April 15, 2014

Cool Tools for Featuring Student Book Reviews

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There’s nothing like a book recommendation from a friend. Encourage students to share their opinions by creating a student-driven book review site. Richard Byrne shows you how in the accompanying screencasts.

“The MarcRecord”

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A while back (just about a decade ago actually) I gave a presentation wherein I used a number of quotes and illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. One of my favorites is this exchange: “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, but you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re […]

The Life of a High-Functioning Introvert

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Please forgive me, upon occasion I dip into highly personal topics that do not focus on digital libraries. Since this is one of those times, you may wish to avert your eyes. Yesterday at ALA Midwinter I ran into someone I knew who was active in LITA and she asked me why I didn’t show […]

Frictionless Books

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Last summer I went on a Great American Road Trip. In this case, I drove from New Orleans to my home in Sonoma, California. In preparation for such a journey, my wife and I of course went to our local public library to find and download audio books we would like to listen to on […]

The Mission of Librarians is to Empower

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empower - give (someone) the authority or power to do something – Oxford Dictionary of American English Someone whom I greatly admire recently set me thinking about the mission of librarians. David Lankes has that effect on many of us. In a talk late last year at the Digital Library Fall Forum, Lankes recast the usual […]

What Google’s Acquisition of Nest Labs Really Means

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Today’s news of Google acquiring Nest Labs, which produces one of the more expensive but also most advanced thermostats for the home, has been all over the place. As you might imagine when Google buys anyone, there has been a lot of speculation about what it might mean. I have a variety of opinions on […]

Animation Made Easy: The best tools for student projects, from stop motion to GIFs

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With accessible tools, you and your students can create your own simple animations to convey powerful ideas. Screencast tutorials will have you up and running with the latest “Cool Tools” from Richard Byrne, SLJ columnist and blogger at “Free Technology for Teachers.”

Test Driving 3Doodler, the 3-D Pen | screencast tutorial

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While the device may have some improvements in subsequent iterations, the 3-D pen has potential for use with teens, especially with burgeoning maker programs.

The Future of Computing: The ISE (“eyes”) Have It

Recently thanks to a colleague I’ve been playing around with iPython. iPython is an interactive version of Python that many people are beginning to use to teach Python, to create and run simulations and visualizations, and to just generally have a richer environment within which to work while coding. This investigation led me to Xiki, […]

Tablets in Schools—What’s Ahead in 2014

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“Twenty thirteen was the ‘year of the tablet’ and good riddance,” says Christopher Harris. Time to focus on the real reason to invest in any tool for learning: content and pedagogy.