A free online course was offered at Elmhurst College. I figured hey why not. It is a four week class, consisting of seven modules. Each of these contain readings, exercises, and quizzes. Upon completion of the quizzes with a score of better than 70% you receive a badge. The course is called Skills for the Digital Earth. Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC is an online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society.
This was to suppose to be an April Fools joke but it is more real than, flying cars, robotic maids and jet packs. 3D printing is here. These printers can produce objects, even rather intricate ones, by printing thin layer after layer of plastic, metal, ceramics or other materials. And the products they make can be highly customized. Libraries and schools are embracing the technology. It is believed that every school in America could have a 3-D printer in the classroom in the next few years. You can read about this and more at http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/disruptions-3-d-printing-is-on-the-fast-track/.
The semester has started and work and students are moving right along. While reading other library blogs, http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/ I came across a fun word cloud widget. This makes for a great diversion for people who love books and words, http://www.wordle.net/. Here is one I created with the popular tags from this blog.https://libjess.wordpress.com/
Technology is a big part of the library. In order to keep up we sponsor technology workshops. This year featured:
Intermediate Blackboard Skills
Rubrics, Assignment Tool, Quizzes and Tests, Grade Center
Google docs, Google sites, Google books
How to incorporate i-pads in your teaching
- The folks from Best Buy will have tablets and e-readers on hand for you to test-drive. No obligation to buy — just explore — during this technology petting zoo.
- After the expo I had to know more… here is a recent article with great information. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20009738-1/kindle-vs-nook-vs-ipad-which-e-book-reader-should-you-buy/
Microsoft Word 2010 has made its way to the Elmhurst College Library. This is an upgrade from 2007 so there are a few changes. To list the differences and how to use them takes someone with some knowledge of both. So here are a few websites with tips and tricks.