AASL offers online learning opportunities to meet the needs of busy school library professional. This collection contains archives of AASL webinars, recorded concurrent sessions from AASL national conferences prior to 2015, and national institute presentations. Online professional development available through eCOLLAB is designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community.
Read-aloud is a great way to encourage kids of all ages to enjoy books and yet we rarely read aloud to middle graders. The demands of curriculum and standards have left little time for such “guilty pleasures.” Recently, Tracey Hecht partnered with the New York Public Library to launch a read aloud program in fourth and fifth grade classes in NYC public schools. Using a novel she wrote with a cinematic vernacular that engages group dynamic, Tracey and the students explored characters’ voices, narration and plot to contribute to the success of the book for listeners. Tracey and the students also looked at other writers who engage great read-aloud through their writing styles and narrative voice.
In this webinar, school librarians will learn how to take the concept of the physical Learning Commons and apply it to their virtual space. This webinar will provide viewers with an overview of the five elements of a virtual learning commons as outlined by David Loertscher and will show viewers ways to include these elements in their library website. This webinar will feature many free tools to integrate and embed in their existing webspace and help librarians move their library website from a one-way stream of information to a collaborative, interactive space.
The Learning Commons model cannot be thought of as only the physical hub for collaborative learning. It also has to incorporate an outreach model. Free and inexpensive technologies, such as social media, self-created presentations and short videos, email boards, etc., facilitate this outreach to the entire school community of students, faculty, and administration.
You’re doing a terrific job collaborating with teachers and getting students to read independently, but – does your principal know? Communicating positively and regularly with your building principal is your key to partnering for student academic achievement. Learn effective ways to communicate evidence of school library program successes that appeal to your principal’s communication, generational, and work styles. Learn how to use monthly and annual reports to:
1. Document the library’s good work with students and teachers,
2. Determine trends, growth, and challenges for the library program over time,
3. Set annual library program goals and objectives,
4. Enhance your professional portfolio to use in your own annual assessment by your principal, and
5. Target your professional development needs.
Bring a one-two punch to teaching STEM: text and images teaming up in comics! Join educators and comics creators as they present their specific strategies for teaching STEM topics.
The Library as Incubator Project is the go-to place for new ideas related to creativity and arts programming and practices. Since our founding in 2010, the LAIP team has collected information from more than 500 libraries, artists, writers, performers, and creatives of all kinds about how libraries can support the work of fine and creative artists. Join Laura and Holly from the LAIP for a conversation about ways to engage your community through creative programming and practices; hear new ideas and share yours!
Many librarians report that graphic novels are the highest circulating collection in their libraries – even more than DVDs. Yet, many libraries have not been able to capitalize on this attractive new media due to a variety of factors including unfamiliarity, lack of access, and anxiety.
Graphic novels provide an eloquent opportunity to welcome youth and adults into the process of critical reading and discussion. Their multi-modal (pictorial and textual) format provides inroads that traditional literature cannot. With minimal training and exploration, all librarians can come to understand and (gasp!) enjoy not only reading, but sharing, this unique art form through engaging patrons in graphic novel book clubs.
In addition to being flat out cool, graphic novels and comics have become expansive in their content and style. Additionally, graphic novels closely resemble the infographic and iconographic style of today's media. All these factors create an art form that is appealing to the masses and offers tremendous opportunity for literacy development and cultural association. Come learn how you can drive greater traffic to your libraries through this appealing and accessible art form.
Eight years, 200 sites, and counting! In this webinar, explore a selection of the 2016 AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning with Heather Moorefield-Lang, current chair of the Best Websites committee. The Best Websites for Teaching & Learning committee selects and honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. From this year’s recipients, Heather has hand-picked a selection of great sites specifically for librarians and classroom teachers. She will demonstrate how these websites can be used and share examples from the field.
