Welcome to Week 7: Bookmarking and Curation with Pinterest!

Proceed with caution!    Do not attempt to move heavy machinery or drive a car when using Pinterest!  Don’t let this happen to you….

Just kidding!  You should let this happen to you!  This week you’ll be exploring the fun and fantastic Webby social media 2012 award-winning website, Pinterest!    You’ll learn great tricks of the trade for your own professional development and how to promote library materials and services!  This week, you’ll have fun learning how to pin, create your own pinboards, share your pinboards, and learn how to follow other’s pinboards.  Don’t forget to share what you’ve learned and created either on our Pinterest blog post, your own blog site, or via twitter for your Reflection!  There are lots of examples of how libraries are using Pinterest in the How Can I Use It section!   Don’t forget to also check out the links to other great social bookmarking and curation tools in the Explore More section, such as Delicious, Diigo, Livebinder, and Scoop.it.

Have fun and feel free to ask any questions either in the comments section of the Pinterest blog post or in the Questions and Comments section!



Screencasting ideas and resources

Hi everyone!  It looks like you took your  play time last week and jumped right into screencasting!  That is awesome!  I thought I would just throw out a few resources for you to check out that deal specifically with libraries and screencasting.  There are many ways you can use screencasting in the library from database tutorials, library orientation, how to place holds or use the catalog, how to use certain tech tools, or even how to make a screencast;).  One exceptional resource is Library Information Literacy Online Network (LION).   You’ll find a great collection of screencasts from a variety of different libraries to whet your appetite!  Here is another wonderful resources from the Lib 2.0 wiki with lots of examples and tutorials.

I actually think screencasting is one of the most powerful tools you can use in the library.  It’s an extremely cost and time-effective (and fun!) method of providing information literacy that is accessible  24/7/365.  I hope you all have fun creating screencasts.  If you find it to be an effective tool, you might want to consider upgrading to a paid educational version of one of the tools we’ve looked at in order to have more editing control.

Happy Halloween!!


A tiny request…..signing off posts with your name

Hi everyone!

I love all of the chatter that is going on for C2IThings!  One thing that would be super useful is when you are posting on either the C2IThings blog or on your own 2012 C2I blog is if everyone signed off their post with their first name or their initials.  Since you all are sharing the user name ASIJ2012C2I, it is difficult to know who is posting what:)   I realized this myself since my user name is the name of our blog as well!



Welcome to Mobile Technology Week! Exploring QR Codes!

Welcome to Week Three, Mobile Technology and QR Codes!

You’ve seen them in coffee shops, on billboards, on the sides of packages, or the backs of books, scratched your head and pondered;  just what are those funny little squares with the bizarre patterns?  Well, it’s time to whip out those smart phones, tablets, or laptops, find out and have some fun!  This week you will be exploring the wonderful world of QR codes!

Amaze your friends!  Confound your enemies!  Get books to fly off your shelf with your promotional, marketing know-how!    Better yet, have kids create their own book promotional materials and assign QR codes to them!  Get them using those databases for their latest research project!  All of this can be yours for the low, low price of FREE!  All you have to do is be the tenth caller….oh wait, that’s not right!  All you have to do is have fun exploring QR codes this week and find out about the myriad ways you can use them in your library!

This week, you’ll have fun downloading a QR reader, using it to read QR codes, and then learning how to create your very own QR codes!  Don’t forget to share what you’ve learned and created either on our QR blog post, your own blog site, or via twitter for your Reflection!

Check out the Explore More section for lots and lots of great articles chock full of ideas of ways you can use QR codes in your library, whether you are targeting kids or teens!  You’ll also find some handy tools for selecting and evaluating other mobile apps to add to your repertoire!

Have fun and feel free to ask any questions either in the comments section of the QR codes blog post or in the Questions and Comments section!



Week 1: Moderating Comments on your Blog

Hi everyone!  I hope your Week 1 is off to a great start!

