Sunday, May 1, 2016

The future....

“Scientia potentia est” (Knowledge Is Power). This quote is most contributed to Sir Francis Bacon, a philosopher of scientific knowledge. Communities have the ability to help themselves if they knew how to protect their data security. I did a presentation, through Mozilla’s Web Literacy curriculum, to a group of teens at the library I worked at. This photo reminds me every day that young adults from high school to college need more web literacy security workshops.

I believe that I could do more workshops to college students in my current position at a community college. This generation post so much about their lives and they don’t see how their current and future activities can be compromised. Back to this presentation, I saw how the teens became enraged that their life was used for profit and this photo showed that this teen felt used attacked by these hacks and wanted her life back. When I took this photo, I knew then that she had every right to have her activities secured but she needed to know how to have the skills to keep her privacy secured too.
Mozilla Web Literacy has free online competencies that allows individuals to obtain “entry level” knowledge on how to protect themselves. I utilized Mozilla’s web literacy information to help teens see how their rights online can be compromised. I am so honored that the teen pictured below showed the world her right to keep her privacy secured. This picture symbolizes to me a desire for communities to know about how they can protect themselves. I would like to create more workshops for college age students to “examine and understand the consequences of sharing data online.”

Offering knowledge creates a conversation and the ability the change lives. I believe that by offering different workshops revolving around web security will be a win-win scenario. This photo is my inspiration and I know that I can find college students to have a conversation about security. I know that giving knowledge is one way to help secure their privacy. I plan to have an online event on our department’s Facebook page and this will help serve as a vehicle of communication to our students. At this community college, all adults (18+) will be welcomed to my workshops. During my workshops, I will have participants apply what they learned. What makes Mozilla’s web literacy workshops unique is how participants usually have an instant desire to start creating a safety net around their social sites. College students usually do not have the energy to apply what they learned, but I believe that I could help others with this type of workshop. What started as a teen holding up a sign stating, “I really don’t want anyone to know my location or sites I look at”, my intention is to promote what Sir Francis Bacon said about knowledge. Knowledge gives back the power and comes full circle to help others, like this teen, to help themselves. Knowledge is indeed power and I want to bring that hope to them.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lesson 11: Wrap Up

  • Go back to your thoughts/ideas about technology and mobile devices. Has anything changed as a result of this experience?
  • What were your favorite Cosas/Things and discoveries?
  • Did you connect with others doing the 11.5 Cosas?
  • Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
  • What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or content?
  • Describe your learning experience in one word or in one sentence. We may use your words to promote 11.5 Cosas learning activities to others.
I really liked Lesson 7 on smartphone tech. I liked it so much and became my favorite COSA lesson that I am keeping this page available as a reference for patrons! I helped others start their blog and maintain it. I don't really know how you can improve or if I had a "wow" moment through these exercises. I think you need to have different levels so I won't be bored with the "beginner" part of the learning experience. 

Smartphone and tablet tech changes so rapidly. We have to always be as knowledgeable as an Apple or Windows Store.

Lesson 10 Challenge

write a paragraph about one local and one state or federal government website you explored. How do you think mobile technology will change people’s relationship to government access and services? Will having government services and elected officials “on the go” make us more (or less) democratic as a society?

Mobile Tech changed how people viewed online services. I recently saw a pothole getting larger and larger and turned into a sinkhole. i went on our "City Connect" on my cell and submitted a ticket. They emailed me in two days that that hole was fixed. I was over the moon that I went online and looked at resident services requests for help. 

A federal government website that I explored was the Library of Congress. I liked the menu because it was very simple and yet robust. When viewed on my cell, I found that this site was user friendly and easy to navigate.  

I have no idea how "on the go" elected officials can affect our democratic process.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Lesson 9 Part 2- OverDrive Magazines

Architectural Digest12 issuesyes
Astronomy12 issuesyes
Better Homes and Gardens' Diabetic Living4 issuesyes

Checking Out and Reading A Magazine

  1. Open your library's OverDrive website
  2. Find a periodical. You can search for periodicals by name or use the Advanced Search to find all titles in the NOOK Periodicals format.
  3. Once you've found a periodical that looks interesting, mouse over it (or tap it, on a mobile device) and select Send to NOOK app.
  4. A pop-up window will open, explaining what happens the first time you send a periodical to NOOK. Select Accept to Continue.
  5. If you're not already signed into your library account, you'll be prompted to do so now.
  6. If this is your first time getting a NOOK periodical, you'll be taken to a Barnes & Noble page to sign into your NOOK ( account. If you don't already have a free NOOK account, you'll be prompted to register for one. After you've signed into (or created) your NOOK account, select Grant Access. This is a one-time step that allows periodicals in your library account to be sent to your NOOK account.
  7. Otherwise your periodical is now sent to your NOOK account. On your library's OverDrive website, you'll be taken to your Periodical History page, where you can see a complete list of periodicals you've successfully sent to NOOK. To read your periodical, switch over to your NOOK reading app or NOOK tablet.
  8. To read your periodical, switch over to your NOOK reading app or NOOK tablet.
Note: Periodicals that you send to NOOK will stay in your NOOK account forever (unless you manually remove them). You don't have to worry about returning them to your library, and you'll never be charged for them.

Lesson 9 Part 1 OneClickdigital

1. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
2.Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
3.Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

eBook Mobile Apps

Google Play   iTunes   Kindle Fire  

eAudio Mobile Apps

Amazon   Google Play   iTunes   Nook  
Kindle Fire App users – if you are having problems signing into your existing Kindle Fire app, please uninstall the app from your Kindle Device, and install the updated Kindle Fire App currently available in the Amazon Store.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lesson 8 Part 2 Challenge

Honestly, I don't really enjoy listening to a book. Too distracting! Que bizarre. I prefer print or ebooks. While looking for an etitle to place here, I noticed that OneClickdigital (1CD) has a great menu to choose from. Just the different genres alone (Short Stories, Self-help, Women's Fiction) is great but I really like that they help the user with large font and easy to use menu options. I love Overdrive but I think Overdrive should look at 1CD as a way to clean up its site too. It is too busy and over reaching in its ambition to be all things to all people. 1CD still needs more help in the sheer number of licenses compared to Overdrive. I'll still look at Overdrive first but I will give 1CD a part in my search for ebooks too. What I don't care for in 1CD is their lack of YA or Teen selections. This will be a poor way to do business in the future. I could not find Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero in 1CD. Boo.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lesson 8 Part 1 Challenge

  • Formats the book is available in
  • How many copies the library owns
  • How many copies are available

  • The Historian by Kostova
  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read
  • Adobe EPUB eBook
  • 2 copies
    0 copies available

    1. Veronica Roth – Divergent
  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read
  • Adobe EPUB eBook
  • 74 copies
  • 47 copies available

    1. David Perlmutter, MD – Grain Brain
    2. Kindle Book
    3. OverDrive Read
    4. Adobe EPUB eBook
    5. 14 copies owned
    6. 11 copies available