In this webinar, participants will learn about the 2016 list of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning in the categories of Content Creation, Organization & Management, STEM, Humanities & Arts, and Books. Cathy and James provide tips for how the apps may be used in classrooms and libraries. Discover how students and educators may use apps to create, organize information, learn new content and connect with others outside the walls of school.
|Whose history is portrayed in the current world of children's and young adult historical fiction? Our population is increasingly diverse, yet relatively few titles in school libraries reflect the experiences of people of color and the poor. This webinar examines the current lack of diversity in historical fiction collections and provides resources for identifying quality multicultural materials, as well as tools and ideas for encouraging teachers to integrate diverse titles into their social studies instruction.|
|Given today’s tight school budgets, there is not a enough time in the day, not to mention the logistics of such an event, why would anyone want to think about hosting an author/illustrator visit? Now, look at this from the opposite perspective: Given today’s tight budget, let me show how a shared event can benefit all students, everyone is vested and will want to be part of this wonderful experience, and the benefits tremendously outweigh any shadow of a doubt! Students deserve and need to see authors and illustrators talk about the creation of the books they read. When done right, author/illustrator visits could be the pinnacle of collaboration for a school event. Learn the basics of hosting author/illustrator visits and how you can build an event sure to leave your students, staff and faculty wanting to learn more before, during and after the event!|
Bring the power of digital storytelling to your classroom with Storyboard That! This presentation will cover 7 different project ideas to utilize storyboards and graphic organizers for ELA, History, and Foreign Language classes. Presenters Jane Lotfon and Shannon Miller will focus on proven techniques that get students excited to create and present their work!
We are asking students to become 21st century learners through inquiry and creation. They also need to develop the skills necessary to become productive members of our society. One way to do this is by teaching students to develop their own portfolio of skills and work samples presented digitally. This webinar will focus on student-created digital portfolios that can encompass work from a variety of classes and activities. The portfolios offer the chance for the students to share the products they have created through their learning, but also to reflect on the skills and abilities they developed in the process of creating those end products. Students create a website using Google Sites and use it to present examples of their work, including reflective writing on each example. The sites can then follow the students in all stages of their education and work as a functional portfolio for future job seeking.
Educators are using Gooru, an AASL Best Website for Teaching & Learning, in their classrooms to personalize learning and help students reach their full potential. It is our mission to honor the human right to education by making high-quality educational resources free and accessible. We want teachers and students everywhere to have access to content that supports deep and meaningful learning experiences. Join us for a tour of Gooru’s community-contributed content and powerful features, and discover how Gooru can support student learning in your school.
Strengthen your role as a school community leader! Learn about the ALA initiative, Libraries Transforming Communities, with a complimentary webinar presented by Ken Stewart, school librarian and 2015 National School Library Program of the Year recipient. Begin turning “outward” by drawing your school community into your program while at the same time garnering ideas, support, and encouragement.
The school library should already be a center for information, for technology and for creation in a school. Those aspects uniquely position the library program to create an ad hoc television studio. Because many schools and districts don't have the money to invest in a state-of-the art studio, this webinar focuses on how to create a functional studio on a tight budget. Presenter Brandon Otte focuses on software, hardware and other preparation work required for creation of a studio, focusing specifically on a Windows environment using free vMix software, but also presents information on using a Mac-based environment. Brandon also demonstrates how the studio can be used to help students create projects including creating a daily live or taped news show, student-created video presentations, and student documentaries.
During this webinar, Russell Hoy and Karrin Huynh walk viewers through the in’s and out’s of MyStorybook, demonstrating how to create your own online storybook. By exploring books made by students around the globe, Russell and Karrin show viewers how MyStorybook can be used in classrooms to promote creativity and literacy in a fun and engaging way.
Gamification, particularly Minecraft, has been a hot topic for librarians and educators recently. This webinar presents an overview of current virtual worlds and how librarians are using them and shares potential future opportunities with virtual reality systems in the near future. Dr. Valerie Hill has worked with 5th graders who designed and built a Minecraft Digital Citizenship Game to promote information literacy. Beth S. O’Connell has worked in several virtual worlds to share immersive learning experiences, such as virtual field trips.
In this webinar, Dr. Laura Sheneman, Coordinator of Library Services and Information Resources for Region One Education Service Center in South Texas, and Kari Riedel, founder of Bookopolis, an AASL Best Website, show how elementary and middle schools are using Bookopolis to build a community of engaged readers. Bookopolis is a social network and book discovery tool that lets students safely connect with peers to share book reviews, recommend books, and discover the next book they can’t wait to read. Think of it as a Goodreads made just for young people with built in tools for educators. Participants will learn more about the value of building a strong reading community and practical ways that this site is used to get students buzzing about books.
