Want to know which applications the top 12 tech-savvy educators love? Find out which tech apps are great for organizing classes, managing lessons and can save you time in your everyday busy life! Follow each and every one of these…
It's finally here! The follow-up to our springtime information literacy report was released last week, and we are pumped to share it with you. The new white paper, Perspectives on Student Research Skills in K-12 and Academic Communities, shares how K-12…
October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month! Needless to say, we are pretty excited about it. EasyBib and ResearchReady were made to help students develop these critical lifelong skills, and information literacy is rooted in our mission as an education technology…
What an awesome webinar we had yesterday! A million thanks to Adam Bellow for joining us and sharing his favorite websites for teaching and learning. Our participants were so enthusiastic and excited about the great (and free) resources that they can share with their students and fellow colleagues.
Adam’s favorite tools range from teaching the basics of coding, to a huge repository of Creative Commons-licensed clip art, to an online communication platform for teachers. What did he share with us during our short time together? Check out this list!
As the school year gets underway, we want to take a moment to share how we work each and every day to make sure EasyBib is an intuitive, functional, and accurate citation and bibliography platform.
EasyBib has six librarians on staff, rooted in every capacity of our operation. We have them on our development, customer service, sales, marketing, and product management teams. We are actively involved with our users and subscribers, too. The feedback we garner from them paves the way for noticeable changes that you see and experience on EasyBib with every update we make.
Resolving Citation Issues
As you can imagine, when supporting nine citation styles, 59 different source types, and over 42 million users, bugs are inevitable and do pop up from time to time. We take citation accuracy very seriously, and with librarians invested in every team, it is a priority for all of us!
When we spot a citation issue, we:
- Address the issue immediately,
- Refer to the newest edition of the formatting handbook,
- Cross-reference the formatting with Purdue OWL or a similar, well-trusted resource if there is any doubt or question to the formatting (such as with lesser-used source types that may not have as clear guidelines), and finally,
- Report the bug to our development team for a speedy fix.
Features like AutoCite rely on metadata from external sources. Since what’s stored in other websites is out of our hands, we created LearnCite and added prompts to guide students to double-check and tweak the data as needed. See AutoCite in action here:
Teaching students how and when to properly use in-text citations can be difficult. They may have a lot of questions about the concept, like Why do we even bother giving credit to other people’s work? or Do I only give credit when I take information word for word from a book? Our own data shows that students are overly confident with their ability to paraphrase, so one can imagine their potentially dubious confidence with properly citing sources, too.
We’ve teamed up with the folks at NoRedInk to create a free package of educational resources to use with your students to help teach the concepts of in-text citations. The package includes:
- Two instructional videos on in-text citations and plagiarism
- A flowchart infographic on understanding when to cite information
- An e-book on the fundamentals of MLA formatting
Sign up for the package today by clicking the button below . . .
. . . And check out our in-text citation video and NoRedInk MLA quiz today (also linked at the end of the video)!
What better way to discover new and innovative education tools than from an educator who has built them himself? We are pumped to welcome Adam Bellow to our Professional Development Series.
Adam, a former teacher and director of ed tech for schools in New York, founded the popular website EduClipper. With over 26,000 followers on Twitter, it’s no surprise that educators around the world trust his knowledge on all things ed tech. Join us as Adam discusses his favorite mobile apps and websites that you can incorporate into your instruction!
Adam Bellow’s Favorite Apps & Websites
Wednesday, October 1 @ 2 PM EDT
This is the sixth and final blog post, discussing what we learned from a second round of analysis of our information literacy surveys. For more information about how you can be the first get our formal white paper, click here.
The last question we’re addressing from our information literacy survey of 10,000 students and 1,200 librarians revolves around a core skill that can be applied across disciplines: paraphrasing and using direct quotes correctly.
We surveyed students on how well they know the concepts paraphrasing, and asked librarians to evaluate their own students on the same skill. Unsurprisingly, students were overly confident with their abilities compared to the librarians’ perspectives:
More than half of students, 56.5%, said that they rarely struggle with properly paraphrasing. Librarians, on the other hand, said that a mere 4% of students have a solid grasp of it. What else did we find? Read on!
This is the fifth of six blog posts, discussing what EasyBib learned from a second round of analysis of our information literacy surveys, which were administered earlier this year. For more information about how you can be the first to know about our findings, click here.
We’re nearing the end of our deep dive into our survey of 1,200 librarians and 10,000 students, and today’s topic is how often students use the Open Web compared to the amazing resources their library offers. I don’t want to look down on Internet searching, but let’s face it: as librarians, you and I know that there are awesome resources at our students’ fingertips that are not used as often as we’d like.
Librarians’ Thoughts on Student Use of Open Web
About 60% of librarians said that, overall, their students use the Open Web very often or all of the time, and when we break it down, that was pretty uniform across all kinds of libraries. The only places where there was any kind of differences in opinion were the district librarians and the librarians who work at two-year community colleges.
District librarians stood out–”only” about 49% see students going to the Internet very often or all of the time. Perhaps, if they’re traveling between schools, they’re seeing a better overall picture than those who work with only one student body.
One may think that academic librarians would have similar “low” percentages in their responses, as they also work with larger student groups across multiple grade levels . . . but that wasn’t quite the case.
Almost 57% of two-year librarians, and 61% of four-year librarians, see that students go to the Internet before library resources first. This is very close with how the elementary school, middle school, and high school librarians feel. It was surprising (and somewhat concerning!) to see such a similar level of responses throughout the education space.
Students vs. Librarians
Librarians and students are pretty much in agreement, too–58.7% of students say that they go to Google over anything else. The good news? In 2012, 84% of librarians said that they see students using the Open Web very often or all of the time–an almost 25% drop compared to the average 2014 response of 60%.
Our first PD session of the month is tomorrow, but we couldn’t wait to announce our second one for September!
We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Mendoza from Common Sense Media as our latest presenter for our free professional development series. Common Sense Media provides invaluable technology and media resources for teachers, librarians, and parents.
This PD session will cover five important skills that educators can use to discover digital tools for learning, including investigating high quality apps and websites, evaluating the learning potential of said tools, and curating them into powerful collections.
Five Skills To Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning
Monday, September 22 @ 1 PM EDT
This is an interactive, hands-on session, and will benefit all educators interested in discovering, leveraging, and applying technology into their classrooms. We hope to “see” you there!