I went to two sessions in the ISE2006 track in order to hear something about the work being done in Ohio. INFOhio and SirsiDynix are working together to create online space for K-12 students where they can learn more about the subject areas being taught in school (an integrated portal). The content is being created by teams of teachers and school librarians (very cool). The entire project is receiving help/input from Kent State Univ. They are even doing usability studies.
See http://www.infohio.org/librarystaff/transition/rooms.html for some information from INFOhio. You can see the project at http://www.schoolrooms.net/. This product, once complete, will be available to others areas of the U.S. And those areas will be able to add local content (like info taught in their local history classes).
BUT the coolest part wasn't discussed (and why I sneaked into this session) -- Student Learning through Ohio School Libraries : The Ohio Research Study. This study evidently looked at the Millennials in more detail and has found that there is a difference between the older and younger Millennials. Steve Abram said that those under 16 are a new generation. I have not read the study, but plan on reading it when I get home. Perhaps this study can help all those developing services for this age group?!
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