Useful links

  • Europeana 1914-1918 – Explore stories It is a treasure trove of unique sources for anyone interested in WWI. Timely with the 100th anniversary upon us. The site offers access to digitized films from the period, institutional cultural heritage and official records alongside thousands of stories shared by the general public, illustrated with digital images of objects, letters, personal diaries, photographs, and other items from the period of the First World War.
  • Teacher Resources for Learning about Copyright and Fair Use ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning  Post from Ed tech and Mobile Learning Blog. “It is important we teach our students to be good digital citizens. They need to understand how to properly credit sources and documents they grab from Internet, and it is not always straightforward. The University of Texas offers a course entitled “Copyright Crash Course” that outlines in a very clear and eloquent language the different things we all need to know about copyright.” Links are given to a few important sections.
  • Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us | Brain Pickings “Celebrated Italian novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary critic, and list-lover Umberto Eco has had a long fascination with the symbolic and the metaphorical, extending all the way back to his vintage semiotic children’s books. Half a century later, he revisits the mesmerism of the metaphorical and the symbolic in The Book of Legendary Lands (public library) — an illustrated voyage into history’s greatest imaginary places, with all their fanciful inhabitants and odd customs, on scales as large as the mythic continent Atlantis and as small as the fictional location of Sherlock Holmes’s apartment.
  • Inside The Most Interesting Man In The World’s Personal Library [31 Photos] | The Roosevelts  ” Jay Walker made a lot of money starting He spent his money collecting. The collection, dubbed the Library of Human Imagination, has grown into something epic that rivals any museum on Earth. the 3,600 square foot, three story facility features multilevel tiers, “floating” platforms, connecting stairways, glass-paneled bridges, dynamic lighting and is bursting at the seams with artifacts of all types. A truly amazing collection that celebrates human endeavour and preserves it for future generations.

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Flipboard: Using and sharing in education

There are many people using Flipboard already and they are great fans so I have just decided to give it a try.

It was originally designed as a social network aggregation, magazine-format app for iPad in 2010.  Today is has become a  popular magazine-like content aggrregator apps for a variety of devices (iOS, Android, Kindle and others). You can even read Flipboard magazines in your web browser.

It is easy to set up . You simply pick a few categories you’re interested in,  add your favorite news sources, reading matter and Youtube videos and bring across any social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Flipboard can connect it all together and makes it easy to curate the things that matter to you into your Flipboard magazine.  Each “tile” on the Flipboard dashboard represents a different subscription.  The thumbnail image on the “tile” changes as the content is updated. Tapping on a tile will open up the subscription for you to view the content.

It is easy to get started but Sue Waters (The Edublogger) has created a great step-by-step guide.

This is a tool that I can envisage being used in a number of ways by teachers and students.

Teachers could create a magazine for their students, whereby they “flip” all the articles, resources, etc they want students to access into the magazine which the students subscribe to. This could also be a ways of sharing professional learning materials between teaching colleagues, with all having access to add content. (This is the way i hope to begin  using it.)

Students could create a resource that they could add content to create a “textbook”.  An entire class could have access to a magazine, allowing all the students to add to the “textbook” thus creating a  very rich resource about a given topic or subject.

I am sure that there ae many more ways people are using this tool but its a start.


Useful links

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Social media activities for Libraries.

Back in 1973 “The Two Ronnies” did the skit called “Shouting In The Library” It was from series three – Broadcast: September 1973 – January 1974. How to change this image? This one of libraries that the media often harks back to.

However Phil Bradley made this nice poster about social media activities. So many things have changed about library services. Some mentioned below we use, others are new and I have some new ideas for different uses to what we are doing at the moment.

The poster is available under Creative Commons licensing, so you are free to take a copy of this and use it without having to ask. However as always remember that you should attribute it to him and not change it nor make money from it.

Useful Links


Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013

The 2013 list has been published by Jane Hart. I use all of the top 10 tools listed  and would probably agree with the order although #10, Google Hangouts, has become much more important to me in the last 6 months and I can see a lot of further use to be made of this tool next year. Quite a number of Google tools rate highly on the list.

I always find it interesting to see what tools have been found most useful by other educators. Are the tools I like rated highly by others? Are there tools that I am unaware of? Would some of these be useful for my situation? This year I found that some of the tools that had dropped of the 2012 list are back. Storify for instance has had a resurgence and is back at 58. The continued prominence  of Twitter on the list and the tool allowing users to select and organize tweets may be the reason.

It is also interesting to see that Twitter remains number 1. I have had many discussions with teachers about the use of Twitter. Many colleagues have denigrated it,not just as an educational tool but as a useful tool at all. When I stop them to tell them how I use it especially as part of my Professional Development, it often comes out that they have never actually used it but are just going on media reports and here say .It is sometimes hard for me to understand how easily these educated professionals can speak so forcefully about something they have no personal knowledge of and are basing their comments on media reports. The same media these teachers spend time warning their students to not simply accept but question the motives behind any reports/articles.

You can find an analysis of the 2013 list here and you can also find out further information and the site address with eshare, slideshow, links from her pages if you decide you want to investigate any of the tools further.

Minding your digital manners and staying safe

At the end of another week, as I reflect on some of the work we did with students, it is evident that we need to constantly remind our students about the importance of behaving appropriately when they are in the digital world. Whether it is on their preferred social media sites, sharing information in a class space or looking for information and/or images when conducting some research. Students and some of the teachers really don’t fully understand that everything you say and do online can have an impact on your reputation. This is the case even if something happened a long time ago or you think that you deleted it. The internet is a huge collection of facts and details. Most people would not consider just how much information on you can be found and then the impact that it may have on how you are perceived as a person. There have been a few infographics and a video that I have collected this week. I had some earlier ones up when a colleague came into the library for some information. She saw them and thought they would be really useful to have as she works with a youth group. She had planned to have some sessions about internet safety and bullying but after our talk thought that they should do a number of things around the issue of good digital citizenship. Many people and groups are putting out things to assist people like me to make my students more aware. Below is an infographic from Knowthenet. They maintain a site about all sorts with simple advice, infographics such as the one below and links to other good sites.

Knowthenet presents Manners Matter

Knowthenet presents Manners Matter the online Netiquette Do’s and Don’ts infographic.

The second thing I am sharing is a short video created by some young people to try to explain about how your digital footprint can be damaged by a silly mistake made many years earlier. It is a video that the boys here would laugh at but it would be a good way to get a conversation started.

Thirdly, the video below is aimed at making users more aware of the different ways they can improve their personal information security


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