Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Well, whaddya know, school librarian gets lead quote in article on "smart technology"
Wausau schools look at how 'smart' technology will change classrooms. (Wausau Daily Herald, 2/7/2012)
Excerpt: Wausau public schools are asking parents and others to help decide how students might use computer tablets, virtual textbooks and other digital gadgets as new tools for learning.
As one of its first steps, the Wausau School District will ask a committee of residents and employees to envision new technology in classrooms.
Educators say the wave of so-called "smart" technology presents one of the greatest challenges and opportunities for schools today.
"I think it's going to rock the foundation of what we're doing now," said Paula Hase, librarian at Wausau East High School.
For her, the revolution already has started. "We are shifting," Hase said, describing how her library is changing with technology. More of her budget is being used to add high-tech options -- online books, for example. "Every day is a shift toward more digital."
"Kids are logging on for those books at midnight and 1 a.m. You can track the use. It's interesting, but it's crazy, too," Hase said. "(Library hours) are not 8 to 5 anymore."