Education Technology Tools from Scoop it!

10 05 2012

I stumbled across this website this morning, Scoop it! Not exactly sure what it is, but from my brief lookie today I like it. It appears as if you can collect resources from around the web together like a hub or even a Squidoo lens for everyone to benefit from.

Today I found a whole bunch of neat looking tools that you can use to make learning fun.

Any you know how I LOVE those free web tools!

Check it out on Scoop it!

OK they are a bit “apple” heavy (lots of ipad/ iphone stuff ) but still, I bet I will be able to find a good use for many of them in my library or introduce them to online instructors and students

Let me know which ones are your favorite and how you are using them in your classroom or Library


Education Partners

13 10 2010

Hello Everyone;

I recently made this brief Photo Story illustrating a brief look and technologies used as educational partners and thought I would share it with you.

I was thinking that a Photo Story created by librarians or by patrons might be a great way to inspire our younger patrons to realize their potential of designing the next new technology. As well as a great way to put the library at the heart of their researching needs.

Images and music can do a lot to inspire and so can we as Information Professionals.

Leave a comment if you need any ideas building your library’s Photo Story or if you have suggestions for other librarians for their Photo Stories.


A Second Spent On Second Life

11 10 2010

Hello Everyone;

I was just recently on Second Life again. I am amazed at how many improvements there have been. I wanted to share some of the great finds I discovered while I was on Second Life. (Maybe it is me but Second Life is so large it is easy to miss areas within places.)

One of the places I thought was great was EduIsland.

Ed Island has a great deal of educational information hiding within it as well as some great graphics. Most of the information I heard while my avatar Dempsey was strolling along seemed to be primary resources being read aloud. Great fun for those History buffs.

Another place I wanted to point out was Emerging Technologies Idea Library within The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

There were many information packets to pick up here and all in the concept of a Potlatch. So you can take ideas and leave your own. I thought this was a great way to share information and in bring some culture into Second Life as well.

The last place I want to share with you was the Nicodemus Historical Museum at Cybrary II near the State Library of Kansas

This area had a lot of information about the town of Nicodemus and the Buffalo Soldiers. One could spend lots of time soaking up the information here. Make sure to click on the pictures to hear the stories.

Where do you go on Second Life?


1 Million 4 FINCA Campaign

25 09 2010

Hello Friends and Readers;

Please pardon this interruption in content but…

Kris and I are supporters of the non-profit Foundation for International Community Assistance or FINCA. Kris’s uncle came up with the idea when he was in the Peace Corp. Here is a video that talks about the positive change that FINCA brings about in Uganda.

FINCA is a microcredit program that loans money to people in developing countries that earn two dollars or less a day. The loans are given to people (mostly women) who have a skill, a small business, or a plan that needs capital to expand their livelihoods. For example women that mend clothes can, with the loan, buy a sewing machine so that they can make more money to support their family. 98% of the loans that go out are paid back which cycle back into more loans.

The 15th of November is FINCA’S Anniversary and they need your support. In order to help FINCA help others Kris and I are trying to raise one million dollars $25 at a time.

You can be a part of the One Million 4 FINCA Campaign by going to this website: and donating $25 or more if you can. Also please ask your friends and family to be a part of the One Million 4 FINCA Campaign.

You can show the world that we can do more than make funny videos viral…with your help we can make giving, compassion, and positive change viral as well.

$25 dollars really can change the world and you can be a part of that change.

Thank you for your support,

Talk It Out With YackPack

17 09 2010

Another great collaborative tool is YackPack.

YackPack can be described as a system of audio emails. First you create a user group, or “pack” as they call it, and then you invite others.  YackPack allows up to 49 different packs per email address, so you can have some office packs, hobby packs and family packs as well.

Example of YackPack user interface

When you want to send a message, you can select the whole pack, or just the members that you want to talk to, and record your message. You can listen to the play back, re-record if necessary and then poof!

Hit send at the message is gone. No more adding addresses from your address book (and getting someone else by mistake….done that a few times!) and no need to add any typing at all in fact. Just record and click send.

Another cool feature is that in YackPack the messages are stored for playback again and again. To see if you have a message, the person who sent you the message will have a green bar under their face or Avatar picture.

Simple…Easy…Almost Effortless Communication

I see YackPack as a great collaborative tool because it is a useful communication tool. Let’s say that an educator or a librarian has a group of people they are helping and typing is an issue for the people they are working with. With YackPack typing is not an issue, messages can be sent verbally. If the person that you are trying to connect with is not on-line, no problem, the message is sent and will wait.  In that sense YackPack is like a Web 2.0 answering machine.

Have you used YackPack for as a communication tool? Have you used YackPack for any kind of group projects? What do you think of YackPack?

Wikis as Educational and Information Tools

14 09 2010
image of collaboration


Aright I admit, I like to ponder about life in general and I was wondering if we really use some of the older Web 2.0 technologies to the fullest.

Sometimes as information professionals we get so caught up in new technologies that we can forget about older Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis. My point, I guess, is do we spend time rethinking the possibilities for Web 2.0 technologies. For instance some information professionals are using wikis to collaboratively create Readers’ Advisory information, which is ingenious. But are we rethinking wikis often enough?

Then this article came out in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a crowdsourcing project called “Transcribe Bentham.” The project uses MediaWiki as the collaborative tool that allows all of the participants to … well transcribe the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham.

I thought this was a great way to use wikis because it seems to repurpose an older Web 2.0 technology into an ongoing a current tend like digitalization.

How do you use wikis? Do you feel like you are getting the most out of Web 2.0 technologies?

Ohio Teen Bloggers in a High School

28 08 2010

A different Ohioan twist on blogging –  Middleton Bloggers.

First, what is it about Ohio? They seem to be very pro-active with connecting their youth and Web 2.0 technologies. I mean first the library in Worthington with a teen blog, and now a high school is giving out credit for seniors to blog about their last year in high school.

Is it madness? Have they taken leave of their senses in Ohio? Or are they exploring the ways they can engage their youth in the community through Web 2.0 projects?

This school is so excited about blogging that they have 6 teen bloggers who are getting credit for blogging about their senior year. In addition these seniors are learning the art of sharing information with their peers in a way that all parties involved benefit.

Maybe there is something in the water in Ohio but in my opinion it is a breath of fresh air.

Way to use blogging to unite, educate and build a body of knowledge Ohio, something we can all learn from.