Loom

What is Loom?

Loom is a quick and easy way to make personal touch instructional videos.

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Look & Feel

It’s very easy to record and share with Loom

  1. The default option is to have your face in a circle in the left-hand corner of the screen (very comforting for online students – yes, you are a real person). If you choose you can opt for no image at all.
  2. There are a number of different ways to share your video – twitter, facebook, gmail and an embed code for web-pages.
  3. If you’ve viewed the screen-cast before, it’s possible to fast forward up to 3X to the important part.

You can be up and running with Loom in 30 minutes.

Integration with Chrome & Firefox

To use Loom add it as a firefox Add-ons, and as a Chrome extension – You can also allow it to embed into your Gmail.

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  1. You may not be able to see clearly but Loom appears as small gray flower, it becomes pink when it is active.
  2. It also appears inside Gmail where you can store screen-casts and reuse them again.

So, What Are the Downsides?

If you remember that Loom is an instructional product meant for showing and explaining how to do something right now  – there are no downsides. But videos are like snap chat – they “disappear” after seven days. However, if you get friends and co-workers to sign-up Loom can change that! At present it is not possible to annotate. Videos are limited to 10 minutes – but that’s a good thing 😀 Give Loom a try (and did I mention it’s free).

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EBSCO’s PlumX Update

A while back we looked at EBSCO’s PlumX Metrics as a way to find out an article’s popularity and how many times researchers have cited it.

In this post we did a simple search on English language learners and found this article. We looked for the flower graphic in the article’s record. We are mostly interested in the orange-red “petal” (citations).

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Clicking on the graphic will breakdown how readers have interacted with the text. Interestingly, some readers have saved this article to Mendeley, and Scopus says it has been cited by 11 researchers.PlumX Metrics2.png

Scopus lists the researchers who have cited the article. CrossRef seems to be the other citation indexer but it is not very informative.

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This is how Mendeley presents its interactions with the text. The Readership Statistics box makes interesting reading. If you scroll down you will see articles of a similar nature saved by others readers.

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PlumX is all about looking at the overall impact of an article. The article below is not about English language learners, it came up on a search on President Trump and generated no citations at all but was very popular on Twitter – you can see who tweeted and retweeted news.

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Depending on your purpose PlumX can be useful tool but it does pay to know what the “petal” colors mean:

  • green = usage
  • purple = captures
  • mustard = mentions (blogs)
  • teal = Social media (tweets)
  • orange-red = citations.
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Presidents’ Day 2017

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 2017

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How to Submit an IMP: Update 2017

It’s that time of the year and we are getting a number of questions on how to submit an IMP. Although, information can be found on the following webpages:

we thought we’d put together a step-by-step post on how to do it in 2017.

Step 1

Students, email your mentor:

  • Your final draft of your IMP as an MS Word document AND
  • A completed and signed Checklist of Requirements for Independent Studies (PDF) * use this  document for step 3
  • Make the subject line your first and last name + IMP, for example: Joe Student IMP.

Step 2

Students and faculty must discuss whether an IMP should either:

  • Go to the Library (i.e., go online) OR
  • Not go to the Library.

Step 3

Either way the IMP should be turned into a PDF and emailed to the mentor with these two completed fillable PDF forms (use Adobe Acrobat Pro) – Typing signatures is OK. Don’t forget to type and save:

Now, the job of the student is complete.

Step 4

Mentors go to my.bankstreet.edu and look under the FACULTY tab for IMP Information (see left-hand toolbar).

  1. Start with Independent Study Submission Instructions
  2. Then select and complete one of the following:
    • Independent Study Approval Form for the Library storage OR
    • Independent Study Approval Form NOT for the Library.

Step 5

Put everything together and using your own bankstreet email account forward the following into one email to IMPdatabase@bankstreet.edu and you are done.

  1. The IMP (PDF)
  2. Checklist of Requirements for Independent Studies (PDF)
  3. Independent Study Cover Sheet (PDF)
  4. Include one of the following:
    • Independent Study Approval Form for the Library OR
    • Independent Study Approval Form NOT for the Library.

What Happens Next?

  1. Everything is sent to the Graduate School for processing
  2. IMPs that are going online are sent via a secure electronic folder to the library
  3. They are cataloged and uploaded to the web
  4. IMP PDFs reside on a Bank Street server
  5. Records containing download links can be found in the library catalog and in WorldCat.

Common Questions

Q: Can I have a copy of my IMP bound?
A: Absolutely! Visit our How Can I Have an IMP Bound? page.

Q: Does my IMP have to be double spaced?
A: Yes, double space the entire IMP.

Q: Is the abstract page 2?
A: Yes, please make the abstract page 2 (and the title page is page 1).

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Winter Break!

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Printing in B&W

It feels a little retro but sometimes you just want to print in black and white (B&W). It’s also a little cheaper. Here’s how to print MS Word documents in B&W.

B&W on a PC

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B&W on a MAC

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