Your Resource for Information Literacy
A number of high schools, districts, and colleges across the country are now trialing or subscribing to our new platform, ResearchReady. After seeing what we have to offer, many librarians and educators have asked that we make it easier to integrate our platform into their course management system, like Moodle, Blackboard, and Canvas, for example. Last week, we introduced LTI (Learning Tool Interoperability) integration onto our platform so that your can seamlessly access ResearchReady’s content and assessment from your CMS. So how does it work? Group administrators have access to a section called Manage Groups from the administrator dashboard. From their they can select “LTI”. From here, we provide them with the information they need to integrate ResearchReady into their CMS.
Educators are constantly looking at new methods to provide their students with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed in their educational ventures. Gamification is one popular method popping up in many classrooms and one-shot instructions. Check out Stephanie’s video on this hot topic.Read More
Like many students, my perception (and misconception) of a librarian involved helping me find books. After joining the EasyBib team and attending the TLA 2013 conference last week in Ft. Worth, Texas I have learned just how wrong I was.
I walked into the exhibitor arena and was blown away by the massive room and number of people in attendance. There were book publishers, database companies, educational technology companies, like us, and many more. The general atmosphere of friendly collaboration had people sharing not only ideas and suggestions but the free chocolate too.
Keynote sessions included an inspirational talk by J.R. Martinez about overcoming his unique challenges, the thought provoking Dan Ariely on decision making, and Neil Gaiman closing out the conference with a speech that had the audience in a standing ovation. Furthermore, authors from Scholastic, Random House and HarperCollins came out to talk about and sign their books.
More than the size of the room, number of people or great giveaways, the quality of the attendees had me excited about the future of education and information literacy. Working for an education technology company, I had long retired my childhood views of my elementary school librarian, but the individuals I met at TLA 2013 molded an even newer perception of the modern librarian.
Today’s modern librarians are on the cutting edge of education and information technology. Librarians are rewriting the rules of when and how we use technology to access information in the benefit of both students and their colleagues alike.
They use Twitter to stay connected and informed while buzzing from one event to the next. If they missed Mike Eisenberg’s presentation, they could catch important key points like, “Information literacy is as important in the 21st century as reading and writing,” as Mary Woodard tweeted.
— Mary Woodard (@MaryWoodard) April 27, 2013
TLA 2013 proved to me that although librarians and educators face challenges, their spirit and enthusiasm for learning, collaboration and innovation have proved them an irreplaceable resource. As the conference drew to a close and I prepared to head home, I knew that as an educational technology company, EasyBib must continue to live up to the same high standards today’s modern librarians are setting for themselves.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to share your love of Easybib with us. The feeling is mutual!
Eli Rothschild is the Texas School and Library Representative for EasyBib and ResearchReady. You can reach him at eli[at]imagineeasy.comRead More
Weren’t able to make it to Indianapolis for ACRL 2013 last week? We missed you! The EasyBib team was there talking to librarians about education technology, student research, and information literacy skills and challenges. We also demoed our new product, ResearchReady.
I was also lucky enough to attend a couple of sessions, but of course, not as many as I would have liked to. Geoffrey Canada, social activist, educator, and founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, kicked off the conference with the opening keynote. EasyBib subscriber Kelly Frost, User Education Librarian at Kellogg Community College in Michigan, gave us a recap of his remarks.
There were so many incredible sessions, but some of the hot topics at the conference were assessing student information literacy skills and improving research instruction to make it fun and interactive for students.
Randy Hensley, Head of Instruction at Baruch College, talked to us about his presentation, The One-Shot Mixtape: Lessons for Planning, Delivering, and Integrating Instruction.
Some of our EasyBib subscribers also came by the booth to say hello and talk a little bit about how our information literacy platform is making in an impact on their students! Micaela Ayers, Director of Library Services for Butler Community College in Kansas said, “We love you, EasyBib! You are what we needed and fulfilled our expectations for citation!”
Check back here in a couple of days to read more about ACRL2013!
When developing ways for both teachers and students to use Clipix for educational use, the concept of using one platform for saving everything and anything they come across was key. A student, when researching for a paper or project, can all of a sudden have 10 tabs open on one browser, 7 open on another, and lose track of that quote they were planning to cite. Now that we no longer have to imagine the world pre-Clipix, research can be saved to one location. Clipix eliminates that need of constantly logging in to different services for each task.
Teachers can utilize Clipix when developing lesson plans or even assisting students on improving their research skills. Our syncboard feature allows our users to share and collaborate in a group on Clipix. This creates a more organized environment for group projects as well as a central source for students to interact with their teachers or librarians. Users can also save files including Word documents and Excel spreadsheets on Clipix which are easily accessible from any computer. By using Clipix for educational, both students and teachers are able to aggregate all of their research to one location.
Some of our features that teachers/librarians may find useful:
Privacy controls: Since Clipix is a utility and not a social network, it is the user’s choice if to have their clipboards private or public view. Every clipboard on Clipix has a little lock on it, and by clicking the lock, the user chooses the privacy level on their clipboard. Over 70% of clips on Clipix are in private clipboards.
File upload: Since Clipix is a real organizational tool, users are able to upload documents that they have on their desktop as clips. Users can upload photos, Word documents, Excel documents, PDF’s, etc. Files are then stored in the cloud and are always accessible via Clipix just like the user’s other clips, including on any mobile device.
Custom thumbnails: Clipix is not about pretty images. It’s about really helping our users to organize their online lives. In addition to being able to upload documents as mentioned above, users are also able to clip from pages that only have text and no image.
Multiboards: As an organizational tool, users can drag one clipboard into another to create a multiboard that can contain many clipboards. When users have many clipboards this maintains a sense of order and is especially useful when using Clipix for different projects.
Syncboards: Sharing and collaborate on Clipix is an intuitive, simple, cohesive experience. If users need to share information, plan a trip, a party or anything else, they can send each other a clipboard with clips or any other information in it, and when received by the friend, it becomes a syncboard. There is no limit to how many members can share a syncboard, and all members can contribute to it. When a clip is added to a syncboard, all member see it live and can comment on it.
Price Drop Alert: This is a patent-pending, proprietary feature of Clipix. Members can now clip items to their clipboard from most retailers’ websites, and set a price alert at which they have a desire to purchase that item.
Our system automatically “pings” that retail website daily and promptly notifies the member when the desire price is reached via email and clipboard notification.
Copyright: At Clipix we take copyright seriously. We place a watermark on each image that is uploaded to Clipix because we believe that those who create original work and own the rights should not have to worry about someone else using their work without permission.
iPhone and Android Apps: Clipix is dedicated to providing excellent mobile experiences to users of multiple mobile operating systems. We have both iPhone and Android apps, providing our members a way to always be connected and synchronized with their clipboards.
Language Availability: Available in 12 languages, which include English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese, Clipix allows for seamless sharing across languages, so users who speak different languages are able to share clipboards & can see them in the same language or in their preferred language.
For more information, please visit: www.clipix.comRead More