In this session, presenters Amanda Waugh and Dr. Mega Subramaniam share scholarly research in youth development and STEM learning, then translate that research into practical programs that school librarians can integrate into their practice. Participants learn about how connected learning, health research, and science fiction writing can bolster STEM engagement, the pro’s and con’s of makerspaces, and leveraging fiction reading into STEM engagement.
In this webinar, librarian Kristie Obrecht and Seesaw's Emily Voigtlander talk about building digital portfolios using Seesaw. Seesaw empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school. Students capture learning with photos and videos of physical work, or by adding digital creations. Everything is uploaded and kept organized for teachers. Teachers can invite families to Seesaw so parents get an immediate, personalized window into their child's learning. Seesaw is available for iOS, Android and the web.
In this session, presenter Nicole O’Neil introduces participants to the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum, the nation’s leading engineering curriculum for grades 1-5 which supports educators and children in developing engineering literacy. Participants also explore the EiE website full of educator resources for classroom instruction, including a video library, free downloadable out-of-school time engineering curriculum, instructional apps, alignment to content standards, and much more!
Named a 2015 AASL Best App for Teaching & Learning, The UnStealer is a story about a thief who sneaks into situations and steals the "un" from the front of descriptive words ultimately turning negative events and feelings into positive ones. Presented by app creators Donna and Josh Wilson, this webinar explores the original story, beautiful illustrations, narration and interactivity contained within its 18 pages. Donna and Josh also demonstrate how The Unstealer can be used to enhance curriculum.
In this webinar, presenters Taylor Foley, digital product manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Craig Seasholes, Elementary Teacher-Librarian, Sanislo School and AASL Region 8 Director, explore David Wiesner’s Spot, a wordless, non-linear storytelling app and one of the AASL’s 2015 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning. Using real examples, Taylor and Craig share just some of the many ways students can explore and engage with Spot in the classroom. From lessons on creative writing and critical thinking to questions about society and relationships, David Wiesner’s Spot provides the perfect backdrop for students of various ages and abilities. This presentation provides unique lessons that promote active and exploratory learning.
In this webinar, Shannon McClintock Miller, Teacher Librarian and technology integration specialist, explore AASL Best Website, www.HSTRY.co, along with Claire Varner, the Chief Academic Officer at HSTRY. Using real examples from classrooms around the world, Shannon and Claire show participants how schools are increasing student engagement by creating and sharing timelines on HSTRY.The presentation will leave you with tons of ideas to take back to your students, teachers, and school community.
The modern library should be the heart of the school emphasizing student voice and providing opportunities for young people to tinker, create and explore. Transforming the library into an innovative area is easier than you might think. All you need is a space, a positive attitude and a community of learners to invite!
Used by 1 in 5 teachers across the US, and named a 2015 AASL Best App for Teaching & Learning, Remind is a free communication tool that helps teachers connect with students, parents, and staff. Remind helps school communities deepen relationships and engagement through instant and safe communication through text and mobile app messages. Whether you’re sending announcements to the entire school community about new library resources or chatting with a small group of students about finding references, Remind can help librarians extend and deepen learning experiences for all. In this webinar, Jordan Pedraza from Remind and Shannon Miller, Teacher Librarian and Tech Integration Specialist, will share best practices and stories of how teachers, students, and library staff can leverage Remind as a tool for learning, communication, and collaboration.
The new CIP Data Block which appears on the verso of the title page for print books and on the Copyright page for electronic books will be implemented by the Library of Congress during the summer and fall of 2015. This course will review all of the elements of the new layout and how they can be used for cataloging. New features will be highlighted including the permalink to the Library of Congress catalog which will allow users to locate a complete bibliographic record from the Library’s online catalog. Attendees will become familiar with the CIP Data Block, be informed of its data elements, and learn how to use it to create catalog records.
