Thing 26: Note-taking Tools

In the NY Times article for the lesson, I was surprised how it was stated that students who use laptops during lectures/classes are not as effective in assessments as students who do not use these tools. Yes, using a laptop might influence a student to explore other social media sites instead of listening to a professor, but doesn’t it depend on the student?

I type faster than I write with a pen. When at a meeting or a class, I prefer to type notes as they are more thorough. I tried to write with pen/paper for a meeting and found myself frustrated. The speaker spoke quickly, and I could not keep up with notes.

Recently, I went digital for all my notes. It was a smooth transition from pen and paper, and I use Google Drive as my base. In the past, I’ve attempted to use Evernote. However, that tool did not stick because it was yet another tool to use when there are so used for personal reasons.

For this lesson, I delved more into Google Keep. This tool reminds me of Padlet, and it was simple to use. I tried to use it for a few meetings in the last week, but I still prefer to use a Google Doc. I can appreciate the simple, organized method thought of Google Keep and hope to introduce this tool in lesson soon.

As our school becomes fully integrated with 1:1 Chromebooks for grades 3-12 next year, Google Keep could be a helpful tool to use in the classroom. Students could use this tool to write down questions they have about a lesson or type key points to reference later. With this lesson I’ve realized that each person has their own method for note taking, but it’s good to explore different tools and step outside my comfort zone. Sometimes it is OK to not fix what was broken.



February 2018 Wrap Up & March 2018 TBR

February 2018 Wrap Up

January 2018 had many mediocre or excellent reads. For February, I finished 15 books. That is way more than I thought I would finish. A long drive to work allows me to listen to audio books for about an hour each day.  The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Blue Coat and The Cruel Prince have the possibility to be in my top 10 favorite books this year.

  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse – 5/5
  • March Book 1 by John Robert Lewis – 5/5
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – 5/5
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – 5/5
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – 5/5
  • March 2 by John Robert Lewis – 4/5
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden 4/5
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare – 4/5
  • Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung – 4/5
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – 4/5
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – 4/5
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao – 4/5
  • Everless by Sara Holland – 3/5
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – 3/5
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis – 3/5

March 2018 TBR

Some books I would like to try and get in March include:

  • March Book 3
  • Daugther of a Pirate King
  • Daughter of the Siren Queen
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Everland
  • As Bright As Heaven
  • Pashmina
  • Spinning
  • The Light We Lost
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker
  • Lincoln in the Bardo

Thing 3: Twitter and Other Online Communities

For this lesson, I wanted to revisit and reflect on my professional use of Twitter. Since the creation of my account, Twitter has been a professional, not a personal, network for me. I’ve always used it to gather and share resources regarding librarianship, education, books and technology. However, I needed to do something new this school year with Twitter.

To begin, I overhauled my profile description. Since it was a professional account, I had to focus on what means most to me as a professional. I also added a new section: My current read is … to share what books or articles I am currently reading. These edits make me feel more cohesive and organized with my online presence. I also updated my Tweetdeck account to follow different hashtags.

Although I am late to the game, I have started to participate in the #12daystwitter. Why not? I’ve sifted through some of the tweets to follow other handles and gather resources.

Lastly, earlier this year I debated whether to create a separate Twitter account to promote and brand the school library. I wanted to share more resources and happenings through Twitter this year, but not sure about the format. A pro and con list was created, and in the end, I decided to create a hashtag (#granbylibrary) versus a separate account. Because my Twitter account is a professional account, I felt OK doing this and I do have an established, active presence. Every few days, I gather photos or highlights of happenings in the library to Tweet out. This is a new process for me, and I find myself appreciating that resources are shared, but more importantly, I am advocating the library’s story. This simple change has proved to be a powerful new way to continue to advocate for my library.