Sessions


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 ALL is designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community.

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Kick Starting Author Involvement with Your School


Credits: None available.

Authors of books for teens are "hot." Their visits to schools inspire reading – and questions! Your library is The Place to build book excitement because your students want to know everything about their favorite writers. Four YA authors – Susan Dennard, Danielle Paige, Mindee Arnett, and Natalie Richards – and school librarian Dorcas Hand (Houston, TX) – will present proven ways to connect your students, teachers, and school to writers who will excite them, encourage them and inspire them.

Learning Objectives:
  • Provides school librarians with specific practices and suggestions they can put to use immediately to revitalize teen reading.
  • Aligns the librarian with the students and teachers by demonstrating the ability to move beyond the school to access valuable resources.
  • Supports and strengthens advocacy for the library and librarian by putting the library front and center in programming that will not only be notable, but also popular.
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Tips & Tricks for Stretching Your eBook Budget


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Maximizing your investment in digital content is an important goal for today’s school librarian. In this webinar, you'll learn tips and tricks for stretching your eBook budget to reach the most readers with the most titles. Becky Calzada, information and library services coordinator for the Leander Independent School District (TX), shares insight from her experience growing a successful digital collection that registers thousands of checkouts each month. Becky is joined by OverDrive Education’s Christina Samek, who’s worked hand-in-hand with schools across the country to deeply engage students and staff with eBooks, audiobooks and other digital resources. She shares proven best practices for serving reading and learning needs while maintaining a low cost-per-circ.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how flexible lending options like shared collections, class sets and simultaneous use can help you maximize your budget to meet your unique priorities.
  • Learn how to leverage free digital reading platform features like curated collections, professional development “rooms” and student-driven acquisition to boost engagement and circulation.
  • Learn how free resources like promotional templates, on-demand training and collection development recommendations can help build staff excitement around your digital reading service. It’s been proven that one of the best ways to increase student usage of digital content is to have educators on board as active users.
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Common Core Open Educational Resources and Websites & Google Classroom


Credits: None available.

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explore a variety of Common Core open educational resource websites
  • Assign Common Core exercises and formative assessments to students in Google Classroom
  • 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


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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


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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.

Learning Objectives:
  • 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.
  • Describe how to access Cornell Lab book guides and utilize Cornell Lab multimedia resources to engage young learners.
  • 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


Credits: None available.

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will engage with selected websites that support inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
  • Participants will familiarize themselves with ideas for classroom and library integration of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning.
  • 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?


Credits: None available.

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • 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


Credits: None available.

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • 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


Credits: None available.

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!

Learning Objectives:
  • 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


Credits: None available.

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • 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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