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What’s next for MOOCs? | by: Thu-Huong Ha, TED Blog

What’s next for MOOCs? | by: Thu-Huong Ha, TED Blog | The Information Professional |
A primer to catch you up if you've somehow managed to miss catching MOOC madness assaulting higher education.


Photo: Simon Schocken in TED video.


“Questions Worth Asking” is a new editorial series from TED in which we’ll pose thorny questions to those with a thoughtful, relevant (or irrelevant but still interesting) take. This week: “What’s next for MOOCs?”, those online courses that have thrown a techno-bomb at traditional higher education. Here, a primer to catch you up if you’ve somehow managed to miss catching MOOC madness:

“MOOC,” or Massive Online Open Course, refers to a large online class open to an unlimited number of people. Dave Cormier from the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Canada and Bryan Alexander from the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education in Georgetown, Texas, are credited with coining the phrase in 2008. The first known MOOC was “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge,” taught by Stephen Downes and George Siemens in partnership with the University of Manitoba in Canada."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Relevant discussion for librarians to follow as well!

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Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as "Defenders of Wisdom," and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013 - The Digital Shift

Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as "Defenders of Wisdom," and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013 - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional |

Flipped Classrooms, Librarians as "Defenders of Wisdom," and the Hottest Tech Tools | ISTE 2013 #iste13


By Tiffany Whitehead

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in San Antonio from June 23-26 offered unique opportunities for educators to interact, learn about the latest ed tech resources, and hear new ideas from education leaders. At a conference this size, it is impossible to see and do it all, but here are the highlights that librarians can take back to their schools in the fall.


Feedback from:

- Opening Keynote

- SIGMS Digital Age Media Center Playground

- Your School Library: Flipped, Mobile, and Curated

- SIGMS Forum: School Librarians and Admins: A Powerful Name

- SIGMS keynote by John T. Spencer

- ISTE and SIGMS business

Karen du Toit's insight:

Interesting discussion especially for school librarians!

marissa gibson's curator insight, February 17, 2014 1:12 PM

        8.     Many teachers were invited to a convetion for some of the newest techonology that would soon be presented in classrooms everywhere. There were nearpods, aurasmas, videolicious, puppet pals and mentor mob. These were all technology tools that kids could use and interact with.

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Teaching and E-learning: Libraries as beacons of 21st century pedagogy

Teaching and E-learning: Libraries as beacons of 21st century pedagogy | The Information Professional |
RT @ClaireAmosNZ: Teaching and E-learning: Libraries as beacons of 21st century pedagogy -


Caire Amos response:

"... to the Parliamentary Select Committee's 'Inquiry into the 21st Century Learning Environments and Digital Literacy' with a submission that touched on a number of areas. One area that has really stuck with me is the point raised about how important the school library is, and will remain to be, within our 21st century learning environments. See the excerpts below:

From the written submission:

The traditional school library building would be a good place to start in the re-visioning process - a secondary school library presents the perfect environment for a shared learning environment that could be redeveloped to provide resources (books and Digital) ICT, media and production tools and spaces. 

and from the oral submission:

We need to see libraries as a strategic place to start this shift for all schools by ensuring that schools get the advice, guidance and funding they need to transform traditional libraries into multi-media multi-purpose learning commons and information centres. This would be a pragmatic way of ensuring all NZ students were able to access digital resources within a “21st Century Learning Environment” and therefore able to develop their digital competencies with an educational context."

Karen du Toit's insight:

The importance of school libraries in the digital age - increasing!

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Content Curation for the School Librarian

Content Curation for the School Librarian | The Information Professional |

Robin Good: "Content Curation and the School Librarian" is the featured article for the latest issue of Knowledge Quest magazine.

Authored by Nikki D. Robertson the article illustrates some of content curation key strengths, how the author has utilized content curation for her academic projects, and popular curation tools for those interested in exploring the field further.

PDF download here:

Via Robin Good, Dennis T OConnor
Karen du Toit's insight:

Valuable insights to all librarians!

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:44 PM

With students accessing different kinds of material and the same material in different ways, the OPAC and vertical file may not be the best way to lead your students to the best content.  This article shows differing ways of attacking the problem.


Leigh Zika's curator insight, June 12, 2015 9:34 PM

Good examples of content curation tools for school librarians and teachers/students.

Brooke Roberson Buxton's curator insight, April 22, 2017 12:12 PM

Easy article that introduces several key curation tools for use in the school library. 

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Edublog Awards nominations 2012 @ gwynethjones - The Daring Librarian

Edublog Awards nominations 2012 @ gwynethjones - The Daring Librarian | The Information Professional |
"Because I get SO much more from the Edublog Award process learning about and from new teachers, librarians, administrators, etc it has been a super game changer [...] for me! Seriously, it blows my mind!
NEXT year for this I've got a new idea...I've created a new Sqworl group to save all those amazing blogs & educational sites I run across that I'm keeping an eye on to make next year's noms EASIER and hopefully faster! "
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TED Blog | Design Mind magazine highlights TEDGlobal 2012 - "Radical Openness"

TED Blog | Design Mind magazine highlights TEDGlobal 2012 - "Radical Openness" | The Information Professional |
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading -- through, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.


