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Amazon Prime Video: A Feature Rich Streaming Service

Amazon Prime Video: A Feature Rich Streaming Service

I’m taking a break from Japan posts this time and trying to get back into writing about one of my greatest loves, technology. Looking for a movie This past weekend I was on a Steve Carell bender. He has really evolved in the roles he’s taken on. Early in his career as a correspondent on The Daily Show from 1999 to 2005 and his role as cringy business manager Michael Scott on the Office (2005 to 2011) were goofy and…

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Photo editing using Snapseed: A workshop on basic mobile photo editing

Photo editing using Snapseed: A workshop on basic mobile photo editing

Let me start off by saying, I’m no photographer. I don’t have any formal training in the art of taking a photograph. That said, leading up to my trip to Japan I did do a lot of self-exploration into what makes a good photo on a mobile device (iPhone Photography School has a YouTube channel too). I got a lot of compliments on the photos I took from my recent trip to Japan, so I thought I’d put together this little…

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Flickr, you were the chosen one…

Flickr, you were the chosen one…

In preparation for my trip to Japan, I was on the hunt for the best platform for travel photo sharing. I thought that was going to be Flickr. I had long forgotten about Flickr until I read a recent review about it. They offer users a staggering 1TB worth of photo storage. THAT’S RIGHT, 1TB OF FULL RESOLUTION STORAGE. Other photo sharing sites like Google Photos offer unlimited photo storage but at a reduced resolution. Amazon Photos does offer unlimited high-resolution photo storage…

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Building library training tools using Scratch

Building library training tools using Scratch

In this series of posts, I am showcasing a number of games that I designed during my Master of Library and Information Science coursework from INFO 287: Gamifying Information.  This post will look at my attempt to create a game in Scratch. Scratch is a free web-based coding platform that helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch allows people to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in…

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Presentation Tool: Mentimeter

Presentation Tool: Mentimeter

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the OCULA Fall Conference 2016. The keynote speaker was Alec Couros, a professor of educational technology and media in the Faculty of Education at University of Regina. He spoke about the role of the Library of the Future. The talk was very interesting and aligned closely with my own interests of creating digitally literate citizens. However, it was a polling tool he used that really made the presentation feel engaging…

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