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Cool Tools for Academic Reference/Instruction Librarians

Cool Tools for Academic Reference/Instruction Librarians



by Jenny Dale, UNCG

by Jenny Dale, UNCG
Part of the NCLA's RASS/DLIG "Current Trends in Reference" online conference March 14, 2013



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    Cool Tools for Academic Reference/Instruction Librarians Cool Tools for Academic Reference/Instruction Librarians Presentation Transcript

    • Cool Tools for Academic Reference/Instruction Librarians Jenny Dale UNC GreensboroImage credit: Tools by zzpza on flickr. [CC BY 2.0]
    • Tutorials!
    • Do you ever make tutorials?A. All the time!B. I’ve tried it before.C. No, but I’d like to.D. Never, and I don’t ever want to.
    • Jing• What? – Free downloadable screencasting software• Where? – http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html• Why? – Free! Easy! Fun! – Create screencasts or screencaps on the fly
    • Screenr• What? – Cloud-based screen recorder• Where? – http://www.screenr.com/• Why? – Free! Easy! Web-based! – Create screencasts and share instantly, even on iDevices
    • Screencast-o-Matic• What? – Cloud-based screen capture recording• Where? – http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/• Why? – Free! Easy! Records up to 15 minutes!
    • Image credit: Wheel by Pauline Mak on flickr. [CC BY 2.0]
    • ANimated Tutorial Sharing Project (ANTS)• What? – Repository of library/research tutorials• Where? – http://ants.wetpaint.com/ (project website) – Videos uploaded to YouTube and Blip• Why? – Repository of tutorials that are not library- specific – Easy sharing and embedding
    • MERLOT• What? – Peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials• Where? – http://www.merlot.org/• Why? – See what’s already out there and what’s been done well
    • Learnist• What? – Like Pinterest, only fewer pictures of food• Where? – http://learni.st• Why? – Find relevant boards and share them with students and colleagues – Create your own boards to organize useful websites, tutorials, and videos
    • Dynamic presentations!Chemistry Day 001 by pennstatenews on flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]
    • Prezi• What? – Free Flash-based and web-based presentation tool• Where? – http://prezi.com• Why? – Creates slick, dynamic presentations – Good for classroom, professional development, and even self-paced tutorials
    • Projeqt• What? – “dynamic presentations for a real-time world”• Where? – http://www.projeqt.com• Why? – Easily integrate images, videos, PDFs – Take an existing presentation and make it fancy
    • In the classroom and beyond!Classroom in the Afternoon by Thomas Favre-Bulle on flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]
    • How often do you teach or train?A. Teaching is life, the rest is just details.B. I teach fairly often.C. I teach once or twice a semester/season.D. I never teach.
    • Google Docs• What? – Cloud-based document creation and sharing• Where? – http://drive.google.com• Why? – Create interactive class activities that can be shared publicly and edited by students
    • Bubbl.us• What? – Free, web-based concept mapping software• Where? – https://bubbl.us• Why? – Students can create their own concept maps in class to help brainstorm keywords and search terms
    • PollEverywhere• What? – Free online survey tool – Accepts responses from web interface as well as mobile devices• Where? – http://www.polleverywhere.com• Why? – Real time assessment data
    • Google forms• What? – Easy to use form-creation tool• Where? – http://drive.google.com• Why? – Great for assessment and surveys – Could be used to create dynamic online worksheets
    • How do you keep up to date with technology and tools?A. BlogsB. ColleaguesC. ConferencesD. A combination
    • Keeping up through NCLA• Visit the Technology and Trends Roundtable Blog: http://nclatechandtrends.wordpress.com for information on upcoming webinars and other professional development events!