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Friday, July 20 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Traveling Chromebooks for Flexible Library Instruction

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In 2016, three small Penn State University Commonwealth Campus libraries each obtained 20-30 Toshiba Chromebooks to enhance library instruction. These libraries have no dedicated IL instruction classroom, but light laptops allow librarians to bring hands-on instruction to the students and quickly get from power-up to research results during one-shot sessions. Use and assessment have been ongoing. Current survey results (n=185) indicate the vast majority of students found Chromebooks easy to use and approximately 1/3 of respondents had previous experience using them. When asked about their preferred technology for library instruction, students indicated a general preference for Chromebooks or other laptops over desktop computers and other devices. Open comments revealed that students found Chromebooks helpful tools for learning in their classroom. A few students expressed difficulty using the trackpad and scrolling, so it may be valuable to teach a few Chromebook gestures at the start of class. Chromebooks are “powerwashed,” a factory reset removing all local data, with a few keystrokes after each use.

Advantages of using Chromebooks for hands-on instruction include mobility and flexibility, sustained by long battery life. No laptop login and easy wi-fi connection decrease start-up time at the beginning of class. Additionally, the option to login with a personal Google account allows students to use familiar tools like Google Drive and Google Docs as part of their hands-on research activities.

Participants will learn about the procedures we use when introducing Chromebooks in the classroom, our successes and challenges overcome, and the results from our user experience survey.

Presenters
avatar for Erin Burns

Erin Burns

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Pennsylvania State University
Cool hair, cool shades. Enjoy technology, but gotta unplug too. Plus yoga/meditation, hiking, and crocheting all the things.
avatar for Amy Deuink

Amy Deuink

Head Librarian, Penn State Beaver & Penn State Shenango, Penn State University
I have been a librarian at Penn State for 15 years, primarily providing instruction and outreach to undergraduate students. Student-centeredness is the heart of my work. My interests include teaching with technology, 21st century libraries, and student-preparedness for college.
avatar for Beth Seyala

Beth Seyala

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Beaver


Friday July 20, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
University Center 221

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