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Free MOOC: Learning to Learn Online

Free MOOC: Learning to Learn Online

https://information-literacy.blogspot.com/2020/08/free-mooc-learning-to-learn-online.html
“A interesting MOOC, aimed at students Learning to Learn Online is free and open to all. It runs for 5 weeks August 10 to September 13 2020, and you need to register before the 13th (I think you still have access to the content after that). The course is offered by Canadian organisations Athabasca University (which has great experience in distance learning) and Contact North/Contact Nord. “It is intended for students who are learning online for the first time or want to improve their approach to online learning. LTLO is also open to teachers or educational professionals who want to support their students in learning online.” I do think it is useful to teachers in reminding you about things learners need to understand and learn in order to be effective online learners (I haven’t followed it all, but I dipped into the content for the 5 weeks, which is already there). The modules within it are:
Module 1 – What is learning? What kind of a learner are you?
Module 2 – What can I expect in the online learning environment?
Module 3 – Becoming an online learner
Module 4 – What do successful online learners do?
Module 5 – Putting it all together: Your personal strategy for success in online learning
Register at http://contactnorth.ltlo.ca/. It works better in Chrome than in Firefox. They say “Workload 5 hours per week” and “If you pass all five quizzes, you will qualify for a Certificate of Completion; there is no charge for certificates.”

Posted on: August 13, 2020, 3:28 pm Category: Uncategorized

Seven Zoom Tutorials to Watch Before School Starts

Seven Zoom Tutorials to Watch Before School Starts

https://www.freetech4teachers.com/2020/08/seven-zoom-tutorials-to-watch-before.html

 

Posted on: August 13, 2020, 11:28 am Category: Uncategorized

HOW WILL PUBLIC LIBRARIES ADAPT TO NEW SCHOOL YEAR NORMS?

HOW WILL PUBLIC LIBRARIES ADAPT TO NEW SCHOOL YEAR NORMS?

How Will Public Libraries Adapt To New School Year Norms?

Posted on: August 13, 2020, 11:25 am Category: Uncategorized

Can Old Buildings Be Turned Into Libraries? A Sneak Peek Into an Upcoming Open Access Book by IFLA’s Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB)

Can Old Buildings Be Turned Into Libraries? A Sneak Peek Into an Upcoming Open Access Book by IFLA’s Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB)

“From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA):

The book titled “New Libraries in Old Buildings: The Creative Reuse of Disused Structures” and edited by Petra Hauke, Karen Latimer and Robert Niess, will be published in 2020. Stay tuned!

Sustainability and environmental awareness are key issues globally, with the library world committed to playing its part in protecting the planet. Implementing sustainable strategies is now well established in many libraries.

The new book will be published in open access by De Gruyter and is made possible through the collaboration between ENSULIB and IFLA’s Library Buildings and Equipment Section (LBES). It takes sustainability one step further and shows how sensitively transforming existing historic buildings into exciting, functional and beautiful libraries is both a challenge and a highly fulfilling undertaking.

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A wide range of creative adaptations are discussed including barns, a courtyard, churches, factories, fire stations, a grocery store, a hospital, locomotive halls, a post office, a cattle market and a slaughterhouse.

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Posted on: August 13, 2020, 11:13 am Category: Uncategorized

Webinars on Demand: Sign up for these Webinars on Demand from the EveryLibrary Institute and get the training you need to build support for your library today!

Webinars on Demand

“Sign up for these Webinars on Demand from the EveryLibrary Institute and get the training you need to build support for your library today!  We’re excited to offer you the opportunity to attend our pre-recorded webinars at a time that is most convenient for you. That’s because you will get instant access to these great webinars by signing up for them here.Webinars on Demand Sign up for these Webinars on Demand from the EveryLibrary Institute and get the training you need to build support for your library today!

https://www.everylibraryinstitute.org/webinars_on_demand

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These webinars come from a wide range of sources and re available to you at any time to help you learn basic strategies, concepts and ideas. These webinars are also often free thanks to a sponsoring organization.

