Posts Tagged iPad

Alternative Use For An iPad

Cannot resist sharing this 30 second video – so, so funny.

Something to think about when increasing numbers of schools around the world now require students to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Perhaps we’re not all quite ready yet . . .

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Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd

A witty parody picture book for our gadget-crazy world. Not that I could do without my gadgets . . .

Best follow-up comment – “Now Available in Ebook. Ironic much?”

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The Future of Social Media

Are you interested in where social media is going?  You probably should be, it’s going to affect every last one of us working in libraries, and particularly school libraries because our students are always aware of the trends and what is happening, best we be prepared too.

I’ve shared this video with a couple of our staff here today and their eyes have become all wide and excited as they saw the geeky toys in their future.  This is so much more than Facebook, this is about the things you will carry around in your pocket and how you will share your library with the world.  I’m a particular fan of the foldable technology!

It came to me from Stephen’s Lighthouse so much awesome content on there.

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Shake up your story

Funny and serious.  Just like this blog!

I love what this guy has to say about empathy, perspectives and our power to change stories so that children are exposed to lives other than just the one they have.

Artist Raghava KK demos his new children’s book for iPad with a fun feature: when you shake it, the story — and your perspective — changes. In this charming short talk, he invites all of us to shake up our perspective a little bit.

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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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Tablet book potential

You may have seen this Ted short video but I found it today and I am sharing it because it really does show just how much potential there is in the digital reader.  It need not necessarily be the iPad, but devices of various types are going to change the way our students work, study, research and play.  I personally came away from conference desperate, yes actually desperate for an iPad, this from the person who was totally into Android prior to conference.  I defy you to watch the video below and declare that you wouldn’t want to read this way.  Comment if you will.

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