foundation with MacArthur, Harvard

NEW YORK—Lady Gaga is launching a foundation with the help of the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University.

The Grammy-winning singer announced Wednesday that she is launching the Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on youth empowerment and “issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.”

Gaga’s partners include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

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