Index of Learning 2.0 Module Tools

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This is an archive of Learning 2.0 modules designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Learning & Technology Literacies class.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. Modules were created in Spring 2012, Fall 2012 & Spring 2013.

Blogging & Microblogging

Cloud Storage

Combo Modules

Computer Literacy

  • Email (setting up a Gmail account)

Data Visualization

eBook Management

Educational & Discovery Tools

Online Meeting Tools

Photo Management & Sharing

Presentation & Instruction Tools

Social Bookmarking & Content Curation

Survey Tools

Tablets & Other Devices

Facebook

What we hope you’ll learn from this module:

  • What is Facebook?
  • How does Facebook work?
  • What can I use Facebook for?

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a social media website and it is used by a lot of people. Chances are you want to have an account so you can easily share pictures, videos, and play games with your friends and family!
Before we begin, there are a few words to be familiar with!
The basics:

Timeline -  This is the place where your friends can talk to you publicly. It is also sometimes called your “wall.”

Profile – This is where you’ll see your stuff: picture albums, videos, and fun links your friends have shared with you!

Post – A Facebook “Post” is a message you can either write on your own wall, or someone else’s wall!

Facebook Friend – A Facebook Friend is someone who you can share pictures, post on each others “wall,” and chat!

Things you might hear from time to time:
Like
A Facebook “Like” means just that! When you click the thumbs up on a picture, or post, or video: it means that you like it! Remember that others can see what you like, just as you can see what others like!
News Feed
The News Feed is the place on Facebook where you will see all the updates, pictures, and activities that your friends have been doing lately. It is the very center of your main account page (the dashboard).
Social Media
You might hear  the words Social Media a lot when people talk about Facebook, or Pinterest and Tumblr. This just means that a lot of people use it to get together and talk with one another.
Wall
Your Facebook “Wall” is where you and your friends can post pictures, videos, and other links for everyone to see. Do not use the Wall if you don’t want anyone else to see the thing you’re posting! We’ll talk about privacy later in the Tutorial!

Let’s get started! Activity #1: Sign-up an account.

Register an account: note you don't have to use your real name!
Register an account: note you don’t have to use your real name!
Step one: register your own Facebook account. You must enter your real name, email, and a password. Facebook also requires a birth date.
I want you to skip to the final steps, we can add friends and other information later! Skip directly to adding a picture.

Skip through these steps-- we'll get to them later!
Skip through these steps– we’ll get to them later!
Last step: upload a picture.
This can be done by choosing “Upload a Photo” and selecting one from your computer. Remember to have a photograph ready!  And it can be a picture of anything (a flower, your dog, cookies) you like, within Facebook’s rules. This means: try to use a photograph you took yourself!
Now you’re signed up! Congratulations!
You can add any photo you like! It doesn't have to be yourself.
You can add any photo you like! It doesn’t have to be yourself.

How to Use Facebook:

Here's the account page!
Here’s the account page!
Remember that your Facebook account is called a “profile.” And now that you have one, here’s what you can do with it!
Messages – This is on the left hand side of your page. You want to be sure to use this messaging feature to talk with your Facebook Friends. Remember that if someone is not your friend, and they message you, their email will be sent to Other Messages – be sure to check this from time to time!
Pictures – Facebook makes uploading your pictures very easy! Just find the image(s) and drag and drop! Be sure to take the time to name your photo album.
Newsfeed- The Newsfeed, or your status, is how Facebook gathers all your friends’ public activities directly to you! Remember when you post in your Newsfeed, everyone can see it! So be sure to use Facebook Messaging if you want to talk to someone privately.
 
Activity #2 – “Post” a status on Facebook! Tell everyone “Hi :)”
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Here’s your Facebook “Dashboard”

Adding a Friend: Activity #3

Facebook is a great way to keep up with your friends! To find your friends and family and “add” them to your Facebook profile, you must search their name in Facebook search!facebook_search

After you search your friend’s name, click on your friend’s profile, and click “add friend.” Now wait until your friend accepts your request!

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Make sure to only add friends you actually know!

Privacy is important!

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Privacy and Security are two very important concerns when it comes to using Facebook! Your privacy setting can be found in the right upperhand corner! It is a little lock.
  • Make sure you regularly check your security settings – perhaps once a month.
  • Make sure you have your settings set to Friends Only, so that your pictures and posts cannot be seen by the public.
  • Make sure that you report anyone that might be bothering you!

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Finally, remember that Facebook is meant to be fun!
 

Congratulations & Thank You!

                                          You have completed Module 4: Facebook  from LINKS TO LITERACY
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This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by NAME for LIBRARY/GROUP. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

OverDrive

Downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks with OverDrive

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What is it?

