Magazine article Internet@Schools

Today's Digital Students, Their Digital World, and Our Libraries

Magazine article Internet@Schools

Today's Digital Students, Their Digital World, and Our Libraries

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People in K-12 education, whether on the front lines in classrooms and school libraries or in the background creating educational products, services, and tools, are constantly having to gauge and recalibrate owing to the changes our newly digital environment has brought about. What exactly do they need to teach to prepare students for the world that awaits them ... or that we believe awaits them? What techniques and tools do they need to employ or develop to ensure success? The gauging and recalibrating must be constant, especially given the rapidly increasing pace of change "digital" has wrought.

In this issue, our stories are about that gauging and recalibrating. Each of our writers, in his or her own way, explores today's digital students and suggests how educators should chart their course based on an understanding of those students and their world.

In the main feature, EBSCO's Deirdre Costello reports on her user research team's studies of students' online behavior. She has written a great synopsis of their studies, what they revealed about today's students across the entire K-16 spectrum, and what it all means for them and for educators. …

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