Tuesday, March 9, 2010

High School Librarian shares her yolink story

Image from: http://www.sduhsd.k12.ca.us/

Sharon Talmadge the Librarian from La Costa Canyon High School wrote about our pilot there! She was a great host and it was wonderful meeting at her library and with her students. Read what she has to say!

Anne and Renee spent an entire day at La Costa Canyon High School demonstrating yolink and helping students explore it. The students were working on a poetry assignment which we had emailed to them ahead of time. Anne and Renee based the demonstration on their assignment.

Yolink was especially helpful for one aspect of the assignment which was to find a quote by the poet they were researching. By using the keywords [poet’s name] and quote or quotation, they could see in the expanded links that YoLink provided which result had all the keywords without clicking and reading each result.

Renee taught them how to do their work more efficiently. The students grasped immediately that the expanded links with the keywords (each keyword being a different color) would save them time. Yolink also has other features which save students time. One of them is an icon that when clicked gives the student the citation for the result in EasyBib, all written out in the correct order with the correct punctuation. Save and share options just require a click. The part of the result with the highlighted search terms can be shared with Diigo, Evernote, Blogger, Delicious, Facebook, Twitter or Wordpress.

Again, it was wonderful meeting with Sharon at La Costa Canyon, another successful pilot of yolink!
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