I just wanted to add a little tip for you about the administration of your group blog.  Once you have all been granted administrative access, you will more than likely receive an email every once in awhile telling you that you have a comment that needs moderating on your blog.  You may also see a little speech bubble in the upper right-hand corner of your blog that is lit up informing you that you have a new notification (similar to the little globe that lights up on Facebook when you have notifications).  Either way you are notified, you need to approve comments in order for them to appear on your blog.   Approving comments is easy; you can do it via the email that asks for your approval for the comment or via the dashboard for your blog.  If using the dashboard, you can merely select the category that says “Comments” and then you will be able to moderate through there.    WordPress does a good job of catching spam comments, so there is relatively little chance any comments you receive will be from anyone who is not from the C2IThings team or from your own group there at ASIJ.   Once you all are set up as administrators, you should see a comment awaiting moderation from me waiting for you:)

Let me know if you have any questions!



Week 1 Kick-off!

Greetings!  We are so excited to get to know you all over the next several weeks as we learn together.  This week we are starting off with setting up a WordPress site for your group blog.  This blog will serve as the main hub for your group-work together as you meet and reflect on your Learning 2.0 experiences.  Each week you will post your weekly group reflections here, as well as share some of your individual Learning 2.0 creations.   Feel free to post questions or comments either on this blog or on your group blog.  We’ll be watching both carefully!  Let’s get started now with Week 1: Blogging with WordPress!

Week 8 Sayonara! Thanks for learning with us!

We hoped you’ve enjoyed learning with us over the past weeks. This has truly been a learning experience for all of us, as we navigate our way through some unfamiliar technologies in order to distill and present them to you.

Some things to reflect on:

Which tools did you enjoy using the most?

Which do you think will be the most useful to you, your students, and library patrons?

Which tools would you use in your own life, and how? Please answer this one with an infographic. Just kidding.

How much more time and training would you need to effectively teach these tools to your students?

Final thoughts: We may need a bit of a push to begin using new tech tools in our work and in our own lives, and the learning never stops! No one has to use every tool; indeed, few of us have the time. Find the tools that suit you best and become proficient in their use. Use these learning modules as a starting point, and find your own tech tools, too.

Hey, even the codex was new technology once!

Week 7 Bookmarking and Curation: Pinterest

Pinterest Logo

Let’s try Pinterest!

What I hope you will learn after this module:

  • What is Pinterest?
  • How to pin items that interest you
  • How to set up pinboards
  • How to use the social media aspect of Pinterest to your advantage
  • How you can use Pinterest effectively in your library, both for professional development and for your patrons

What Is It? 

Pinterest is a type of social and visual bookmarking/curation website that has the honor of being named the “hottest website of 2012“.  Like traditional bookmarking tools, it allows you to organize, manage, store, search and retrieve bookmarks, but with the additional bonus of creating an account so you can access them from any computer.  It is nontraditional in that it is visually-oriented.   Pinterest saves images from a site (curation) as well as the original URL the image came from (bookmarking).  It also has a social media aspect in that you can “follow” another person or comment on a pin or pinboard on Pinterest, as well as have others follow you.  Pinterest basically works by:

  1. you find something that interests you on the web (e.g. a book display idea) and you click the “Pin It” bookmarklet in your browser’s toolbar; 
  2. you “pin” the image of the thing that interested you (the book display image);
  3. you tag that image with the appropriate keywords and tags so that it is meaningful to you;
  4. you then place that image on a virtual pinboard (your book display pinboard);
  5. your newest “Pin” is then shared!

Another option is to “repin” something interesting you find on another person’s pinboard.  It will always retain the URL of the original website it came from.

Here is an example of the types of boards you can create for your library by Hamden Hall’s Sarah Ludwig….

 With a close-up of one of her pinboards…

Check out this great tutorial for step-by-step procedures!

Here is another great tutorial from a classroom teacher on how she uses Pinterest in the classroom and for professional development.

How Can I Use It?  

Pinterest can easily be used both for private back-end use in the library to share resources and ideas or for promoting services and materials in the library.    For the school library, you can create visual Reader’s Advisory lists, promote new acquisitions or programs and services, etc.   Of course, you can also use it privately to curate your own personal interests and share them with others.

There are several articles on ways in which libraries are using Pinterest, as well as sites that show examples.   Here are a few:

Try It Out!