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Digital Advocacy and Marketing Tactics for Any Libary

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Reaching Across the Aisle for Library Funding Success

Polling 101: Understanding Your Community Through Public Opinion Polling

Help Them Fund Your School Library

The Fundable Strategic Plan

How to Combat COVID-19 Related Misinformation

Staying Relevant: Managing Library Nonprofit 501c3 Organizations During the Coronavirus Crisis

Open at Home: School Librarians as Instructional Leaders

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Open for the Future: School Librarians as Planners and Preppers

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Practical Tips Around Privacy for Librarians

Assessing Virtual Programs With Nick Tanzi

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Posted on: August 13, 2020, 11:06 am Category: Uncategorized

The pros and cons of using an iPad for school

Back to school shopping when your one desktop isn’t enough for so many of your home and family are working or learning from home.

The pros and cons of using an iPad for school

https://www.businessinsider.com/ipad-school-work-setup-guide

    • “The unique challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic have led to a record amount of students participating in digital learning.
    • While laptops have been a back-to-school must-have for years, tablets, like Apple’s iPad and Microsoft’s Surface, are better equipped than ever to handle work in the classroom.
    • Below, we’ve put together some tips on how to turn your iPad into a workstation for school or whatever work task you might need to accomplish.
  • For more tablet recommendations, check out our guides to the best tablets and the best iPads. As the coronavirus pandemic forces America’s schools to embrace the digital classroom, students and teachers alike are looking for new ways to incorporate their personal tech into their workflow.

Laptops have long been a must-have back-to-school item for college students leaving home for the first time, but tablets, like Apple’s iPad or Microsoft’s Surface, can also serve as an essential classroom tool.

With expanded support for mouse and keyboard devices, the iPad has become increasingly effective as a portable workstation, and the gap is closing between apps built for macOS and what’s available in the App Store.

Laptops and netbooks are still superior in terms of multitasking and the overall utility they provide as work tools, but the iPad offers unique flexibility with its top-notch display, easy to use software, two quality webcams, and access to Apple’s highly touted app ecosystem.Apple’s cheapest MacBook starts at $999, while the cheapest iPad is $329. Using your iPad for class offers a more affordable way to work within Apple’s app ecosystem, a benefit that Android tablets can’t match at the moment.

Android tablets include features for setting up a workstation, but it’s probably better to opt for a Chromebook than an Android tablet for school. Chromebooks are compatible with many of the same Android apps and offer more consistent working value than a tablet, with prices starting below $200.

Whether you’re looking to give your iPad to a child for school, or just don’t want to buy and manage another device alongside your tablet, it doesn’t take much to turn your iPad into a quality workstation.

Pros:

  • More portable and accessible than a netbook, laptop, or Chromebook
  • Long battery life
  • 4G LTE option for mobile internet connection
  • Easy to install apps can streamline your workflow and work is easily shared with macOS computers

Cons:

  • Incompatible with some common USB devices
  • Multitasking with different apps is more difficult than using a computer
  • Support for external displays is less than ideal
  • Cost for extra internal storage space drives price higher than a laptop and can’t be increased after purchase

The standard iPad is best for school and education

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend buying a new iPad in place of a laptop, netbook, or Chromebook for school, simply based on the price of Apple’s tablets compared to a basic computer

That said, the cheapest iPad ($329) offers lots of value and is already commonly used in schools thanks to its fast processing, easy to use software, and built-in webcams. The iPad Air offers a slightly larger screen and slimmer form factor but none of the Air’s features warrant paying $170 more if you plan on using your iPad primarily for work.

The iPad Pro’s USB-C connector and Magic Keyboard support are appealing features for a work setup, but once you start spending on peripherals the final cost is nearly the same as Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro ($1,299) despite the iPad being significantly less powerful.”

 

 

 

Posted on: August 13, 2020, 10:45 am Category: Uncategorized

Baby Boomers Are Experiencing Greater Cognitive Decline Than Previous Generations, Study Finds

Baby Boomers Are Experiencing Greater Cognitive Decline Than Previous Generations, Study Finds

Posted on: August 13, 2020, 6:58 am Category: Uncategorized