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Things I learned at SXSWedu

Posted by on March 14th, 2017 0 comments

Last week I attended SXSWedu, an education-centric pre-conference to South by Southwest Interactive. I came home with 13 pages of handwritten notes and an information hangover.  South by Southwest Interactive is the now seemingly ubiquitous conference of music, culture, tech and hipsterdom held annually in Austin, Texas. SXSWedu is a smaller gathering which occurs the week before… Read More »

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2 Backchannel Discussion Tools for Librarians

Posted by on February 15th, 2017 0 comments

Backchannels have been around for awhile. A 2010 Educause 7 Things You Should Know About Backchannel Communication called them “a secondary electronic conversation that takes place at the same time as a conference session, lecture, or instructor-led learning activity.” Backchannels provide a space for real time conversation, alongside the primary activity. Twitter is an example of a backchannel…. Read More »

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3 Free EdTech tools Useful for Library-Instructors

Posted by on December 19th, 2016 0 comments Tags:

As a librarian-instructor, I’m always looking for new tools to use in my classes. My rule of three is: they must be free, they must be easy to use, they must encourage learning. Here’s three free tools that fit the bill. Screencast-o-matic Create online videos & post to YouTube or other places online. Screencast-o-matic is… Read More »

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Word Clouds as Discussion Starters

Posted by on July 26th, 2016 0 comments

I like word clouds. They help us see what’s important or most prevalent in a block of text. When the NTO was the NTC, we used word clouds to help facilitate a discussion in our PubMed for Trainers class about the core competencies of PubMed. We asked students: Is there a set of core competencies… Read More »

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Posted by on May 9th, 2016 0 comments Tags:

Anyone who has done teaching or taken classes in teaching methods has likely heard the term “pedagogy.” This term is most widely used currently to mean “the art and science … of teaching,” although the original meaning was actually more specific to teaching children. As librarians, we strive to create instructional materials that are appropriate… Read More »

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