Videos and QR Codes in the Library

This post discusses several library based YouTube videos that serve as examples that other librarians can get inspiration from. Not only that, but teachers and librarians can realize the potential of personally created videos in the classroom and library through the use of a program called Animoto. Not only that, but what better way to share those videos but through a nifty tool called QR codes, which will also be briefly discussed as well. Let’s get started!

As a librarian, there are times when using videos can prove conducive to the educational purposes of a library. Here are some examples of YouTube videos you can create as a librarian in a public school setting:

1. Youtube Name: Calypso Gilstrap:

  • Most helpful video: “Getting Started with the MHS Library Website.”
  • Most liked video: “Tiger Visits the Norman High Library.”

2. Youtube Name: Theunquietlibrary:

  • Most helpful video: “Finding CC Licensed images in Advanced Flickr Search.”
  • Most liked video: “New Arrivals, April 2012.”

3. Youtube Name: Pikesvillehslibrary:

  • Most helpful video: “Ms Johnson’s Advisory Group.”
  • Most liked video: “Hip Hop Day @ The Panthers Library.”

4. Youtube Name: Bbmsmedia:

  • Most helpful video: NoodleTools – How to Make a Website Citation.”
  • Most liked video: “I’m the One by DK Khaled Overdue Library Book Parody.”

The most useful way I could see using videos would be for a monthly news update covering new arrivals and upcoming events in the library. I’d also use it as instructions for NoodleTools and other research necessities.

Concerning videos, you can make some on Animoto.com. I made a sample video; a book trailer for the children’s book:

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“Spooky Stories; a Haunting Collection of Ghostly Tales and Creepy Rhymes.” A synopsis from the publisher is as follows, “Climb aboard and hold on tight for the scariest ride of your life! Travel through this spine-chilling collection and along the way you’ll meet ghouls and ghosts, vampires and witches, mummies and monsters and a whole host of other unspeakable spooks! With tales to make your toys tingle, and rhymes to make you roar, this hilariously horrible book is just great when bedtime beckons…” (Dempsey Parr).

 

To view the sample video, just scan the QR code below:

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This video was very easy to make and has a step by step tutorial on how to create a video. There are many features already available to you as a creator, and the program allows you to upload images, etc, to use and personalize. If you want even better features, you can pay for membership, but for now, I’ll stick with the free one.

As for QR codes, I think it’d be super helpful to record a video giving instructions on how to use Google Slides, or on formatting a paper, and to have the students individually scan the QR code to watch it at their desk. I didn’t realize they were so easy to make and that the scanners were so easy to download. I’m no where as immobilized by them. Probably wrong word usage there…

How to Create a Flyer using Canva

Watch the screencast here to learn how to create a flyer for free on Canva.com!

To create this video, I used Screencast and downloaded a free file to allowed me access to record my screen while speaking. I also used QuickTime Player, where I recorded the screen and an audio at the same time. Tonight proved more difficult when it came to remembering how to record my voice at the same time as the screen, as it’s been a while since I’ve used it. In all, Screencast was very easy to use and is efficient.

It’d be nice to sue screencast for showing students how to use Google Slides, or how to format a paper using MLA.

I’d definitely use screencast again, and prefer it’s ease of use over QuickTime Player.

7 Reasons People Read Infographic

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I created this infographic on Easel.ly (http://www.easel.ly/) as a way to practice creating an infographic. I looked at Easel.ly.com, Piktochart.com, and Infogr.am.com. After browsing these three programs, I decided that Easel.ly was the most user-friendly.

Easel.ly: It took some getting used to, with minor trial and error, and would most likely be a good tool for those who are comfortable using the computer. The major downfall was that it’s cartoon graphics were extremely limited unless you upgraded for a small fee. It’s upside was that it offered a lot of templates with relatively easy use.

Piktochart: Had a lot of templates to choose from, but didn’t look as appealing for the younger generation as the other templates on Easel.ly did. It looked more career/work focused. A lot of really nice infographics could be made on Easel.ly if I had paid for the upgrade, much better than the one you see above where I had to resort to stock images.

Infogram: I didn’t explore this one near as much, as it didn’t look as user-friendly. After finding a template to explore, it didn’t seem to have as many options as Easel.ly, etc. It could be just as good, but didn’t appeal to me.

In all honesty, I think using Canva.com would have been just as good, more user-friendly, and would have offered more images (stock and cartoon) to pick from with higher quality downloads.

The information in the infogram, “7 Reasons People Read,” came from Pew Research Center, which you can find here: Facts

APA Citation:

Why people like to read. (2012, April 5). Retrieved from Pew research center website:

https://www.pewinternet.org/2012/04/05/why-people-like-to-read/.