Your Resource for Information Literacy
We’re excited to announce our partnership with online annotation tool scrible! As online content has become the most commonly utilized resource for students, it only makes sense that the method of research and annotation had to evolve, as well. With scrible, you’re able to annotate and highlight webpages and articles right from your browser and save them to your scrible Library, so you never have to worry about losing your work or misplacing an online bookmark. Using filters, tags and full-text search, you can then organize the articles however you want. Because your work is saved on the cloud, collaboration is a breeze. scrible is free to use and their Student Edition is a free upgrade for students that adds additional features like the ability to capture citations, create bibliographies, summaries and more in one click.Read More
It’s no surprise that you can do anything on your phone nowadays – from paying your bills to DVRing a show – but did you know that your students can also cite a book by using the EasyBib app? It’s simple, and can save students even more time on their citations when they are in a dash to finish that term paper.
To access the EasyBib app, students can download it for free from the iTunes store (iOS devices) and Google Play (Android devices). When they have installed the app, students can accurately cite MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds. The fun part is that you can create your citation by either typing in the title of the book, or scanning the ISBN barcode on the book! Yes, we know, it’s awesome. When you’re finished, email your citations to yourself and then export them to EasyBib!Read More
EasyBib is constantly working hard to make the research process run more smoothly. That’s why we’re so excited to tell you EasyBib is now directly accessible through the Google Chrome homepage. We would love to get your feedback on EasyBib, so please help us out by writing a review!Read More
Kyle Pace is a District Instructional Technology Specialist and Google Certified Teacher in the Lee’s Summit, Missouri School District. Kyle, a former elementary teacher, provides professional development for teachers and works with students on educational technology topics such as Google tools, social media, mobile learning, and more. Kyle has presented multiple times at conferences such as ISTE and FETC. Kyle is also the founder of EdcampKC, an annual “unconference” in the Midwest. twitter.com/kylepace and kylepace.com.
I’ve written and spoken before about the essential skill (a literacy according to Howard Rheingold) of not only being able to collect content from their network(s), but to curate what’s collected. Just like a museum curator pours over artifacts to find the very best to display, we should also do the same not just for our own professional resources, but see it as an obligation to model it for our students.
I came across a new resource recently (I believe the hat tip goes to Alec Couros for this find) called Pearltrees. After you sign up for your account, you can start building your own Pearltrees. Pearltrees are made up of “pearls”, or sites you want to curate into particular the Pearltrees (topics) you’ve created. Give this 40-second video a watch from the Pearltrees site called “Why Pearltrees?”
Once you’ve signed up for your account, you will already have your “root” Pearltree created for you with your username. You will also see a couple of Pearltrees waiting for you. One is called Getting Started and another is called Pearltree Videos. You can see them in my main Pearltree page here.
You will also see there that I have created a Pearltree called Digital Citizenship. I added “pearls” to the Digital Citizenship Pearltree by using the “Pearler” tool, which is a browser extension that’s available for both Google Chrome and Firefox. When I came to a site I wanted to add to a Pearltree, I clicked the Pearltree extension (I was using Chrome) clicked on the Pearltree I wanted to add it to, and it was instantly there. Easy enough.
As you noticed above you can share links to specific Pearltrees in your account and also embed any Pearltree you’d like on your own website, blog, LMS, etc. It’s also easy to share directly to Twitter and Facebook.
I also like the emphasis on sharing of your Pearltrees. They call themselves a social curation community. You can even give it a try by importing your Delicious bookmarks (I’m a Diigo user so I did not try this feature). So not only does this site give you an easy way to curate great content, but it also recognizes the importance of being social about it by making Pearltrees easy to share and they can also be built collaboratively.
Here are a few of the more important features that I believe Pearltrees offers:
- Easy to use interface
- The browser extension works nicely for quickly adding content to different Pearltrees
- They are easy to share
- Pearltrees can be created collaboratively
- It’s a web-based application, allowing students to access content from anywhere, including the free iPad app
Think of Pearltrees as a content curation meets concept-mapping tool. I had a great time learning how to use it and I think it would be great for students as they curate content they need for various classes. I look forward to watching it improve. Have fun!Read More
Happy January Bibs! While you were taking a well-deserved rest from school we were hard at work bringing you some really great new features. For instance, if you haven’t already you should download our free mobile app. It was a big hit on iOS last year and we’re happy to announce that it’s now available for Android!
To start out the updates, we now include your email address in the top right corner of the page so it’s easier for you to remember which account you’re logged in to.
This becomes even more important when you realize what our next big update is: collaboration! That’s right, you can now share your bibliography with other EasyBib users. Once logged in, just click “share” on the desired bibliography, enter the email addresses of those you want to share with, and choose sharing permissions (do you want to allow editing and commenting?). It’s that easy! We will later come out with the ability to share your notebook. Click the images below to see videos of the features in action!
There are some other updates as well. You can now use our Paperlink feature to link to spreadsheets and presentations, along with documents, in Google Docs.Read More