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Friday Picks: May 4, 2012

Friday Photos : Clouds Obviously this isn’t really going to be a weekly sort of thing. You’d think I could manage that? But I’m barely managing to keep up with the weekly “Friday Photos” group on flickr. So let’s cheat a bit and make that my first pick this week.

  • Friday Photos 2012: Do you like photography. Interested in seeing photos from great folks all over the world? And you know you’ll never be able to keep up with the Photo-a-Day challenges? Then a weekly challenge might be just the ticket. Sarah Barker, a librarian from Wales, started this project. Each week a new topic is given. Post a photo to the group and you’ll have the lovely feeling of having accomplished something. This week was clouds, next week windows. Fun to see lots of creative interpretations.
  • Present.Me: Such a great tool. Upload your slide deck, turn on your webcam and microphone, record. Easy peasy. Voila, you have an embeddable presentation with your slides and your lovely face right next to them. Almost like a live presentation. Camera shy? Just record the audio. Audio shy? You can just upload slides. Free account: (more…)

Friday Picks: April 14, 2012

More odds and ends. Some new, some not.

  • New photo editor for Flickr – With Google having gobble up the Picnik photo editor, Flickr has turned to Aviary for photo-editing features.
  • Digging Into WordPress – New printed edition updated for WP 3.3 now available. I love this book, it’s chock full of WordPress tips and and information. I also love their sales model –  buy the printed book and get all future updated PDF versions for free. Same goes for buying  just the PDF version. (The link is an affiliate link, I wouldn’t have done that if I didn’t really recommend the book though)
  • Learn HTML & CSS – Free, painless AND fun! The amazing Codeacademy hits another one out of the ballpark. And when you finish that, start their Javascript course. I hear there’s a future for people who know how to code??
  • Send to Dropbox  – Not a new tool, but one that I was reminded of this week and find quite handy. Use it to set up an email address so you can email attachments to your Dropbox. I use it in tandem with a WordPress backup plugin that runs once a week and sends the backup file to my Dropbox account.
  • Slideshare and Google+ – better together? I haven’t tried this yet, have you? Sounds like a great idea. Present your slides in realtime and interact with others in your hangout. Mini-webinars?
Whoops – it’s Thursday not Friday!




Friday Picks: March 30, 2012

Some interesting things I’ve run across this week.

Trying to restart my “New & Not So New” posts that I used to do!

‘New Librarianship’ Pinterest Boards –  Contest that was run by the Syracuse iSchool. Contestants created pinterest boards reflecting their vision of the future of librarianship.  Voting has ended, but take some time to view the top 10 finalists. Fascinating stuff!  (via: Tame The Web)

How Librarians Can Successfully Navigate the 7 Cs of Social Media – a quick read with simple tips for success when using social media in your library.  My favorite tip? #4. Conversation: Always remember the “social” in social media. By Joe Walsh, Social Media Manager, Library Connect. (via: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich)

What about me? A picture of my digital life – Connect your twitter and facebook accounts and get a personalized infographic of the types of things you’re doing & saying in those spaces. Richard Byrne (Free Tech for Teachers) (more…)

New & Not So New #7

A few odds and ends. Some new, some not.

  • Teach Parents Tech Not just for your parents! For anyone who needs a refresher on basic computer “stuff”. This fun (and really useful) site includes around 50 video tutorials on topics like: copy & paste, change your background, attach a file to an email,  browse the web with tabs and so much more. All those things that your family and your library patrons often ask for help with! Brought to you by the folks at Google.
  • The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators – Looking for some new tools for use in your classroom? Or looking for ways to use tools you already love? Give this free ebook a read. Covers tool for elementary, middle & high school, social media tools for (more…)

New & Not So New #6

Air Dropper I think I’m in love with this one. It works with DropBox to help others share files with you.  If you’re already using DropBox to store important files online,  you know how easy it is to post a file there and use a public URL to share a file with others. But what happens when YOU need a file from someone else and they’re not using DropBox or any other similar tool? Air Dropper to the rescue. You use it to send an email requesting a file. The email contains a secure link to a page where the owner of the file can upload it quickly and easily. No muss, no fuss. So simple and elegant.

via twitter: @rmbyrne

Interesting Ways Looking for some great uses for iPads in the classroom? Or how educators are using Google Earth, Prezi, QR Codes, audio, Voicethread? And more! In this series of presentations that started in 2008 (I think), Tom Barrett has crowd-sourced ideas from the educators around the world. Contributors create slides with their own ideas in the shared Google Docs presentations.  Take a gander, get some great ideas and share your own ideas!

Browserling provides an easy and free way to preview web sites in a variety of browsers. Not just a screen shot of what it will look like, but an opportunity to take your site for a real test-drive in different browsers/versions. Browserling runs all the browsers within your own browser window. If you sign up for a free account, you’ll have 5 minutes to explore before it times out. (Right now it’s very overloaded from all the publicity it’s been getting.)

via twitter: @acmorton

New & Not So New Stuff: # 5

Edistorm –  A terrific brainstorming tool. Place notes on the virtual wall, others can join in and add their thoughts. Notes can be grouped together, colors changed to help visually sort ideas. Participants can vote on ideas and top ideas can be easily pulled together. Edistorm also suggests more keywords based on what you’ve added to the screen. Free & paid plans.  (via: gwynethjones)

What happens when you join your own sesssion! 🙂 – Very handy way to share your computer screen with someone else. Do you call a friend when you need help with something on your computer? Now share your screen with them at the same time.  This free and very easy to use tool lets you show your screen while you talk to them. They can’t actually take control of your desktop, but they could talk you through a problem. Or use it to get advice on something you’re working on. (more…)