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Technology as Metaphor 

“Technology should be assigned the dubious role of a liberator - it should assist its creator in every endeavor he pleases.” -A.M. Wheel for transportation, paper for writing, electricity for powering, engines for propelling, any intelligent civilization inevitably busies itself with means of existence. Last year saw the first decline in the sale of computers …

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Update on Tech Malfunction in RH306 

As a library staff member who oversees services, I'd like to provide an update and a reflection on a recent technology malfunction in one of our classroom-sized rooms, Russell Hall 306. What's Wrong and When it Will Be Fixed Our Crestron unit which is the brain of all the classroom technology in 306 failed about …

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Library Super Services: Borrow-able Technologies 

This mini series of posts about “super” library services is to highlight some of the interesting, hidden, under-utilized, etc. services of the Gottesman library at TC. There are many unique services and resources here at TC –this list is by no means exhaustive. I’m choosing some of my favorites but if anyone would like to …

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Shelf Reading: A Thing of the Past? 

This semester, I've been celebrating the end of each week with an hours-long Friday morning shelf reading session here at the TC library. For the uninitiated, shelf reading is the tedious process of checking each and every book on the shelf, one by one, to verify that they are in order. It's fairly mind-numbing. So, of …

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5 ways for libraries to utilize the iPad 

If you believe rampant speculation, tomorrow Steve Jobs will announce a new, white, extra thin, USB integrated iPad 2. More importantly, they will probably be cheaper and a little more affordable for libraries. It is a given that iPads could be used in libraries as digital lending devices, but the reach of possibilities extends much …

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The Broadening of Library as a Dedicated Device – Part II. 

The connection between convergence and the future of library is deep – they are both about information sharing at the most fundamental level.   As technologies change and shape the way we share information, libraries must also reflect that change. The Cupertino Library in Santa Clara County is leading the way in rebranding image of library, …

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Five Minute Fixes Anyone Can Do For A Problematic PC 

You don't have to be a geek to fix common problems with your PC. Christopher Null suggests five simple approaches for troubleshooting a balky PC that take five minutes or less in his November 22, 210 article in Computerworld . Simple Fixes for a Problematic PC: 1. Audio Problems 2. Bad Driver 3. Bizarre Error …

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Margaret Bates and Teaching Research Methods with YouTube 

Can research methods be fun to teach? So advocates Dr. Margaret Bates, who cites examples of the benefits of focus groups and social media that allow people to feel safe and open up about themselves and their research topics. Using a Dodge commercial and other short video clips, Bates remarks on the significance of participant …

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Organize your digital life with Evernote 

Recently, I blogged about one of my favorite online services, Instapaper , which is a space for collecting links to things that you'd like to read later. Today, I'd like to share another one of my favorite online services: Evernote, which is an extremely versatile management system for all kinds of files. When you put your …

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Teaching tech-savvy kids 

Title: Teaching tech-savvy kids : bringing digital media into the classroom, grades 5-12 Author: Jessica K. Parker with a foreword by Glynda Hull Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, c2010. Check it out! LB1027 .P27 2010 From the publisher: Students are plugged in, powered up, and connected. Are you? Digital media presents powerful tools for …

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Blocks and beyond : strengthening early math and science skills through spatial learning 

Title: Blocks and beyond : strengthening early math and science skills through spatial learning Author: Mary Jo Pollman Publisher: Baltimore : Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2010. Check it out: QA11.2 .P596 2010 From the Publisher: Spatial development should be part of every young child's education—it's linked with higher achievement not just in math and …

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Learning by Doing 

Background I know Jace Clayton through my wife, who is also a musician. Jace has been DJ-ing for over 20 years. When I interviewed him I thought it was really interesting that DJ-ing, for him, was both a personal and social activity. Jace learned how to DJ through one session with a friend and from …

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Panasonic RP-2692 Foot Pedal 

In this digital world, it's hip to be analog. This series will highlight some technology from the library's vaults--oldies but goodies--still available for use. Today's find is an S-Video Panasonic RP-2692 foot pedal, which is used with a Panasonic RR-830 transcriber device. For those who don't know what I am talking about (I sure didn't until I researched …

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Your New BFF: The Flash Drive 

People my age take advantage of being part of the digital generation. What comes as second nature to us can be completely foreign to others. At TC, the age demographics are wide ranging (not that age alone determines technological literacy), so I frequently feel caught off guard by some of the questions presented to technical …

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Mathematics, Science, and Technology Research Guide 

This virtual handout is intended as an overview of of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST) at Teachers College, with an emphasis on materials of use to those in Professor Felicia Moore Mensah's course MSTC 5001, Qualitative Research Methods in Science Education. The …

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Humanizing the Zeitgeist 

It can be said that Renee Cherow-O’Leary, Founder and President of Education for the 21st Century, began -- to use her expression --by “mining the zeitgeist” or spirit of the age.  With enthusiasm she exhibited a stack of modern magazines, citing examples of  hot articles, among them “Hooked on Gadgets and Paying a Mental …

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Research help from the masses 

Google gets a lot of questions. Just try typing one of the five Ws (and one H) into Google and seeing what auto-completes. I think most of us, like Scotty in San Francisco circa 1986 (see right), wish we could just ask our computers a question and get an answer, no browsing of web pages …

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Adding RSS Feeds to Blackboard 

At this year's Baruch Teaching and Technology conference, I attended a session on how to insert RSS feeds in Blackboard. For those unfamiliar, RSS or Real Simple Syndication is a feed format that can be aggregated with a reader like Google Reader or on a website, like in Blackboard. Once you subsribe to a feed …

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