Core Education – Data Engagement explained

Got lots of new devices heading your way?  I’m betting they are heading towards you even if they aren’t there yet.  How will your library manage them, will they change the way you teach students to engage with information?  Will you have to scramble to catch up or will you embrace them and learn the new tricks so that you can be one step ahead of your students?  Do you need to be one step ahead of the students?  Could they be teaching you new tricks?  Head over to the Core Education blog, plenty to see other there today as they explore data engagement and what it means for education.  They don’t think much about the library in particular over at Core, but they do look at the trends and some of these trends are going to definitely impact on libraries in education.

Today I was being told about a Livescribe.  I started to think about the impact that would have on special needs students in our school.  Yet more engagement with data, yet more data to carry around in your pocket along with your other devices.

Stand back folks, more clever stuff heading your way, into your schools and therefore into your libraries.  While you are over there be sure to watch Hans Rosling, he is my maths crush!


  1. #1 by Michael Winter on May 8, 2012 - 1:08 AM

    Thanks for your comment about my Data Engagement post. Of course this stuff has huge implications for libraries – how do you see it impacting on how libraries are conceived and operate both within schools and in the woder community?

    • #2 by Bridget Schaumann on May 8, 2012 - 10:58 AM

      It is a changing world in the school library and we are shouting it from the rooftops. Data engagement is becoming part of our daily practice, access to that data is something that school libraries can play an key part in. As we change what we do to help our students use data and devices safely and wisely, to help them filter the data they receive from every inquiry they make, librarians can have a huge role supporting the learning as that way of learning becomes more data driven. Librarians need to make a real effort to get involved, get informed, talk to teachers and students and get up to speed.

      Our physical spaces are changing with the times and with that the perceptions of what we do. Yes we are about reading and literacy, but we are about information in heaps of ways. I for one am looking forward to a changing world where students can be provided with library spaces which work in new ways, and being a real part of the transformation of all this data to learning and understanding. Lets hope that we can be perceived as integral to these changes and seen as a valuable cog in the learning wheel. As more of us embrace technology, have fun with it, and get on board with the new cool stuff, get out and really engage with it, we bring the wider community to a greater understanding of all the things we do currently and can do in the future.

  2. #3 by Julia Smith on May 13, 2012 - 9:02 AM

    Data engagement? Love the phrase. Students will embrace it. I see the problem being an education system that hasn’t responded to the information shift, a curriculum too set in historic guidelines, students who aren’t engaged at school.
    Schools need to adopt modes of data engagement that interest students as we know that with engagement comes learning. Online educational tools that build creativity, active participation and collaboration.
    As for the roll of school librarians, Bridget has summed it up perfectly. Students still need to know how to use information “safely and wisely”, how to locate, assess and transform that data into knowledge. We need to embrace new technologies – over the last six months I’ve introduced three new modes to push data engagement in the library, which, although I can’t say has raised literacy and learning to any great extent yet, has greatly raised my profile within the school.
    Data engagement through new tools and technology – yes please, bring it on.

  3. #4 by Miriam Tuohy on May 21, 2012 - 3:41 AM

    I love this sort of stuff – taking data/information and finding new ways to bring it to life. The other day I saw an item online about GM using Lego to create 3d reports – brilliant idea!

    Bridget’s quite right – while I guess most people see the obvious role of school libraries in reading/literacy, I don’t think I’d be overstating things to say that librarians see their role as more than that: our ideas about developing students’ reading and literacy encompass not just providing novels, encyclopedias, newspapers and other print items in the library, but finding and pointing people in the direction of useful and interesting information and data of all kinds, too.

    School librarians are used to developing a print collection that caters for a broad range of subjects and interests. That collection should now include data and information pulled from a wider range of sources (although maybe not ‘the weird part of the internet’!)

    My feeling is that if you can put your best team (i.e. content area specialist/teacher plus information professional/librarian) on the job of curating materials, and sharing them with students, you’d be better able to quickly put together a set of quality resources that’ll make a difference to how students engage with and understand a topic. And school librarians who’ve helped build that collection of resources are perfectly placed to work alongside teaching staff and students dealing with issues of critical literacy, search techniques, information design, ‘crap detection’, etc.

    It would be great if school design + staffing + access to new technologies converge to make the kind of learning spaces where some of this can happen. Maybe with haptic suits + a laptop, we won’t even need to go to school to experience school 😉 Ready, Player One?

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