jPdf Tweak - Swiss Army Knife for PDF files Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google If you were airdropped, blindfolded, into a strange town and given nothing but a bus ticket, to where would you ride that bus? You might be surprised to learn that there’s only one good answer, and that’s the public library. The library is the public living room, and if ever you are stripped of everything private—money, friends and orientation—you can go there and become a human again. Of course, you don’t have to be homeless to use a library, but that’s the point. The library’s value isn’t lost on us. John Palfrey, in his new book BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, gives some truly bummer statistics on what’s happening to this beloved institution. Of necessity, he cites these tough economic times as a reason for this “punishment.” “Nostalgia is too thin a reed for librarians to cling to in a time of such transition,” Palfrey writes. At times, Palfrey’s voice has too much Mr. Really, the scarcity is ideological.
11 Google Tricks That'll Change the Way You Search - Motto Google Search’s learning curve is an odd one. You use it every day, but still all you know is how to search. But the search engine has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Here’s an overview of some of the most useful Google search tricks, from basic tips to new features just recently released. 1. Subscribe to the Motto newsletter for advice worth sharing. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. TIME.com: 10 Tech Resolutions to Consider in the New Year 12. 13.
77 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications For several years now, Datamation has compiled an annual list of open source software projects that can replace very expensive software. In years past, the prices for the proprietary software generally climbed from year to year, but this year, we noticed a major change. Much of the software that has a reputation for being very expensive has switched to a software as a service (SaaS) pricing model, which looks less expensive because it's based on a monthly subscription rather than a flat fee. These lower prices are good news for application users. If you're considering purchasing software with a particularly high price tag, you may want to compare it to one of the open source alternatives on our list before purchasing. As always, if you'd like to add an open source application that you think should have been on our list, please make a note in the comments section below. For more, check out our ultimate open source software list. Accounting 1. 2. 3. Audio Recording/Editing 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Guided Inquiry Design – Carol Kuhlthau Authors: Carol C. Kuhlthau, Leslie K. Maniotes, Ann K. Caspari > About the Authors Download the Presentation: Guided Inquiry Design Framework Guided Inquiry professional development, training workshops, residential institutes and book clubs, contact Dr Leslie Maniotes – email@example.com Guided Inquiry is an innovative team approach to teaching and learning where teachers and school librarians, with other experts and specialists, join together to design and implement inquiry learning. Research Foundation of Guided Inquiry Design For many years I have been conducting research on the process of learning from a variety of sources of information (Kuhlthau 1985, 2004, 2005). In these studies I investigated students’ thoughts, feelings and actions while they were involved in extensive research projects. Six Stages in the Information Search Process (ISP) These studies showed that students’ thoughts are charged with emotions that influence the actions they take. Selection: Selecting a Topic
How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC] Among certain circles (my family, some of my coworkers, etc.) I'm known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one. That search process also included determining when to rely on Google and when to utilize scholarly databases, but on a fundamental level, it appears that many people just don't understand how to best find the information they seek using Google. Thanks to the folks at HackCollege, a number of my "secrets" are out. Infographic via HackCollege Image courtesy of iStockphoto, LICreate
21 Awesome (But Lesser-Known) Open-Source Applications for Windows | TipsFor.us Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock in Madagascar for the last few years, you undoubtedly already know about the All-Star open-source applications for Windows. I’m talking about applications such as Firefox, Thunderbird, GIMP, OpenOffice, and VLC. However, there are hundreds of lesser-known but highly-useful open-source applications available for Windows. A few of my favorites are below. These applications range from moderately popular to downright obscure, but all of them are open-source and FREE. All of them are worth the install time if you have never tried them. Here they are, in random order: 1. ZScreen is an open-source screen capture program that quietly resides in your system tray until needed. If you frequently take screenshots, ZScreen is light years faster than pressing Print Scrn and pasting into MS Paint. 2. PDFCreator allows you to create PDFs from any program that can print. 3. I use KeePass to manage hundreds of usernames and passwords. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
How Teens Benefit From Reading About the Struggles of Scientists What kind of people can become scientists? When a group of researchers posed that question to ninth- and 10th-graders, almost every student gave empowering responses, such as “People who work hard” or “Anyone who seems interested in the field of science.” But despite these generalized beliefs, many of these same students struggled to imagine themselves as scientists, citing concerns such as “I’m not good at science” and “Even if I work hard, I will not do well.” It’s understandable that students might find imagining themselves as scientists a stretch — great achievements in science get far more attention than the failed experiments, so it’s easy to see a scientist’s work as stemming from an innate talent. Additionally, several science fields have a long way to go to be more inclusive of women and underrepresented minorities. During the study, the students read one of three types of stories about Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Michael Faraday: Struggles in the Science Classroom
How to search on Google - Search Help Learn a few tips and tricks to help you easily find information on Google. Tip 1: Start with the basics No matter what you're looking for, start with a simple search like where's the closest airport?. You can always add a few descriptive words if necessary. If you're looking for a place or product in a specific location, add the location. For example, bakery seattle. Tip 2: Search using your voice Tired of typing? . Tip 3: Choose words carefully When you're deciding what words to put in the search box, try to choose words that are likely to appear on the site you're looking for. Tip 4: Don’t worry about the little things Spelling. Tip 5: Find quick answers For many searches, Google will do the work for you and show an answer to your question in the search results. Weather: Search weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name, like weather seattle, to find weather for a certain place. Expert Search tips Want more tips and tricks to help you search like a pro?
FREE Software Round-Up 2016 | Nycgraphix Image Editing Pixlr – Fully functional alternative to Adobe Photoshop. (Web, Windows, Mac)GIMP – Another Photoshop alternative. (Linux, Mac)Paint.net – GIMP for Windows (Windows)Seashore – Basic image editing with layers, textures, gradients and more. (Mac)ImageOptim – Image utility that compresses your images for the web (Mac)RIOT – Batch image compression for Windows (Windows)InkScape – Professional vector graphics editor, replaces Adobe Illustrator (Windows, Mac, Linux)Pinta – Another great Illustrator alternative. (Windows, Mac, Linux)Canva – Makes design ridiculously easy with templates for infographics, banners, newsletters, and more. Photography Polarr – Great alternative for Adobe Lightroom. Video Playback & Entertainment VLC – The video editor everyone loves. Editing OpenShot – Fully featured video editor, alternative to Final Cut Pro/Premiere Pro. Productivity Tools Wunderlist – The best task-management app ever, period. Office Software Messaging Slack – Say goodbye to email. Music
Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian moodboard/Thinkstock Attention, educators: training high school students early in digital research, partnering them with a school librarian, and providing time to practice skills can instill a high level of confidence during college. This triple play of digital literacy education was affirmed by preliminary observations of a study underway by EBSCO Information Services, an online database provider. “The seeds for researching and training for informational literacy are planted in grade nine,” says Kate Lawrence, EBSCO’s senior director of user research, who is running the study. Lawrence and her team have run 22 user sessions, interviewing high school, college, and graduate students from the San Francisco Bay Area to Massachusetts, where EBSCO is based, to get a full sense of the literacy training college students receive. The results of this three-way training are “powerful,” says Lawrence. “You don’t learn how to run the day of a race. “Google is their oxygen,” she says.
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