Passport to Learning

Note: this site is both a blog and a resource. The blog posts begin below this introductory post.

For us, the 23 Things Kansas program opened up a new way to look at learning online. Follow the Passport to Learning, and we’ll show you how you can board your favorite computing device and explore the wonders of “Virtual Learning: A World of Opportunity”. Cindi Hickey and Heather Braum will be your tour guides, flight attendants, and cruise directors. (The slides from our 2011 Computers in Libraries presentation are available are here.)

  1. Lifelong Livelong Learning
  2. It’s All About the Access
  3. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
  4. The Fear Factor
  5. Lost in Translation
  6. Show Me the Money
    1. Watching examples
    2. Reading examples
    3. Listening examples
    4. Doing examples
  7. Through the Looking Glass
  8. The Travelers

[As always, thank you to the original 23 Things program, Learning 2.0, from PLCMC.]

Photo Credit: “Oh The Place’s You’ll Go 1” by Flickr user ForestForTrees under a CC license.

Look into your crystal ball…

Keeping up with future trends in libraries and in general is important to keeping library services and programs aligned with the interests and needs of the community but who has the time?  In my essay, Future Trends in Public Libraries, I share tips and tricks gathered from colleagues and reading.   Use these tips and resources to learn and move into the future.   Cindi

15+ Worthwhile Ways to Kill Some Time on Your Mobile

From Mashable in January 2011:

Start off 2011 right by putting away your Angry Birds (sometimes) and downloading some apps that could improve your life in addition to curing short bursts of boredom. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  1. Learn Something (Open Culture iPhone app)
  2. Volunteer
  3. Reach Your Goals
  4. Plan Your Meals
  5. Learn Another Language

The Case for the Virtual Classroom

From Mashable in January 2011:

Online education is often dismissed as a pipeline for expensive degrees of little value and a sponge for veterans’ tuition payments. But while it’s true that for-profit universities have made a hefty business out of e-learning, it’s becoming apparent that learning online can also benefit almost everyone else.

“It’s very clear that five years from now, on the web, for free…you will be able to find the greatest lectures in the world on the web,” Bill Gates recently predicted in an interview at Techonomy 2010.

  1. Online Education “Doesn’t Have to Suck”
  2. Universities Have Limited Physical Space
  3. Education Can Change the World
  4. Global Understanding Is More Important than Ever
  5. The Internet Empowers Self-Motivated Learners
  6. The Virtual Classroom Can Make the Physical Classroom More Effective


12 Ways to eLearning

(You have to visit the livebinder for all the related links)
Here’s a teaser:
  1. On the first day of Christmas my e-coach gave to me
    binder of cool stuff on “The Cloud”
  2. On the second day of Christmas my e-coach gave to me
    two Ted Talks
    in a binder full of cool stuff on “The Cloud”
  3. On the third day of Christmas my e-coach gave to me three tech tips,
    two Ted Talks
    all in a binder full of cool stuff  on “The Cloud”
  4. On the fourth day of Christmas my e-coach gave to me
    four web-i-nars,
    three tech tips,
    two Ted Talks
    all in a binder full of cool stuff on “The Cloud”

Visit the 12 Ways to eLearning Livebinder for the rest!

Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.

For more information on Sir Ken’s work visit:

Originally found on the Minnesota Library Futures Initiative Blog.