Roland Bartholomew Dexter the Third has been told his whole life that the world outside his parents' barbershop is a dangerous place, so he's never been outside. But when he suspects that someone is keeping his family trapped, he and his new friend Becky decide to find out why. Loose Strands is an adventure novel about tough choices, and uses its unique Choose Your Path interface to encourage readers to confront the consequences of their decisions. The story provides launching points for discussions about regret, censorship, and feeling trapped. This webinar shows how you can use Loose Strands (named by USA Today's Jinny Gudmundsen as one of the year's best apps for teaching SEL [social and emotional learning], an AASL 2015 Best App for Teaching & Learning, and winner of the 2015 Digital Book Award for best children's app) to introduce students 9+ to these themes.Speaker(s):
Ever wonder what it's like to work at the Smithsonian? Carrie Kotcho and Matt Hoffman from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and school librarian James Allen show participants how their students can assume the role of a Smithsonian intern to solve puzzles, find clues, decipher documents, and explore cartes de visite photographs with this free learning game.
In this session, presenters Franky Abbott and Trish Vlastnik introduce participants to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a national digital library project that is free to all and provides access to millions of primary and secondary source materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. The presentation includes an overview of the site’s useful features for teachers and students doing research, such as maps, timelines, and online exhibitions. Presenters also demonstrate sample keyword searches to illustrate how participants can find materials on the site most quickly and easily and incorporate them into lesson plans in ways that support inquiry. Finally, the presenters share specific education initiatives, such as primary source sets for students, currently in development at DPLA.
iBiome-Wetland was named one of the 2015 AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning. President of Springbay Studio, Jane Ji, and school librarian, Cathy Potter, describe the app’s unique features and share how the inquiry-based app will engage learners. Participants learn how the app uses a simulation to teach students about three different wetland habitats.
Laura Fleming, Library Media Specialist at New Milford High School, and buncee team member Francesca Arturi will guide you through all the creative possibilities of buncee for your library! See how buncee is being used by students and teachers in all kinds of classrooms, libraries, and homes. Follow along as they share great creation ideas and show you how to use the Buncee for EDU iPad app and edu.buncee.com’s simple drag and drop canvas.
In this webinar archive, participants learn how online circulation (LMS) features could be a productive, efficient toolbox for school libraries. Participants explore how to take full advantage of Google Apps and its collaborative features & integration for everyday library use. Because librarians need to stay on top of new trends, educational technology, and best practices, a general discussion on developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) will help participants improve their professional development skills.
It's happened to all of us - we’re at school trying to access the perfect website for a learning activity at school and.... it’s blocked. Now what? While banning books is commonly recognized by librarians as detrimental to the student educational experience, restricted website access isn’t on everyone’s radar. That’s where Banned Websites Awareness Day comes in. In this session, participants examine how excessive Internet filtering in K-12 schools undermines 21st century learning.
Motion Math makes delightful, visual, and exploratory games to build fluency and conceptual understanding for the toughest elementary math concepts. The Motion Math organization was founded at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, has over 3.8 million downloads, and its games have been proven to improve student attitudes and mastery. Why games? Games provide a safe structure for students to experiment, they provide meaningful context for ideas, and of course, they engage students!
In this webinar, explore the best of the 2015 AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning with Heather Moorefield-Lang, past-chair, and Lucy Santos Green, current chair of the Best Websites committee. The Best Websites for Teaching & Learning committee selects and honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. From this year’s recipients, Lucy and Heather hand-picked a selection of great sites just for librarians and classroom teachers. They demonstrate how these websites can be used and share examples from the field.
In this webinar, participants celebrate and explore the 2015 list of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning in the categories of Content Creation, Organization & Management, STEM, Social Sciences, and Books. Participants also learn how the apps can be used in classrooms and school libraries to engage students, inspire learning, and dive into inquiry.
Research studies indicate that qualified school librarians who actively engage in effective collaborations in their teaching and curricular roles are major contributors to increased student achievement. This webinar will address the concept of collaboration and the actual functions, or operations, of collaboration that make up effective collaborative efforts. We will discuss the models and strategies of school library collaborations that must be reinforced by effective professional development. Most teachers view the role of the school librarian to be that of resource manager and not of instructional collaborator who is an expert in information literacy and 21st century instructional technology. We will also discuss how teacher education programs might introduce the information literacy role of the 21st century school librarian to pre-service teachers and administrators.
