Wednesday, April 27, 2011

40 Years of E-books [Infographic]

Surprising that Project Gutenberg has digitized only 33,000 books.

Check out the great visual for 40 years of ebook history.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Google Search screened by reading levels

I am currently teaching an ESL class and we were talking about using Google Advanced Search . One of the students showed me that a user can now sort results by reading level.

After a little more research, I found that "the breakdown isn't grade- or age-specific, but reflects the judgments of teachers as to overall level of difficulty. Roughly speaking, "Basic" is elementary level texts, while "Intermediate" is anything above that level up to technical and scholarly articles, a la the articles you'd find in Scholar."

Try this new option and see what you think -- it's exciting, especially the idea that a student brought the feature to our attention!

Friday, April 08, 2011

National Library Week and Gale

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is celebrating National Library Week by offering free access to six highly-praised online resources for use by any library during National Library Week. Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2010. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting starting on April 10. Gale is offering access to six resources:

Gale NewsVaulta specially designed online platform that enables cross-searching of Gale’s enormous range of historical newspaper and periodical collections from a single interface

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive, Part I – a historical archive that embraces the scholarly study of slavery in a comprehensive, conceptual and global way

Science in Context: an online learning and research portal that covers everything from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography

GREENR an electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources

Global Issues in Context – an online learning and research portal that offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance

Powerspeak Languages – a world language learning product that uses the research-driven powerspeaK12 language learning methodology

Originally seen at Sue Polanka's blog: No Shelf Required - Thank you!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

New Trier Day of Silence: April 14

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Recent find: was shared on Twitter today by Steve Anderson, posted on Michael Gorman's blog which highlights 20 free tools that require no login developed by educator, Russel Tarr, Head of History at the International School of Toulouse, France.

Two Tools that seem relevant to library research:

The tool I examined  Keyword Checker helps students to check their  essays to see if they have used the most important key terms for a topic. Just PASTE a list of keywords/phrases into the box on the left; PASTE the essay in the box to the right; then click “check”. Students are given feedback that can be used to provide focus for further redrafting if necessary.

Source Analyser helps students to look critically at a source and reflect on how useful it is. Seems like a great way to think about how to write thoughtful annotated bibliographies.

What is exciting to me is how quickly these tools and ideas are spread through social media and how easily educators can't put them to the test right away.