  • Visit the Pinterest homepage;
  • You can sign up using either your Facebook or Twitter accounts; another option is to sign up the traditional way via your email address and setting up a username and password;
  • Create your account; pick some interests from the Pinterest categories. Pinterest initially matches you with other users to follow based on your interests;
  • Go ahead and drag the Pinterest “Pin It” bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmarks bar–and get pinning!  You can create any type of pinboard you want on any topic you like.  Create more than one board if you are feeling inspired!
  • Share–Post the URLs of your Pinterest page to your group blog;
  • Follow  the pinboards of your fellow learners;
  • Browse Pinterest and find a board or person you want to follow;
  • Need help?  Try their  “Getting started” page…or “Support” page.


Tell us about your group’s thoughts in a group reflective blog post:  How was your experience?  Was it fun, inspiring, any issues?  Any thoughts as to how you might use Pinterest in the future either professionally or personally?  Don’t forget to individually tweet one individual micro-reflection using our #C2Iasij hashtag.  This is a great time to share how each of you felt about this assignment or Pinterest in general!

Explore More:

  • Utilize Pinterest’s collaboration capability and create a board to use for collaboration and invite others to join your board.  Or join an already established collaboration board.  How about creating a group board for ASIJ’s library!  Simply create the board, click “edit” and you can add contributors (note: you must be following at least one board of theirs to add them as a contributor).  Don’t forget to save the settings!
  • Download the Pinterest app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device so you can pin even on the go!
  • Explore other Bookmarking/Curating tools:
    • Delicious, a social bookmarking site that allows you to bookmark to organize, apply folksonomy, and comment on your bookmarks as you like, but with the addition of sharing with others.  You can also follow other’s “stacks” of bookmarks to share resources.
    • Diigo, another social bookmarking site that allows you to bookmark, write virtual post-it notes and highlight when reading on the Internet, allows for group collaboration and curation, and mobile accessibility.  Also has a free education edition.
    • LiveBinder, a virtual binder that collects texts, links, images, videos and other resources; an excellent way to make a pathfinder.
    • Scoop.it,  a curation tool to create an online visual magazine on any topic by “scooping” articles and resources from around the web.




This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was adapted by Maria Papanastassiou for American School in Japan. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Week 6 Presentations: Glogster, Infographics, and Creative Commons Media

There are many tools available for creating visual presentations online. This module will focus on Glogster (a proprietary type of “graphic blog” or interactive poster) and infographics (easy-to-follow graphics that present information and often statistics in a quick visual format).


What Is It?

Glogster has developed a platform for educators and students called Glogster.edu.

 This is a sample Glog. Click through to explore the links, audio files, and other elements. (You’ll have to scroll down.) You can add audio & video, still images, text, links, and attachments to your Glog, making it an easy to way present a lot of resources in one place.

How Can I Use It?

Glogster.edu has three options for membership: a free account lets you create Glogs and have up to 10 student sub-accounts. Paid memberships offer more student accounts and a variety of other features. Check here for prices and features. In this module, we’ll use the free basic membership model.

Try It Out!

Glogster requires quite a bit of information to get an account. Be ready with your school’s name, address, and phone number, including country code. Once you create an account, you’ll go to a dashboard where you can create new glogs or work on existing ones. In a free account, the only tabs you can access in the dashboard are Glogs, Students, and Messages.

Begin by clicking Create your first Glog. A menu of options appears, and from there, you can choose your “wall” or background, images, audio and video, text, data, and drawing (this requires an upgraded membership). Drag your images around the wall to place them where you want them. For text, choose the text object you want, drag it, and click Edit to add your own text.

Glogster comes with a clip art gallery of free images, but you can also import your own. Save images to your computer and use the Upload button at the upper and lower lefthand corners.

Glogster has incorporated many of the features of a standard program like Publisher. Images can be brought forward or sent back, enlarged or made smaller, and rotated. When you’ve added all the elements you want, preview or save your Glog. You can save it as Unfinished and come back to work on it later. You can also mark it as Public or Private, depending on your purpose.

Other features: Glogster hosts forums for posting questions if you run into trouble.


Please post:

      1. 1 group reflection to the group blog.
      2. At least one individual micro-reflections to your Twitter account using our #C2Iasij hashtag.

 You might consider these questions in your reflection: How will this tool be useful in your library?  What are the advantages of Glogster over PowerPoints, reports, and plain old posterboard projects?

Explore More

Glogster.edu has partnerships with SchoolTube and TeacherTube. Search these sources for content to add to a Glog.

This video tutorial shows you how to upload a video from SchoolTube, in addition to going over the basics we’ve already covered.

Here’s another video tutorial.


What Is It?

An infographic shares information visually. This infographic, created by the School of Education at USC, collects various data about children’s books and literacy and presents it all in one colorful and well-designed poster. Clever or interesting infographics often go viral, although most are probably never seen by very many people outside the intended audience.

How Can I Use It?

An infographic is a neat way to organize a lot of chunks of related information. For example, demographic data fits nicely into infographic form. Any project that requires students to combine facts and statistics can be made into an infographic. You can also use an infographic to illustrate a process step by step. Instead of multiple slides to present their finished products, students can use a single infographic.

Remember that there are two main components to an infographic, just as there are for any visual medium: content and form, or data and design. An infographic at its best is attractive and full of verifiable and useful information, thoughtfully chosen. A badly-designed infographic full of great data will probably only confuse the audience; a stylish infographic with very little data or random or questionable data looks good but means nothing.

Try It Out!

First you need some data. If you’re not using data from your own observations and experiments, you’ll need some good sources for reliable data. Some examples:

U.S. Census Bureau has data on deomgraphics, economic indicators, and more.

CIA World Factbook–not just for future spies! If you’re looking for country data, this is the place to go.

Pew Research Center has several branches, including their projects on the Internet and American Life and Global Attitudes. The graphic to the right is an example of Pew data represented visually (no political commentary intended here).

There are of course plenty of other places to hunt for useful and enlightening data for more specialized topics. Be sure that your sources are reliable! Government and university sites are usually good bets.

The sticking point for many people is the design aspect. But I’m not a graphic designer! you say. Never fear. There are tools to help you. If you can handle the basics of using slideshow software like PowerPoint, you can make an infographic. All you need to be able to do is insert images, create text boxes, customize your color scheme, and feed data into a chart wizard. Remember to attribute any data you cull from outside sources.

I made these three slides in PowerPoint.

Visually stunning and instantly graspable information! The final step is to collect the slides into a single image using a photo editor or other image-friendly product.

I saved each slide as a jpeg and opened them all in Publisher to paste them onto one canvas. I created a custom paper size (8.5×20) and then cropped the resulting jpeg to get rid of any white space around the edges. Photoshop is a more sophisticated tool for this, and there are several online photo editors available. You can try Pixlr.com. I was able to save the single image as a png, but I couldn’t import it; you may have better luck!


Please post:

  1. 1 group reflection to the group blog.
  2. At least one individual micro-reflections to your Twitter account using our #C2Iasij hashtag.

Infographics are fun, but they can take a serious investment in time. What is the best way to use them in the library or with other staff in the school? How can you use infographics made by others to enhance your library’s mission?

Explore More

Now try combing your Twitter skills with infographics using Visual.ly, a free inforgraphic service that lets you customize from a gallery of templates.

Look at this Livebinder from Carolyn Jo Starkey for more resources on infographics for educators.

Creative Commons licensing

A quick look at Creative Commons licensing: Creative Commons is a nonprofit that “enables the use and sharing of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.” They have developed a series of licenses that creators can use to tag their work in order to allow other users to share and remix. Remember that you are still responsible for attribution if you use images or other work that has been tagged with a CC license. Check the specific information about attribution and reuse on the creative work you wish to use.

You can find CC-licensed work on Wikimedia Commons, through Google image search and other search engines, on Flickr, YouTube and more. For example, searching Google images for “panda creative commons license” brings up results containing those phrases. Double check to make sure the image you want to use carries the CC license.

You can use CC-licensed images in your Glogs and infographics, and in a variety of multimedia projects. Here’s a resource for educators to teach students about intellectual property rights.







This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael StephensTransformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was adapted by Rebecca Donnelly for American School in Japan. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.