Apple's ecosystem of media-rich educational content is rapidly growing. Thousands of open educational resources in the form of multi-touch iBooks are available to libraries, teachers, and students for download from the iBookstore. This webinar highlights some of the best interactive iBooks for education. The webinar explores iBooks connected to your curriculum and those that are just plain fun to download, read and interact with. Furthermore, presenter Anthony DiLaura demonstrates how you can easily create these dynamic iBooks for your own students with free software from Apple called iBooks Author.
In 2014, 48% of book challenges took place in schools. Join us to celebrate school librarians who have been successful in protecting the right to read for their students.This webinar profiles specific situations, librarians, and books. They each have a chance to tell their story and share what they learned and how it affected them and their students.Speaker(s):
In an age of dwindling budgets and rising expectations, librarians must constantly be on the lookout for inexpensive ways to improve their libraries. This webinar equips librarians with inventive strategies for enhancing their library’s atmosphere at minimal to no cost. The presentation recounts how—with the help of eager student volunteers— presenter Jennifer Holt was able to re-design, re-shelve, and reinvigorate Willoughby South High’s library to create an organized and aesthetically pleasing information commons. A Google slideshow showcases economically savvy strategies for enhancing a library’s physical space as well as its online presence while encouraging students to take an active role in their library’s transformation. Participants will leave the session with extension resources including a sample grant proposal, a list of grant-writing tips, a list of student program suggestions, a study hall expectations handout, an aiding application with skills inventory, and most importantly an inspired outlook for turning their libraries into places where students feel welcome and excited to learn.Speaker(s):
Learn how to create fun an engaging lessons for your students with augmented reality! Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world. Learn how you can create interactive experiences for your students by unlocking or creating layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. This session includes how to implement augmented reality in all content areas.Speaker(s):
In this webinar, learn about the best of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning with Heather Moorefield-Lang, chair of the Best Websites committee. Heather has handpicked a selection of great sites just for librarians.Speaker(s):
Students and teachers can have varying levels of engagement with technology in the classroom and library. Mobile technology adds new dimension to this experience. At what level is this technology being used to enhance student learning, and at what level is it being used to truly transform education. In this webinar, participants explore selected mobile apps from the past two years of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and learn how to inspire and engage students with mobile technology.Speaker(s):
Explore the largest repository of free content in the world through the lens of the school librarian. Learn how iTunes U has revolutionized the way educators create, share, and engage with students. Participants investigate a variety of collections from K-12 & higher education institutions and learn how to curate content specific to school curricula. Participants also learn how to build a course, upload content, and engage in online discussions using an iPad, Mac, or PC.Speaker(s):
As an ed tech company, EasyBib has unique insight into how students conduct research. How are students interpreting and synthesizing information? How skilled do they consider themselves with key information literacy skills? And how do their perspectives differ from the librarians who teach them? EasyBib surveyed 10,000 EasyBib users and 1,200 librarians in the K-12 and academic space to find out. Emily Gover from Imagine Easy Solutions will share their findings.Speaker(s):
Although the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ students has become a widely discussed topic across the U.S., little has been written about the role of school librarians in supporting LGBTQ students beyond gay and lesbian book lists. As educators, curriculum leaders, and information specialists, school librarians are in a unique position to advocate for LGBTQ students through supporting LGBTQ curriculum inclusion. The webinar introduces the rationale for LGBTQ inclusive education and legal rights and protections. Participants will also learn strategies for curriculum inclusion, including defining and overcoming barriers, providing access to information, uncovering LGBTQ topics in the subject areas, and classroom best practices.
In the ideal picture, schools and their resources, including school libraries, are intended to help level the playing field and make sure all American children are academically successful. In practice, we know this is not always the case, that schools in poor neighborhoods have fewer resources and more academic challenges. The Programme for International Student Assessment in 2009 looked at 15-year-old students’ library use and educational performance. This provides a snapshot into the material resources and backgrounds that students come from, and gives insight into challenges a school librarian might face in providing equitable services for all children. It also provides evidence that school library “adequacy” plays a role in student performance. The PISA exam also provides an opportunity to look at reading and technology use among teenagers, including what technologies they prefer to use for information, what they prefer to read, and how they use the library. PISA results give us some insight into both what our students know and what they do, and these may help school librarians shape their practice.Speaker(s):