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30 Incredibly Useful Tools & Resources for eLearning Professionals

30 Incredibly Useful Tools & Resources for eLearning Professionals | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
Discover 30 useful (and free) eLearning tools and resources that can make your life easier!

 

We believe all eLearning professionals, especially those on a budget, should know of these tools and resources since their usage is quite common. 

Take a close look at each one and consider the possible uses in your eLearning projects...


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MAría Rosa Arias's comment, June 13, 2013 7:56 AM
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My favorite part of this list is the section on free stock images. I'm always looking for resources for high-quality, royalty free photos to make my presentations pop. 

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4 Ways Academic Libraries Are Adapting For The Future

4 Ways Academic Libraries Are Adapting For The Future | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
Has technology rendered the library obsolete? It doesn't seem so. Instead, centers for higher learning are finding ways to reinvigorate them.

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English for academic writing: A helpful dictionary for researchers

English for academic writing: A helpful dictionary for researchers | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
A brief review of the scope and special features of a new learner's dictionary from Oxford University Press, meant for learners of academic English.

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Coding in the Fun — 7 Creative Ways to Teach Programming with Toys

Coding in the Fun — 7 Creative Ways to Teach Programming with Toys | New age Librarians | Scoop.it

“Over the years, toys have proved to be a remarkable tool when educating young children, especially when it comes to more complex subject matters.”


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5 Great Tools for Video Conferencing and Organizing Online Meetings ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Great Tools for Video Conferencing and Organizing Online Meetings ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
The power of video conferencing tools lies  in their ability to engage audience through the use of visuals, interactive features and synchronous communication. The most popular free tools in this regard are Google Hangout and Skype. Both of these applications are easy to use and offer a variety of decent features for hosting online meetings and organizing seminars. However, if you are looking for some advanced alternatives, you should definitely consider the tools below. These are premium softwares that schools , universities, and individuals can use to conduct formal online conferences, webinars, and seminars. From document upload to sharing slides and web co-browsing these tools offer a plethora of powerful functionalities  ideal for e-conferencing.

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Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.

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Looking back: The ILN 2 years on

Looking back: The ILN 2 years on | New age Librarians | Scoop.it

Kate Byrne: "The last two years have seen the program grow and develop far beyond anything we could have imagined so to celebrate the ILN’s second birthday we would like to share some of those incredible things with you:

 Over the last 2 years we have held 4 rounds of the programThose 4 rounds have provided connections for over 1500 participants from 103 countries on 5 continents.Of those participants, over 80% plan to enrol for another round.Our web presence has grown dramatically since we launched this website and our Twitter account – we now have nearly 1400 Twitter followers and over 3300 Facebook likes.This website has received 125,000 hits including visits from all over the globe; every country except 11 of them.

It seems almost impossible to believe how quickly the time has flown by - but we realised that two years and three days ago we launched this website and the very first call for applications. The la...

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, January 27, 2015 5:17 AM

Invaluable for international mentorship, international peer mentoring and international networking - for librarians and archivists!

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Historical Pics on Twitter

Historical Pics on Twitter | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
One of the most beautiful Libraries of the world. Mafra Library, Lisbon, Portugal.

Photo by Will Pryce. pic.twitter.com/7jiVKAmdB2
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Changing with the Times - Publishers Weekly

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Changing with the Times
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With the debate over what LGBTQ specialty stores dying out means for visibility, some wonder if libraries could play an increasingly important role.
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How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Nat...

How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Nat... | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
Is it possible for our students to be both digital natives and digitally unaware? Young people today are instant messengers, gamers, photo sharers and supreme multitaskers.
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Law Librarians Survey: The New Normal - The American Lawyer

Law Librarians Survey: The New Normal - The American Lawyer | New age Librarians | Scoop.it

By Alan Cohen:

Librarians have gotten accustomed to squeezing more out of their budgets, according to our 12th annual Law Librarian Survey.

Read more: http://www.americanlawyer.com/PubArticleTAL.jsp?id=1202607834446&Law_Librarians_Survey_The_New_Normal#ixzz2ZCG2aKZv


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 16, 2013 4:52 AM

Law Librarians (and others, for sure) working smarter!

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30 Tools to Help Marketers

A "tool" by itself rarely is a competitive advantage. In this presentation I'll show how Internet marketers can combine tools to create major opportunity to...


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thewarriorsnest's curator insight, February 11, 2014 7:47 PM

Tools, tools, and more tools. Love them

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Surprising facts about libraries | ShareAmerica

Surprising facts about libraries | ShareAmerica | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
Libraries are increasingly accessible, not only in number, but in what they offer; in some libraries, you can find exercise equipment and 3-D printers.
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What is a Maker Space? - Heather Lister @LibrarianLister

What is a Maker Space? - Heather Lister @LibrarianLister | New age Librarians | Scoop.it

"It is a place for everyone, creative and not creative, to come and explore their passions using raw materials, tools, technology, repurposed items and imagination.  People can work individually or collaboratively, using technology and/or drawing on the collective wisdom of those in the room to help achieve their goal in a Maker Space."


