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Good Vibrations for Learning and Information Literacy with Netvibes


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Learn how to create free information portals and visual subject guides for your library, yourself, and your patrons using Netvibes for Lyrasis, April 2012. Bonus content : Symbaloo. Learn more at

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Good Vibrations for Learning and Information Literacy with Netvibes

  1. 1. Good Vibrations for Learning and Information Literacy with Netvibes Buffy Hamilton, Instructor April 2012
  2. 2. Agenda• Introductions• Learning objectives• Why Netvibes and Real World Applications• How Tos• Create and explore time• Bonus : Symbaloo as an Alternative Information Dashboard
  3. 3. Using this software• Microphone • Text chat• Raising your hand • Feedback• Green / Red X • Audio• Laughing / Clapping • Full Screen• Stepping out • Exiting
  4. 4. Show Us Where You Are! On thetoolbar, clickon the yellow star, thenclick on your location!
  5. 5. Introductions • Who you are • Where you work • Your role in programming at your workplaceCC image via
  6. 6. Learning Objectives for Today• Create a public and private page in Netvibes• Customize themes and layouts in Netvibes• Utilize the RSS tool in Netvibes for adding RSS feeds from online information sources.• Add custom HTML widgets and pre-made “essential” widgets to a Netvibes page.
  7. 7. Today’s Resource Page
  8. 8. How do you currently manage your information streams?CC image via
  9. 9. Personal Learning Environments and Information DashboardsPLEs refer to student-designed learning approaches thatencompass different types of content — videos, apps, games,social media tools, and more — chosen by a student to match hisor her personal learning style and pace. Despite the use of theword “environment” in the name, the notion of a collection or aphysical or online space is somewhat irrelevant to a PLE. The goalis for students to have more control over how they learn, and forteachers to set expectations that their students will be moreengaged in understanding and applying their learning strategies.From the Horizon Report 2011 K12
  10. 10. Personal Learning Environments and Information Dashboards
  11. 11. “Infotention for Crap Detection”
  12. 12. Netvibes
  13. 13. Why Netvibes?• Free version offers flexibility and customization• Gentle learning curve• Public page can be shared with anyone• Private pages perfect for a personal home page
  14. 14. Netvibes: Dashboard Everything
  15. 15. How I Got Started• I needed a way to publish my personal dashboard• I needed a dynamic way to create interesting subject guides (prior to our LibGuides purchase)• I needed a tool for my students to create their own PLEs and to build their own research guides
  16. 16. Applying it for Use with Students
  17. 17. Additional Examples from Other Libraries
  18. 18. Timeout for Exploration: Carousel Tour of Sample Netvibes Pages Check out the home page of and explore the boxes with links to sample Netvibes pages.CC image via
  19. 19. Getting Started
  20. 20. To Register…• You need a valid email that you can access• You will need to click on the verification link sent to your email in order to activate your account. You should do this as soon as you complete registration.• You may need to enable images from Netvibes in your email in order for the activation link to work.
  21. 21. Netvibes: Let’s Register
  22. 22. Default Page is Private
  23. 23. Default Page is Private
  24. 24. Activating Your Public Page
  25. 25. Activating Your Public Page
  26. 26. Activating Your Public Page
  27. 27. Editing Your Page Tabbed Page Layout or Adding a Tab
  28. 28. Sharing Your Page Tabbed Page Layout
  29. 29. Sharing Your Page Tabbed Page Layout
  30. 30. Arranging Your Tabbed Page Layout: Deleting a Tab
  31. 31. Arranging Your Page Tabbed Page Layout
  32. 32. Giving a Page a Title
  33. 33. Customize Your Dashboard
  34. 34. Customize Your Dashboard
  35. 35. Netvibes: Let’s Create a Private Page,Give it a Title, and Customize the Lookand Layout
  36. 36. Adding Content
  37. 37. Adding Content
  38. 38. Browse Categories
  39. 39. Editing or Deleting a Content Widget Delete the widgetEdit the settingsof the widget
  40. 40. Netvibes: Let’s add a Widget fromBrowsing the Categories
  41. 41. Essential Widgets
  42. 42. My Favorite “Essential” Widgets• Webnote• To Do list• Image widget• Web page• HTML editor (for more advanced editing plus any text you need to add to the widget)• HTML• Link module
  43. 43. What You Might Embed with HMTL Widgets• Database widgets (students will need the code ahead of time)• Copyright friendly images from Flickr (Flickr provides embed code if you click on “share” over the photo)• Videos
  44. 44. What You Might Embed with HMTL Widgets• Social bookmarking widget (Diigo,• Badge for a Wikispaces wiki• Book widget• Original content (VoiceThread, Animoto video, Glogster, products uploaded to SlideShare)
  45. 45. Netvibes: Let’s add an Essential Widgetof Your Choosing
  46. 46. Add a RSS feed
  47. 47. RSS Feeds rss=real simple syndication, a web feed or stream format designed to deliver contentCC image via
  48. 48. RSS Feeds Databases News sources Blogs Websites Online journals/magazine publications Photo streams Forums, Social Networks
  49. 49. RSS Feeds
  50. 50. RSS Feeds: Add a Google News Search
  51. 51. RSS Feeds
  52. 52. RSS Feeds
  53. 53. RSS Feeds
  54. 54. RSS Feeds
  55. 55. RSS Feeds
  56. 56. RSS Feeds Most websites and online publications now provide a menu of specific RSS feeds for free
  57. 57. RSS Feeds: Add a Google News Search
  58. 58. RSS Feeds: Add a Google News Search
  59. 59. RSS Feeds: Add a Google News Search
  60. 60. RSS Feeds: Add a Google News Search
  61. 61. Ideas for RSS Feeds• Blogs from experts on the topic• Saved search in Academic Search Complete (database)• SIRS Researcher• Authoritative websites (example: Veterans History Project at Library of Congress)
  62. 62. Ideas for RSS Feeds• Learning Blogs of Classmates• Class Agenda Blog• RSS feed of a library LibGuides page• YouTube Channel RSS feed (an authoritative channel on a topic)• A Google News search
  63. 63. Netvibes: Let’s add a RSS feed
  64. 64. Search for Content
  65. 65. Add This/Share This SocialBookmarking
  66. 66. Bookmarking from a Database
  67. 67. Bookmarking from a Database
  68. 68. Explore and Play Time
  69. 69. Symbaloo
  70. 70. symbaloo
  71. 71. symbaloo
  72. 72. symbaloo
  73. 73. symbaloo
  74. 74. Bookmarking from a Database
  75. 75. Comparing Netvibes and Symbaloo for a PLE
  76. 76. Questions/Reflections/Ideas?
  77. 77. Thank You for Attending! Questions? • Professional Development • 1.800.999.8558 • Web: lyrasis.orgEmail: