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On Jumping into the Twitterverse (or, Why this explanation deserves more than 140 characters)

More than five years ago I had to create an account in something that most people had never heard of – Twitter. It was for a tech class I was taking, led by library tech guru Linda Braun, @lbraun2000. I did my requisite one Tweet, then left my account to gather dust. At the time

Have mobile device, will travel

On a recent vacation, I began noticing (and pondering), all the ways that our mobile devices have affected how we function (or don’t), when we’re on the go. ¬†First off, since airlines now offer digital boarding passes on smartphones, airline workers are trained to take phones, as well as paper boarding passes, as passengers board

Love Wordle? Try Tagxedo!

Making colorful tag clouds with Wordle can be so much fun (, but would you like to shape that tag cloud for a little more creativity?  If so, try to put your favorite speech, poem, vocabulary list, or any other group of words into a unique shape.


Google Bloom’s Taxonomy

Are you looking for ways to help your library users increase their digital literacy skills?  Check out Kathy Schrock's visual organizer of Google applications and how they interface with Bloom's Taxonomy

My new favorite tool

Recently, I've been finding out how to use Prezi - teaching it to students in various classes, using at SWILA last week, and also at ILA.  I like this interactive whiteboard for the flexibility to embed images, video, audio, as well as text.  I like to watch audience members' eyes as they see the whiteboard flying around, zooming