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Bookmarking and Curation: Pinterest

Pinterest Logo

Let’s try Pinterest!

What I hope you will learn after this module:

  • What is Pinterest?
  • How to pin items that interest you
  • How to set up pinboards
  • How to use the social media aspect of Pinterest to your advantage
  • How you can use Pinterest effectively in your library, both for professional development and for your patrons Continue Reading →

Mobile Technology: QR Codes

Mobile Technology Week: QR Codes

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days QR Code for Book Trailers for All

Let’s try QR Codes!

What I hope you will learn after this module:

  • What are QR codes?
  • How to read QR codes
  • How to generate QR codes
  • How you can use QR codes effectively in your library Continue Reading →

Blogging with WordPress

Blogs: An Overview

Now that you’ve explored Collaborate2Innovate Things and found out all about the program, it’s time to jump right in with Week 1′s topic: Blogs! This post will give you a brief overview of the technology, explain the activities for the week, and provide links to some additional reading for those who would like to know more.

What I hope you will learn after this module:

  • What are blogs?
  • How to create a blog using WordPress
  • How you can use blogs effectively in your library

What is it?

A blog, or weblog, is a format for publishing content on the web. As the name suggests, blogs are, quite simply, web-based logs of information that have the following features in common:

  • content is organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent entry appearing at the top
  • dates and timestamps indicate when content was published
  • archives are automatically generated by the blog software
  • visitors participate in the conversation by leaving comments to blog entries, or posts

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Video Production: Screencasting


Welcome to our 5th Week Module!

Have you ever had trouble explaining to someone just how you did that certain thing on your computer? Like how to open a certain file or how to use a google spreadsheet? By creating a short video that essentially records what you do on your computer, coupled with your own narration, you can easily and effectively share this information by making a screencast video. This week we will be taking a look at screencasting, from what screencasts are to what software and websites can be used and, finally, how to do it yourself!

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Play Week! Get Messy!

Time to take a break and play!

You have gone over Blogging, Twitter, Pipes and QR codes and that may or may not have been a lot to learn in such a short time. Either way, we will take this week to play around more with the things you have learned and we will not have an assignment for this week.

Instead, we will show you some more interesting, funny and off-the-wall things that can be done with some of these ‘Things’.

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Goodreads 2


For casual and avid readers Goodreads is social networking site that does three thing really well.

  • First, it’s a place to share with family and friends what books you are reading and see what they are reading.
  • Second, Goodreads has some easy to use tools for keeping track of the books you have read and the books you want read.
  • Third, Goodreads is place for both new and established authors to have a dialog with their fans.
  • Bonus feature for library staff that work directly with the public, Goodreads is an excellent resource to get the current reviews and opinions of newly published books and an useful site for assisting patron’s with reader advisory questions.

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Collaborative Tools


By now, you should have worked on a plethora of new tools:

  • Blogging
  • Social networks
  • Bookmarking
  • Presentations

This week,  we are going to be working on Collaborative Tools.    What are collaborative  tools?  Exactly, what it says –tools allowing you and others to collaborate.  You may even be familiar with the old methods of collaborating such as pen and paper, blackboards, and even telephone conferencing.

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Presentations: Glogster, Infographics, and Creative Commons Media

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Social Networks

Congratulations on completing the first week! In week two, we focus on Social Media as we explore three online communities: Twitter, Pinterest and Skype. Social Media is a phenomenon where users are taking the Internet to amazing places and creating content, sharing information and collaborating instantly. Instead of passively “surfing” the net, now more than ever the Internet allows users to engage with others as we create our own stories.

This week our learning objective is for you to explore these popular social media sites: Twitter, Pinterest and Skype. Remember, you don’t have to do all three activities. You can choose to do only one, or two or three if you are feeling adventurous.

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Bookmarking and Research

Welcome to Bookmarking and Research!

Hope everyone had a great week exploring Social Media.  We’ll be exploring three popular online bookmarking tools in this unit: Zotero, Instapaper, and Delicious.

While each of these tools offers a unique service, they are collectively referred to as “social bookmarking tools.” Social Bookmarking tools allow users to organize, manage, store, search and retrieve their saved bookmarks from any computer with access to the web.  On an Internet with more than 15 billion web pages, bookmarking tools offer us a simple and accessible way to save web pages and other content for later use.

Check out this short video from Common Craft (3:21) for a concise introduction to social bookmarking. Continue Reading →

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