The Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory at Harvard Law School LibraryCloud aggregates collection and usage metadata from a number of different libraries and feed them into Shelflife, a sample front end for how this kind of information might be viewed and used by library patrons. Main features of the interface include: *use of the visual metaphor of a book shelf (Stackview) to help people browse popular titles trending at libraries across America. *all books appear in context and have their own page with recommendations and tags. At this stage Shelflife is a testing environment which is best introduced by taking the online tutorial, although you can also explore the site independently
Zinio – The World’s Largest Newsstand Keeping up with its “Read Anywhere, Anytime” slogan, this site offers digitized magazines, which are offered interchangeably on iPad, iPhone, Android and computer devices. By either subscribing for a year or purchasing a single month’s copy, Zinio makes it easy to access the thousands of titles in its database.
Infographics & Data Visualizations | Visual.ly You can earch through Visual.ly’s infographic database to see examples and data galore. What is an infographic? It is a visual way to show data and content using engaging photos and images
Source for Learning, Inc: Home page A collection of learning resources. Compiled and reviewed by education professionals, the resources cover countless subjects and support diverse learning styles.
HOWTO fight cheating by promoting authentic learning – Boing Boing Cory Doctorow discusses cheating in education. “Jonathan Martin offers up a thoughtful response to the “plague of cheating” in secondary and postsecondary education. The right way to reduce cheating is to make education about more than test-scores and extrinsic measures, he argues. Cheating will only go down when students are told that they are in education to accomplish the satisfaction of mastery, and when they trust their teachers to be fair and honest”
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938 Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941.This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs. Born in Slavery was made possible by a major gift from the Citigroup Foundation.
Policies for Staff use of Social Media and Social Networks – eLearning Blog Dont Waste Your Time Does your employer / Institution have a policy for the accepted use, by staff, for how they can use Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, SlideShare, YouTube, WordPress, etc)? Is it limited to how you can use it for work, or in work, or does it cover your usage outside of work and how you talk/post about what you do at work? Are you allowed to use images/logo of your employer/Institution in your work?
The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons | The Edublogger The legal jargon with respect to digital copyrights can be confusing – especially since different countries have their own laws and regulations. With this post, Sue Waters and Ronnie Burt hope to dispel a few myths and pull together a complete list of resources for teachers and students to use when blogging and working with content online.
My 10 books to help boost young peoples reading – Bev Humphrey The post by Bev Humphrey, a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant, to the Guardian’s children’s books pages article by a former librarian, Ellen Ainsworth, entitled 10 books to help boost young boys’ reading. They are good suggestions, (Harry Potter, Alex Rider etc.) but Bev considers them somewhat obvious and has countered with her own post My 10 books to help boost young people’s reading.(NB She also took issue with the restriction to just boys.)