Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The List shows one line of information - source, and the beginning of the summary or article. Benefit: easy at-a-glance format to select articles to read
Expanded shows more of the summary or beginning lines of article, as well as options for social communication
Benefit: decision is quick and easy to read article; plenty of "white" space
Mosaic is for those who are visual. I believe this is a new feature, and it looks great. While one would have to scroll a bit more to see options/items (depending upon how many feeds one has), the icons and/or images are a nice alternative to print.
Take a look at the "new" bloglines:
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Three French teachers, Monsieur Greaux, Madame Salisbury and Mademoiselle Weiss, recently offered their students an opportunity to truly make a difference for others. The students each translated a child’s picture book from English to French and then added the French words to each page so that the books could be sent to French speaking Haiti and shared with victims of last year’s earthquake. Here’s a brief version of the story in pictures with images from some of the books:
I gave myself a “fed ex” day of sorts trying to pull together some scanned images, pictures and text to describe this fabulous project by our Foreign Language teachers. I had not done much scanning or photo manipulation and this is my first Slide Share project, but I am very excited that it was in support of such a fantastic project. Thanks to everyone who helped!
Our students loved this project, especially the childhood memories it raised for them and the chance to help others. My favorite quote: Dear children of Haiti, I hope this book gives you joy during a difficult time for your country.... If you are ever sad, you must remember that there is hope everywhere, but it is in hiding and you must find it. We have already started conversations about how other language classes (Spanish and Chinese) might pursue a similar project, perhaps donating books to Central America or to a local charity in one of Chicago’s neighborhoods. If you would like to learn more, please contact us.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This is an amazing collection of educators to follow:
The Edublog Award Categories….
Sunday, December 12, 2010
"A QR Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The "QR" is derived from "Quick Response", as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed." WikipediaRead more from David Hopkins's blog.
You can create your own QR Codes at the QR Code Generator
It is recommended that you use a URL shortening service to generate the shortest possible link to use for the code
What are some of the uses for QR codes? Here are some recommendations from David Hopkins, a Learning Technologist in the Business School, Bournemouth University. They work for students who have smart phones to:
- integrate students into the assignment and feedback process
- excellent way of directing students to content
- a book in the Library, a YouTube video, a library event....
- Place the QR Code in a slide that links to a YouTube video you want the students to watch, but you don’t want them to take up your valuable time in your lecture by showing them there and then.
- Generate QR Codes that refer to materials the students may want to explore, but you haven’t time to show them in the limited lecture/seminar times.
- Place the QR Code in your slides that links to the information about the core text for the lecture, details of what it is and where in the Library it can be found (floor, section, shelf details, etc, or even link to eBook version if it’s available?).
- Generate a QR Code that links to an online survey or question you want them to answer while they’re with you, and show them the results (like a CPS system?)
- Put the QR Code at the end or your presentation for the students to scan as they exit the theatre, that links to an audio copy of the lecture, or to the activity you’ve asked them to do.
How might these QR codes be used for teaching and learning?
Here's another exiting way that QR codes are being used by book publishers:
Finally, an easy to use to which generates a QR code for a mobile-friendly URL: Try Delivr to distribute a code that a mobile user can see and scan. I tried it using the URL for this blog and it instantly generated this short URL for a mobile device:
delivr.com/136ki and it also generated a QR code which you can try scanning with your mobile device.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Read more on the Google Blog:
This will definitely be a game changer.
According to their summary, some of the groups who are notable for their relatively high levels of Twitter use include:
- Young adults – Internet users ages 18-29 are significantly more likely to use Twitter than older adults.
- African-Americans and Latinos – Minority internet users are more than twice as likely to use Twitter as are white internet users.
- Urbanites – Urban residents are roughly twice as likely to use Twitter as rural dwellers.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Great List of Hashtags For Educators
Cybrary Man offers an even more extensive list of Hashtags building upon Karlana's list.
Librarian Phil Bradley suggests: Twapperkeeper as a handy resource for keeping track of tweets that use a particular hashtag. Twapperkeeper does not do this automatically -- you have to go to the site and set up an archive, so that Twapperkeeper knows that it needs to look for tweets mentioning a specified hashtag. After setting this up, you can also get these tweets as an RSS feed, or download the file. It can also archive tweets based on a keyword search or user name.
#libraries, #librarians, #streetlit, #Goodreads, #Awards, #readers, #YA, #lib_resources, #school #library , #infoliteracy, #medialiteracy, #onlinesafety, #cyberbullying, #digitalcitizenship, #transliteracy, #YALSA 2011, #yalsa, #ALA, #Books, #literature, #bannedbooks, #reading, #amreading, #Kindle, #ipad, #ebook, #ereader, #mashable, #SocialMedia
Do you have any to add?