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instaGrok: An Education Search Engine

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th January 2015

instaGrok: An Education Search Engine for Students

http://www.edudemic.com/instagrok-an-education-search-engine-for-students

instaGrok is a next-generation research engine intended for academic settings to allow students to research any subject and see results in an interactive concept map, or “grok.” The grok features key facts, concepts and their relationships, images, videos, quizzes, and a glossary. Students can pin the information that they want to use to their grok and keep a bibliography or research notes in an integrated journal.

What makes instaGrok indispensable to teachers is its ability to facilitate self-directed learning of several critical skills, including researching and integrating discrete concepts.

My note: App for Android and iOS tablets is NOT available for smartphones and iTouch

Posted in Android, Digital literacy, educational technology, information literacy, information technology, iPAD, mobile apps, pedagogy, search, student-centered learning | No Comments »

Signage

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 6th January 2015

There is an informative discussion on the LITA board regarding signage, both hard/software-wise as well as design-wise.

From: Hess, M. Ryan [mailto:MHESS8@depaul.edu]
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2015 6:14 PM
To: lita-l@lists.ala.org
Subject: [lita-l] Re: Digital Signs – Best practices, hints & tips

Hi Christa,

I don’t manage the signs in our library, but had a part in getting them put in place and designing workflows. Along the way, I found some interesting research on the topic:

San Jose Public Library (2009). San Jose Public Library Signage Design Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.olis.ri.gov/ services/ ce/ presentation/ SJW-SignageDesignGuidelines.pdf

Envirosell (2007). San Jose Public Libraries & Hayward Public Libraries Final Report. Retrieved from http://sjpl.org/sites/all/files/userfiles/svpl-hpl_final_report.pdf

Barclay, D. A., Bustos, T., & Smith, T. (June 01, 2010). Signs of success. College & Research Libraries News, 71(6), 299.

Shooting more from the hip, my opinion on digital signage is that commonly made mistakes with content include:

– multiplied narratives don’t work in most library cases. Keep everything short and on a single slide

– keep the slide visible for at least a minute to give people a chance to read it

– make sure your graphics are appropriately sized for HD screens (keep those images sharp and avoid pixelation)

On a technical note, we use a mix of solutions:

– PPTs on USBs

– We’ve experimented with Google Drive Slideshows too, to help streamline the work
M Ryan Hess
Digital Services Coordinator
DePaul University
JTR 303-C, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus, 2350 N Kenmore Ave., Chicago IL 60614
office: 773-325-7829 | cell:  650-224-7279 |  fax: 773-325-2297  | mhess8@depaul.edu

On Dec 22, 2014, at 2:20 PM, Hirst , Edward A. <Edward.Hirst@rowancountync.gov> wrote:

We are using a Plex Media Server feeding 3 Rokus over a wireless connection from a laptop. We use .jpg pictures for our slides. Each Roku is connected to a different folder on the Plex server since our displays are in different parts of the building.

Edward

—–Original Message—–
From: Junior Tidal [mailto:JTidal@CityTech.Cuny.Edu]
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2014 1:10 PM
To: lita-l@lists.ala.org
Subject: [lita-l] Re: Digital Signs – Best practices, hints & tips

Hi Christa,

We used two templates for our digital sign. We were using PowerPoint on a Windows machine.

Librarians would take turns updating the slides to promote databases, workshops, library hours, etc., and we had a stable of maybe a dozen or so slides. We updated the slides whenever we needed to promote specific events, usually a couple of weeks before it took place.

This past summer, we switched to using a Raspberry Pi setup installed with Screenly – https://www.screenlyapp.com/ose.html .

This made it much easier to update the slides, because we couldn’t remotely login into the PC with Powerpoint running. Now, we can connect to the RPi/Screenly, and upload images.

Best,
Junior

Junior Tidal
Assistant Professor
Web Services and Multimedia Librarian
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
300 Jay Street, Rm A434
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.260.5481

http://library.citytech.cuny.edu
Christa Van Herreweghe <christa@ucitylibrary.org> 12/21/2014 5:12

PM >>>

Hello all:

We are new to digital signs having just installed our first.  Would love to hear about any best practices you have developed.

