An Annotation of Valenza’s “Top 10 Tech Trends”

  1. Social media – I am one of three managers of the library’s Facebook page.  I post informational and event posts, academic or library related “fun” posts, and photos.  I formed and managed a Student Social Media Task Force – a group of the library’s student workers who wanted to create posts for our Facebook page to make it more engaging and relatable.  They did app reviews, “secrets of the stacks” posts of obscure or entertaining book titles, film vs movie posts, and most influential book interviews.  This group no longer exists (how dare these students graduate!) but I would like to revive it if there is student interest.  I have blogged for work purposes as well.  I think it is important for outreach and I wish we could do more with it to foster more community-feel and engagement.
  2. Transparency (Google Classroom and Subtext) – No experience.  Most of my work with students are in one-time (or one-shot) instruction sessions.  I rarely see the end product. It could be something the instructors in my departments would be interested in or it could be of interest to me should I teach a semester long course such as a first year seminar.
  3. Global literacy (Google Hangouts and Skype) – Personally I Facetime and I have Skyped.  Some of the instructors I work with have used Skype in their classroom for guest lecturers.  In a traditional library session there is not much call (or time) for this, however perhaps in an event or workshop for the campus or library staff it could be used.
  4. Crowdfunding – This would be a big no-no.
  5. 1:1 mobile –  I think there are some words missing in this one, I had to keep re-reading it and am not sure if I am 100% getting the point of this one but here goes.  Yes, the tech we use – is getting more and more personalized/individualized and we have to keep up with that in school/academic libraries. We have made one of our classrooms flexible with the possibility of using Apple TV and students being able to wirelessly connect from a mobile device to the classroom’s tv displays.  We could use apps in the classroom if they are already loaded on the students’ personal devices (we don’t have mobile devices to provide them with and we do not have the time in a one-shot library instruction session to help everyone download/register/ troubleshoot a new app).  Most databases we teach them to use have mobile app versions but “insert here” the same problems as far as using them in a classroom setting.  So I am aware of this – it is something to shoot for but we are not there yet.  I have used the web version of Wordle and I actually prefer Cloudart for an app.  I can teach these 1:1 tools in workshops or individual consultations.
  6. App smashing & curation – I participated in an iPad pilot with my colleagues, using the iPad to provide roving research assistance in my academic departments’ study lounges or computer labs when we were in a temporary library facility on a different campus.  We also used these devices to experiment with apps to assist with creating instructional materials and for use in class.  I held workshops with two colleagues on apps for academic research and productivity.  Here is an example of a page I maintain for psychology related apps.  Our new classrooms did not have the ability to work with our iPads until last year and our devices are several models old, so I have gotten a bit out of practice.  I believe that in today’s world app curation needs to be a part of our collection development.  Instructors who attended our workshops indicated a need for us to help them with vetting apps.  I do not know anything about “app smashing,” but it sounds like my toddler would like it?  I will have to follow her link to a related post.
  7. Online communities are the new faculty lounge/the new pro-devel – Yes there is a wealth of blogs, videos, webinars, list-servs, etc. out there in library land.  There are some I try to check regularly.  These help with my professional development in general, they may help with a specific thing I am working on for a class I am teaching, or they may come in handy when I am working on the library’s Staff Development Committee. On occassion I have turned to resources in this community when I do not have the time to create my own video tutorial (for example) but I can find one that fulfills a need.  ACRL communities are important to me as well as any to do with educational technology, embdedded librarianship, information literacy and library instruction.  I will say a frustration with online communities is that you can get lost in all that is available.  I try to find two or three reliable sources and if they all recommend 10 resources but only 4 are on every list I will focus on those 4 in order to deal with the wealth of info available.
  8. Making is the new learning – We do not have a maker space, but it would be nice to have one.  We had hoped to have presentation practice rooms in the new building but that did not happen.  I have seen a demonstration of a 3D printer in an elementary library.
  9. Augmented reality – I know what it is, but do not have much experience with it nor do I see it coming to my library in the near future.  If it comes before I get heat in my office I will protest once I get out from under all of my blankets.
  10. Lifewide learning – Ok so this reads as a little abstract to me.  The new life-long learning… why wasn’t that phrase working?  Whatever we call it – it seems more pedagogical than a tech trend.  ANYWAY, I work with a sociology class over the course of each spring semester.  I teach them information literacy comptencies like how to find reliable stats, news articles, etc. and the ins and outs of Wikipedia editing.  They actually work to improve Wikipedia pages on topics relevant to their class.  This is their final project – much more real-world than a paper that gets turned in only for the professor to see. Something to share with their parents, to put on their resume and it is out there for the world to see and critique.  This means their info lit skills, knowledge of the course content and use of a platform like Wikipedia takes on more meaning/weight. So I believe my work with the Wikipedia Education Program exemplifies teaching with lifewide learning in mind (while using tech).

Citations

Valenza, J. (2014, Dec. 18). “My top 10 tech trends (expanded with infographic.” School Library Journal. (Blog) Retrieved from:  http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2014/12/18/my-top-10-tech-trends-expanded-with-infographic/

Image from:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Evolution_of_computers_2.png

 

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