Monthly Archives: June 2014

The End is Here! The Final Reflection!

Alright, this is THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! (I thought the video would be appropriate considering this is the last blog post that I will do for my Internet and Technology class.-IT’S THE FINAL BLOG POST! And yes, I am listening to the song while I type this.)

This course has definitely been my favorite course of the SHSU Library Science program. I loved it not just because I was able to learn about new technologies and cool things that I can use in my classrooms as well as when I get a library, because it helped me to get excited about what I am learning about by forcing me to blog and read others’ blogs and find a small community of nerds where we are all excited about similar things. I love this blog, and I will definitely (hopefully) continue to use it and stay up to date with technology and information on library stuff and how the digital age is changing.

My favorite technological thing that I learned about over the past four weeks (yea, summer sessions fly by!) was probably screencasts-no, infographics, no-comics. Honestly, I can’t choose because they were all so fun to learn about and use. I will definitely be using screen casts to show my students how to research and how to do things, but I could also do the same with comics. I really loved learning that I could make my own QR code because kids love those things and I know that will be super exciting to bring into a library. Think about it-putting a QR code on a book and taking students to a book trailer that you have made on it to help them decide if they want to try it out or not. I think that would be pretty awesome, and the kids would probably think so too! I also really liked making podcasts because this would be a cool way to get information out to students, you could send out a mass e-mail to students and teachers on Library News and they could listen on their phones or MP3 players. I am definitely loving being able to connect all of these things as well!

I think the most difficult thing that I encountered over this class was probably communicating with other students in my classes. I am more of a reader, and not a commenter, so I definitely have had to work on that, but as far as technology goes, I think anything involving speaking-like the podacasts and Vines were hard because I have a lisp and had to overcome that fear, but it was a great experience and now I am not so self-conscious of it. I also see how podcasts can help my dyslexic learners or even those who are non-readers because they can listen and not have to read.

This class has been awesome and I have learned so much! I am very thankful for it and everything that I can now take back and apply in my own classroom and future library!

Mining PEW-The Future of Libraries

Rainie, L. (2014 April 10). The Future of Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/04/10/the-future-of-libraries/

Basically, Mr. Rainie found 7 big questions that librarians have to answer to find the future of libraries. Pretty much, the future of libraries is a stable one because so many people agree that libraries are a pivotal part of a community where students can have a place to study, research, find books that they are interested in, etc. They also agree that libraries SHOULD NOT remove shelving areas to make more space for more digital areas. I fully  agree, I think that libraries are places where books-print books- should be treasured. Even if e-books are on the rise, a library is like a sanctuary for books.

The future of libraries also depends on knowledge and it being spread through social media. Let’s be real, as much as some people don’t like it, we can’t get away from it. It also depends on the future of attention and being able to get people to hold it, a good point that the presentation made was “snacking.” Which to me means, give people food to help them pay attention. I know that if my mouth is kept busy with gum or food, then I won’t speak and I will be more likely to pay attention to the speaker. I bet that this words with learners as well.

Last thing that libraries need to do to ensure a future (in my humble opinion) is make sure that people know exactly what they can get from their library. Let them know up front and quickly about upcoming presentations, speakers, programs, ad services that libraries offer so that they are more likely to visit and continue visiting.

(44 slides) 216/150

Mining PEW-How Teens Use Technology

Purcell, K. (2013 July 10). 10 Things to Know About How Teens Use Technology. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/07/10/10-things-to-know-about-how-teens-use-technology/

Another presentation on teens and their use of technology, you’d think I’d be bored by now, but NO! Ya’ll these presentations ARE SO COOL! I love reading about how teens today aren’t the mindless, contantly texting and Facebook-ing dum-dums that we think they are. TYes, are always connected and share ALOT more than we (I am 24 and I consider myself a little older and wiser than my 18 year old sister.) are used to, but they are careful about it! Teens are actually giving thought to things that they post before they actually post them! (Now imagine if they could do that before they speak.) They actually adjust their privacy settings on Facebook, where they put information that is really about them, and keep their twitter profiles public. They are also aware that they can do things online that can affect their futures.

Students use more and more digital technologies in education and enjoy using them. Many students even use cell phones in classrooms as learning tools. They use Google for pretty much everything, but this has also taught them how to find crediblbe sources and sift through all of the junk that you gen when googling. The internet has also helped students become better writers because they have to appeal to a broader audience. It has also made them WANT to write and are more engaged when actually doing so.

Last, the presentation ended with teachers saying that low income schools and high income schools do not have a level playing field when it comes to technology, but honestly, I think that is false. Sure, most low-income schools are not on the same level as high-income schools, but teachers themselves can change that. The district that I worked in this past school year was extremely low income, but we had 5 mac books per classroom strictly for student use, a 3:1 student to iPad ratio and carts full of MacBook Airs for each grade level. All it takes is one teacher to write a grant for technology and BAM! computers and technology goodies galore.

