Archive for August, 2013

Playful learning

Playful learning

Image from freeimages.co.uk Labor Day lets us put aside our work and simply play.  That said, let’s look at an area where work meets play—instructional gaming. Gee (2007) discusses how video games can help develop problem-solving skills and collaborative learning (to vastly oversimplify the book’s concepts).  Games don’t have to […]

By August 29, 2013 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy
Facts behind the fiction

Facts behind the fiction

Photo by Sam T (samm4mrox), retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/samm4mrox/2512136836/in/set-72157616962443658 and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License Earlier this summer a group of us read The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout.  The discussion highlighted the research potential of this book.  Books do gain something from being shared, don’t they? The […]

By August 22, 2013 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy
InfoSavvy fun

InfoSavvy fun

Flying a kite at the beach  Image from freeimages.co.uk Stores may be holding their back-to-school sales, but there’s still time for summer fun.  Speaking of fun have you heard of Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center? This database has material on a wide range of hobbies: outdoor activities, arts & crafts, […]

By August 16, 2013 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy
Giving history a voice

Giving history a voice

Image from freeimages.co.uk On July 20 USM’s Franco-American Collection showcased some of its oral histories.  The event showed us attendees the value of oral histories. As Coordinator James Myall pointed out, oral histories feature everyday people.  Thus they complement history textbooks, which focus on major events.  They also complement history […]

By August 8, 2013 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy
Never too early

Never too early

Image from www.freeimages.co.uk The Lewiston-Auburn College has an undergraduate capstone course known as Senior Seminar (Senior Sem).  There I can reach the greatest number of students at an important moment in their USM careers.  Already I’m preparing for the fall sections. Since I had worked with one of the instructors […]

By August 1, 2013 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy