In the District and on the Desktop: School Libraries as Essential Elements of Effective Broadband Use in Schools
Demands for the Internet in administrative, instructional, and learning tasks in schools are rising. Because adequate bandwidth in schools supports the home-school learning continuum, links to civic and governmental organizations, and situations in which home connectivity is scarce, reconsiderations in investments in connectivity supply and support are due. Yet, many school administrators report concerns about their bandwidth and employ strategies to level access among their teachers and students. Limited access in schools and classrooms results in stifled instructional creativity and few opportunities for students to gain twenty-first-century skills needed later academic and workplace success. Even when connectivity is adequate, educators and learners require support to make the most of the Internet. School librarians, on-site technology leaders with expertise in supporting digitally immersive learning, have great potential to help administrators, teachers, and students make the best use of the connectivity.
KeywordsInternet Access School Administrator English Language Learner Broadband Access School Librarian
Many thanks Dr. Charles McClure, Lauren Mandel, Melissa Johnston and Daniella Smith for their contributions to this chapter.
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