Teaching tools

Since my last post, I’ve spent most of my free time (time that is not devoted to homework or comforting a dog that is terrified of thunder storms) playing around with WordPress & Drupal. While I can’t claim to be an expert at either, I’ve gotten a decent handle on them. I’ve gotten to the point of spending a little time most days learning one new trick, instead of spending hours trying to get the basics set up. On the digital library front, I’m in the process of arranging a second practicum, in which I would work on building a digital collection from a set of archives that have not yet been digitized, using the CMS that is already in place at that library. Yay!

So on to the next set of tech tools to learn about!

Several of the job postings that I’ve seen want candidates that are familiar with creating multimedia projects to deliver content, whether for instruction or library guides. Integrating new technology into teaching is another hot topic.

So what open source (aka free) tools should I learn to use next? What tools do you use to create library resources? What emerging technologies do you use in instruction? What tools get a lot of hype but not much real use, so should be low on my list of priorities?