Against HarperCollins Ebook Policy

eBooks are supposed to replace paper books – the wear and tear of physical books makes their lifespan and longevity limited and are intended to be replaced with electronic  versions that make them accessible forever.  It can get extremely costly for a library to buy multiple physical copies of books… What if the book is not popular, therefore, it isn’t accessed or used much? What if the book is lost? What if the book never gets returned by the individual who checked it out? What if there are not enough copies of the book? Ebooks allow libraries to evolve and survive in the Digital Age.  eBooks for libraries allow people to access books beyond the physical walls of the library and read them on their own computers.  This policy would limit the book to be checked out a total of 26 times.  The library would then have to decide whether or not to repurchase the ebook.  This policy threatens public access and limits access to individuals.  There should not be a cap on the circulation of ebooks. This policy also threatens the entire concept of a library.  Libraries rely on financial contributions and support in order to stay open.  Authors, editors, and publishing companies already make profits on the sales of books but they’re being selfish in collecting additional royalties.



Biba, P. (2011 May).  Best-selling authors criticize HarperCollins library ebook policy. TeleRead.

Hayes, S. (2012 Nov.).  HarperCollins ebook now back on shelves, thanks to policy change at the library.  The Saint Albert Gazette.

Kelley, M. (2012 Feb.).  One year later, harpercollins sticking to 26-loan cap, and some librarians rethink opposition. The Digital Shift.

Reid, C. (2011 Mar.). Librarian unhappiness over new harper ebook lending policy grows.  Publishers Weekly



How I Have Used Twitter With My Information Technology Classes

Communication, Class Projects and Discovering Content, Twitter Tools, Following Academia (Professional Development),

Twitter offers new and exciting ways to open up the lines of communication in the classroom.

  1. Direct Tweeting.
  2. Getting to know my students.
  3. Collaborating on homework, assignments, and projects.
  4. Making announcements.
  5. Brainstorming.
  6. Generating feedback from my students.
  7. Sharing information/content.   
  8. Daily opportunities for learning.
  9. Bulletin board.
  10. Extended office hours. 
  11. Student engagement.
  12. Parent communication.
  13. Instant feedback.
  14. Formative and summative assessments.
  15. Giving every student a voice.
  16. Organization of notes.
  17. Twitter pop quizzes.
  18. Classroom connections.
  19. Bookmarking great resources.
  20. Connecting with professionals and experts.
  21. Gathering real-world data.
  22. Vocabulary and grammar building.
  23. Conversations beyond the classroom.
  24. Bonus and extra-credit assignments.
  25. Link sharing.
  26. Trend mapping.
  27. Summaries.

Social Media as an Education Tool

Modernize Discussions

  • This requires the teacher to monitor which students are speaking up when.
  • Students can participate in dialogues, class conversations, and prepare answers in advance.
  • Teachers can set up an ongoing online discussion board.

Communicate Between Classes

  • Social media provides the perfect platform for class communication inside and outside the classroom.
  • Teachers can send out announcements, share ideas, and pose questions to students.
  • Students can receive updates from the teacher.

Study Together Remotely

  • Studying in groups can be highly beneficial because each individual will have a slightly different understanding of the content and material.
  • Students do not have to be face to face meetings.
  • Students can share knowledge and exchange ideas with each other.

Apply Learned Content

  • The content must be applicable to real-life situations.
  • Students can give students application practice.
  • Students can apply content learned to different social media platforms: creating slides on Pinterest, creating videos that can be uploaded onto Youtube, or network with others through LinkedIn.
  • This helps in students’ mastery of concepts and understand how the content they learned has a bearing in real life.

Social Media in Education

While there is no question that students in higher education are pretty well versed in many technologies and social media platforms. But what do their instructors think?

  • The level of personal use of social media among faculty (70.3%) mirrors that of the general population.
  • 5 % of faculty use social media in a professional context (any aspect of their profession outside of teaching), up from 44.7% last year.
  • Only 41% of faculty use social media in the classroom, but this use continues to experience steady year-to-year growth.
  • Faculty are sophisticated consumers of social media. They match different sites to their varying personal, professional, and teaching needs.
  • Concerns remain about privacy, maintaining the class as a private space for free and open discussion, and the integrity of student submissions.
  • Most faculty agree that “the interactive nature of online and mobile technologies create better learning environments” and that digital communication has increased communication with students.
  • Faculty believe that online and mobile technologies can be distracting, and that they have resulted in longer working hours and more stress.


Ways How to Use Social Media in the Classroom

Sites such as Facebook and Twitter and tools such as Skype are connecting students to learning opportunities in new and exciting ways. Whatever content or discipline you teach regardless of grade level, you will find inspirational ways to incorporate social media in your classroom with this list.

  1. Make literature real.
  2. Follow famous people.
  3. Twitter treasure hunt.
  4. Learn probability.
  5. Study geography.
  6. Connect with other classrooms.
  7. Recent public updates.
  8. Field trips.
  9. Conference with parents.
  10. Take a challenge.
  11. Create apps.
  12. Research social media.
  13. Help in developing countries.
  14. Follow mentors.
  15. Grassroot opportunities.
  16. Find scientific research papers.
  17. Tweet famous conversations.
  18. Attend lectures remotely.
  19. Practice a language.
  20. Watch citizen journalism in action.
  21. Track a word or phrase.
  22. Learn personal responsibility.
  23. Offer a class.
  24. Collaborate with other professionals.
  25. Use Twitter to teach journalism.
  26. Answer questions.
  27. Prospective students.
  28. Conferences.
  29. Post notes.
  30. Tweet lesson plans.
  31. Faculty or staff forum.
  32. Live blog.
  33. Instant feedback.
  34. Take attendance.
  35. Test new technology.
  36. Recruit guest speakers.
  37. Post homework.
  38. Classmate connections.
  39. Provide direct communication with instructors. 
  40. Send messages and updates.
  41. Brainstorm.
  42. Schedule events.
  43. Create groups.
  44. Help shy students.
  45. Share interesting websites.
  46. Multimedia.
  47. Asynchronous class conversation.
  48. Share book reviews.
  49. Poll the class.
  50. Create a news feed.
  51. Follow news stories.
  52. Create stories.
  53. Post student projects.
  54. Author visits.
  55. Interviews.
  56. Promote community.
  57. Online communities.
  58. Interpersonal understanding.
  59. Use backchannel.
  60. Blog.
  61. Guest lecturers.
  62. Collaboration.
  63. Stay relevant.
  64. Collaborate with professionals.
  65. Inclusion.