1: What did I learn?
From the wonderful list of productivity tools to try out, I initially chose Airdrop. I could have used it recently when I was trying to upload videos from my iPad to my blog! (I ended up using Dropbox.) However, I discovered that my iPad was not new enough and the operating system on my Mac was not compatible for using Airdrop.
Next I went to the Google Drive voice typing tool which seemed like it would be helpful for some of my self-contained classroom students and bilingual students. It was so easy to use! I slowly read the blurb off of a book, speaking the punctuation, and it was quite accurate. I even tried speaking a few words in Spanish, and was delighted to see that Google differentiated between Spanish spoken in a variety of countries. I can't wait to try it with my students.
Next I revisited Evernote and Zotero both which I looked into last year. I think they are fantastic tools but require that you consistently invest time using them to gain fluency.
One thing that I knew I wanted help with was quickly citing Creative Commons licensed images. We use them all the time in student projects, but citing them can be a laborious. Zotero to the rescue! This YouTube video (created by a librarian!) shows how quick and easy it is to save the image to Zotero then drag the description into a word processing document where it magically transforms into a citation. To chose the Citation Style, you go to Settings > Preferences > Export. This will be a tremendous time-saver.
I decided to explore Snagit because it's free, works on both Macs and PCs, and integrates seamlessly with Google Classroom. Everything captured with Snagit automatically saves to your Google Drive which makes it a breeze to use in Google Classroom.
i started by reading a blogpost entitled Snagit for Chrome and Google Classroom. Next I downloaded the TechSmith Snagit Extension and watched 2 videos about Assigning Snagit for Chrome Captures in Google Classroom and Assigning Snagit for Chrome Screencasts in Google Classroom.
Finally, I created a Screencast for a project I am doing with my 4th-grade library students using Storybird.com.
As a librarian, I am interested in curation for three purposes:
1. to organize, store and retrieve information that I collect for professional and personal use.
2. to provide a service to my teaching colleagues.
3. to teach my students how to gather, evaluate, store and share information.
So I was eager to read the ALA Library Technology Report on Social Media Curation by Joyce Valenza et. al., chapter 4 (Curation in School Libraries) and chapter 8 (Curation Platforms) in particular.
Some wonderful benefits of curation:
Looking over the platforms listed in the ALA Report, I realized that I had dabbled in many already: Zotero, Flikr, YouTube, Vimeo, Symbaloo, SlideShare, LibGuides, Blogging, Wikis, Twitter, Evernote, Diigo, Google+ and Pinterest!
Because I have barely used Pinterest and a colleague uses it for curating, I chose to pursue Pinterest. First I read 20 Top Pinterest Tips and attached the Pinterest add-on to my browser. I then created a Pinterest board for my 5th-6th Grade Suggested Reading List.
Recently a reading teacher and I were discussing book suggestions for her 5th & 6th Grade Reading Club. I emailed her my suggestions but told her that I was in the process of creating a Pinterest board with the titles. Her eyes lit up! Next time I will be ready! Also, I'm thinking that using the Pinterest board would be a great way to book talk selected titles with book trailers and author interviews embedded along with the book cover images.