Monthly Archives: May 2015

Links for Self-Directed Learning for Tech Trainers

This information is helpful for librarians and teachers.

  1. T is for Training — ( a biweekly call-in podcast run by Maurice Coleman of the Harford County Library System, Bel Air, MD, and a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.
  2. NCOMPASS Live — (  a weekly video series from the Nebraska Library Commission, hosted by Christa Burns with monthly Tech Talks by Michael Sauers.
  3. Techsoup for Libraries — ( webinars and articles on libraries and technology.
  4. IDEALWARE — ( a site that suggests and reviews software and services for nonprofits; also has video tutorials and articles.
  5. Former Librarians — ( a couple of former librarians have branched out into offering webinars and workshops for staff.


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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Teaching Experience, Technology


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Summer Learning for Students

These online learning opportunities might be worth posting on your school’s webpage for moments when students (grades K-12) get bored and start looking for something to do during the summer

10 Online Summer Learning Opportunities

  1. Brain Chase – A online five week program for grades 2-8.  This adventure has students working in the subjects of math, reading, writing, and more, while watching animated episodes and solving educational problems.
  2. CK-12 Brain Flex – A free and self-paced online summer program that has students working on the subjects of math and science.
  3. Connections Learning – A nice collection of technology related online courses for math and reading grades K-8.
  4. DimensionU Summer Chill – A fun online competition that has students of all ages working in the subjects math and literacy in DimensionU’s innovative 3D virtual worlds, with the chance to win prizes.
  5. Electric Company – The Electric Company from PBS is offering a six-week multimedia summer learning program that will focus on vocabulary and core math concepts.
  6. GoNoodle (Camp GoNoodle) – A fun and free online program that has students learning through play and other various educational activities.
  7. K5 Learning – A online reading and math program for grades K-5 with real time results and detailed reports.
  8. SpellingCity – A summer program for grades 1-12 for spelling, writing, and vocabulary.  The program is self paced and has over for educational activities.
  9. TenMarks – A free online adaptive program that has students strengthen their math skills while receiving detailed results.
  10. Time4Learning – A fun online program for grades preK-8 in the subjects of math, science, social studies, and language arts.

Bonus (Not Offered Online)

  1. Robolink – A excellent way for students to learn how to program and build robots.
  2. Tynker – A fun way to learn how to program or code to build, games, apps, stories, and more.


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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Teaching Tools, Technology



Technology Training @ Public Library

Some public libraries provide technology training to the general public. The training is usually free and library staff are the instructors. Depending on the size of the library, you can find the following trainings:

  • Formal classroom sessions
  • Drop-In sessions
  • Online Tutorial sessions
  • Quick Guide sessions (15 minute demo)

The following libraries offer technology training to the general public:

You can check your public library’s website to see if they offer technology training workshops.



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iPad Apps for Microsoft Office

Microsoft released native iPad apps for its Office suite — Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Though powerful and feature-rich, these apps aren’t identical to their full desktop versions. If you’re an iPad user or are planning to be, not understanding these limitations and differences can slow you down.

Your public library might have several books that can assist you. I recommend the following books below:

Microsoft Office for iPad: an Essential Guide to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive

Author: Tom Negrino

ISBN: 0133988708  or  9780133988703

Title: Office for iPad & Mac for Dummies

Author: Peter Weverka

ISBN: 9781119010173  or  1119010179


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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Technology


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Educational Resource –

Does these questions every pop into your mind, when dealing with educational terminology?

What is it? Who designs it? And how does it affect student learning? Glossary of Education Reform ( can help you answer those questions.


Created by the Great Schools Partnership, the GLOSSARY OF EDUCATION REFORM is a comprehensive online resource that describes widely used school-improvement terms, concepts, and strategies for journalists, parents, and community members.


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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Searching Tools, Teaching Tools


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Website Evaluation Video

This video introduces college students to the concept of website evaluation, emphasizing its importance and showing basic evaluation techniques.


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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


Article Review – What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

Casey Fabris wrote an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article discussed a report by the MOOC Research Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report found five key research themes with MOOCs: student engagement and learning success, MOOC design and curriculum, self-regulated learning and social learning, social-network analysis and networked learning, and motivation, attitude, and success criteria. The findings of the MOOC Research Initiative are just one section of a larger report called “Preparing for the Digital University: A Review of the History and Current State of Distance, Blended, and Online Learning”.

Full Article —

Full Report —


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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Technology


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