Do you find yourself explaining how to solve a particular equation over and over? Do you need to demonstrate to a class how to use a particular website or database? Screencasting and interactive whiteboard apps on the iPad are good ways to share content and processes with students in a lasting, visual way. Students can also create screencasts to teach others how to accomplish a particular task or explain a concept.
There are several good apps for the iPad:
- Screenchomp, free (App Store)
Basic app that allows you to use photos uploaded to Dropbox in your presentation. Finished videos live at Screenchomp.com. You can share the link.
- Explain Everything, $2.99 (App Store)
EE allows you to create individual slides using voice/annotation/pointers and add images or other items from your Camera Roll or Dropbox. You can share the finished presentation via YouTube or save it onto your iPad to email out.
- Doceri, free (but all photos/docs are watermarked), $4.99 in-app purchase to remove watermarks (App Store)
Doceri has all the features of Explain Everything. Share your screencasts or other projects via email, iTunes, YouTube, or Facebook.
- Educreations, free (App Store)
Educreations is a nice, basic screencast app. You can only save your creations after recording so you have to create your whole presentation at once. You can store your finished screencasts on Educreations.com but you cannot save them locally.
- ShowMe, free (App Store)
This is a basic drawing and recording tool (no text insert). You can upload pictures from iPad or the web. Sharing occurs via Showme.com.
An Oral History
ML3534 .R545 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
With springtime on its way, you can now go for a drive on the open road with the windows down and the music way up. This week’s featured title talks about one type of music that is best experienced at full volume.
Robb knows a thing or two about punk rock because he lived it himself. The brain behind the Membranes, an influential band of the genre, Robb shares his knowledge of the music from the early stages of its roots in the 1950s and 1960s to its explosion in the 1970s. The author goes straight to the source and gets viewpoints from all the big names on what it was like to be a part of the punk scene.
Make a dream catcher and catch those bad dreams before they affect your sleep tonight! NACAA (Native American Cultural Awareness Association) is sponsoring a Native Pride Workshop on Monday, April 8, from 2-4 p.m. in the UC Warhawk Commons Center.
You can get an idea of what a dream catcher looks like (and a little history) from “Dream catchers,” a web page of Native Languages of the Americas, “a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting endangered Native American languages” or Dream-Catchers.org. The latter site also has a page with instructions. “Legend of the Dreamcatcher” (2010, Phoebe’s Unusual Mysteries… Footprints in Time!, p.84) also provides brief information and an illustration.
Journeying via The Secret Door is a bit like slipping down the rabbit hole with Alice at times, especially since the sites you’ll see aren’t always labelled (or may not be labelled in English), but The Secret Door uses Google Maps to offer you glimpses into places near and far, including going underwater at Heron Island (Queensland, Australia/Great Barrier Reef); visiting a classroom in Bunkyo (Tokyo, Japan); staring down Riksveg 890 in Finnmark; attending Calvary Temple Church (Winnipeg, Canada); glimpsing paintings at the Tate Britain (London); admiring the Grand Canyon, and much more.
Wouldn’t you like to visit someplace unexpected today?
Click the lion’s head “door” knocker to visit a new site, and then look around by clicking the arrows or dragging the white shape that appears when you mouse over the image!
Thank you, Anne, for introducing me to this site!
Infographics have become a popular way to share data in an eye-catching manner. While there are many software programs that help users create graphs and basic charts there are very few options that allow those without access to or knowledge of expensive graphic design software to create infographs. Two free websites help users design their own infographs: Piktochart and Infogr.am.
- Piktochart users create infographs using easy data visualization tools and images from a large graphics library. Users also have the ability to upload 10 personal images per infograph. A free account gives users a choice of 6 templates and lets them create a final image file to share in presentations, on websites, or through a URL.
- Infogr.am users have fewer options to customize their infographics using this free tool. Text editing is easier than in Piktochart. Users can share their graphic with an embed code or on Facebook or Twitter.
What LGBT Families Should Know about Navigating Home, School, and Safety in Their Neighborhoods
HQ75.28 .U6 S54 2013
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
Starting last week, many people’s Facebook newsfeed have been filled with a bunch of red equal signs [or some funny variation]. It turns out that Facebook shared that 2.7 million profile pictures were changed to reflect their support for the LGBT community as the Supreme Court takes up California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. This week’s featured title takes a look the family side of individuals affected by the outcomes of these decisions.
Shelton, a therapist based out of Philadelphia, provides a nice primer on the LGBT family. As the author notes in the beginning chapters, the tides have turned and progress has been made for the LGBT community, but there is a counter-attack on them as well. He outlines the issues and challenges that these families face, many of which people may not even consider when thinking about raising children. From evaluating school systems to just going to the park, this book details the ‘need-to-know’ information for the LGBT family.
The Résumé Doctor is in! Drop into Andersen Library between 1 and 4 pm Tues.-Thurs. this week (Apr. 2-4) to have the good doctor give your résumé a check-up!
Andersen Library also has resources about résumés, cover letters, and interviews. Search the Library Catalog for the keyword phrase “resumes employment” and you will get a list of titles that will give you advice on how to write résumés (some titles about cover letters and employment interviews also appear on the list). Some titles may be in print, such as Résumé magic: Trade secrets of a professional résumé writer (3rd-floor Main Collection, HF5383 .W46 2010), while others may be accessible online, such as The quick résumé & cover letter book: Write and use an effective résumé in only one day.
For additional suggestions, please ask a librarian.
For April’s book sale we’ve crammed the books on the carts’ shelves to bring you more wordy goodness than ever before! We’ve books on a number of fascinating topics this time around (don’t we always?) including art, archaeology, history, classics, education, lingustics, communication, politics, music, “around the home,” and miscellaneous. For those of you who haven’t browsed the sale yet, I want you to know that those last two categories contain many unusual books, such as The Very Small Home: Japanese Ideas for Living Well in Limited Space. Whereas, the classics titles include, well, classics such as Bulfinch’s Mythology.
Hope you can make it here to check out the sale, maybe pick up something for April Fool’s Day. Come fall in love with some great books…no fooling!
Have you ever needed to show only a short segment of a YouTube video in a class or a presentation? TubeChop, a free website requiring no registration, makes quick work of selecting a portion of a video and creating a new link to your segment that now has its own dedicated webpage (with a link back to the original video). All you need to get started is the URL of the YouTube video. You can watch the original video on TubeChop and select your starting and ending points on the fly or you can enter in the time stamp of the clip if you already know it. Once you create the clip you can view it at the new URL, embed it on another page, or share it through email, Facebook, and Twitter.