The Last Overhead Projector

Reading that the University of Colorado Boulder was eliminating the last of its overhead projectors got me thinking about the last time I used one and whether learning is about the technology – however outdated it may be – or the way instructors apply it in the classroom. Continue reading The Last Overhead Projector

Are We Becoming Information Literacy Designers?

The title alone gives a big clue that the future of information literacy is inexorably connected to how we as librarians design and integrate our instructional efforts into our curriculum, programs, and instructional sessions/workshops. Check out this interview with Carrie Donovan to learn more about why design matters. Continue reading Are We Becoming Information Literacy Designers?

Get Ready For the Tablet Learners

Tomorrow I expect we will see many more students with tablets and readers. That, I believe, will be driven by BYOD initiatives in K-12 where tablets and readers – and even inexpensive chromebooks – are increasingly deployed for mass distribution of personal computing technology. What does this mean for academic librarians? Continue reading Get Ready For the Tablet Learners

Blaming EdTech for Failures It Can’t Solve

What’s your reaction when you read a new article that questions whether educational technology really has any value for learning? Here’s how I reacted to a essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education that claimed that technology was never going to fix what’s wrong with education. Continue reading Blaming EdTech for Failures It Can’t Solve

Teachers and Students Rate EdTech Products

It never hurts to know more about the types of technology tools and products that are familiar to our user communities. Not only can it inform us about resources that could be potentially helpful to us in our work as blended librarians, but it tells us a bit about our users’ preferences for educational technology or other web-based productivity tools. Continue reading Teachers and Students Rate EdTech Products

Hovious Shares Perspective on Future Librarianship at Spring BL Webcast

On Thursday April 10, 2014 over 200 attendees joined together for a thoughtful and educational webcast on The Future of Librarianship: A Blended Perspective by Amanda Hovious. Hovious shared how she moved from a career in librarianship to her active pursuit of a masters degree in instructional design and technology. One of her sources of inspiration for deciding to shift the direction of her career was Bell and Shank’s 2004 article on Blended Librarianship. (Click the title above to see the entire description and access the recording.)
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