Apps for Librarians & Educators
What you'll learn
- Get experience using some of the best apps available and understand how they enable learning.
- Understand how tablets are complementary to and different from laptops, and how their capabilities are creating new learning opportunities.
- Understand how apps are being used by people with special needs, and get access to resources for learning more.
- Get inspiration for creating your own app guides, offering workshops, and advising colleagues.
- Get up to speed quickly: watch video demos and follow along on your own mobile device.
- You'll need your own smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android).
- You'll need to know how to install new apps on your device.
Mobile apps are empowering for people of all ages and abilities
As librarians and educators, we are passionate about learning and access to information for all. Contrary to the popular idea that apps are only useful for “consumption,” the best mobile apps are being used effectively as tools to enable learning and knowledge creation.
Got iPads, but no time to discover the best apps?
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the number of apps available and not sure where to start with finding the best ones, you’re not alone!
Many librarians have told me that they feel
- excited about having new iPads, but not sure of the best apps to recommend and use.
- overwhelmed by the sheer number of apps available.
- unsure where to start with finding and evaluating the best educational apps.
- worried about the digital divide and the loss of access to information for all.
You might have new iPads in your library or school, but what are the best learning experiences you can create with them? You know that just throwing technology at a problem is NOT the way to go.
When you become “app-literate,” you serve your community by becoming their go-to expert on mobile apps.
When you become an app expert, you become the go-to person for your community—evaluating, reviewing and recommending the very best apps for knowledge creation and active learning. You gain influence in your community by designing innovative programs and services that use mobile apps for learning.
Who this course is for:
- Librarians and educators who want to learn about the best apps for learning and for library programs .
- Librarians from any kind of institution (schools, universities, corporate, law, government, medical, non-profit, archives)
- Educators, academics, and other creative professionals (you don't need to be a librarian to sign up!)
Helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies
Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies, and Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage.
She offers a variety of instructional resources that bring people from novice to expert, and helps spark ideas for creative uses of mobile technologies.
She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years as head of user experience and web manager. She has designed and conducted user experience research, usability tests, websites, web applications, and online instruction.
She has won several awards, including the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year.
Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively.