December 20, 2014

The Best PowerPoint Alternatives for Creating Great Presentations

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We’ve all endured “death by PowerPoint.” It’s a painful experience for the audience and probably not all that fun for the presenter either. To help students deliver effective presentations—free of those deadly bullet points—SLJ columnist Richard Byrne cites his go-to applications.

SLJ’s Top 10 Tech: 2012

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From MOOCs to open educational resources, Joyce Valenza examines the top trends of the year in technology. There are unique opportunities for librarians here and Valenza outlines specific actionables in this online version of School Library Journal’s feature story.

Joyce Valenza’s Picks: Back-to-School Edition

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From a new 4-D storytelling software program to the creation of a maker space in her own library, Joyce Valenza has had a busy summer. Catch up on all the tips from a season’s worth of content at her SLJ blog NeverEndingSearch.

Amazon Forces Unglue.it To Suspend Crowdfunding Operations

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Unglue.it, the new crowdfunding site that encourages authors and publishers to make their ebooks available under a Creative Commons license, today was forced to suspend all active campaigns, after Amazon informed the organization that it would no longer process its pledge payments. Eric Hellman, founder of Unglue.it developer Gluejar Inc., told LJ that an Amazon representative had informed them that crowdfunding, in general, presents regulatory and contractual issues that Amazon is having difficulty keeping pace with. According to their conversation, with the exception of Kickstarter, Amazon Payments will be rejecting business with all new crowdfunding operations.

Ebook Crowdfunding Platform Unglue.it Launched

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Unglue.it, the crowdfunding platform designed to encourage authors and publishers to make their ebooks available under a Creative Commons license, was officially launched on May 17, featuring campaigns for books from Michael Laser, Joseph Nassise, Nancy Rawles, Budding Reader, and Open Book Publishers.

Open Content: School Libraries a ‘Natural Fit’ to Lead Adoption

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Open educational resources (OER) are the next big thing. Christopher Harris runs down the potential of OER—and necessary work involved—for school librarians.