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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 →


This week we wanted to share some great fun and innovative tools for creating presentations.

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What are they?

Both Prezi and Jing are powerful presentation tools in two very different ways. Let’s explore…


Remember boring PowerPoint presentations? Well Prezi is a fun new way to bring life to your presentations, and is even used in the workplace for a way to collaborate and share ideas like an infinite bulletin board. Sound neat? Keep reading to find out more.


This tool is all about screencasting. It can be used for videos or images alike. What is screen sharing? Well what do you see on your computer screen right now? You have this page open, but maybe another window or tab is open, you have a mouse you’re moving around, and who knows what other applications are open. Screencasting is recording either a section of your screen or the full thing if you so choose, and thus allows you to share what you’re seeing and doing on your computer with others. Simple as that! So…

Why should I know about Prezi?

Prezi is an amazing tool for presenting information. Not only is it fun and innovative. But the tool makes the audience much more engaged with the material watching it develop across the screen. Prezi’s can be used for a myriad of presentations. The basics types would be teaching tools for workshops, conference presentations, and training tools. But libraries are also designing them for subject guides/LibGuides, library tours, and program and services announcements.

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What it is:

Like a screenshot, but with sound and motion, a screencast records what’s happening on your computer desktop, which can then be saved in a variety of formats, and used again and again.  Screencasting software records mouse movements, clicking, toggling between webpages, typing and usually, sound, to create short tutorials on whatever topic you choose.  Some screencasting software will allow you to be the star of your own screencast with the use of a camera, but don’t worry, we won’t be doing that in this exercise!

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Presentation Tools

When you’re looking for a great way to integrate web 2.0 technology into the learning experiences of teachers and students, these tools provide versatile, creative options to enhance presentations and to collaborate with a wide audience. This week, you can try out two excellent tools, VoiceThread and Jing. Choose 1 or try them both!

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