Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Books, digital and otherwise

B Lamar Johnson (1939) noted that to increase "the value of their libraries to their students" (p. 114), colleges should remember that "books are a constant and natural part of the student's environment" (p. 115).

As innovative as this was in 1939, it is equally important today, with some changes. The BOOK is evolving. No longer just the physical item, it is also the virtual or digital book. It is the digitized serial. It is the ebook. It is digital. Where the physical books were placed on shelves, digital books are on virtual shelves. The physical books were (and still are) checked out, circulated and returned. The physical proximity of the library limited the travelling range of the book (until Interlibrary Loan expanded the travel of the physical book). There are typically a set number of physical books available. Digital books, on the other hand, can be accessed anywhere, anytime, anyplace with almost any device.

This "new" book is available. The environment is not limited by time or space, but by technology, software, and connection strength and speed.

Digital resources can be accessed quickly and just-in-time. Students can find resources, bookmark them, and continue to use and access them. This "new book" becomes quickly integrated into the digital environment of the student. The growth of digital databases, electronic resources and ebooks have changed. The student's environment has changed even more. The growth of personal digital devices and the expansion of wireless connectivity have created an environment without boundaries.

Johnson, B. L. (1939). Vitalizing a college library. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Professional development topics

  1. [GOOGLE APPS] Using Google Tasks to brainstorm project ideas #profdev
  2. [GOOGLE APPS] Using Google Documents for journaling #profdev
  3. [GOOGLE APPS] Using Google Reader to find, sort, bundle and share resources #profdev
  4. [GOOGLE APPS] News of the world with Google News, tagging and sharing news #profdev
  5. [GOOGLE APPS] Simple searching with Google, for text, images and more #profdev
  6. [GOOGLE APPS] Google Moderator: the start of critical thinking #profdev
  7. [GOOGLE APPS] Using Google Chrome #profdev
  8. [GOOGLE APPS] Google Alerts, finding new content #profdev
  9. [GOOGLE APPS] All about RSS feeds and subscriptions #profdev
  10. [VIDEO, AUDIO AND MEDIA] Using to create faculty development videos #profdev
  11. [VIDEO, AUDIO AND MEDIA] Creating presence with audio files (iPadio, TweetMic) #profdev
  12. [DIGITAL NOTE TAKING] Digital notebooks and Evernote #profdev
  13. [DIGITAL NOTE TAKING] Springpad and note taking, from anywhere #profdev
  14. [iPad and iPhone] Becoming mobile with an iPad #profdev
  15. [iPad and iPhone] Using the iPhone and iPad to engage learning #profdev
  16. [PURE PEDAGOGY] Critical thinking and technology, how to be mobile #profdev
  17. [PURE PEDAGOGY] Teaching digital students as a digital teacher in a digital classroom #profdev
  18. [CONCEPT MAPPING AND PRESENTATION SOFTWARE] Using web based concept maps to engage students #profdev
  19. [CONCEPT MAPPING AND PRESENTATION SOFTWARE] Prezi and presentations #profdev
  20. [TECHNOLOGY TOPICS] Finding resources on the fly and sharing them with shareaholic #profdev
  21. [TECHNOLOGY TOPICS] Developing a personal taxonomy of technology and active learning #profdev
  22. [TECHNOLOGY TOPICS] Using technology to create a learner centered environment #profdev
  23. [TECHNOLOGY TOPICS] Paperless and dynamic, using the cloud in teaching and learning #profdev
  24. [CONNECTING] Using Skype to engage students #profdev
  25. [BLOGGING AND MICROBLOGGING] Mobile blogging with Wordpress #profdev
  26. [BLOGGING AND MICROBLOGGING] Really simple microblogging with Posterous #profdev
  27. [BLOGGING AND MICROBLOGGING] Using Twitter to connect with a worldwide group of experts #profdev
  28. [ASSESSMENT, EVALUATION AND IMPROVEMENT] Rubrics that improve learning #profdev
  29. [ASSESSMENT, EVALUATION AND IMPROVEMENT] Rubrics that improve teaching #profdev
  30. [ASSESSMENT, EVALUATION AND IMPROVEMENT] Clickers and assessment of learning #profdev

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

What does it mean to be

What does it mean to be:

  • A DIGITAL LEARNER – “plugged in” and connected, always on [Google “what is a digital learner” ] [How do teaching and learning styles change?] [ISTE NETS-S]
    • A digital learner wants media, multimedia, audio, video and images
    • A digital learner seeks to integrate media into “school” and “life”
    • A digital learner works within a circle of friends
    • A digital learner uses social media to connect, find resources, and interact (ask and answer questions)
    • A digital learner uses MORE technology to accomplish tasks
    • A digital learner uses technology DIFFERENTLY to accomplish tasks
    • A digital learner multi-tasks with multiple technologies or applications
    • A digital learner is a social learner
    • A digital learner is an active learner
    • A digital learner is a consumer, producer and creator of learning, and learning resources
    • A digital learner is learner focused and learning centered
  • A DIGITAL TEACHER – integrates technology to enhance learning and engage learners [Google “what is a digital teacher”] [How do teaching and learning styles change?] [ISTE NETS-T]
    • A digital teacher uses technology to extend, expand, and enrich learning
    • A digital teacher provides multimedia to explore “lecture” topics
    • A digital teacher connects with students through technology
    • A digital teacher provides or creates technological alternatives
    • A digital teacher creates a social space for learning
    • A digital teacher uses and participates in social learning
    • A digital teacher is learning focused and learning centered
  • In a DIGITAL CLASSROOM? – learning occurs anywhere, anytime, and anyplace. There is a “new” mindset of MOBILE learning, that follows us, or travels with us where ever we may go. [Google “what is a digital classroom”]
    • A digital classroom is dynamic
    • A digital classroom supports collaboration, locally as well as globally
    • A digital classroom encourages inquiry
    • A digital classroom provides access to technology
    • A digital classroom can be easily reconfigured
    • A digital classroom is more of an environment or space than a fixed classroom
    • A digital classroom supports and encourages social learning
    • A digital classroom is learner centered
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