Text Me ART

Sometimes you just need Art in your life, on your wall, and now on
your phone. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a great service for you.

"The Museum has just unveiled a novel twist on the picture of the day: Smartphone users merely text “send me” plus a word or two of what they want to 572-51 and the Museum’s servers spit out a related image from the institution’s 35,000 pieces of art."- NY Daily News

Text 572-51 with the words “send me” followed by a keyword, a color, or even an emoji and you’ll receive a related artwork image and caption via text message.

It's not perfect, though. Sometimes you have to try different words to get something close to what you want.

And there's no nudity - not that I think the gallery is prudish, I can just imagine the awkward conversations with parents of teenagers.

"The nude form has been part of artistic creation since the earliest cave paintings. But people who text “send me nudes” or “send me nude woman” receive …

8 Practical Tips for the Care and Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User

(This is a mirror post to the NEA Today Magazine article online and on  Pages 18-19,  under a shorter title - why did they change my title? I thought it was charming! They also only used one of my graphics, don't worry, I'll cry later- silent slow tears on my pillow)

In technology (and in life!), sometimes you’re the teacher and sometimes you’re the student - and it’s completely normal to always be a bit of both. One day, you help a colleague learn the joys of the copy and paste keyboard shortcut, and the next day you’re learning how to create and edit a YouTube video or a Gabsee 3D animated Avatar!

So, whether you’re teaching or learning, or a bit of both, here are a few practical tips to make it a little easier for the reluctant tech user.  

1. Make it Personal
Teaching technology in isolation never works. But teaching tech with a personal twist works most every time.  When a reluctant tech user learns how to do something with technology centered around a subject or topic abo…

Got Gabsee? 3D Augmented Reality Avatar

(WARNING - Lots of embedded videos - page may load slowly)

Got the Gabsee App?
I just got Gabsee and I love it! Gabsee is like an animated 3D version of Bitmoji but with an Augmented Reality twist. 

Some are saying it's the "Bitmoji of the future — and illustrates a more personalized path forward for AR." -The Verge 
I say that it's a whole lot of fun, and I can see using it for program advocacy, as well as book and library promotion. 

Please take 36 seconds to watch this amuse bouche iMovie intro to Gabsee that I created in a hotel room in Nashville - just in case Gabsee or Instagram was blocked in the school that was hosting the awesome #MNPSLibHack conference, (and guess what? It was! Whew!) Good thing I never rely on the Interwebs when keynoting & presenting! Then we'll get down to virtual brass tacks.

Oh, and I have a little mini-rant below about how, yet again -- I'm a little late to the Gabsee party, and it's OK! Read it below if ya'll want, b…

Like Bitmoji? There's an Extension for That!

Like Bitmoji?
I love mine, she's like a cartoon doppelganger version of me (Ok, ok, she's a younger skinnier aspirational version of me!)Don't have Bitmoji yet? Don't worry!I Got You!

Do you love your Bitmoji and want to use it everywhere? Well, you're in luck because now your customized Bitmoji, that animated cartoon of yourself set in hundreds of fun & pop culture savvy vignettes, is available in a FREE Chrome extension that lets you insert these avatars just about anywhere! Who knew!?

How to INSTALL the Extension
Open Chrome - (if you're not already in it) find this blog post again by Googling "The Daring Librarian" and then click on the LINK to install the Bitmoji Extension on your Chrome Browser

OR go to Window in the toolbar
click Extensions & search for Bitmoji

You'll then be taken to a new screen where you can enter your Bitmoji login information from a previously created an account (save password if you like) Then it will live in…

21 Must Have Communication Skills

I've been a fangirl of Lisa Johnson aka the @TechChef4u for years, this an infographic from her latest book: Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students and it's AWESOME so and I just have to share it with you! 

As a middle school teacher and a future ready librarian, I want to make sure our kiddos have what they need going on to High School. These are some the communication skills they need before college and career, so wouldn't it be major if we could get a head start on it? Check it out!

Ok, to be honest, books about technology can sometimes be outdated before they're even printed - but this book is about the IDEAS and SKILLS that our kiddos need to be future ready and have the communication skills that will make them effective learners and successful humans. AND if that's not impressive enough it's got a forward from tech legend & guru @GuyKawasaki

This book is also recommended by one of my most favorite of peop…

How's Your Header? OR The FREE Twitter Header Collective

Your Twitter profile is like a virtual professional business card. It's good for people to see who you are (not your cat or your cute kids)
and what you’re all about. So why not make the most of your profile picture and header?  Sure, I've talked before about 6 Tips to a Super Twitter Profile but today, we're just talkin headers, hon!

Not having ANYthing as a Twitter header is a missed opportunity. Plus, people checking your profile, deciding whether or not to follow you, may just not take you seriously.  That's why having a banging professional Twitter header is easy and important. 

1. Measure It!
Since they've added the NEW Twitter header feature back in 2014, the dimensions have pretty much stayed the same - 1500 X 500. BUT because of the way Twitter uploads photos there are some invisible areas, so the actual size is really more like 1500px (width) X 421px (height)  Creating the perfect custom Twitter header image is a bit more complicated than it appears – i…