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Apps for Librarians & Educators - Nicole Hennig, Udemy

Apps for Librarians & Educators - Nicole Hennig, Udemy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Become an expert in the best mobile apps for education and content creation

 

Mobile apps are empowering for people of all ages and abilities

As librarians and educators, we are passionate about learning and access to information for all. Contrary to the popular idea that apps are only useful for “consumption,” the best mobile apps are being used effectively as tools to enable learning and knowledge creation.

Got iPads, but no time to discover the best apps?

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the number of apps available and not sure where to start with finding the best ones, you’re not alone!

Many librarians have told me that they feel

excited about having new iPads, but not sure of the best apps to recommend and use.overwhelmed by the sheer number of apps available.unsure where to start with finding and evaluating the best educational apps.worried about the digital divide and the loss of access to information for all.

You might have new iPads in your library or school, but what are the best learning experiences you can create with them? You know that just throwing technology at a problem is NOT the way to go.

When you become “app-literate,” you serve your community by becoming their go-to expert on mobile apps.

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Margie Teaches Libstudies's curator insight, May 5, 2015 12:49 AM

Keeping up with useful, high quality apps is always difficult. It's good to get recommendation from a reliable source.

Nicole Curcio's curator insight, March 12, 2016 11:35 PM

Keeping up with useful, high quality apps is always difficult. It's good to get recommendation from a reliable source.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians, by @cybrarian77

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians, by @cybrarian77 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"There are so many great apps out there and so little time to see them all. Some are available for just the iPad, and some are available for iPhone and Android. Teacher-librarians are always on the lookout for great apps and programs for their students and colleagues. This list will be added to the MEGALIST FOR TEACHER-LIBRARIANS. Just click the tab at the top of the page."

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Great apps for all librarians!

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Europeana Releases First Free iPad App | europeana

Europeana Releases First Free iPad App | europeana | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
‘Europeana Open Culture’ introduces you to hand-picked and beautiful collections from some of Europe’s top institutions, and allows people to explore, share and comment on them. Designed by Glimworm IT during a Europeana hackathon, the app provides an easy introduction to Europe’s glorious art treasury through five specially curated themes: Maps and Plans, Treasures of Art, Treasures of the Past, Treasures of Nature and Images of the Past.
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Downloaded and it looks like a very rich collection!

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The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic

The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Ariana Stone:

We are in the midst of a major shift at school libraries thanks to technology innovation. Here are a dozen of those tech tools responsible.

1. INSTANT MESSAGING

2. MOBILE DEVICES

3. WYSIWYG TUTORIAL-MAKERS FOR LIBRARIANS

4. MATERIAL CROWD-SOURCING FOR RURAL SCHOOLS

5. CUSTOM APPS

6. SCREENCASTS

7. CLOUD-BASED STORAGE

8. PORTABLE ENERGY METERS

9. ITUNESU

10. E-READERS AND E-BOOKS

11. AVAILABILITY ALERTS

12. BETTER RESOURCES FOR DISTANCE LEARNERS

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Technologies to use in school libraries! 

Also valuable to look at in academic or public libraries

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Library receives special distinction for youth programs & Tools for Teachers - Daily Comet

Mary Cosper Leboeuf:

The Terrebonne Parish Library System is one of 16 finalists for the Institute for Museum and Library Service's National Medal, one of the nation's highest honors conferred on libraries for service to...

 

The programmes that made the award possible:

1. Future Leaders of America's Gulf, or FLAG, is an innovative program for teens that the Library System helped implement. The nonprofit organization is a leadership and environmental group for teenagers who advocate and educate for the future of Louisiana's coast and address issues facing the state.

2. “Tools for Teachers,” a series of workshops developed by the Library System's reference staff to help teachers meet their grade-level expectations for their classrooms. The workshops present to teachers what the Library System has to offer to help in the classroom.

3. LEGO robotics

4. Touch-a-Truck

5. Book sale

6. Adult classes

7. VITA - free tax preparation services

8. Library App

9. Digital Magazines made available to patrons

10. e-readers

11. 24 hour access

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This is what everybody should come to expect from their public library!

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16 Resources for Librarians Preparing for the Mayan Apocalypse, by Ellyssa Kroski

16 Resources for Librarians Preparing for the Mayan Apocalypse, by Ellyssa Kroski | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Librarians are prepared for anything. Why? Because we do our background research and have plenty of resources to consult for any given event. So, why should the Mayan Apocalypse be any different?
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Valuable to librarians who want to pass on the information:

The information, the resources and the apps! 

 

(Librarian humour!)

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A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric

A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"The choice of which apps to use with your students in the classroom is not an easy one. It ,in fact , calls for a lot of attention from the part of the teacher. You are responsible for your students learning and this responsibility grows riskier when learning becomes digitally based.This is particularly the case when integrating apps into your teaching."
Via Ove Christensen, Dr. Laura Sheneman
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Valuable for librarians when asked or consulted about the use of apps in learning/teaching!

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Cristian Cerda's comment, December 8, 2012 8:32 PM
Interesting application, but the content has the same trouble that many of the rubric available on the web: It says nothing:
Ove Christensen's comment, December 9, 2012 6:38 AM
Well I think you should see it as a help for reflection on apps and use of apps. No tools are doing the hard work for you but they help you to remember what to cover.
Jim Lerman's comment, December 9, 2012 5:44 PM
@Cristian...I don't see it the same way. The criteria, in my opinion, do provide a useful framework for judging the efficacy of a web app. The value in the criteria is implicit; if one shares the values inherently stated in the criteria (for example, "authentic practice of targeted skills"), then I think the criteria are indeed helpful. If the values and meaning of the criteria do no speak to you, the reader, then I can see where one could feel they do not say anything. As Ove says, "no tools are doing the hard work for you."
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101 Tips For School Librarians > iTunes app

101 Tips For School Librarians > iTunes app | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Get 101 Tips For School Librarians on the App Store.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later)

 

"These things are the most important issues for librarians in schools
Get to know the content and structure of the curriculum, if you don’t already. Talk to teachers, staff parents and pupils. Talk to everyone. Network, talk to other librarians. Take every CPD opportunity you can get. Bid for money to supplement your budget, and keep good records so you can make your case clearly and effectively. Try and be innovative, use new technology when appropriate to improve the services you offer. Share ideas on mailing lists, blogs and wikis. Take an interest in your pupils and find out what really makes them tick. Be selective about how you spend your time: if it doesn’t help pupils or school staff, forget it.
Have fun, it’s a great job if it’s done properly.

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50 Great Mobile Apps for Libraries | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton

50 Great Mobile Apps for Libraries | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Richard Le and Tom Duffy:

"You can get a list of all of the apps from the presentation at the mobile page: http://50apps.weebly.com

46% of American adults own smart phones. By 2016, 10 billion will be in use worldwide. By the year 2013 there will be 81.4 billion apps. The average download of apps per device is 51. The average time spent on apps per day is 81 minutes (HOLY MOTHER—THAT’S A LOT). This changes the landscape of our information environment. People are using their smart phones to check local weather, find local businesses, get information, check sports scores, get traffic info, coupons, and info about their local community. Americans are working harder—but on their own time, taking their work home. 80% of people continue to work after leaving the office. 68% check email before 8am in the morning, and 50% of them check their work email while they’re still in bed (GUILTY AS CHARGED). Apps have changed the way we search for and access information. The mobile platform is the preferred way to access information on the go. We can integrate information and add value to our work with better and richer content. Most of the apps featured today are free."