Are these in your Google Docs universe?

In a clever post from the Google for Work Official Blog, Looking back at Marie Curie’s radical discovery: How the Mother of Modern Physics might have used Google Apps, "we imagine how Marie Curie’s discovery of radioactivity, which won a Nobel Prize and revolutionized modern cancer treatment, might have played out in a Google Apps universe."  I encourage you to follow the link, and read the post. Most of us are aware of the Google Chrome extensions and add-ons: did you know that ...

Separate the wheat from the chaff

In June I wrote a post for this blog titled Can this be real? about altered images, or misrepresenting images. Today in my ECIS Library Forum discussion thread,  a colleague in Switzerland posted about the explosion of fake academic journals. In the IB world, we are all involved in promoting digital citizenship, responsibility, honesty and integrity: We often use unusual but authentic, hoax, or "joke" websites like the following to teach or learn about "reliability" on the internet: Improbable Research: Feline Reactions to ...

Three-and-a-half Tips Using Google Docs

I want to pass on a few "tips and tricks" I've read recently for using Google docs. The first comes from Jarod Bormann: How to force "make a copy" when sharing a Google doc.  Jarod wrote "Sharing a doc link and asking a group to Make a Copy inevitably would lead to mass confusion. Most would be able to follow File > Make a Copy without any problems. But there are the handful that begin making changes on my original and therefore ...

Referencing Posters and a Google+ Profile

On a recent  ECIS  Moodle Librarians forum (Resources -> Referencing and researching tools) uber- Librarian -- Katie Day (at UWCSEA East, Singapore)  wrote: "Nadine Bailey and I have been creating three sets (MLA, APA, Chicago) of 6 referencing posters (Book, Website, Video, Journal Article, Newspaper, Image) to display in the library and in classrooms. ..Here are the MLA ones: https://plus.google.com/photos/117025025134791483932/albums/6120087177992120897 Here are the APA ones: https://plus.google.com/photos/117025025134791483932/albums/6122679974404608401 (Update: Chicago posters are here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/117025025134791483932/albums/6124093680931163329) There is a Creative Commons label on them, so feel free to use and modify... It is important to note these ...

EasyBib in Google Docs

The other day on LifeHack, I read a post featuring 10 Best Google Drive Add-Ons You Should Be Using (I'm always curious to see who thinks what is "best", and why).  Number 8 in this list was EasyBib.  I've used the Easy Bib web site, but wasn't familiar with the Google Docs Tool version. From the video introduction, you might think that this tool is heaven's answer to creating a bibliography or resource list for a paper.  And it is easy to use, but....as usual with ...

Technology as a Concept

In December 2014, my OSC co-author Barbara Stefanics wrote about the recent IB Pre-Publication document The role of technology in the IB programmes.  Looking at the publication in more detail, I'm struck by the idea of "technology" originally having been devised as a concept  -  timeless, universal and abstract. After presenting several definitions of technology, we read that "in these definitions, “technology” is only noticed when it is new, when it fails, or when it disappears. It is also characterized as “things”.  A ...

Literally a Digital Citizen

"A country without boarders" Talin, Estonia. creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by archer10 (Dennis): http://flickr.com/photos/archer10/4066976166 A story in the Guardian this morning made me laugh, and then think! "On 21 October, Estonia’s parliament unanimously voted to extend national digital e-residency rights to foreigners by the end of the year. With this e-residency programme, the least populous country in Europe, of 1.3 million people, intends to attract around 10 million “digital citizens” by 2025." (Read the entire post at this link.) Up until now, ...

Have you enrolled in a MOOC?

What is a MOOC? This video from Dave Cormier will explain:   [videos file="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3gMGqcZQc" width="450" height="253"] As with so many things, when looking for a good beginning introduction, I come to Wikipedia for a basic definition of  MOOC: "A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC; /muːk/) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the webIn addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a ...

We live in media…using Twitter

Yesterday morning I read a handful of  interesting posts about Twitter, and found the poster shown at the left,  by Tom Woodward. As it all followed on a long Skype conversation with a colleague about Twitter, I felt that all the signs were pointing to  today's blog post focusing on Twitter. Quick catch up, or background info: "Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called "tweets". Registered users can ...

Beyond Bookmarks with Flipboard

In my last post, we explored social bookmarking with Diigo as a way to collect and share Internet resources.  In this post, we're going to take  a step further, and look at "curating" with Flipboard. Curation Let's start with the idea of  curation. “The term curation in the past commonly referred to museum and library professionals. It has since been applied to interaction with social media including compiling digital images, web links and movie files.” (link)  When you curate content, you offer ...