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Technology Education: Recommended Websites

Common Craft Series


Video tutorials about Internet-related technologies.



Grade focus is K-12, the website strives to increase communication between content creators and content users. This collaboration will encourage a wide range of educational and technology conversations.



The website is from NPR’s KQED station. This website provides information, research, and ideas for using technology in the classroom for all grade levels.

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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Teaching Tools, Technology, Uncategorized


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Resourceshelf ( is a weblog created Gary Price. In the beginning of 2001, Price turned his vast knowledge of search engines (and much more) into Resourceshelf. Every day, contributors posts articles, press releases, and web sites (usually before everyone else finds out) for a vast readership.

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Article, Reading List, Technology, Uncategorized


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CIL 2013 – Evolving Community Engagement (Brent Leary)

Evolving Community Engagement: What Would Amazon & Google Do?
Brent Leary, Partner, CRM Essentials, author of upcoming book The Amazon Effect

We know that the pace of technology in increasing. There are more iPhones than there are babies being born and 400,000 apps per minute being downloaded since last year.
• ESPN created a new site-March Madness on Demand–a whole social community around the game. The website brought their television viewership up, and engaged more participants.
• Amazon provides virtual experiences without you ever talking to a person. Amazon watches the people’s behavior. 82% of Amazon Prime members buy on Amazon even if the item is less expensive somewhere else (Brand loyalty). Amazon Effect: People don’t buy from companies. People buy based on good experience.
How can this information be applicable to libraries? Libraries can create the same sort of brand loyalty Amazon has by watching patron’s behavior inside and outside the library.
1. Libraries have a great opportunity to create the right environment for their community.
a. Community focused programming allows libraries to create a community online/offline that will last for the long haul.
2. Libraries must ask the “What If” question. This process will open up the possibilities never thought of before.
a. What if the library creates collaboration workspace for patrons?
b. What if the library can change the viewpoint of non-library users?
3. Libraries can create mutual relationships. The patron adds value to your organization — it is a mutual relationship.
If libraries are fast enough to provide good customer service and new services, then patrons will respond. It’s not just about improving the libraries engagement with the patron–it’s about improving their life experience.

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Technology


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Technology in Education

Helpful Books about Technology in Education

Jacobs, Heidi. Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World. Alexandria: Assoication for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2010. Print.

Orlando, John. How to Effectively Assess Online Learning. Madison: Magna Publications, 2011. Print.

Manning, Susan. The Technology Toolbelt for Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.

Bates, Tony. Managing Technology in Higer Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.


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New Journal

Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal on Teaching and Technology is a new digital journal that connects teaching and technology in the classroom. They are accepting shor-form articles (approxiamately 1000 words). You can submit an article on their website  


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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


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How Does Google Search Work?

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Students and New Technologies

It is often assumed that students have used all of the technologies available in the classroom and are already familiar with them by the time we see them. In reality, students of any age have varying levels of comfort with new technologies. Many are baffled when an interface changes and familiar functions have moved to unfamiliar places. When considering technical tools to use in the classroom – be it real or virtual – consider students’ comfort levels and experience.

Skills required for success in online courses……


Computer Skill Questions You Can Ask Your Students:


  • Do you have good typing skills?
  • Are you comfortable with a mouse?
  • Are you familiar with a windows operating system?
  • Are you familiar with online discussion lists/email?
  • Are you a proficient Internet User?


Learning Style—How do you learn (think like a student)?


  • Can you adapt to learning through a new medium?
  • Is conversation important to you?  Do you learn by listening?
  • Do you have strong reading comprehension skills?  Lots of reading involved!
  • Do you follow instructions well?  Are you an independent thinker?
  • Do you need to ask a lot of questions?  Do you need immediate feedback from your instructor?
  • Do you have strong time management skills?
  • Do you need to feel you’re part of a class?



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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Teaching Tools


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