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Click on Presentation Mode to get the full effect!

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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 23, 2015 5:00 AM

Great for library makerspaces as well!

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A Week of Making: What Making is Really About

A Week of Making: What Making is Really About | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
In some instances I think it's hard for some library staff to articulate the gains that teens make as a result of the making programs we provide. And, as a result it ends up that we talk about the actual printing activity and the printer and not the skills learned and/or improved on. It certainly can be difficult to speak to the learning instead of the "coolness" of the making. But it can be done. For example, think about:

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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 23, 2015 5:00 AM

Great for library makerspaces as well!

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Building libraries of the distant future today, Drew Brookhart - Columbus Telegram

Building libraries of the distant future today, Drew Brookhart - Columbus Telegram | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
It is exciting to feel energy build around a library and cultural arts center in downtown Columbus. The Columbus City Council has had their support galvanized by grant money coming

 

"So when you think of a library in 100, 300, or 500 years, imagine a beautiful building with spaces for discussion, contemplation and creation where wisdom can be shared. Imagine skilled librarians making sure that everyone has access to organized, meaningful resources that raise the level of public discussion above the din of the internet. Imagine all that topped off with a collection of the best hardbacks available."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, January 27, 2015 5:30 AM

Contemplative article about the "future Library"!

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The Numbers Game | Data-Driven Libraries - Library Journal

The Numbers Game | Data-Driven Libraries - Library Journal | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
Library Journal The Numbers Game | Data-Driven Libraries Library Journal From learning what programs are working for patrons to being able to communicate the value of libraries to legislators and stakeholders more effectively, one thing is becoming...
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Library goes digital with hi-tech kiosks - Coleraine Times

Library goes digital with hi-tech kiosks - Coleraine Times | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
Coleraine Times
Library goes digital with hi-tech kiosks
Coleraine Times
Library goes digital with hi-tech kiosks. Local students try the new book scanner at Coleraine Library with librarians Maxine Hasson and Kirsten Walker.
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Librarians asked to be tech-savvy - The New Indian Express

Librarians asked to be tech-savvy - The New Indian Express | New age Librarians | Scoop.it

By Express News Service 

"In the age of information technology, where data is available at the fingertips of those who seek it, librarians should be tech-savvy.

The focus of the national seminar held by the Kerala Library Association (KLA) here on Friday was on information technology interfaces in libraries and information centres.

Rather than seeing technology as a threat, it must be adopted and adapted into a supporting system for information services, the speakers at the seminar said. Borrowing from Web 2.0, they have to go to Library 2.0; library services are user-centred, collaborative and participatory in nature.

“An integrated application of Web 2.0 facilities such as social networking sites, RSS, weblogs etc, leads to Knowledge Management 2.0 (KM 2.0),” said A Neelameghan, former head of the Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC), Bangalore, who was delivering the keynote address on ‘Knowledge Management 2.0 in the Inclusive Knowledge Society Environment’."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 16, 2013 8:02 AM

New librarians are tech-savvy, part of KM 2.0 

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Learn “what’s next” for libraries and digital content as part of ALA Virtual Conference

Learn “what’s next” for libraries and digital content as part of ALA Virtual Conference | New age Librarians | Scoop.it
Publishers Weekly columnist Peter Brantley and ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG) Co-chair Robert Wolven will discuss “New Directions for Libraries and Digital Content” Wednesday, July 24, at 10:45 a.m. 

(CDT) as part of the ALA Virtual Conference. The session builds on and continues the standing-room-only program at the ALA Annual Conference, “ALA, Ebooks and Digital Content: What’s Next.”

The need to make popular ebooks as easily available as print books has made “the Big Six” (now the “Big Five” with the Penguin-Random House merger) a part of the library vernacular. While work continues to make all of the largest publishers’ content available to libraries under equitable terms, there is more activity afoot in the digital content world. Brantley and Wolven will discuss emerging disruptions and opportunities for libraries to bring more and better digital resources of all kinds to library users.

In his recent article “The Unpackaged Ebook: Newspapers, Magazines and Subcompact Publishing,” Brantley challenges librarians to prepare for a future in which ebooks “will be represented as websites; mini-mags that present serial narratives; and as geo-aware encounters that appear in our augment reality glasses as we wander around our cities.” While the “thingness” of a book continues to transition, there also is an opportunity for libraries to create new relationships."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 16, 2013 4:12 AM

Libraries' future with regards digital content!