A book shelfie!

This interactive book shelfie was created by smashing some iPad apps. Here’s how:

1. Take a selfie with a book using the camera app. Consider hiding your face if you will share the image publicly.

2. Import the photo into an Explain Everything slide, then edit the image and add text.

3. Save and export the final slide to the camera roll.

4. Using the ThingLink app, select the slide from the camera roll and add tags.

5. Grab the link or the embed code and share your interactive book shelfie!

Now it’s your turn. What book do you recommend?

Infographics & Learning

The process of creating infographics provides a perfect opportunity for  thinking critically about the subject of your exploration.

Silvia Tolisano provides some great opportunities to examine the process of creating them, and makes several convincing arguments as to why they are such powerful learning tools.

Also check out this post from Ms. Young focusing specifically on ways to create infographics on your iPad!


Happy Medium: Print or Electronic?

In the world of Library Science, we are in the midst of a raging debate about how much to rely upon print vs. digital resources, how much we should be analogue centered vs. tech reliant.

Molly Shields’ article, “Picking Up Technology without Putting Down Books,” argues that an either/or answer to those questions will invariably be incomplete.  She suggests a more fluid analysis to determine which medium to choose.  And suggests we ask these four questions when making our decision:

The Four Considerations of Multimodal Learning

  1. Are we becoming increasingly dependent on media structures without considering future learning environments?
  2. Is our pedagogy at the mercy of countless failures (server crashes, weak network connections, dead links)?
  3. Or are we stuck chasing our own tails, exacerbated by the pace to keep up with the media we use?
  4. Is our focus slowly shifting to the medium used instead of the content delivered?

How do YOU decide when to be in print and when to be digital?  Perhaps these questions will help you frame your answers.


ThingLink is a website and a free app for your iPad that allows you to create interactive images.  Small icons on the image will open websites, YouTube videos, pictures, text, 30 second videos you make yourself, etc.  Here’s one that’s a kind of mini BOOK TALK”

The images can be created and/or viewed on iPads or on laptops interchangeably.
Teachers have used them as interactive diagrams — parts of a cell? historical event?
They are also a great student project — political cartoons? response to artwork?
And the website is also searchable for ThingLinks made by others.  For example:
To download the app CLICK HERE or  visit the website HERE
Enjoy your weekend!