Archived Webinars


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, and national institute presentations. Online professional development available through eCOLLAB is designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community.

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Common Core Open Educational Resources and Websites & Google Classroom


A major challenge to Common Core implementation is the shortage of new and proficient standard-aligned material. As districts face the necessity of purchasing new instructional materials aligned to the CCSS, open educational resources (OER) has become crucial. OER has become a central model for the development and dissemination of free online content. The digital libraries of OER has increased significantly, providing schools and teachers with standards-based materials for developing CCSS curriculum. A variety of Common Core OER websites will be demonstrated to attendees and how they can be applied in Google Classroom. They will learn how to search, filter, and assign exercises and formative assessments to students in Google Classroom.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explore a variety of Common Core open educational resource websites
  2. Assign Common Core exercises and formative assessments to students in Google Classroom
  3. Learn how to turn-key the session to their school districts

Speaker(s):
  • Krista Welz, School Librarian, North Bergen High School
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Back to School: School Library Legislation in the Statehouses


Schools with a strong school library program and a state-certified school librarian ensure their students have the best chance to succeed in college and career, yet research shows only approximately 20 states require a state-certified school librarian in their schools. As the need for future-ready citizens builds, collaborative partnerships in several states have worked to pass legislation – or enforce existing legislation – to guarantee every student has access to an effective school library program.

During this webinar, representatives from three states share their successes, challenges and lessons learned while working together to pass legislation.

The webinar was the kickoff event of a joint AASL, CRO and OLA special initiative “State Ecosystems,” a program to develop a more collaborative relationship and stronger coalition between ALA, the ALA Chapters and the AASL Affiliates.

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Beyond Book Readings: Building Science Literacy with Hands-On Activities


Pairing science and nature-themed books with hands-on science and outdoor activities can provide educators with fun and easy ways to engage curious learners in school-day enrichment activities, in afterschool programs, and in family/school programs. This webinar will introduce librarians to freely available lessons as well as multimedia resources related to birds and nature that are designed to help build learners’ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) skills and content knowledge. From the Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds (the world's premier scientific archive of natural history audio, video, and photographs) to K-8 book guides and free lesson plans, to free Apps and online interactives—there will be something for all levels, including those unfamiliar with science and outdoor learning.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least three resources that they can use to help the learners they work with to think critically and gain STEM knowledge and skills.
  2. Describe how to access Cornell Lab book guides and utilize Cornell Lab multimedia resources to engage young learners.
  3. Describe best practices for engaging diverse learners in science learning through narrative nonfiction books and outdoor/hands-on activities.

Speaker(s):
  • Jennifer Fee, Manager, BirdSleuth K-12 Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2017


Did you miss ALA Annual in Chicago? Didn't make it to the big reveal of AASL Best Websites or the Exploring Best Websites Session? Don't worry we've got you covered! Join Heather Moorefield-Lang for a dive into the 2017 American Association of School Librarians' Best Websites for Teaching & Learning recipients. Delve into websites that fall into categories like digital storytelling, social media and communication, media sharing, and much more. A fast-paced, highly informative session about new and exciting online tools and resources. This session will definitely leave you with ideas for the new school year.

  1. Participants will engage with selected websites that support inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
  2. Participants will familiarize themselves with ideas for classroom and library integration of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning.
  3. Participants will investigate the characteristics of each website, in order to select the best online tool for future technology-integration projects/lessons.

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Twitter 201: Now I'm a Tweep - What's Next?


This webinar is a Part 2 for those who attended “Twitter 101: Why You Need to Tweet to Build a Personal Learning Network” on August 15 or for everyone who has a Twitter account but wants to take it to the next step. It will include tips on participating in Twitter chats, ways to optimize and get the most out of tweets with visuals, using Twitter as a back channel during conferences, using Twitter lists, third-party tools to enhance Twitter, and ways to use Twitter with students and for library advocacy.

  • Learn why Twitter chats are great personal professional learning and networking options and how to participate.
  • Learn how to enhance conference participation with Twitter as a back channel.
  • Learn how to leverage the power of Twitter with your students and for library advocacy.

Speaker(s):
  • Jane Lofton, School Librarian, Retired, Mira Costa High School
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Twitter 101: Why You Need to Tweet to Build a Personal Learning Network


Learn why Twitter is a must for being a connected librarian, building a Personal Learning Network, keeping current with the world, and school library advocacy. Also learn how to get up and running on Twitter easily and start taking the best advantage of it immediately. The webinar will include advice on effective account settings, what to tweet, how to read through tweets, how to select good accounts to follow, how to engage in conversations, and more.

  • Learn why Twitter is a powerful tool for personal professional development, networking, and advocacy.
  • Learn how to set up an effective Twitter account and create postings to attract followers and connect with others.
  • Learn the best accounts to follow to build an effective network.

Speaker(s):
  • Jane Lofton, School Librarian, Retired, Mira Costa High School
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Virtual Field Trips for the 21st Century Learner


With an increasing emphasis on integrating 21st century learning skills into the classroom, teachers, schools, and educational organizations are seeking new ways of engaging students with people and places outside the classroom. This webinar will highlight resources that are available, the tools needed for a quality virtual connection, and ways you can facilitate a rewarding, educational, and fun experience for all involved!

  • Learn what resources are available and where you can find them.
  • Discuss what tools of the trade that are needed, and how to maximize their use.
  • Explore ways to make the virtual learning experience rewarding and memorable from beginning to end.

Speaker(s):
  • Kaytee Smith, Digital Marketing Specialist, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
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Got Stuff, But No Staff?: Adventures in Creating a Student Techspert Team


During difficult times of budget cuts, school librarians are often fortunate to hold full-time positions never mind having support staff. Learn how a student techspert team can increase engagement in your library program, while also proving opportunities for management of library resources and makerspaces.

  • Develop ways to empower their students and increase engagement.
  • Understand how to create a student techspert team.
  • Help their students to develop a sense of ownership of their library program.

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Use an Elevator Speech To Prove Your Value


Elevator speeches are 2- or 3-sentence statements that make a point quickly. When you have just a moment to get someone's attention, you must use it wisely. Crafting an effective elevator speech is an art, and you can learn it during this webinar. So next time someone asks, "Why do school librarians still matter when everything is online?" you'll be ready with the perfect comeback!

  • This webinar will help people in the school library field speak confidently about why they matter,
  • Get the attention of stakeholders, legislators, etc. to bring them into longer conversations, and
  • Be prepared for interviews.

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MakerSpaces on a DimeMakerSpaces on a Dime

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MakerSpaces on a Dime


To have a successful MakerSpace, you don't need a dedicated space, just a dedicated mindset. This presentation will empower teacher librarians to initiate a Maker movement in their buildings. Teacher librarians will learn how to implement STEAM activities and challenges using supplies that cost little to no money to encourage student creativity and ownership of learning.

  • Staff education on MakerSpaces
  • STEAM actvities for little to no money
  • Using data to propel your maker movement

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