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How to Speak to Executives

How to Speak to Executives

““Sales Pitch: How to Sell Your IT Strategy to the Board” at SmartDataCollective. Writer Simon Mitchell points out that, when trying to convince the higher-ups to loosen the purse strings, IT pros are unlikely to succeed if their audience doesn’t understand what they’re talking about. He advises:

“Step out of your technological mindset. Long presentations on subjects outside your audience’s core competence are a waste of everyone’s time. Don’t bore the board with too much detail about how the technology actually works. Focus on the business case for your strategy.”

The write-up goes on to recommend a three-point framework for such presentations: focus on the problem (or opportunity), deliver the strategy, and present costs and benefits. See the post for more on each of these points. It is also smart have the technical details on hand, in case anyone asks. We’re left with four take-aways:

“*Before you present your next big IT initiative to the board, put yourself in their shoes. What do they need to hear?

*Review how you can make tech talk accessible and appealing to non-technical colleagues.

*Keep your presentations short and sweet.

*Focus on the business case for your IT strategy.””


Posted on: November 24, 2015, 11:11 am Category: Uncategorized



  1. “Time saver – Students are busy. Homework, sports, extracurriculars, etc. It’s a lot. Audiobooks enable them to listen to the books they need to read while doing chores, working out, on the bus or before they fall asleep. They can also increase the speed of the title to get through them faster as well.
  2. High Low readers – Some readers struggle to read at their age level or get discouraged from reading at all. Audiobooks are a great solution to allow them to follow the story and get comfortable again with literature.
  3. ESL students – There are many schools across the country who have English as a Second Language Students. Audiobooks are wonderful for teaching these students English grammar and overall language and sentence structure.
  4. Classroom story time – A great way to break up lectures is by having story time with a class. Traditionally, teachers and librarians read while students listen or they have the students read short sections. Try using an audiobook instead and pausing in between chapters to discuss what the students think is happening to work on comprehension.
  5. Critical Listening – Speaking of comprehension…Critical listening is essential in all walks of life and audiobooks force students to hear important information and process it properly.
  6. Introduce new vocabulary – We’ve all been there. You’re reading a book and a word comes along that you simply don’t know so you skip passed it. Audiobooks not only help you learn pronunciation of these words, but by using them properly in a sentence students can better understand what these words mean. You’ll also find that students can tackle titles at higher reading levels thanks to audiobooks.
  7. Convenience – One of the reasons many schools don’t offer traditional audiobooks is because they often come with multiple CDs that can be damaged or lost. Digital audiobooks make this a thing of the past. Titles are enjoyed and then automatically returned.”


Posted on: November 24, 2015, 11:07 am Category: Uncategorized

The State Of Hardware For 2015

The State Of Hardware For 2015

View the full report here: State of Hardware 2015 from HAX



Posted on: November 23, 2015, 9:22 am Category: Uncategorized

Google releases 160 pages of search quality guidelines

Google releases 160 pages of search quality guidelines

“The future

Mimi Underwood says that: “The guidelines will continue to evolve as search, and how people use it, changes. We won’t be updating the public document with every change, but we will try to publish big changes to the guidelines periodically.”

Let’s see what the next major instalment looks like.

If you’re remotely interested in how Google works, and where it is heading, then this 160-page guide should make for some interesting bedtime reading. Dig in here.”


Posted on: November 23, 2015, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized

The Observers’ guide to verifying photos and videos on social media networks

The Observers’ guide to verifying photos and videos on social media networks

Another information literacy skill:

“Fake information online, be it on the topic of migrants or war in Syria – or, in fact, pretty much any story that’s in the news, is an increasingly common phenomenon. Social media networks in particular are inundated with photos and videos that are either doctored or taken out of context. But although media outlets can’t always be on the ground to verify every photo that comes their way, there are dozens of tools and techniques to help you cross-check images and avoid falling for the fakes.


For examples follow the link.


Posted on: November 22, 2015, 6:55 am Category: Uncategorized

Loads of Book Display Ideas for Your School or any Library!

Loads of Book Display Ideas for Your School Library! 

“Spice up your library environment with tempting book displays. Students DO judge a book by its cover, so don’t let them judge your library as dreary! Special H/T  to Library Girl Jennifer LaGarde for the terrific infographic.

You can find this post and a HUGE collection of resources for teacher-librarians HERE.

Book Displays to Attract Reluctant Readers– from EBSCO

Fiction Book Display Ideas– Pinterest board

High School Library Book Display Ideas

Library Book Displays– Pinterest board

Library Displays– Pinterest board

School Library Book Display Ideas– Google image search

School Library Displays– Flickr pool of over 700 photos!

School-Library Displays– Pinterest board

Twenty Rules for Better Book Displays-from EBSCO”

– See more at:


Posted on: November 21, 2015, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized

Study: Millennials are ‘leading the streaming revolution’

Study: Millennials are ‘leading the streaming revolution’

“Sorry, cable providers: Cord-cutting is still going strong, especially among millennials.

According to a new survey by Atlanta-based video technology firm Clearleap, streaming services are now considered “mainstream”

The study, exclusively given to Mashable, polled 1,111 U.S. consumers age 18 or older in July 2015.

SEE ALSO: 34% of Millennials Watch More Online Video Than TV

Here are five takeaways from the survey:

1. Millennials are “leading the streaming revolution.”

It’s no secret that 18-to-29-year-olds are less inclined to consume content on their big(ger) screens.

The survey found that 70.32% of respondents in that age demographic use a streaming service, while only 64.41% have a cable subscription. A whopping 84.93% said they have used a streaming service at some point in time.

“Millennials are really really important because they are growing category and driving a lot of the consumption behavior,” David Mowrey, of Clearleap, told Mashable.

2. People still prefer Netflix and Chill over Amazon/Hulu/other streaming services and Chill. (At least for now).

Netflix study findings


Netflix remains the streaming king in the crowded marketplace. In its third quarter earnings call, the Los Gatos-based company reported 69.17 million streaming subscriptions as of Sept. 30.

3. Mobile consumption is growing — but respondents under the age of 30 prefer viewing content on their laptops.

More than half (about 58%) of respondents under the age of 30 said they have watched streaming service content on their laptops, while over a third stream to their smartphones (39.1%). Meanwhile, the majority of users in the 30-to-44-year-old age bracket prefer streaming content on tablets (32.95%) and then laptops (31.79%).

4. You’re not the only one sharing your streaming service password.

Yikes: This stat doesn’t look too good for the streaming services out there. About 78.61% of 18-to-29-year-olds surveyed shared their login credentials with someone else. Nearly a quarter of young people surveyed said they have used a streaming service that does not belong to them.

It’s also common among older subscribers, who often share with family members. About 64% of current streaming service users between the ages of 30 to 44 and and 68.5% of users ages 45-59 have shared their login with someone else.

5. Good content + fair prices = The best way to get subscribers.

streaming service response



pay subscription services



About 43% of those surveyed said they would dish out $10 to $25 per month for their ideal streaming service, a figure that surprised Mowrey and others at Clearleap.

About 24% said content was the most important deciding factor when choosing what service to subscribe to. About 23% of those surveyed said price was the most important.

Other factors — free trial, ease of use, recommendation from a friend and advertising — also played a role in users decision about which services to pick.

“Launching these OTT services is really challenging, but it’s a must have for any content company,” Mowrey said.”


Posted on: November 20, 2015, 6:11 am Category: Uncategorized