Tech Tuesday: Top 10 Tech Tools For Your Break

  1. Twitter: Seriously, getting on Twitter and using it for professional purposes is the single best move you can make to improve teaching and learning.  Here are educators to follow on Twitter, a guide to educational hashtags and an introduction to twitter for newbies.
  2. Professional Communities Online – EdWeb.net, Connected Educator Ning, Future of Education, Classroom 2.0, The Educator’s PLN
  3. Webinars: Check out ASCD’s free webinars archive, Google Apps for Education webinars, Education Week Webinars, Open Education Week Archived Webinars
  4. Google+ Communities – Google Apps for Education, Gamification in Education, Physics Education, Minecraft in Education, 20% Time
  5. Blogs & RSS Readers – Try Feedly, Flipboard, The Old Reader 
  6. Social Bookmarking and Curated Collections- Diigo (K-12 Education groups), Pintrest and ScoopIt
  7. Online Book Club – Simple as GoodReads, complex as Book Club 106, or get picky with something subject specific like Level Up Book Club
  8. Follow “Summer” Conferences online – ISTE for example. They even have their own Ning.  Of course, who needs that when you can read their Tweets? Seriously, just get on Twitter.
  9. TED-Ed & Ted Talks
  10. Learn to Code.org

Databases: Student Resources in Context & Junior Reference Collection

Why do databases matter? Why can’t we just find everything we want through Search Engines like Google, SweetSearch, Wolfram Alpha and Bing?

Well, estimates are that anywhere from 75%-90% of the information on the Internet is part of the INVISIBLE WEB, or parts of the Internet that Search Engines can’t reach.  This includes (but is definitely not limited to) Intranets, Library Catalogs, Forums, Password protected SItes and Databases! To learn more, watch the Xtranormal Visible vs. Invisible Web animation.

To maximize the effectiveness of our research, we need to utilize the parts of the invisible web available to us.  LIS students and staff can start with the LIS Research Portal, a password-protected page with all of the secondary library resources.

Check out these Introductory Slides on two of our databases.

Get Started with Junior Reference Collection.

Dive into Student Resources in Context.

If you need help using these resources, see your librarian.