OverDrive is a way of lending digital or electronic titles (eBooks and eAudiobooks) to public library patrons. Patrons can take part of your library with them everywhere they go and check out digital titles whenever they want. For instance, a patron can be awake in the middle of the night in another country and still be able to utilize the services of your library. Pretty cool. As a staff member and patron of your library, you get to enjoy this great service, too. All you need is your library card number and an Internet connection to get started. Once the eBook is downloaded to your device, you’re good to go.

OverDrive is a subscription electronic service. Just as your library subscribes to EBSCOhost and EBSCOhost is in charge of how their site looks, so is OverDrive in charge of how their site looks. Your library’s OverDrive site may match your homepage in small ways, but the collection descriptions, the site navigation,  and all other features of your library’s OverDrive site are determined and controlled by OverDrive. Sometimes this can be helpful to remember or to point out to your library patrons.

Why should I know about OverDrive?

More and more public library patrons want to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks. Those who bought the original Kindle, those who just got their first smartphone, and just about everyone in between will find a reason for trying this library service. And many will love it! For some patrons, no late or damage fees is a big plus. For others, convenience is a strong incentive. You may find your own reasons for why you like digital content. Please share!

What should I know about OverDrive?

Enjoy this short overview of OverDrive.

OverDrive Media Console: If you are using your computer to read or listen to eBooks or eAudiobooks, or for transferring eBooks or eAudiobooks to another device, you will need to install the OverDrive Media Console. This is also free and can be found through your library’s OverDrive pages. You may also need Adobe Digital Editions. However, most people no longer use OverDrive with their computers and instead use it with their devices.

Adobe ID: To complete the set-up of OverDrive on your computer or device (except if you are using Kindle), you will need an Adobe ID. This is free. You can get it at Adobe ID, or through the OverDrive pages linked to your library’s website. You can use your Adobe ID on multiple computers and devices, so remember your Adobe ID sign-in information for future use.

You should know the general differences between types of devices. For example, a tablet, a Nook without wireless capabilities, and a Kindle each require a different process to download an eBook. The three main types of devices are:

  1. smart/touch devices (including phones and tablets)
  2. eReaders
  3. Kindle devices

1) With smart or touch devices, you use the OverDrive Media Console app.

OverDrive Media Console app: The OverDrive app is a free application for smart or touch devices (including smartphones like an Android or Windows phone; portable players like an iPod Touch; or tablets like an iPad or Surface, for example).

The OverDrive app is where you and your patrons will go to search for, download, and read your library’s eBooks. To download the app:

  1. Go to the app store (for example, iTunes for Apple products or Google Play for Android devices) and search for the free OverDrive Media Console app.
  2. Once downloaded, look for the OverDrive app in your list of apps.
  3. Open the OverDrive app.
  4. Add the East Greenbush Community Library.
  5. Click on the East Greenbush Community Library to search your library’s digital titles.

2) With an eReader, you may have to connect your eReader to your computer to get eBooks, depending on how “smart” your eReader is.

Many eReaders now have a Wi-Fi connection, which allows you to search your library’s OverDrive pages and download OverDrive eBooks directly to the device.

3) With a Kindle device or the Kindle app, your Amazon account is an essential part of checking out OverDrive books.

Amazon Account: If you are using a Kindle or a Kindle app, you will not need an Adobe ID. Instead, you will use your Amazon account. (If you don’t have one, you will need to set one up. It’s also free.)

After you select the Kindle version to check out through OverDrive and click Download, you will be taken to Amazon. Sign-in to your Amazon account and then select the device where you want to send the OverDrive book. The next time you refresh your Kindle or open your Kindle app, your OverDrive library book will be waiting for you.

You should know that the set-up process is the hardest part of OverDrive; once you get through it, OverDrive is easy and fun. You have to go through the set-up process only once on a device.

There are three main types of digital titles in OverDrive:

  1. EPUB eBook (will not work on Kindles or the Kindle app)
  2. Kindle Book (will only work on Kindles or the Kindle app)
  3. OverDrive WMA Audiobook (you can’t read this, you can only listen to this)

Once you determine your device and finish the set-up, you will know whether to choose an EPUB eBook, a Kindle Book, or an OverDrive WMA Audiobook. You may accidentally make a mistake once in a while and choose the wrong kind of format, but it’s all free and you can’t hurt anything.

Main takeaways: You want to know if you are using OverDrive with a smart/touch device, an eReader, or a Kindle/Kindle app. You have to complete the initial (admittedly, sometimes frustrating) set-up process to access all the great digital titles your library has to offer. Once the set-up process is complete, it’s all fun.

OverDrive now also offers a brand new reading experience: Next Generation. You can now read an eBook in your browser, without having to go through any set-up process or download process. This might come in handy and could be just the thing for some library customers.

