Of Redefinition, SAMR, and the Ecosystem

Every minute of every day, users search Google over 4,000,000 times, share almost 2,500,000 pieces of content, and 72 hours of NEW video is uploaded to YouTube. And these numbers may even be a couple of years out of date. Only 130 websites existed just over 20 years ago, but Google had 67,000,000,000 (67 Billion) pages indexed…

Of Starbucks, Misunderstanding SAMR, and the Freedom to Innovate

The edtech acronym SAMR is often seen as a progression for the evolution of technology in pedagogy and learning: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition. My own adoption of this acronym as a lens through which to view how I appropriate technology into my educational philosophy and pedagogical practice was hindered by the faulty assumption that this…

Become an über-Googler

Here is a presentation on using Google hacks when searching. Google Hacks for Academic Content on Prezi

Installing the Greenstone Digital Library Software on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It is not a digital library but a tool for building digital libraries. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet in the form of a fully-searchable, metadata-driven digital library. It has been developed and distributed…

Internet Archive: 2Millionth Digitized Text

A recent announcement from the Internet Archive: The Internet Archive is pleased to announce an important manuscript, Homiliary on Gospels from Easter to first Sunday of Advent, as the 2,000,000th free digital text. Internet Archive has been scanning books and making them available for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public for…

ALABI and Patron-Centered Spaces

Many, many, thanks go to my colleague, Jason Fowler, and my new friends at The Association of Librarians & Archivists at Baptist Institutions (ALABI) for inviting me to give a presentation on Patron-Centered Spaces in Nashville last week. I enjoyed my brief time with them, and look forward to attending as a member in the…

Digital Institute Live Blog – Keynote Address

I will be trying my hand at live blogging this conference beginning with the keynote address on Wednesday morning at 9:00. The speaker is David Seaman, Associate Librarian for Information Management at Dartmouth College. The live blog is interactive, real time, with occasional media.

Readex Digital Institute – Blogging the Conference

Readex, a company that specializes in digiting historical primary source research materials, has graciously invited me to a conference on digital research — and is even footing the bill. Vermont. October. Leaves. Crisp autumn air. Bed and Breakfast. Very gracious, indeed. About the Institute: Held annually since 2003 in Chester, Vermont, the Readex Digital Institute…

Ebook Readers: Getting Better — But Not Good Enough?

This video details an ebook reader developed by researchers at Maryland and Berkeley Universities. It appears that they studied the habits of readers of paper books and attempted to integrate capabilities into this reader that address those habits. Take a look. It’s amazing. The two leaves can be opened and closed to simulate turning pages,…