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How To Use The Google Research Tool - Edudemic

How To Use The Google Research Tool - Edudemic | TechLib | Scoop.it
A couple of days ago, we shared some of Google’s lesser known tools that can be put to use in your classroom, and we received a number of questions about a couple of them. One was voice commenting, which we went into much greater detail on yesterday. Today, we’re going to give a quick overview …

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Back to School with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Back to School with Google Docs | TechLib | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:45 PM

I see a 'back to school with Google Docs' movement on the blogosphere.  It makes sense. Teachers have always been good bargain hunters.  Google Docs delivers value at the right price; Free! 

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Research Article: “Libraries as Co-Working Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning” | LJ INFOdocket

Research Article: “Libraries as Co-Working Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning” | LJ INFOdocket | TechLib | Scoop.it

The following article appears in Library Hi-Tech (Vol. 31 No 2).

We’re sharing the full text of the “accepted for publication” version of the article.

Title

Libraries as Co-Working Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning

Authors

Mark Bilandzic & Marcus Foth (2013) 

 

Abstract: "This paper aims to inform design strategies for smart space technology to enhance libraries as environments for co-working and informal social learning. The focus is on understanding user motivations, behaviour, and activities in the library when there is no programmed agenda. The study analyses gathered data over five months of ethnographic research at ‘The Edge’ – a bookless library space at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, that is explicitly dedicated to co-working, social learning, peer collaboration, and creativity around digital culture and technology. The results present five personas that embody people’s main usage patterns as well as motivations, attitudes, and perceived barriers to social learning. It appears that most users work individually or within pre-organised groups, but usually do not make new connections with co-present, unacquainted users. Based on the personas, four hybrid design dimensions are suggested to improve the library as a social interface for shared learning encounters across physical and digital spaces. The findings in this paper offer actionable knowledge for managers, decision makers, and designers of technology-enhanced library spaces and similar collaboration and co-working spaces."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 16, 2013 6:38 AM

How to improve the library as social learning space!