This week I had the opportunity to attend a workshop sponsored by the South Carolina Library Association Information Literacy Round Table. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I came away with lots of great things to try out in my library! Here are a few of my favorite take-aways.
-The main part of the workshop was working with Screencast-O-Matic. I’m not sure I would spend the money to get an account because we already have Adobe Captivate, but it was really cool to see how much you can do with the low-cost yearly subscription version! For point-of-need tutorials, this seems like a perfect tool.
-Steven Bell (you know, former ACRL president – eee!) was the keynote speaker and he had some awesome things to say about EduTech and the proliferation of web applications and technology in the classroom. He advised us to stay on top of things as much as possible (through sites like Merlot Grapevine and Edudemic), but to keep in mind that a lot of these start up companies might not even last. So don’t go crazy trying to know the latest thing unless you’ve done your research and it looks like a technology that’s here to stay.
-Steven also gave us some suggestions for cool Web 2.0 tools in the classroom including Sli.do for in-class polling and Remind101 for teacher-to-student texting (less scary than it sounds). He emphasized that we should always be exploring–there are mystery boxes everywhere!
-In the Pecha Kucha sessions, I learned about lots of cool technologies, but my favorite was PowToon. Here’s an example I made in about 20 minutes.
It’s always nice to see what others in the profession are doing, and it looks like in South Carolina teaching librarians are really active! I was so happy to have the opportunity to share a day of learning with them!