School’s out for summer

Today was the last day of my first practicum, and everything was bittersweet. Just when you feel like you are settled and confident, something ends and something new takes its place. After my first practicum this winter, I thought I would never have another learning experience that matched it. Turns out I did. Both experiences have been incredible, and have gained countless new skills.

Now that this practicum is over, it feels like summer can finally start. Working full-time with two online classes are on the agenda. Helping plan more of the baby shower and doing what I want when I want.

I also know this will be my last “free” summer. I have been in school forever. Next year at this time will be a big-girl job, and that means it’s officially time to grow up and move on to my next goals and challenges.

 

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Facebook goes public, I deactivate my account

Almost a week ago, I deactivated my Facebook account. I wasn’t really using it anymore, and I wanted to build my network on Twitter. The first few hours after the account was deactivated, I had a slew of text messages and DM on Twitter asking “Where did your Facebook go?”

I simply responded, “I deactivated my account.”

Immediately, friends started asking why I did this-did I need to talk-is everything OK. I did not think that people would perceive this action as tragic. It’s like I did something so heinous no one else would do. Some called me crazy, while others asked how to keep in touch.

In the past week, there has been more time spent reading books, focusing on work and more sleep. I am not glued to my laptop or Android checking out the latest status update. It feels like freedom, and I do not miss stalking people’s news feeds anymore.

Living Single

My most recent read was Living Single by Holly Chamberlin. I have not heard of this author before, but I did enjoy this book. Maybe I liked it because I felt I related to the main character, Erin. I felt this book helped me think about what I really want and have a deeper assurance the benefits of being single for the time being.

Not too long ago, I got out of a relationship and was devastated. I had reached my lowest I ever felt, just like Erin did in the book. Through Erin, I learned to hold onto family and friends. To take time for myself. To read books. To do what I want when I want. To appreciate and spend time with my close friends.

The book was well-written and fast-paced, though at times I thought the author’s main character was a bit whiny. She showed me what not to be in the future.

I’d recommend this book for girls who just got out of a relationship, or ones who are afraid of being single. Just because you are along, it doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.

What is an infographic, and why should I care?

Introduction

Information is constantly changing the way it is designed, presented and viewed. We want data in a matter of seconds. No longer do we want to read through multiple pages of reports or sit in boring meetings where the central focus is a PowerPoint presentation.

We demand data absorption to be fast, accurate and interesting. Some want less text; others want charts, graphs or images to represent information. We want main ideas and numbers. These characteristics are often true of 21-st century learners, who want fast results.

What is an infographic?

Infographics are visual representations of information and data. These graphics summarize complex concepts or knowledge into a concise and clearer design through key ideas, images, charts or graphs.

To create an infographic, you simply collect data, analyze and design it and present results. When you create an infographic, it is important to provide relevant and synthesized data about the topic. Additionally, it is important to ensure the audience, whether it be a high-school student or corporate lawyer, has previously acquired the necessary comprehension skills to understand the infographic.

Why should I use an infographic?

  1. Infographics met many needs of visual learners. For visual learners, infographics have images and charts that represent key information students to learn. These help visual learners understand the meaning of information represented, and people learn more effectively seeing data or information
  2. Infographics are attention-grabbing., especially if one has effective images or interactive videos. They are a break from traditional PowerPoints or poster boards
  3. Infographics can be shared through social networks. Many infographic generators allow users to share infographics or embed codes into a blog or website
  4. Infographics breakdown complex data; this process enables an audience to understand key concepts
  5. People generally like and appreciate facts, numbers or statistics; this is the type of information infographics provide

How can infographics be used in the library or school?

There are endless ways infographics can be used to benefit the library. They can be used as assessment, content overviews or presentation tools. Here are some ways to utilize infographics in a library or school:

Library

  • Create an infographic for a board or administration meeting. Show statistics of how many students visit the library each year. Show how many books circulate each month or what type of equipment is most needed by students. Create a chart of the most-used services in the library, or what books are most popular
  • Use infographics for new-student orientations. Show how many books or videos are available to check out. Display library hours, contact information or circulation periods
  • Use infographics to promote services and resources the library provides
  • Design an infographic to promote library advocacy
  • Create an infographic as part of a book display. List data about key authors, genres or books you promote
  • Create an infographic to coincide with a theme, such as Banned Book Week, National Library Week or National Poetry month

School

  • Have students create infographics to present what they learned at the end of a unit
  • If there is much data in a science or history class, create an infographic to organize this information for students
  • Create an infographic for students interested in college. Provide statistics or tips as to what they need to do. For example, become involved with school activities, what exams are needed (SAT, ACT). Highlight public or private colleges in the region
  • Design an infograph for fire, health or safety issues
  • Create a timeline of a period in American or global history for class