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May 05, 2016

Tech Thursday: 101+ (Mostly Free) Online Resources

Written by Deborah B. Ford

As I was polishing my presentations for NHSLMA (New Hampshire School Library Media Association) annual conference in Concord, NH this week, I found a theme: they are all technology. I’m doing the ever-popular Using Social Media to Market Your Library, Using Technology in Your Library, and Online Resources. I made a few changes to the social media session and then began to work on the other two. Enter heart-stopping moment. You know the website I wrote you’ve been using forever? 101 Best Web Resources? The company that hosted it pulled the plug in March. I knew it was coming. I had a year to regroup. Now the time had come to make a new plan. What to do?

jlg_livebinder (60x60) (2)Knowing it needed to be easy to get to, easy to update, and quick to create, I chose LiveBinder. I took my old BER.org 101 Web Resources workshop as a guide and created tabs: Content Resources, Nonfiction Resources, Collaboration, Time and Money Savers, Digital Tools, and Worth the Money. It’s called 101+ (Mostly Free) Online Resources for Educators. I’ve since added a new tab called What’s New? I’ll copy blog posts from JLG as I add new resources, so you’ll be able to quickly find what’s new. Then I gave it an easy name using bit.ly (http://bit.ly/101mostlyfree). Now it’s easy for people to find it and by using bit.ly I’ll get statistics about the number of people who use it. Tech tip: Keep and report your statistics to stakeholders. It’s also good to know what you’re doing is being used.

LiveBinder, as you may know, allows you create online notebooks, adding files, websites, videos, and graphics to your work. Like Pinterest, you can add while you work, making it easy to update. It’s also easy to share via social media, embedded links, and email.

Now I have a tool that I can use in my teaching. I hope you’ll use it too. When you find resources that you think I should include, let me know. Watch our website for updates on Tech Tuesdays or Thursdays. You can also click the tag technology for multiple posts.

Now I have my handouts ready. My website’s ready. All I have to do is pack! If you’re at the NHSLMA conference, come and see me. I’ll be at the booth in addition to teaching 3 sessions. If you can’t make it, you know where to find the resources.

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  1. Deborah B. Ford

    on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 12:43pm

    Try again. It should work fine now.

  2. Deborah B. Ford

    on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 12:42pm

    Check again. It was actually only the graphic that was private. It works fine now and I've made a few improvements.

  3. sherry willer

    on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 18:54pm

    wanted to see list but says by invitation only

  4. Deborah Baldwin

    on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 18:37pm

    Tried to access 101+ (Mostly Free) Online Resources for Educators but it has been made a private document.

  5. Deborah B. Ford

    on Mon, May 09, 2016 at 16:00pm

    I'm so glad. I hope you'll find it useful. Let me know how it goes or if you need some personal library coaching.

  6. Karen Soter

    on Mon, May 09, 2016 at 12:19pm

    As a new librarian, I appreciate information such as this, thanks!!


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Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go @ SLJ. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at LiveBinders.com. Contact her at dford@juniorlibraryguild.com. Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.

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