How many slides do you show? (assuming you are doing slides – if not, would love to hear about your format).

Did you develop a template (or two) and develop a consistent “look”
on all your slides?

Who updates your sign and how often?

Other hints and tips are welcome.

Thanks,

Christa Van Herreweghe
Assistant Director/IT Librarian
University City Public Library
ucitylibrary.org

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How Libraries Reach Kids

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th December 2014

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/30/373783189/talk-sing-read-write-play-how-libraries-reach-kids-before-they-can-read?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2056

My note: it takes a village to raise a kid. It does not matter if it is public library, or pre-school kids or students; it matter that the library does not “serve,” but takes to the heart their education. The academic library must go beyond “assisting,” and get engaged as deep as possible with the students’ assignments.

 

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Internet, Librarians

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th December 2014

Before The Internet, Librarians Would ‘Answer Everything’ — And Still Do

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/28/373268931/before-the-internet-librarians-would-answer-everything-and-still-do

Posted in Digital literacy, Instagram, Library and information science, media literacy, social media, technology literacy | No Comments »

mindmapping

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 14th December 2014

Three Mind Mapping Tools That Save to Google Drive

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/03/three-mind-mapping-tools-that-save-to.html

MindMup
Lucidchart
Mindmeister

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free “big data” sources

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 11th December 2014

The Free ‘Big Data’ Sources Everyone Should Know

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141210080103-64875646-the-free-big-data-sources-everyone-should-know

Data.gov, click here.
US Census Bureau click here.
European Union Open Data Portal, click here.
Data.gov.uk, click here.
The CIA World Factbook, click here.
Healthdata.gov, click here.
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre, click here.
Amazon Web Services public datasets, click here.
Facebook Graph, click here.
Gapminder, click here.
Google Trends, click here.
Google Finance, click here.
Google Books Ngrams, click here.
National Climatic Data Center, click here.
DBPedia, click here.
Topsy, click here.
Likebutton, click here.
New York Times, click here.
Freebase, click here.
Million Song Data Set, click here.

Posted in Digital literacy, information literacy, Library and information science, search | No Comments »

Nokia tablet

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 10th December 2014

Nokia N1 Android tablet: an iPad mini lookalike with the first reversible USB port

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nokia-unveils-n1-android-tablet-an-ipad-mini-lookalike-with-the-first-reversible-usb-port-9867400.html

Visually the tablet is a dead-ringer for the iPad mini, but the N1 actually manages to be both thinner and lighter than Apple’s tablet – just 6.9mm thick and weighing in at 318 grams.

The N1 looks very healthy spec-wise, with a 2.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras on the back and front.

‘Z Launcher’ software: essentially a customized lock screen that studies your habits to give you the right app at the right time of day (eg, email in the morning, Instagram at night) while also letting you launch apps by scribbling the first letter of their name.

The N1 is launching first in China February 2015 for $249 (around £160 – the same as the iPad mini) but it’s not clear when it’ll be making its way to the US or UK.

Posted in Digital literacy, information technology, technology literacy | 1 Comment »

Search Twitter

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 10th December 2014

Using advanced search in Twitter

https://support.twitter.com/articles/71577-using-advanced-search

is very similar to using advanced search in your SCSU online databases:

Advanced Search – Guided-Style Find Fields

http://support.ebsco.com/help/

Searching successfully Twitter is one of the techniques to mine Twitter and grow your audience:

20 tips for social media marketing

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-marketing-tips-pros

 

Posted in blog, Channel Dashboards, Digital literacy, Dubbler, information literacy, Library and information science, social media, Twitter | No Comments »

Formative Assessment

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 9th December 2014

Formative Assessment

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/566468459355086016/

Formative Assessment

Posted in assessment, Digital literacy, educational technology, instructional technology, mobile learning, student-centered learning, technology literacy, Twitter | No Comments »

big data

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 3rd December 2014

Breaking down big data

http://blog.ed.ted.com/2014/12/02/breaking-down-big-data/

Posted in assessment, Digital literacy, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »