Your Resource for Information Literacy
Last week, two of our very own Bibs, Eli and Brendan, ventured down south to San Antonio, Texas for the 2013 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference. The conference had more than 15,000 attendees interested in technology and what’s learning about what’s new in the ed tech space.
Eli and Brendan had four jam-packed days, which included seeing familiar faces and meeting new friends. In addition to talking about EasyBib, they got the chance to present our new information literacy instruction and assessment platform, ResearchReady.
Lots of exciting things to discuss today! Have you checked out our citation or research guides yet? We’ve also put together some resources for educators. These guides have always been available for free (and are licensed under Creative Commons), but we’ve recently made an exciting upgrade. They’re now hosted on SkyDrive.
Cloud computing has been the latest “thing” for a while, but it’s not a fad — it’s a revolution. Usage in cloud computing is expected to increase 12-fold by 2015, and with more people using mobile technology as their primary access point for information, it’s not terribly surprising. If you or your students haven’t made the switch to cloud computing yet, now is the time.
SkyDrive works with Office Web Apps to enable you to create and edit real Office documents online in your browser, for free. If you have a group project, or want someone to help you revise a paper, you can even work together with others on your documents at the same time – either in the browser or in Office. It is similar to Google Drive, but I’ve found the functionality of Google Drive’s apps lackluster (has anyone else dealt with formatting problems, too?). When I build presentations for our webinars, I store them in the cloud, but I build them in PowerPoint. (I’ve fiddled with web-based presentation platforms, too, but most webinar providers I’ve used favor PowerPoint files).
Working together online is great for teachers and students, especially for group projects. For those of you working on Common Core implementation, taking advantage of this feature enables students to use the Internet to interact and work with others (one of the Common Core Anchor Standards for Writing).
Another bonus to SkyDrive is that you get 7GB of free storage to start, which is the largest available from the major free services (Google Drive offers 5GB, Dropbox 2GB). Upgrading to more space is significantly cheaper through SkyDrive, too… 10 bucks will get you an extra 20GB. (See how SkyDrive stacks up against competitors on price and other features here.) If you’re already an Office 365 user, the extra 20GB is included with the Office suite. You can also create a document in Office and save it directly to SkyDrive through the software.Read More
Last week my colleague Emily Gover co-hosted a webinar with Creative Commons’ Director of Global Learning, Dr. Cable Green. I had the privilege of listening to Cable make his case for Open Educational Resources (OER) as a business model and, of course, for the benefit of education.
If you’d like to receive a recording of this webinar, you can e-mail me here.
Cable also gave a wonderful shout-out to librarians and the work that they do bringing information to users and supporting resource-based learning. But he also asked what can librarians do to promote and use open access, or Open Educational Resources.
Well the answer is… a lot! Cable mentioned a couple of easy ways you can find open access materials to use in your research, classroom, and with your students.
But Open Access is a two-way street! If you are a librarian or educator, content you create might be of use to others as well. Put a Creative Commons license on guides, lesson plans, etc. that you’ve created for your students. Other teachers might be interested in using and adapting what you’ve created. We’re all in this together after all!
If you are interested in learning more about using and contributing to open access in education, the Creative Commons School of Open is launching its first set of courses during Open Education Week (March 11-15, 2013). You can sign up for courses for that week, or anytime after. The School of Open is a community volunteers who run and create online courses teaching you how to use and contribute to “openness” of digital materials as an educator or any other creator and user of information.
To learn more about the School of Open, visit: https://p2pu.org/en/schools/school-of-open/
Caity Selleck is an in-house librarian and content developer for EasyBib and ResearchReady. This is her very first blog post! You can find her on Twitter, @Caity_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.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
One of our good librarian friends, Margeaux DelGuidice, has authored an entertaining and insightful post over on her blog. Topic? Snooki, finding correct information, and the indispensable nature of the librarian. Here’s a quick snippet:
“Today, misinformation can be found on the Internet in many places, including online encyclopedias, personal websites, web communities, and medical message boards. Which means that when the public turns to the Internet for information and guidance they may not always be receiving high quality or accurate information.”
Click here to check out the whole post. Viva la Librarian!!!Read More