Posts Tagged mobile technology

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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The Horizon Report 2012

It’s out.  One of the reports worth paying attention to.

The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) jointly released the NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition. This ninth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

This one, and the Core Trends in Education would be great to share with your staff and SMTs. Even if your school isn’t adopting mobile technology or Game Based Learning yet, you can bet that at least some of your staff will be paying attention.  Link to the report here.

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Ten trends in education 2012

Every year Core Education puts out it’s list of the Ten Trends it sees emerging in education  and it is fresh out now for this year.  Head on over to their website for full details and to see the list expanded and explained but the list is as follows.

  1. Open-ness by Derek Wenmoth, Director (Feb)
  2. Ubiquitious Learning
  3. Personalisation
  4. Smart Web
  5. Citizenship
  6. Virtual Learning
  7. Data Engagement
  8. Thinking 3D
  9. Social Learning
  10. User + Control

Some of these are the same trends as last year but there are a couple of new ones.


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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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The Opportunities in Abundance – watch if you are interested in e-books

Books in Browsers conference have posted a bunch of the presentations on YouTube.  Find them on the O’Reilly Media YouTube channel here.  The speaker is Brian O’Leary (Magellan Media Partners) this was the finale of the conference.

This is very interesting for me, currently doing some mulling and decision making procrastination about what I’m going to do in my library about e-readers, provide the books (bring your own technology model) or provide technology and and the books. And if I decide to provide the hardware which one would I choose.  As the owner of three e-reading devices myself I’m still undecided which will work better for our students.

Anyway if you are interested in the business of e-books, e-publishing and the issues with royalties and how ultimately we might end up with a best of all worlds situation in our libraries, it might be worth your while watching this video.  A view from outside the library sector.

This came to me via the Book Council FB page

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QR codes – could you use them in your library?

The answer to this is a resounding YES.  Check out the links below and then tell me you couldn’t easily manage to put QR codes around the place to engage your students and your staff.  You don’t need a dedicated QR code scanner if you work in a secondary school (although of course you wouldn’t say no if one was available) but you could instead encourage your students, many of whom are toting smart phones already, to get themselves a barcode scanner app freely available from the Android Market or from the App store in Apple and even on Blackberries – though in our experience they haven’t worked as well – and get into it.  I’ve been talking with one of our Maths teachers and he is keen to get his class working on the maths part of the coding and they are going to have a go at designing their own QR codes.

I have installed QR codes on the the shelves just in front of where the books are.  My books do not sit at the front of the shelves, I like them pushed to the back – library purists will cringe but I don’t have time to constantly keep books sitting at the front of the shelves.  My QR codes link popular, or interesting books to booktrailers, author websites, reviews and of course there are extra codes for the Library Blog on random places around the library.  So far I have only done the fiction section, and I have about three codes on either side of each bay.  I don’t want too many because I want the guys to be curious, but not use up all their data. This is just the beginning, I have plans to link displays with codes, with the Rugby World Cup coming I can see opportunities there, maybe for player profiles, historical stuff about rugby and links to team profiles.

So, what do my students think?  They love the idea, are interested in playing along, the Hunger games code is the big hit so far, and also one to Lee Child’s website.  This could be because they are in the Cs and therefore are the first ones they see. On open night a couple of parents were scanning the codes, my plan was to have them installed for Open Night and I was really pleased I’d made the effort to get them in there.  They initiated lots of conversation and I want the library to be seen as an ICT forward place. We may not have huge banks of computers or laptops but we are fully onboard with phone functionality!

The barriers so far are that they don’t have lots of data on their plans, it is expensive to have data plans here in NZ. It is also quite a lot of work to get them all organised, search out interesting places to link the codes to and get them installed.  Worth it?  I think so.

So I’ve been collecting links for a while to sites with useful information for school libraries on QR codes and am inserting them below.  What do you think?  Give us some comments on what you think about the QR code phenomenon.  Do you think they would work in your library?

A Google Presentation.  40 interesting ways to use QR codes in the classroom (remember your library is a classroom!)

A treasure hunt using QR Codes by Allanah King

Implementation of QR Codes by The Cool Cat Teacher

Hot QR codes in the classroom by The Daring Librarian (one of my heroines)

Will QR codes become the standard for enhancing print books? by Publishing Perspectives

Stephen Anderson blogging on QR codes in the Web 2.0 Connected Classroom

Scoop-it topic QR codes for learning

I have a whole bunch more but this is enough for now.

If you have a smart phone then you could try it out here.  Scan the codes below!



 Scan these codes and see where you end up!


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