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There’s an APP for that! August 2, 2012

Filed under: Apps,eLearning,Mobile Phones,School Libraries — librarypaula @ 1:31 am

After a period of hibernation I return to my blog, all my best made plans to blog over the school holidays disappeared under mountain of domesticity!

After attending the Evidence Based Practice workshop delivered so beautifully by the delightful Ross Todd, I realise how far I have to go on this journey.
As Rome wasn’t built in a day, I’m starting with a little “parent education” about the possibilities and potential of Smart Phones and Mobile Devices in the library world.

This is a piece I’ve written today to be published in the Riccarton High School newletter.

How to do promote your services and new ideas to people within your extended communities?

(If you’ve not seen The Horizon Report or don’t have time for the full version checkout the shortlist.)

There’s an APP for that!
As SMART phones become cheaper and more accessible to more people, the app market continues to grow and explode with choice for us, the consumer.
In 2010 10.9 billion apps were downloaded globally with this number estimated to grow to 76.9 billion by 2014.
The Library and Information world is embracing this new portal for information delivery and access, by giving customers a way in to a library’s collection and limitless online information with apps for their products and services.
Combined with the anytime anywhere always connected possibilities of 3G and wireless networks, how society consumes information and knowledge is being transformed.

Each year The Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years.
Although the Horizon Report is a US publication, New Zealand always follows closely with the international trends it predicts each year.
Mobile Apps are cited as an emerging technology with the time to adoption being one year or less.
Other areas of emerging technology for 2012 are:
Tablet Computing; Time to adoption: One Year or Less
Game-based Learning and Learning Analytics; Time to adoption: Two to Three Years
Gesture-based Computing and Internet of Things; Time to adoption: Four to Five Years

“Mobile apps are the fastest growing dimension of the mobile space in higher education right now, with impacts on virtually every aspect of informal life, and increasingly, every discipline in the university.
… Imbedded sensors, cameras, and GPS have proved to be a feature set with hundreds of thousands of applications. Apps that take advantage of recent developments in these tools, along with advances in electronic publishing and the convergence of search technology and location awareness, make this category of software enormously interesting in the education context.
Higher education institutions are now designing apps tailored to educational and research needs across the curriculum.”

-Horizon Report

Christchurch City Libraries have recently released apps for both the iPhone and Android platforms.
These apps are packed full of features which give library customers the ability to search the library’s collection, with filters to zero-in on the titles you’re seeking.
Users can get the details of any title, anytime and anywhere including descriptions, community reviews and commentary. They can browse bestsellers and new materials, check a title’s availability and even map the locations where your title is available now.
And if the book, DVD, CD or magazine is not on the shelf right now, you can order what you’re wanting.
Plus, you can check library hours and locations and with Google maps, get directions from where you’re standing!

Our School Library service offers traditional library materials such as books and magazines to support students with their reading and research, in conjunction with apps, databases, and smart online searching strategies, to create a virtual tool kit blending paper and digital resources giving the school community a 21st Century library and information environment.
It’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the Library and Information community!
We’re embracing apps and the devices that run them in the ever evolving digital world and loving the challenge. IPods and Smart phones give us a fantastic way to engage with students, as we ask about the games they’re playing or the apps they’ve discovered and are using.
We encourage students to use their phones and mobile devices as learning and organizational tools;
take a photo of your timetable, store your Library Card number in your contacts, use mind mapping and note taking apps so precious information is stored in one place.
We all know that teenagers are very rarely without their phones so this information travels with them.
If you’re new to the app world check out the Featured App on Apple’s App Store or Staff Picks in Google Play if you’re an Android user.
The Library has plenty of books and magazines to keep you current too, and in our library here at school, there’s free wireless for you to download new apps too!
If you’re a Twitter user, #apps provides plenty of current app suggestions, and if you’re visiting the library many of us librarians are closet, and not so closet app geeks and we love sharing our latest finds!


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