Tech Roundup

Technology Committee members here at Towson University’s Cook Library are always on the hunt for new technology applications to bring into the library or technology-related issues our library should be addressing.  As we scour the internet for important, interesting, or just plain cool examples of technology applications, issues, or news, we post links and  summaries with our take here to the blog.

The Novelist

School has started for many academic libraries out there. And if you’re involved in orientation events you know it’s a crazy time for students. Sometimes it can be useful to help incoming students consider how they are going to balance school with all the fun they plan on having. Consider sparking the conversation by bring up this developing game, The Novelist . This game allows players to influence a family, however if you focus too much on one family member’s success, the other family members will be unhappy with their own lives. Finding a balance is a life lesson applicable almost anywhere. Consider teaching balance in the research process, if you gather too much information or biased information, your research will be flawed.

Submitted by Laksamee



I first came across Recite on the Maryland Library Association Social Media User Group (SMUG)’s Facebook page. Recite allows you to input your own quotation or select from a bank of quotes, and then choose an attractive template in which to display the chosen quote. Finished products can then be shared via various social media platforms, emailed, or downloaded as an image file. This site could be useful for librarians looking to create materials to share on via their social media accounts, to liven up instruction presentations or discussions, or perhaps beautifying an office space. However, this librarian did notice that the quote’s attribution is regrettably not included.

Submitted by Kim

O.K., Glass, Teach

We’ve posted about Google Glass and interesting implications for academic libraries or higher education more generally in previous Tech Roundups. This article from Inside Higher Education discusses how medical professional are beginning to use Glass for teaching. As more testers begin to report back on their experiences, it’s interesting to start considering how this technology might some day impact academic libraries.

Submitted by Kim

Three Tools for Improving Flipped Video Lessons

The “Flipped Classroom” model has become one of the hot topics in library instruction. Although there may be several definitions of what it means for a classroom to be “flipped,” as well as several models for how to “flip” your classroom, the basic premise is that at least some instruction happens outside of class (usually through videos) and class time is used for homework or other activities (here’s a great infographic with more on the Flipped Classroom). One of the biggest questions from our librarians and other faculty is – “What tools should I use for delivering my flipped content?” This article from Free Technology for Teachers includes three lesser-known tools that could be useful for constructing your own videos for a flipped classroom lesson.

Submitted by Kim

What do you think about some of the issues or technologies presented?  Have you found anything interesting online this week? Share in the comments!

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