1:1 iPad Technology Institute

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Image by Sean MacEntee some rights reserved

Minnetonka High School has fully integrated all 9th and 10th grade students with iPads. By expanding this initiative to include students in grades 8 and 11, it will bring their total number of 1:1 participants to more than 3,100 students.

Is your school thinking about developing a 1:1 initiative? Consider attending the 1:1 iPad Technology Institute on Friday, June 28th from 8:00-3:00 pm hosted by the Minnetonka Institute for Leadership.  By attending this institute you will gain an inside look at how-to approach the 1:1 process on everything from planning, budgets, communications, training, etc.  The presenters will include district staff and teachers. And, lets not forget about the students (end-users) who will have opportunities to share their experiences throughout the day.

If you register for this institute before Friday, May 31st the cost  is $139. Click here to register or learn more about this opportunity.

Presentations for Librarians!

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Open Education Database (OEDb) posted a list of what they deemed as 10 Stellar Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2013. These presentations have been created by and for Librarians/Media Specialists in the field. Consider using the link below as an additional resource when developing your next presentation. The content may add a new dimension to your talking points. Use the existing layout as a way to organization your materials or as a possible template when developing slides.

Visually, I like The Future of Libraries: Uncertainty & Imagination Evolving Libraries Through Technology by Daniel W. Rasmus. Click here to link to the full article and all 10 presentations.

EBook Formats to Consider!

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As eBooks (or e-books)  have been growing in popularity over the last several years so has the various formats available on the market. According to TechTerms, an eBook is defined as an electronic book or digital publication that can be read on a computer, e-reader, or other electronic device (“eBooks”).

Format Properties: All major formats support text, images, chapters and page markers. In addition, some may support user annotations, including highlighted text, drawings and notes.

  • Open Format: Can be read on multiple devices.
  • Proprietary Format:  Only view-able on a specific device.
    • Digital Rights Management (DRM):  A collection of systems used to protect the copyrights of electronic media. Commercially available publications often include some kind of  DMR to prevent the content from being viewed on unauthorized devices.

Libraries that strive to meet patron-driven demands for eBooks are working to increase access by building their collections. What are the most prevalent formats on the market? This Spring, Edudemic (2013) identified their top picks for you to consider. Read the full article, The 6 Most Popular eBook Formats To Know About.

Hidden Spaces!

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Image by Jester100 some rights reserved

There is something alluring about hidden spaces. I am not sure if it is the mystery, sense of adventure, possible mischief or merely the idea of sneaking away somewhere-known only to a select few. For some, this adventure begins and/or ends with a book.  Buzzfeed (April 2013) posted 31 Beautiful Hidden Rooms and Secret Passages, using books as the main attraction/distraction.

Just for Fun: This week take a peek between (or behind) the stacks-to find something unexpected.

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