Sharing New Classroom Tools using Libguides

Today I had the opportunity to run a session with interested staff, showing them new Web based tools they could be using in their classrooms. I spent quite a bit of time over the holidays putting together a page in our Libguides site for this purpose. Some of the tools were familiar to me and are ones I’ve used in classrooms I’ve taught in, but others were new to me. I decided to try and find screencasts explaining their use wherever possible, so that staff could revisit this page after the session and refamiliarise themselves with how you go about using each tool. I had to use my limited coding skills (those of you who read regularly will be smiling at this) to change the size of the YouTube videos to try and fit the sidebar boxes. I think the staff who attended found the session useful, and I thought I’d share the link here in case there are others in schools elsewhere who will also find this a useful point of reference. To see the page, click here, or on the image below.

If you’re from a school using Libguides, you may want to use this page on your site. Like I said earlier, it took me a long time to put together. If I can save you some time on your end, then that’s a good thing in my book. :)

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4 responses to “Sharing New Classroom Tools using Libguides

  1. What a great collection you have assembled, thank you. There are a couple of new tools I will have to investigate.
    Did you catch my training guide here? http://trinity.nsw.libguides.com/training
    It has some guidelines for keeping those pesky widgets inside the borders with the alternative being changing the column sizes. Generally I find 420 px x 315 px is good for the central column and set any left or right column widgets to be no wider than 180 px.
    Sometimes I go with just 2 columns if there are lots of videos to add, for example, the page on wall plastering for our Construction students http://trinity.nsw.libguides.com/construction.

  2. Great work, Jenny, and thanks for sharing. I’ll be checking out your excellent selection. I always change column sizes too, 400 px for each column if I have 3. For videos I do 350 width, 315 height. Here is my page for tech tools – now I’m thinking I should feature some favourite tools with more information. http://libguides.mhs.vic.edu.au/content.php?pid=258362&hs=a

  3. Thanks for this nice collection. Would you mind adding http://www.learnclick.com to it? At http://www.learnclick.com you can create cloze tests very quick and easily and save them for your students to review. The basic version is for free.

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