Rant over.

In conclusion, this was a really cool presentation, now that I am moving to middle school I am really excited to work with teens and see how they can teach me to make my classroom more digital and tech friendly.

(46 slides) 172/150

Mining PEW-The New Library Patron

Rainie, L. (2013 October 29). The New Library Patron. retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/10/29/the-new-library-patron/

Again, Mr. Rainie discusses some awesome points. He made a presentation just exactly who the new library patrons are and what they want. He came to find that many people agree that libraries are vital parts of a community and the most important reasons why  is that they offfer free access to computers and the internet, quiet study places, and a great research source. (DUH!) It was also stated that many people like librarians we are not those old dusty, decrepit, grouchy ladies chasing people down after overdue books, but have produced positive interactions among those who actually visit libraries.

What made me really  sad was that many people who actually do visit libraries, are not aware of the awesome services that libraries offer. (Well people, GET OUT THERE AND FIND OUT!! I found that my local library has really cool classes for adults on Saturdays during the summer where you learn HOW to do things like build a marshmallow shooter!) It also saddened me (again) to find that there is  a large group of people who do not ever visit a library nor do they own a library card. :/

I also found it very interesting that many people found that libraries are a vital place to prepare students for school.

Awesome presentation, I wish I had been able to see it in person, but this was just as informative.

(38 slides) 126/150

Mining PEW-Teens and Libraries

Rainie, L. (2014 April 9). Millennials and Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/04/09/millennials-and-libraries/

At TLA’s annual conference, Mr. Rainey presented information on how libraries fit into teen’s lives.

First thing that must be noted is that Rainey presented “7 takeaways from his research.”

1. Teens live in a different information ecosystem.

*Teens use internet, ALOT, and most of them have a Facebook profile.

2. Teens live in a different learning ecosystem.

*Many teachers have seen that although the internet and use of it are very helpful to research and has helped students become better researchers, it has made teens very easily distracted and don’t know how to use any other sources for research besides internet sources. I can definitely relate to this, when I have helped my little sister do research papers, the only sources that she wanted to use were those that she got online.

3. Teens’ reading efforts matched/exceed adult levels.

*This fact, I thought, was very cool. Teens almost match adults on reading for pleasure whether it be in print or e-books. They read for pleasure as well as to learn more about things that interest them.

4. Teens use libraries and librarians more than others, but don’t necessarily love libraries as much.

*Most teens have used libraries in the past year and have even gone to a librarian for help-YIPPEE!

5. Teens have different priorities in library services.

I thought that some of the ideas that were offered to teens instead of library uses were pretty cool. Yes, there were personal book recommendations, but the idea of a “library redbox” was offered-Umm..can we please get on inventing that!?

6. Teens will behave differently in the world to come.

*Teens being so hyperconnected will either becoming very good thinkers, looking past the basics and wantting to learn more before voting, or they will be lacking in the deep-though capabilities and go with whatever someone tells them.

7. The public and teachers recognize this and want libraries to adjust it.

*I think that as long as teachers and librarians continue to incorporate research projects where students must actually use a library and learn HOW to learn then they will be just fine.

These, I found, are very interesting and help understand teens a little more. It was a really neat presentation that gave me a little more hope for the future.

(40 slides) 86/150

Mining PEW-Teens and the Digital Landscape

Lenhart, A. (2014 february 25) Teens & Technology: Understanding the Digital Landscape. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/25/teens-technology-understanding-the-digital-landscape/.

Ms. Lenhart visited with some health students at George Washington University about teens and their use of the internet, social media, and cell phones. It was found that of the 78% of teens that have cell phones, one in four only use the internet on their cell phones. The two most used sources of internet for teens was desktop/laptop computers and cell phones.

When discussing texting, at least three-quarters of teens text. And of those, the most prevalent group seemed to be Latino and low-income teens.

Upon researching app uses, again, I was proud of teens when I found that (obviously) many of them have downloaded apps, but they have also avoided using certain apps because of privacy concerns as well as have turned off location functions of apps.

Another way that teens use cell phones and internet, is with snap chat, I can definitely say that I am VERY proud of teens because although you may think that snapchat was primarily invented for “sexting,” that is not what teens are primarily using it for. Teens also like snapchat because it does not have a profile and does not become a part of the portrait of you that is portrayed online.

After reading these reports and looking over these presentations, I am really starting to think that teens are more than what we think that they are. I am very proud of the internet users and members of social networking that they are becoming.

(24 slides) 46/150

Mining PEW- Facebook: They haven’t given it up yet!