"The theme of TEDGlobal 2012 was “Radical Openness” — a topic that caught the eye of Design Mind magazine. The publication, from longtime TEDGlobal supporter frog, has dedicated an entire issue to the conference. Including Q&As with speakers, behind-the-scenes looks at preparations for talks and an abundance of endeavors related to talks, we picked a few of our favorite articles from this unique vantage point of the conference.

Below, some pieces to peruse.


“What’s the Value of Collaborative Consumption?” by Hannah Piercy -


“The End of Education As We Know It” by Scott Barry Kaufman -


“How Far Should Governments Open Up?” by Hannah Piercey -


“Brainiacs” by Ernest Beck -


“The Maker Movement Meets Big Business” by Reena Jana -




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10 Free Tools for Everyday Research to Teach Search Skills

10 Free Tools for Everyday Research to Teach Search Skills | The Information Professional |

"As educators we are faced with the challenge of teaching students to efficiently use the Internet to find and use information. Searching for information and making sense of it is a process that involves critical thinking and it is an important skill. Fortunately, there are many free digital tools available to help students efficiently sift through an overwhelming abundance of web content to find the relevant and reliable information they need. This post will explore some digital resources to provide educators with tools to help all students become savvy searchers and independent learners."


Susan Oxnevad shares a wealth of other tools and resources to teach students how to search.


" - Google Search Education

  - Google Custom Search

  - The Find Tool

  - Oolone

  - Twurdy

  - instaGrok

  - Qwiki Reference

  - Reliable Search Engines: 

iPL2 -A public service organization and a learning/teaching environment manned by students and volunteer librarians which features searchable resource collections for kids and teens, as well as an a“Ask a librarian” section.
Sweet Search - A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts
KidsClick! – A web search site designed for kids by librarians – with kid-friendly results!"



>>Extremely valuable for librarians as well!

Via Anne Whaits, Dennis T OConnor, Jason Ertz
Ken Morrison's comment, September 29, 2012 9:48 PM
HI Elizabeth. Thank you for the recent rescoops and for following my topic. I hope that it is helpful for you. Best of luck!
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The flipping librarian « NeverEndingSearch

The flipping librarian « NeverEndingSearch | The Information Professional |


[...] "flipping as a serious sweet spot for the talents of librarians:


1. Who better to introduce the concept of flipping to the school?  

2. Who better to help educators select and curate the best possible bounty of educational content available? Flipping takes advantage of the new wealth of shared educational content and open education resources.  Finding and evaluating resources to support content area learning is already our business.  Knowing the curriculum and the needs of our teachers, we can scan the content of  TED-ed with its new archive of beautifully animation-enhanced and personally flippable TED talks as well the wealth of content on sites like the OER Commons, Curriki, Khan Academy, SolveforX and MIT Open Courseware. There’s so much more. Check out our guides to open educational resources and documentary and nonfiction film.

In our excitement about OER, it may be easy to forget that flipping can also exploit more traditional library content. Flipped teachers should take full advantage of the fabulous content we have in subscription databases containing content in all media flavors–video, print, newsfeeds, ebooks, journals, and more.

3. Who better to provide the professional development for the large number of teachers who need support before they are up to full flipping capability themselves? 

Here’s a list of just a few of the slidecasting/screensharing tools available, and my wiki for our teachers and our guide to copyright-friendly media.

4. And speaking of instruction, collaborating with classroom teachers, who better to guide and work with students to create content to contribute to the instructional archive? Take a look at the work of Mr. Marcos and his students on  Take a look at the grammar lessons produced by the library and our video classes archived together with the more professional material available.  

5. And finally, what better to flip than the library?  Library instruction is ripe for flipping too. In fact, many of us already maintain a comprehensive virtual library.  And many of those virtual libraries curate learning material from our video channels, poster archives, slide archives, guides to projects and lessons and tools. We share our professional development, lessons, and tutorials in effective questioning, searching, documentation, thesis building, research strategies and more.

Perhaps, as a profession, we could be sharing this instruction more effectively. Frankly, I’d like to see an archive like the Cooperative Library Instruction Project (CLIP) for the k12 practitioners.  (Hmmm . . .  I think I see a new crowdsourcing platform on the horizon.)

And physically, if more research happens at home, should the library function even more heavily as making space?


I know from our stats that students use the resources of our virtual library heavily when they are not in the library–when they are in classes or at home or on the bench at sports.  I want to make sure that that platform supports instruction, learning and creativity more solidly, including its mobile version.


And when they are in the library, I want to make sure that learners have opportunities to collaborate and create well beyond the mere availability of those resources.

So why not flip this post? 


Here’s a learning playlist on flipping."

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