Atomic Training: A Resource for Technology Learning

As we prepare for Thursday's Edge Initiative webinar with Mick Jacobsen and Toby Greenwalt from Skokie Public Library (IL), we're highlighting useful technology training resources. Whether your library is training its staff and volunteers to use Windows 8 or Excel, or helping patrons learn to use Google, the Atomic Training Donation Program at TechSoup can help you get started.

Supporting Technology Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets: A Free Webinar

A large high tech digital lab, a dedicated full-time training staff, a large budget for training materials... If that sounds like your library, then this is probably not the session for you. If, however, you're dealing with small spaces and limited staff and resources, yet want to provide technology training in your community, then please sign up!

Little Clickers: Darien Library's Innovative Tech Program for Children and Parents

Parents of young children often struggle with knowing how to help their child interact with technology and media in a healthy way. Librarians can play a role in helping parents understand both the potential and the challenges. The Darien Library (CT), for example, offers Little Clickers, a computer class for preschool age children and their parent or caregiver.

Speed Dating: A Fast Way to Meet New Technologies

You may have heard of speed dating parties. They are popular matchmaking events during which single people have an opportunity to have quick conversations with lots of other single people. If someone meets a person they would like to get to know better during the event, they can arrange another date. Some innovative minds in the New Jersey library world have borrowed from this approach to create Technology Speed Dating, a training format that helped NJ librarians quickly get introduced to lots of new technologies.

Workshop Activities to Increase Learning and Retention: Part 1

We had amazing engagement from everyone involved in our webinar today, Designing and Delivering Technology Workshops. Some participants asked if we'd share more about our favorite activities to increase learning and rentention. We are going to do a couple of blog posts around this topic, since we have a lot of ideas! Share yours in the comments and we will incorporate them into our next blog post.  

Uncommonly Good

Earlier this week, I blogged a bit about my week in Kentucky and I have a few more posts from that trip in the works. I was there to provide "Taking on Technology" workshops with Kendra Morgan (TechAtlas). One of the things we talked about during the day was 2.0 technologies.

Thinking about Columbus

It's Columbus Day. I probably would have forgotten about the holiday, but while trying to complete my errand list for the day (mail package at post office, return books to library...), I was reminded. To be honest, the Columbus on my mind right now is the Columbus Metropolitan Library, because Helene Blowers works there.

Learning about technology: how do you do it?

In a recent comment to our latest poll, Dave Jackson offered his thoughts on his favorite tools (or lack thereof) for learning:

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