Madden M. (2013, August 15). Teens Haven’t Abandoned Facebook (Yet). Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/08/15/teens-havent-abandoned-facebook-yet/

So previously, I discussed the report on teens and their social media usage and how they aren’t as dumb as we think. Well, in that report, it was stated that teens are starting to decrease their use of Facebook and use more Twitter and Instagram, well that is not the case. Yes, teens are using these other social networking sites, but when the information was really studied, it came to be that teens are still using Facebook WAY more than any other social networking site. They are simply using Instagram and Twitter alongside their Facebook profiles.

(1 page) 22/150

Mining PEW-Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

Beaton, M., Cortesi, S., Duggan, M., Gasser, U., Lenhart, A., and Madden, M. (2013, May 21). Teens, Social Media, and Privacy. Retreived from http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/05/21/teens-social-media-and-privacy/

 Oh my goodness, I can honestly say that after reading this report, I am so proud of teenagers! Yes, they’re a little dumb and they put “too much out there” but if you read this report it states how teens are getting smarter about what they share on social media. It states that although they may average about 300 friends on Facebook, their friends are actually people that they know (for the most part) and keep their profiles private. They have also stated that teens are losing interest in Facebook, but maintain their profiles so that they can remain in the loop. It was also found that teens have a smaller amount of Twitter followers despite having  public profiles. It was also found that they are very aware of what they post and edit things that they find inappropriate or rude. They have also gone to lengths as to un-tag themselves from photos and completely erase their profiles. I am honestly, really proud of teens for having their acts together when it comes to social networking. Maybe they are smarter than we think that they are. 😉

(8 pages) 21/150

Mining PEW-What Kind of Library User Are You?? Am I? Are We?

Zickuhr, K., Purcell, K., & Rainie, L. (2014, March 14). From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers – and Beyond. Pew Research Centers Internet American Life Project RSS. Retrieved June 24, 2014, from http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/13/library-engagement-typology/

While going through the PEW internet today, I couldn’t help but take the quiz to see what kind of library user I am. After reading the quiz, I was curious to see what kind of library users make up the rest of the world. I am a Library Lover, and only 10% of the population relates to me and my library lovin’. This includes people who are younger (parents, students, job seekers) who find libraries as essential parts of a community.

The typology found that there were 4 levels of library engagement: High engagement (Inlcludes Library lovers and information omnivores) medium engagement (solid centers and print traditionalists), low engagement (Not for me, Young and Restless, and Young and Roadblocked), and non-engagement (Distant Admirers and Off the Grid).

The people in the high engagement groups are people who visit libraries frequently and are very involved in their communities. I found it interesting that these are also the people who know who their neighbors are and are more social.

The medium engagement group entails those who live in smaller towns but are still semi-active in their community. They attend sporting events and have library cards.

The low engagement group includes those who have used a library at least once in their lives, but have not done so recently. They live in small towns or rural areas and are not heavy book readers. Most believe that they do not need public libraries because they can find information that they need on their own. Personally, these people infuriate me.

And finally, the people that I doubt I will ever understand are the non-engagement group, the people who have never used a library in their lives. It also angers me to find that this group contains the most Hispanics. They are not very social and are not big readers.

After reading this, it did please me to know that although many people are not engaged with libraries, they appreciate them for what they are and more people are in the high and medium engagement groups than any other.

(8 pages) 13/150

Instagram and Vine!

Everyone has got to have heard of or be familiar with Instagram and Vine by  now, but if you’re not, here’s a quick update. Instagram is just another form of social media, but it is all photographs and videos. Vine is the same, but it is all videos that are about 6 seconds long and constantly loop. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know about Vine, I only  know what it is because of my 18 year old little sister. She loves it, I on the other hand prefer instagram.

Here are a few of my instagram photos and videos:

(If you would like to follow me, my username is Stephanie12xD, same on Vine.)

#mcm because, who needs men when there are good books and #peanutbutter #Oreos!! #mancrushmonday #gonegirl #nerd #summer #fitgirls

A post shared by Stephanie Michelle, MLS (@stephaniesoylatte) on

All aboard the #Hogwartsexpress!!! Words cannot express my excitement!!!! #nerd #harrypotter #wizardingworldofharrypotter

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And a few Vine videos:

(These aren’t mine, they are just re-blogs.)

This one is mine:

I would use these in my class by having students take pictures/make videos of books they are reading with small book reports, or even use them to have students make mini book trailers for books. You could even use Vine to make memes about returning books or library rules. That would be clever! You could even make your own hashtags so that students could look up things related to your class/library without having to go through all of their friends’ profiles. (ex.: #mancrushmonday, #teachercrushtuesday, #womancrushwednesday, #throwbackthursday, and #flexfriday, or #realtalk.)

How would you use them?