Part of the Next Generation experience for every OverDrive user means all your OverDrive account information is on one page and easily accessible. Check it out: OverDrive Next Generation.

Exercises

Activity #1 – Download an eBook from the East Greenbush Community Library to your device.

Ready to start using OverDrive?

  1. Determine or choose your device and complete the set-up process for OverDrive on your device. Remember, you may need to get an Adobe ID or Amazon account.
  2. Browse the East Greenbush Community Library’s OverDrive site (through the library’s homepage or the OverDrive app) for an available eBook.
  3. Check out and download the title to your device.
  4. Read at least one chapter of the eBook. You may then continue reading it or return it.

Activity #2 – Download an eAudiobook from the East Greenbush Community Library to your device or your computer.

Ready to try a slight variation on the above process?

  1. Browse the East Greenbush Community Library’s OverDrive site (through the library’s homepage or the OverDrive app) for an available eAudiobook.
  2. Check out and download the title to your chosen device (this may be different than downloading an eBook; you may not be able to download an eAudiobook to your device and may have to download it to your computer instead).
  3. Listen to at least five minutes of the eAudiobook. You may then continue listening to it or return it.

Activity #3 – Blog about using OverDrive to download, read, listen to, and return (if applicable) eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Write about your experiences with OverDrive and/or its potential uses for your work. If you are already using it, you could write about the kinds of project for which it has been useful. If you wish, you could also compare and contrast the value of this kind of tool and consider how it could be used to further your own professional development.

Further Reading (optional)

This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Spring of 2013.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by Heidi Lewis for East Greenbush Community Library. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Web Marketing

Welcome to the web marketing module! In its simplest form, marketing is action of promoting products and services. In the past few years, businesses have realized the importance of social media and online marketing to drive users to its website and increase its patronage. While Facebook and Twitter are the most popular tools, there are many others that can be used to grow your library, connect with patrons, and market your library to a wide audience. In this module, we will cover the basics of Pinterest and Flickr and how to use them as marketing tools. Continue Reading →

Pinterest

Pinterest


What We Want You to Learn:

This tutorial on Pinterest has five areas of learning. These include:

Google Reader

NOTE: By now you have probably heard the news that Google Reader is being shut down in July.  We’ve decided to leave this week’s module as-is because the basics of using an RSS-aggregator are still useful.  However, we’ve added a bonus activity at the end, and encourage you to explore alternatives to Google Reader for the future.  Let us know in the comments on this page or in your personal blog postings this week if you have found an alternative site that you like.  We would love to know about it!

What is Google Reader and what are RSS feeds?

  • Google Reader screenshotUse Google Reader to keep up with websites that have frequent updates, e.g. blogs.
  • Google Reader uses stuff called RSS feeds – found on loads of websites.

If you see this symbol, you can add the site to your feed reader automatically: Orange RSS feed button
You can also add sites that do not have the orange RSS button.

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YouTube

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Watching Videos on YouTube!

What we hope you’ll learn from this module:

What is YouTube?

YouTube is a website where people can watch, upload and share videos. There are YouTube videos about cats, science experiments and playing guitar. Some videos are cartoons, some are music videos and some are of people talking. These are called video logs or vlogs. Videos that become very popular are sometimes called memes. When many people share a video, that video has gone viral.
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Google Search

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Searching the Internet

What we hope you’ll learn from this module:

What is a search engine?

A “search engine” searches the internet for something you ask it to find. Most people search using specific words, called keywords or search terms, and the search engine will search the internet for those words. Google is the most popular search engine, but there are many other kinds of search engines too!

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Data Gathering

 

Google Form and Spreadsheet

What is Google Form?

Google Form is a web-based application within the free Google Drive suite of tools. It is a great tool for creating forms and surveys and collecting, organizing and analyzing data. Features include the ability to embed a form to a web page, email a link to a form, create spreadsheets automatically from form data, export data in various formats, and choose themes to customize forms. Continue Reading →

YouTube

Hello East Greenbush Community Library and welcome to Week Four of our “Connect 2. U” program! This week, you’ll get to play around and explore YouTube.

What is YouTube?

YouTube is a popular social media tool and video sharing website. A few activities you can do with YouTube include watching and sharing videos, uploading videos, and creating a list of your favorite videos.

Why Should I know About YouTube?

According to >YouTube’s Statistics, “over 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month” and “72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.” Now, the video cap on YouTube is 15 minutes long so that’s a lot of videos uploaded every minute.Most likely, your patrons are using YouTube or have a question regarding this technology and this week’s module will hopefully help you feel more comfortable and give you more knowledge into YouTube. Continue Reading →

Online Chat Services

This week we’ll be exploring two online chat services:

chat

If you are interested in learning more about chat services, please check out the Optional section at the bottom, which will introduce you to Trillian, Pigdin, Adium, and more.

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