My quest continues. I didn't think it was all the way back in January that I last posted about this dream, but it was! Postifier is a little gizmo intended to be put inside a mailbox that will alert you when there's actually something placed inside:
The device lives on the inner roof of your postbox, attached with adhesive. It has a sensor that detects changes in infrared light when new mail arrives. When it detects mail, it activates the Bluetooth module and waits for the Postifier/smartphone reunion, at which point it will connect with your paired device and tell you the news.
So it's not quite the reporting structure I imagine, but the technology would be perfect to detect whether there's a pair of legs under a given study table, no?
Postifier doesn't actually exist yet, as it's looking for funding on Indiegogo. Waffling about whether to throw in some money just for testing. At $20-$25 each, it's still not an economical way to cover a couple hundred seats :-(
The Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning program at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) is pleased to announce the publication of a new free ebook: Becoming and Being: Reflections on Teacher-Librarianship, edited by Jennifer Branch-Mueller, Kandise Salerno, and Joanne de Groot.
Each chapter was written by 25 graduating (or soon to graduate) TLDL students as part of the final course in their MEd in Teacher-Librarianship. The book includes chapters on becoming a qualified teacher-librarian, space and place and the role of the teacher-librarian, teacher-librarians as instructional partners, the role of teacher-librarians as technology leaders and literacy leaders, school library collections, and the leadership role of the teacher-librarian.
I recently started listening to a new (to me) podcast called The New Disruptors, which you may find interesting. Its tagline is "Discussing the profound changes in the economy for making things." I just finished listening to episode 26, an interview with Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost, who have successfully crowdfunded three projects (two physical, one digital), and learned they had written a book about the experience, which, if you're considering launching something on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, is a must read!
Netspeed is Alberta's library technology conference, and it's been a few years since I've attended 'cause it always seemed to be about a year behind the times to me. I know, I'm responsible for the content too, and I have spoken at the conference in the past, but overall it just hasn't floated my boat in a while.
That's why I'm really excited to see this year's program (PDF), which has the following things that will have me attending this year:
I haven't had a chance to look through it at all, but was really pleased to learn about the new Alberta Open Data Portal, which,
...makes data the provincial government collects on behalf of citizens publicly available in machine readable formats with an open licence. This means there are no technical or legal restrictions for using the data.
By sharing this data, the Alberta government is increasing the transparency of government business, promoting economic opportunity and increasing citizen involvement in government.
The open data portal currently contains about 280 data sets. New data
will be added to the site on an ongoing basis as departments identify what data
is available and ensure it does not contain any personal or proprietary
information. The public can also request data sets through the portal.
Serveral weeks ago as a result of a post by Michael Stephens I was introduced to this awesome page of usage visualizations at the Traverse Area District Library (Traverse City, MI). I had a great email exchange with the developer, Bill Rockwood, about how he put it together, and he's since posted a page outlining how it was built. Eventually, as time permits, Bill and his team will put the code up on GitHub for the rest of the world to use :-) Definitely worth a peek. Are you aware of any similar projects?
I think it suggests that screencasts, when done well and deployed properly, help all students – they certainly don’t hurt – and they help most thise (sic) students who need the most help. The analogies to mathematics courses are clear. In any math course there will be a large contingent of students whose backgrounds aren’t congruous with the course: students whose prior math background is weak to rusty, students from non-STEM disciplines, and so on. For those students, if they use the screencasts, then they may be likely to improve at a surprisingly fast rate.
Not earth-shattering, but encouraging. Keep on screencasting!
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Just a quick heads-up that StackSocial is currently running a $50 Mac software bundle that includes the latest version of Camtasia, which normally sells for $99. In addition to that fine screencasting tool, you also get 8 other pieces of software you may find useful. Regardless, 50% off if you've been thinking about picking up Camtasia... Deal ends May 20th.