Posts tagged: skills

Create. Imagine the possibilities.

20 January 2017

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Welcome to the final day of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week.

Day five

Today’s theme is creating – in particular how to use quizzes and surveys in your teaching and learning. Feel free to pop along to Mary Seacole, room 136, between 12:00 and 13:00 to join in.

A great way to explore learning is through ‘making’ – meaning how you can use devices and applications to develop original and meaningful outputs as an individual or within groups. There are so many ways you can do this; here are some we’ve come across:

Creating presentations
HaikuDeck
Prezi

Word clouds
Wordle
Tagul
worditout

Creating stories
Story Jumper
Storify

Films
Vimeo
Vine

 

For more apps, check out this creating shelf.

 

Thanks for participating this week. Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share what you’ve learned. Check out: #byod4lchat

 

 

Want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

Collaborate. Share the load.

19 January 2017

collaborate

Welcome to day 4 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day four

Today’s theme is collaborating – how to work more effectively and crowdsourcing content using online collaborative tools. Come along to Maxwell, room 819, between 13:00 and 14:00 to find out more.

These apps can help you to work with others in a number of ways:

Video conferencing
Skype
Google+
Blackboard collaborate

File sharing
Evernote
Onedrive
Dropbox

Group work
Trello

Idea generating
Padlet
lino

 

For more apps, check out this collaborating shelf.

Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share your experiences so far. Check out: #byod4lchat

Can’t join in but want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

 

Curate. Don’t drown in a sea of information. Organize.

18 January 2017

curate

Welcome to day 3 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day three

Today’s theme is curating – how to stay on top of the latest developments in your area, and how you can organise your documents, ideas and notes. Drop in to Mary Seacole, room 187, between 12:00 and 13:00 today to find out more.

There’s so much information, it can become overwhelming. Why not explore ways of using your devices and applications to filter, store, organise and manage information effectively?

Note taking
Evernote
One Note

Document reader
Feedly (helps you keep on top of news and literature in your field)

Bookmarking
Pocket (save webpages to view later, even without an internet connection)

Referencing
RefMe
Mendleley

For more apps, check out this curating shelf.

Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share your experiences so far. Check out: #byod4lchat

Can’t join in but want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

Make the most of your mobile device.

1 February 2016

Make the most of your mobile device! Did you get a sparkly new device for Christmas?

Why not check out our great new package full of hints and tips to get you started; no matter which device you use?

Simply choose your device and see how you can connect to key University services such as e-mail, accessing e-books and more plus some great apps to help you work and study more effectively.

Who knows? This could open up a whole new world of great ways to spend your time, connect with others and organise your work!

We would love to hear what you think of the resource and any problems you encounter setting up your device for learning at the University of Salford.

 

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Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L)

8 January 2016
Are you feeling like you’re not getting the most out of your mobile technology?

Getting a shiny new device for Christmas or have one lying around?

Do you want some help with how to use it in your studies?

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Then Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L) week may be for you!

Starting on 11th January 2016 (for 5 days), this short course looks at how you can make the most of your smart device (tablet/phone/laptop) through short 10 minute activities and additional resources. The course will enable you to connect with peers and learn within a wider community.

There is no requirement to join in every activity, the decision of how much time you wish to spend on this is entirely up to you. During the week there will be activities and a competition around the University so keep your eyes and ears open!

Twitter:  #BYOD4L

At Salford we are celebrating by letting you know what we have available for you so you can make the most of your laptop, tablet or phone to help you with your studies.

Have a look at our Get started pages to help set up your device.

 

Aaaaahhh???? Don’t know much other than how to switch it on? Come and see us: Clifford Whitworth library has a special support desk http://www.its.salford.ac.uk/dropin/ available between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help get you started.

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Assess your skills!

30 October 2015

Assess your skills imageBefore you start searching for information for your assignments, you may find it useful to assess your information finding skills first. We have created a short skills assessment that you can work through which will help you identify any areas you could develop further and it will guide you to sources of further help and guidance where needed.

Give it a try!  It only takes up to 15 minutes to work through and it can save you time by pointing you in the direction of help and guidance where you need it most.

 

 

Community Care Inform- new resource for Social Work

28 January 2015

Community Care Inform

University staff and students now have access to Community Care Inform : Adults, as well as the Children site.

CC Inform Adults provides the same kind of information as the Children site, but with a focus on issues more pertinent to the social care of adults :

  • Guidance to key pieces of legislation
  • Expert articles
  • Practice guides

Access to Community Care Inform : Adults is currently by username and password (ie. not the same as the Children site)

You can find the username and password you need to access this new service here

‘Appy Christmas!

17 December 2014

The end of term is nearly here and the festive decorations are up, so the Library wanted to wish you a Happy ‘Appy Christmas.

appblogAs a gift to you, we’ve bought together a selection of useful apps which could help with any New Years resolutions you may be making for 2015. As an added gift they are all free!

Dreaming of being more organized?

Wunderlust, Trello or Evernote may help.

Wunderlust: Voted MacApp of the Year 2013, this useful app will help you organize your to-do lists, errands and even track and share your shopping list.

Trello: Working together on a project? Trello may help you stop long email threads and get rid of a pile of sticky notes. Trello lets you see everything about your project in a single glance.

Evernote: lets you keep track of ideas, thoughts, notes, from short one liners to lengthy texts. Evernote provides you with the workspace you may need.

Determined to keep up to date with the news but don’t want to visit numerous websites?

Try Feedly.

This handy app lets you track numerous news feeds and websites in one place. You no longer need to visit multiple websites, you can ensure you’ve got all the latest news you want from all the sources you need in one place.

Wishing to make managing your references and online reading easier?

Refme could be what you need. The RefME app will help you quickly assemble a list of references for a particular assignment.

If you find something online you want to read but you want to save it till later, try putting it in your pocket.

 

We hope you enjoy time off over the holidays but we know you may have work to do. For those of you with exams in January then ExamTime is another gift to you to help you capture your revision notes.

Finally, its not actually an app but if you want to follow Father Christmas’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve, its don’t miss out on the NORAD Santa Tracker.

Merry Christmas and an ‘Appy New Year to you!

Image courtesy of Cesar Poyatos flicker.com https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

Is it a hoax?

22 July 2014

Learning to evaluate information is an important skill that you’ll develop at University. Deciding if a source can be trusted is crucial when you’re writing essays, for example. But do you apply that skill when you’re online?

Whether it’s an email from a stranger asking for money in your inbox, or a story that’s doing the rounds on Twitter or Facebook, it’s important to evaluate what you see online too.

If you’re not sure about a story you’ve seen online, check out Hoax Slayerhttp://www.hoax-slayer.com/ It rounds up the latest email hoaxes and internet scams.

Feel like your evaluation skills are on form? Then check out this video:

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(Convinced? It’s an April Fool’s hoax made by Google)

Student guide to social media

9 June 2014

Have you ever wondered how you could use social media to enhance your academic studies?

This short and handy guide made by the Libraries at  University of Leeds, University of York and University of Manchester introduces different types of social media and gives you information and guidance on how to use different types of social media as well as how best to use it for your academic studies and future career.

 

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Social Media Guide for Students