Thursday, January 30, 2014

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic

Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly
every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her
job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for
all involved.

Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the
market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their
scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for
education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most
useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some
that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be
part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own
personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.

Social Learning

These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect.

  1. Edmodo: Teachers
    and students can take advantage of this great tech tool, as it offers a
    Facebook-like environment where classes can connect online.
  2. Grockit: Get your students connected with each other in study sessions that take place on this great social site.
  3. EduBlogs: EduBlogs offers a safe and secure place to set up blogs for yourself or your classroom.
  4. Skype: Skype
    can be a great tool for keeping in touch with other educators or even
    attending meetings online. Even cooler, it can help teachers to connect
    with other classrooms, even those in other countries.
  5. Wikispaces: Share
    lessons, media, and other materials online with your students, or let
    them collaborate to build their own educational wiki on Wikispaces.
  6. Pinterest: You
    can pin just about any image you find interesting on this site, but many
    teachers are using it as a place to collect great lesson plans,
    projects, and inspirational materials.
  7. Schoology: Through this social site, teachers can manage lessons, engage students, share content, and connect with other educators.
  8. Quora: While
    Quora is used for a wide range of purposes, it can be a great tool for
    educators. It can be used to connect with other professionals or to
    engage students in discussion after class.
  9. Ning: Ning allows anyone to create a personalized social network, which can be great for both teachers and students alike.
  10. OpenStudy:Encourage your students to work together to learn class material by using a social study site like OpenStudy.
  11. ePals: One of
    the coolest benefits of the Web is being able to connect with anyone,
    anywhere. ePals does just that, but focuses on students, helping them to
    learn languages and understand cultures different from their own. Read more...
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Join the “Art + Feminism” Wikipedia Edit-a-thon @ Eyebeam, Saturday February 1st, 2014 noon-6PM

Join the “Art + Feminism” Wikipedia Edit-a-thon @ Eyebeam, aimed at collaboratively expanding Wikipedia articles covering Art and Feminism, and the biographies of women artists organized by Eyebeam Fellows, members of ARLIS, faculty of CUNY College of Staten Island, members of the Wikimedia NYC Chapter, and METRO’s own Wikipedian-in-Residence.

The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary; as needed throughout the event, tutoring will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers.

Location: Eyebeam Art and Technology Center (540 West 21st Street)

Time: Saturday February 1, noon – 6pm

Tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and light refreshments will be provided.

Please bring a laptop or plan to share with someone as Eyebeam has no more than a few computers to lend out. For the editing-averse, we invite you to stop by to show your support and learn more about Wikipedia.

Eyebeam is happy to be providing childcare; please contact us at to let us know the age and number of children requiring supervision.

There are also regional events that day in Brooklyn, Westchester County, and the Hudson Valley, as well as over 22 satellite locations worldwide.
For more information on METRO’s related Wikipedia events and projects see the METRO GLAM-Wiki page (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums-Wikipedia).

All the Best,
Dorothy Howard

Dorothy Howard, Open Data Fellow
Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
212.228.2320 x127
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Contributing to Wikipedia Articles on Music: An Interview with Bob Kosovsky of NYPL's LPA - 01-27... METRO

Members in the news: Bob Kosovsky

METRO’s Wikipedian-in-Residence Dorothy Howard talks with Bob
Kosovsky about editing articles on music and music manuscripts on
Wikipedia. The NYPL Library of the Performing Arts, Music Division has
held three Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons, hosting its first in 2011 titled
“Wikipedia! The Musical!”

DH: Tell us a little about your experience with Wikipedia. When did you first get started editing?

BK: I first registered for Wikipedia in July 2006 because I kept
hearing about it in the news and though it was another Web 2.0 technique
that I should learn. That summer, I was working with a lot of sheet
music from musicals. One of the difficulties I encountered was capturing
information about the lesser-known musicals especially those from the
turn of the 20th century, and having that information handy. Although I
found some entries in reference books, I kept thinking that it would be
helpful if I created my own reference tool, a collection of
bibliographic information. As I began to collect this information, I
thought "Why not add it to Wikipedia?" So I began my editing career by
working on articles devoted to turn-of-the-century musicals and the
people involved with them.

What topics do you edit most as an employee of the New
York Public Library at the New York Public Library for the Performing

a trained musician who is interested in the performing arts, I edit
articles primarily dealing with the performing arts, especially on
music. One pet project of mine is creating articles on some of our
intellectually valuable music manuscripts. For decades we have kept a
file of published journal articles on these manuscripts. Those articles
have been essential in creating Wikipedia entries.

Beyond that pet project, I don't have a systematic plan and edit
whatever strikes my fancy within the sphere of my subject specialty. I
try to edit things that I regard as being helpful to others that come to
my attention as a result of work, through reference questions, or
through dialogues on music-related email lists that I follow. I once had
an email reference question where the patron asked who was the
"Broadway Rose" mentioned in Betty Comden's and Adolph Green's lyrics to
the song "Conga" from Leonard Bernstein's musical "Wonderful Town."
That made me create an article on Broadway Rose. Some time ago a
European music librarian lamented that Wikipedia did not have a detailed
list of composer catalogs (necessary tools in field of music
scholarship). So I took it upon myself to add bibliographic information
to the article "Catalogues of classical compositions."
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Court Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Mandate

In a ruling that could have serious implications for the way Internet access is regulated in the United States, the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this morning that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not have the authority to impose so-called ‘net neutrality’ rules on Internet service providers (ISPs).

This morning’s ruling finds that the FCC overstepped its bounds as a regulator in putting those rules in place. If the ruling stands, it would open the door for ISPs to work with content providers to provide faster access to their content, creating what some worry could become a two-tier Internet, with large providers who can afford to pay for preferential treatment forming a top tier while other online resources make do with leftover bandwidth. Read more...
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Chicago Public Library’s New Website Goes Amazon - American Libraries Magazine

Chicago Public Library's new website
The new Chicago Public Library (CPL) website will feel more like than the current website, allowing patrons to create book lists, write reviews, and share content with friends.

The library has contracted with the Toronto-based tech company BiblioCommons to develop and run the website. The BiblioCommons platform allows patrons not only to have a more interactive experience with other CPL users by way of comments and reviews, but also with the patrons of other library systems that also use BiblioCommons, such as in New York, Boston, and Seattle. The project is funded for the next three years by the Chicago Public Library Foundation, according to CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon. Read more...
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Origins Of Popular Jewish Surnames - Business Insider

jewish surname map
Richard Andree's 1881 map of the Jews of Central Europe.

Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names. Some German-speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last names until compelled to do so. The process began in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1787 and ended in Czarist Russia in 1844.

In attempting to build modern nation-states, the authorities insisted that Jews take last names so that they could be taxed, drafted, and educated (in that order of importance). For centuries, Jewish communal leaders were responsible for collecting taxes from the Jewish population on behalf of the government, and in some cases were responsible for filling draft quotas. Education was traditionally an internal Jewish affair.
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Librarians Take On New Roles in the Digital Age (INFOGRAPHIC) | Frankie Rendón

There is no doubt that technology has had a lasting impact on libraries. Once thought to be going the way of traditional bookstores, libraries have rebounded and are thriving in a technology fueled world. With the help of innovation, re-imagination and vision, libraries are embracing new technologies while creating dynamic community centers filled with life. They are no longer a house of dusty books and card files; they are centers of creativity, research and collaboration...and they are free.

Technology has changed the expectations of library patrons; people today expect to be able to find and access information from wherever they are. This is why so many public library systems across the country have increased both computers for use inside the library as well as mobile/online access to e-books, audio books, research databases and archives. In 2010, nearly 300 million Americans used library services including onsite computers, onsite wi-fi, to check out books, to attend workshops, and to consult with reference librarians.

But has this digital revolution made the librarian a fixture of the past? The infographic below from USC's Online Library Science Degree explores the unique role librarians play in digital information management. Read more....
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Find Unadvertised Job Openings with a Clever Google Search

Find Unadvertised Job Openings with a Clever Google Search
Most job openings at most companies go unadvertised—that is, they're posted on their site, but they're not farmed out to recruiters or posted on massive job boards. That also makes them harder to find. 

Thankfully, Google can do the job for you. Use these search strings to uncover matching gigs.
The market for new jobs is so competitive that most companies don't see a need to spend a ton of money hiring third-party recruiting firms or posting their jobs to the top of big job boards just to get candidates to apply. Between internal referral programs and word-of-mouth, posting a job to the company's "Careers" page is usually enough. To uncover those unadvertised openings, all you need is a little Google-fu. The folks at the Glassdoor Blog explain that all you need to do is cast your net over the major employee applicant tracking systems that companies use to post and manage responses to their job postings:

Do you know what an applicant tracking system is? Wikipedia defines it as “a software application that enables the electronic handling of recruitment needs.” As a jobseeker, you refer to it as the electronic blackhole that eats up resumes. Specifically, it’s the system you interact with when you apply for a job on a company careers website. One of the more popular applicant tracking systems is produced by a company called “Taleo.”

With a little help from Google, you will be able to search company websites that are using the Taleo system. In this way, you will be able to find jobs that are not posted on (insert leading job board name here) and have an edge on your competition. Let me show you how.
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