Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The future of the book 1959

"A look into the future that never was.Paleo-Future is one of the funkiest little blogs I have come across in awhile.  A recent post called The Electronic Home Library 1959 struck a chord.

Today we are in much the same position as they were in the Chicago funny pages in 1959. The future is closer than we think. And we are trying to figure out which way to jump. Books are the perfect example. Kindle? Nook? Sony Reader? iPad? NetBook? Tablet?  Get a load of the Kno. It will blow your socks off.


Kno Movie from Kno, Inc. on Vimeo.

As librarians we are leaders in information technology. If you haven't started yet, make this the year you write grants and do whatever it takes to start getting these technologies into your schools, into the hands of students and teachers.

Not because we know they are the "right" technologies, but because we need to play, explore and experience the evolutions in order to understand the impact on teaching and learning. Yeah, I know. Technology is too transitory to make a commitment. Don't make a BIG budget commitment, but instead make small scale investments in exploration. This is one of my goals this year. I commit to explore, and  enlist others to join me on the expedition. Together we can lead the way.

Have a great school year, everyone.

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