EdTech 2011 was held during the last week of October in Myrtle Beach and, once again, Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library and the State Library were represented in the exhibit hall and in the breakout sessions. The EdTech conference provides professional development opportunities in all areas of educational technology, making it a valuable experience for South Carolina educators.
The South Carolina State Library and the Discus Program are both making greater use of online technology to keep Discus users aware and informed. An example of this is the increased use of screencasting. Screencasts – recordings of actions taking place on a computer screen – effectively serve as brief tutorials that can be viewed multiple times if desired. Recent screencasts include those listed below.
South Carolina State Library staff enjoyed meeting and greeting educators from throughout the state at the EdTech Conference that was held on October 27-29 in Myrtle Beach. Educators were challenged to “Discover the Mystery” as they learned about solutions designed to integrate technology in education.
Those who visited the State Library’s exhibit booth were encouraged to provide feedback about the Discus program on a prize entry form. Prizes included a book and also insulated Discus beverage mugs. Congratulations to the lucky winners!
August 1st will usher in major changes to several of the Resource Centers provided by Gale Cengage Learning. The Resource Centers will be replaced by new learning portals from Gale’s In Context family of products. The In Context products will contain all the reliable, authoritative content from the Resource Centers plus a media-rich, Web-like experience for today’s learners, educators and librarians.
The Discus program takes pleasure in announcing that, as part of the South Carolina State Library’s Workforce Development Initiative, a high-quality customized set of career related electronic books has been added to the line-up of resources. The set is being provided by OCLC NetLibrary and Lyrasis and is made possible with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act. It is listed on the Discus homepage as the Career eBook Collection.