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Digital Junkie – Information Overload

This really great video with it’s graphic way of showing a lot of information in an easy to process way is a new fave for me.  I’m just checking how many windows and tabs I have open right now!  7 email windows, 8 tabs, four programmes and I have a cell phone and a digital camera on my desk which I’ve used both of in the last hour,  not as bad as many but it is getting up there.

 

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Every minute on the internet …..

Too wide for the page here but click the pic and you’ll get a full screen view.  These figures are mind-blowing!  Also interesting how these stats have changed since social media became so ubiquitous in our lives.
How Much Data is Created Every Minute?
Infographic by Visual News

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Non-Fiction Books – Are They Still Relevant in a High School Library?

Bev Novak recently posted this video Joe’s Non-Netbook illustrating students’ views on using books for research. Simple, clever, funny and enlightening.

Here’s how I see it.

Our youngest students, Year Levels 7 & 8, irregularly use our non-fiction collection. Older students occasionally utilise the books when their assignment stipulates a number of print-based resources. Why is it necessary to set this criteria? In New Zealand we are fortunate to have the EPIC Databases provided free to all schools by the Ministry of Education – 25 databases containing thousands of international and New Zealand newspapers, magazines and journals, biographies, reference material, images, audio and video on a wide range of topics. These databases quell any argument on quality of online information.

Digital resources allow students to expand images, define words, drag and drop, cut and paste, highlight and comment, to explore links to develop wider understanding, to watch videos or listen to sources that support the learning. Not surprising our students prefer digital resources to the inflexibility of print books.

It comes down to engagement doesn’t it – the learning happens from the engagement. In the 21st Century, the majority of our learners are choosing digital resources over print-based resources. As school librarians we need to reflect on the value and relevance of our non-fiction collections in response to our students’ learning needs.

Source: Bev Novak, BevsBookBlog

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Top 100 Tools of 2011

Judith Way has posted this on her blog The Way Forward.  If you are looking to upskill in Web 2.0 skills then you could do a lot worse than work your way through this list.  It is from Jane Hart from C4LPT whose Twitter feed has provided me with fantastic PD this year.

This list of tools has given me some new things to try, and it has also been interesting to see that some of the things I completely love (iGoogle for example) slip down in the rankings.

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The next big thing – is web 3.0

This is a slide share from Judy O’Connell.  You might note that writers on this blog are big Judy fans.  Watch this slideshare, and the video embeds within it and you will see why.  There are 62 slides and a few videos to watch so allow yourself some time.

The embed code is all bizzarre sorry.  Tinkering with html at this time of night is not going to happen.  So just click on the slideshare and it should work okay.

<div style=”width:425px” id=”__ss_9096746″> <strong style=”display:block;margin:12px 0 4px”><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/heyjudeonline/the-next-big-thing-is-web-30-catch-it-if-you-can&#8221; title=”The Next Big Thing is Web 3.0. Catch It If You Can ” target=”_blank”>The Next Big Thing is Web 3.0. Catch It If You Can </a></strong> <div style=”padding:5px 0 12px”> View more <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/&#8221; target=”_blank”>presentations</a> from <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/heyjudeonline&#8221; target=”_blank”>Judy O’Connell</a> </div> </div>

 

 

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Web Browsing Helps Boost Your Efficiency and Work Rate


Flickr image by Spencer E Holtaway

Have to share this one: a new study just published reveals that workers that take regular breaks to browse the internet, checking on sites they choose make for a more productive worker.  The study, entitled ‘Impact on Cyberloafing  on Psychological Engagement’ showed that the pleasure incurred by visiting sites they like rejuvenates the worker and helps boost their efficiency and work rate.

“The study recommends that employers don’t over-restrict worker’s web access and to allow time for limited personal web browsing to help boost productivity.”

Well, forget any guilt – web browsing makes us more productive and effective workers. I propose we use this study as ammunition to ask management to unblock our social media sites at school. What do you think?

Source: Quinton O’Reilly, Simply Zesty

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Web 2.0 Tools in Education explained

Wondering what Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Diigo, Elluminate, Blogs etc etc can do, and what they can do for you. Maybe this will help.  It is detailed, guides you step by step and is rather well done.

 

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How Green Is Your Internet?

Have you ever wondered how much energy you are using when you’re on the internet? Have a look at this infographic video by Patrick Clair on how much energy the wired world actually uses.

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Judy O’Connell showing, telling and teaching

One of the absolute best things about the SLANZA conference for me was the chance to meet Judy O’Connell.  I’ve been following her writing on her blog Hey Jude for a long long time and night after night I watch with amazement as she shares links galore on Twitter and now she is actively posting on the SLANZA Facebook page.  I like her take on the world, the way she shows practical ways of using the web 2.0  technology she is keen on.  I like the fact that she is an Australian Teacher Librarian who has worked in school libraries for a long time and who is fully aware of the environment we work in, the challenges we face and she likes practical solutions to everyday problems, and best of all she likes to share her knowledge.  She now works as a Lecturer at Charles Sturt University and is training today’s students to be tomorrows education leaders.

Judy loves technology and she loves sharing technology and I love people like that.  I was really lucky to get to ‘play’ with Judy during one of the workshop sessions (Who? Wagging? Me? Never!) and that was time really valuably spent and I learnt such a lot in that time it was just staggering.  From impromptu sessions around Judy’s iPad outside the auditorium with a bunch of fellow conference goers, to her fantastic lightening speed workshop Judy shared so much information and ‘stuff you can use’ in a very short three days that my brain is still spinning.

Below is a link to the google doc that Catherine Lee and I typed in tandem (Yay for Google docs) while we sat in the workshop (Miriam did the tweeting).  If you couldn’t get to conference we really hope that the doc gives you an in to the feel of the workshop and that you can use some of the things in there.  Click here to go to the document.  As it states in the document everything is available in the Livebinder.  There is so much in there that it will take me a long time to work through it all, I keep finding new treasures.

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A Google a day

Well this is fun.  Just had a little play with this and found it a great way of stretching your brain and testing your search skills.  A Google a day gives you new challenges every day.  It works like this:  They ask a question, you find the answer, they tell you if you are right or wrong, you try again, or if you got it right you get a new question.  Repeat at will.

Great stuff for students, great for the 5 mins at the end of the period when you need a filler, great as a challenge for all sorts of people, including me.  And you can embed it on your blog.   Love it.

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