Before this module, I had never been much of a blog reader. Since then I have become an avid blog reader - and user! There are so many different blogs out there, and surely one will interest you.
I would definitely recommend any librarian to create a blog and post the link on the school website. There could be a section for book reviews, recommendations, book trailers, and activities.
I was also introduced to feedreaders. Using a feedreader is a great way to keep frequently visited blogs all in one place. All you have to do is add the blog to your feedreader and you will automatically stay updated!
For this module, I had the opportunity to play around with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and discover all of its beneficial uses in the educational setting. Luckily, I was already familiar with Instagram and Twitter. By perusing through different users accounts I was able to learn from others and get more ideas. Utilizing social media is a great way to communicate to a large audience with just a click of a button. I would recommend any librarian/campus to have social media to collaborate and communicate the happenings of the library.
Message Design and Infographics
I have always been a fan of Infographics, however I had never created one before this module. I played around with different websites, but felt the most comfortable using Piktochart (piktochart.com). Piktochart is a website where users can make visually appealing infographics, presentations, reports, and other kinds of visual content. With infographics, creators are able to present a lot of information, visually, without making viewers feel overwhelmed or confused. Personally, infographics are much easier to understand as opposed to having to read a lot of numbers and statistics in an article.
YouTube, Animoto, and QR Codes
Another great way to present information is through sites such as YouTube and Animoto. YouTube can be a valuable tool for students and in the school setting for a variety of different reasons such as: YouTube offers a vast library of educational videos on a wide range of topics, students can use YouTube to supplement their learning and gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter, and it's free and accessible to anyone. Animoto is a video creation website that allows users to create videos quickly and easily. I was able to create a book trailer for one of my favorite novels I read this year in such a short amount of time. Finally, I was also able to create a QR code, which I had also never done before. Using a smartphone or tablet camera, QR codes can be scanned with open up to different links. This would be a great way to link digital resources such as e-books and library catalogs, book summaries/book trailers, and promote events.
Cartoons and Comics
For this module, I explored 3 different comic-creating sites - FotoJet, Pixton, and MakeBeliefsComix. Creating comics using these website can be incorporated into the education setting because there are a variety of ways they can be used for learning by the use of creativity. FotoJet was very difficult for me to use and took forever! I got very frustrated using this site. Pixton, on the other hand, was a breeze to use and I would definitely recommend it to any teacher to use in the classroom.