Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Secret to success

Our director shared this videolink at one of our BMT sessions. One of the secrets to success is passion. Without passion, everything you do is just a chore, and this applies to ones studies too. At first the ICT applications course seemed like one big mountain to climb. But as I read more, apply more, I want to know more. I saw Gilbert's project on QR codes, and I'm royally impressed. I feel like I would also like to try a QR code application. (but first I need a smartphone). Two months ago, I would have said that I'll never understand anything IT related and now I'm taking small steps. I know i'm slow on the uptake, but as the Afrikaans saying goes; agteros kom ook in die kraal. So after watching this video, with every new challenge I will apply some passion to it and see if it changes my attitude to the challenge, especially the difficult ones

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


I found this article on my RSS Feed. As you need a Smartphone to read your QR code, it just makes more sense to acquire one. And as the article indicate it is so much cheaper & mobile, so it becomes much more accessible...makes you think
Obviously you use your smartphone for much more than that and as the demand is there to stay 'connected', what more could you want than to have internet access at your fingertips.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Due Date..............8 May 2013

...and now my friend, the end is have soooooooo much I still want to say, to add, to learn. What did I learn. The short answer is...A LOT...
I believe in continuous education. I believe in life-long learning. I believe one is never too old to learn - you can teach an old dog new tricks.
I started this course with great trepidation. I'm glad for the fire cracker, because it gave me a wake-up call. As a public librarian one becomes so comfortable and complacent. You are exposed to a number of things each day, but sticking your neck out further than necessary is a BIG risk
I would like to encourage public librarians to take up the challenge to familiarise themselves with social media and the benefits it offers for promoting their libraries.

It might be the end of PGDipl.LIS: ICT Applications for now, but it is just the beginning  of continuing with blogging, tweeting and whatever present itself in the near future.
My favourite part of the course was the assignment on mobile technologies and the accompanying powerpoint presentations   

Twitter Daily Planner

Twitter is one of the most interesting applications, but it can also be very addictive. the following link are steps to follow to manage your twitter account:

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Wiki update

A Wiki can be very informative and also quite simplistic, concise and to the point. I checked out these two sites on special interest groups in libraries to 'see' whats happening at other libraries. Its amazing though distance separate us, we share the same concerns and similar challenges.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Digital divide

 The Digital divide is so great in our country. We have an ample amount of 'have nots' in our communities. While to some communities ipads and tablets in the classroom is the norm, in most other communities it is unheard of. Something some children only see in catalogues. It would be great if all children could be exposed to different technology developments at a young age, that by the time they are grey haired, they do not search for the 'any' button on the keyboard.
This link to this article is really inspiring

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom | Edutopia


How to cite Social Media

I always seem to experience problems with correctly citing a document.

A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning