Did you know…? – A lesson in homeschooling

 

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the rate at which the world has switched its focus to online learning. Edtech has become a lifeline for many – however, sifting through the wide array of resources available can be a daunting task for students, educators, and parents.  Here is a brief glimpse of what is out there.

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Heriot Watt University’s SCHOLAR offers 37 online courses for Scottish schools and colleges aligned to the SQA curriculum at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level.

Boasting 50 million monthly learners, Quizlet has seven different study modes, tools to help teachers get the most out of their students, and activities to help classes learn and have fun together.

Learning with BBC Bitesize has just got better with the introduction of daily lessons for homeschooling.  They also have a Parent’s toolkit SEND with resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown.

Radio 4 has launched a new history programme, presented by Horrible Histories’ Greg Jenner.  Full of facts and jokes, Homeschool History is broadcast Mondays on Radio 4 at 9:30am and is available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

An English teacher in Bedfordshire has amassed thousands of followers worldwide hosting a live 30-minute lesson on Facebook every weekday covering topics from synonyms and spelling to Shakespeare. She provides task sheets for children and her students can interact with her and ask for “shout-outs”, which all come through on her phone.

And finally, everyone turns to YouTube for learning.  There is a powerful community of EduTubers like PhysicsGirl  and  Freesciencelessons whose videos have demonstrated the appeal of content that enriches as well as entertains.

A word of caution: choose websites carefully.  Look for content with well-structured explanations, where examples and exercises are clear.  If it’s easy to navigate and it’s engaging – then you’re on to a winner!

 

Jenna Storey,  jennifer.storey@abdn.ac.uk

 

How to use the co-labs

Did you know about the 16 collaborative group study spaces (Co-labs) in SDRL?

Each of them seats between 4 and 7 people and has a PC, plasma screen, power sockets and headphone ports.

They are located on Floors 3-6 in the NW corner of the building (turn right when you come out of the lifts!). They operate on a first-come, first-served basis, but with priority for groups of 3 or more.

If your group can’t find a space, and see a co-lab being used by an individual or two people, please do feel free to come and tell library staff. We will ask the other library users to re-locate and help them find a space.

You may also like to make use of the new wireless ‘Airplay’ function, which allows you to display content from your device on the large screen. Simply press the Airplay button and follow the on-screen instructions.

Quiet discussion: ✔      Food: ✘             Drinks: ✔

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Elaine Fitzgerald, e.fitzgerald@abdn.ac.uk

 

Noise in the Library: how to let us know if you are being disturbed

We ask all users of The Sir Duncan Rice Library to be considerate to others studying. Exams can be a time of stress so, please think of other library users as you revise and while you move around the building. As you walk out of the library, remember that people sat in their seats are still working.

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The Sir Duncan Rice Library provides a range of spaces for different types of use, from completely silent to more informal group working areas. In general, the library gets quieter as you move up the floors, with floor 7 being the quietest. It is also noisier near the lifts but gets quieter as you move across to the south side of the building.

Find out more about our silent study spaces in the relevant “Did You Know…?” post. 

During this important time, we try to ensure that a quiet, safe and clean study environment is in place for all users.  Please remember that if you are being disturbed by others using the library, you can speak to library staff. You can find us in the offices and information points of Floors 1-6 Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00. All other times speak with members of staff at the Information Centre on Floor 1 and on the Welcome Desk. For any comments or questions on our service provision and policies, do not hesitate to get in touch through Facebook, Twitter or via email.

F:  http://www.facebook.com/biblio.teque/
T: 
https://twitter.com/aberdeenunilib
 E: library@abdn.ac.uk

Staff at all libraries would like to wish all our students the best of luck in all their exams!

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

Did you know…? – Silent Study Rooms

Did you know that there are 7 Silent Study Rooms in The Sir Duncan Rice Library? 

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  There are Silent Study Rooms on Floors 3 to 6 in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, all located on the south side of the building. If you are looking to work somewhere quiet using your personal electronic device, you can go to any of the Silent Study Rooms on floors 3, 4 and 5. The Silent Study Rooms, overlooking Bedford Road, also include the recently installed power sockets with USB charging points. Please note that the Silent Study Room on floor 6 is a strictly silent working environment where electronic devices cannot be used.  This is for those who wish to study with no disturbance.  

Please remember that food is not allowed in all Silent Study Rooms! 

Click here for more information on Silent Study spaces within our libraries.  

  Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk  

Eating & drinking in the libraries

Did you know about the food and drink policy in our libraries?
Library users can take cold food and cold/hot drinks (as long as they are in a covered container) past the gates in all library buildings.

You will find that there are many areas within the libraries where you can eat and drink, but please respect your fellow library users and help us maintain a clean and tidy environment by:

  Cleaning up after yourselves

  Using the appropriate bins provided (general waste/mixed recyclables)

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To maintain a pleasant study environment please observe the following restrictions:

   No hot food is allowed anywhere in the libraries

   No smelly or noisy cold food

 No food in silent study areas, project rooms, as well as rooms or areas with equipment (PC Classrooms, PC Clusters, Co-Labs, Flexible Learning Area, Microform Room, Multimedia Room, Music Resources Room, and Viewing Room)

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Your assistance in keeping our libraries in great condition for all users is much appreciated! Report any problems to staff on duty in person or by email  –
The Sir Duncan Rice Library: library@abdn.ac.uk; Medical Library: medill@abdn.ac.uk;  Taylor Library: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Eleni Papadakou, e.papadakou@abdn.ac.uk

 

Sending documents to MFDs

All printing on campus is via networked multi function devices (MFDs).

You can send items from any classroom PC, your personal laptop, tablet or mobile phone over the wireless network and collect your documents from any networked MFD on campus.

Your items are sent to a holding queue until you are ready to print them.

You can see what is in your print queue or delete items that you no longer want to print using the PrintManage system.

To send a job to the printer (MFD):

  1. open the document you wish to print and click on the FILE tab on the far left of the ribbon (at the top of your screen)
  2. choose Print to bring up the print menu.

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From the drop-down arrow, make sure to choose MFD-PULL-BW if you are printing in black and white, and MFD-PULL-COLOUR if you are printing in colour.

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 At this stage, you also need to select the right SETTINGS – the paper size & orientation, whether your document is single-sided or double-sided (all MFDs default to print on both sides of the paper to save costs!)

When you are ready – simply click on PRINT.

There are printers/MFDs in or near to all PC classrooms, public areas as well as on each floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.  To retrieve your documents simply hold your student ID card against the front of the MFD/printer or use the screen to login.  This short video will show you how easy it is to do!

Find quick answers to your printing questions here.

Sending print jobs from your laptop and mobile device:

  • Find information on how to configure your personal device to the printing network here. This is a one-time set up and you won’t have to repeat it every time you send jobs from your laptop!
  • Also see the guide about printing from a mobile device when working on the move. WebPrint allows you to send jobs from your phone or tablet and collect from a networked MFD/printer.

 

Jenna Storey, jennifer.storey@abdn.ac.uk

Logging in with your username and password

Find out more about the ways in which you can use your university username and password and your student ID by watching this very short video brought to you by our colleagues in IT.

Remember to never reveal your passwords to anyone. For further information, see document: My Identity.

Eleni Borompoka, eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk