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SLJ Middle Grade Magic Free Virtual Event

Complimentary Registration is now open for School Library Journal’s FREE Virtual Event: Middle Grade Magic.

This is a day-long celebration and exploration of one of the burgeoning and most important areas of publishing for young readers: literature for children ages eight through 12 – and beyond! Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles, hear from celebrated authors, and – for the first time this year – attend librarian-led sessions on services and programming for middle graders. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and receive prizes and giveaways.

Middle Grade Magic is a free, completely virtual conference – no traveling, no cost. Attendees will also earn CE credits for all the webcast sessions they attend.

Click the image above to get to the registration page!

From Books… to Build! Using books to kickoff maker projects

Looking for ways to tie maker projects into your library? Start with a book! Join us for our upcoming session:

From Books to Build: Using books to kickoff maker projects

February 5th – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Monroe One BOCES

Intended for Librarians who want to jumpstart their maker projects with a literary connection. In this hour, we’ll booktalk some great books and get our hands-on a few maker projects in the process. If you have a book and project to share, please bring it along!

This is intended for School Librarians.

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3359804

 

Happening Soon: Two January Workshops

It’s not too late to sign up for our upcoming workshops!

Create Forms & Surveys in LibWizard

As a school librarian in the Monroe One BOCES region, you have access to our LibGuides account. This allows you to build guides for students and educators in your building and outside of your building. What you might not know, is you also have access to our LibWizard account.

This allows you to build surveys and forms, which can then be embedded into your LibGuide or your library website.

  • Want to know what books your patrons are reading?
  • Want to give your students an exit ticket?
  • Want your teachers to fill out a form when they want to request your time and/or space?

LibWizard is your answer. We’ll be holding a workshop on LibWizard on January 16th from 3:30 – 4:30pm. Join us!

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3256408

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Mini Green Screens in Your Classroom

Join us Tuesday, January 28th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm for our Green Screen Pizza Box Workshop!
Have you just eaten some pizza and don’t know what to do with the empty pizza box? Well one man’s garbage is another man’s Green Screen Studio! Join our workshop (where we will be using fresh pizza boxes), and learn some great uses for green screen technology, made simply and easily.

Using iMovie on the iPad, we will teach you best practices when recording and talk about ways to integrate green screen technology into your teaching. We will also give information on how to borrow iPads from our multimedia department. This is a hands-on workshop, and each participant will take home a green screen pizza box.

 

Forms and Surveys in LibWizard

As a school librarian in the Monroe One BOCES region, you have access to our LibGuides account. This allows you to build guides for students and educators in your building and outside of your building. What you might not know, is you also have access to our LibWizard account.

This allows you to build surveys and forms, which can then be embedded into your LibGuide or your library website.

  • Want to know what books your patrons are reading?
  • Want to give your students an exit ticket?
  • Want your teachers to fill out a form when they want to request your time and/or space?

LibWizard is your answer. We’ll be holding a workshop on LibWizard on January 16th from 3:30 – 4:30pm. Join us!

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3256408

12/5 Council Highlights

On Thursday of last week, our School Library Council and Communication Coordinators met for our quarterly liaison meeting. Here are the highlights:

Library Automation/Follett: Sally updated Five Systems in August and will update again over February break. The export uses server resources, so she can’t do this while school is in session. She has also imported the student pictures for all schools except Webster and East Rochester.

Arts in Ed: If you have decided on an author, illustrator or storyteller for this school year, please submit your Celebrities in the Schools form to Wendy Petry as soon as possible.

Authors are often sending contracts to schools for visits. Please read any contract carefully and sign it if you feel your school can follow the requests lined out. Their contract usually contains a list of requirements for their visit, covering class size limits, availability of books, and any needs for the day of the event.

BOCES generally does not sign author contracts because we send out a contract from our office with the arrangements for initial payment, hotel stay and reimbursement of expenses. Outside of these arrangements, the school will provide what is requested during an author visit.  The author’s representative can provide specifics on what is needed.  You can always touch base with our office if you have questions or want to discuss what is requested.

Electronic Databases: Barb is in the process of obtaining statistics for many of our purchased databases and will hopefully send them out by the end of the month. Stats will cover July through November.

Upcoming PD: Liesl presented a list of upcoming workshops. She also reported on our “We Buy It, You Try It” kits and how to request them. See the attached documents for the listings and instructions.

Multimedia: Safari has changed its reporting process on the backend. This is why Sally has been unable to pull reports this year. We met Friday morning to learn their new process and you should receive statistics again soon. The beginning of this year will be grouped together, but after that it will be pulled monthly.

Directors Report: Katie reported that MyOn is leaving SCORE, so this will no longer be available through Library Database Purchasing. She also reported on the SLS Mini-Grants that were awarded and the purchasing caveats for Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks. She clarified for us that the MacMillan lending model that has been so widely publicized does not currently affect school library purchases. It only affects public library purchases. Also, SORA is the preferred ebook reader for our Overdrive collection. The only ebooks we currently can’t access through SORA are the old ebooks we purchased as .pdf files. If you want training on SORA or to discuss an Advantage collection, Katie can come out to talk with you.

Reports from around the table:

  • Pittsford Elementary librarians have been taking a deep dive into the standards and selecting focus standards
  • Irondequoit Public Library has a new Director. He was at Gates prior.
  • Howard Enis says thank you to the five systems team because he has been borrowing a ton of books through ILL for 9th grade. FRES had Nikki Grimes for an author visit, and a book fair. Twelve Corners will be redesigning this summer.
  • East Rochester had a book fair as well. They also had a wonderful free author visit by local author Kathy Foster.
  • Rush Henrietta is updating the districts ICT scope and sequence (which is the integration of tech skills). They are working on identifying places they can build in research through common learning experiences.
  • Ana Canino-Fluitt was recently elected to NYLA council and got to attend her first council meeting. Next month is advocacy season. It’s great to have someone who can provide this level of insight into NYLA at our table.
  • East Irondequoit HS has had ongoing dialogue with Irondequoit Public Library Y/A librarian. Has been a great experience.

Don’t forget to do your HOUR OF CODE this week!

Hour of Code is Next Week!

Next week is this year’s Hour of Code celebration. Do you have a plan for your students?

Hour of Code is a week-long celebration of computer science, encouraging people to take one hour out of their week, to try learning a little bit of code. The celebration was developed to demystify coding, and to show that anyone can learn the basic underlying principles of it.

Here are a handful resources for you to use with your students:

Hour of Code Activities

Code.org

Scratch

Tynker for Schools (paid curriculum)

Swift Playgrounds (Apple App): Student Guide / Teacher Guide

And Finally…

REGISTER FOR OUR SPHERO WORKSHOP

Tuesday, December 10th!

Reminder – Council Meeting

SLS Council/Communications Meeting

There is a School Library System Council/Communication Coordinators Meeting tomorrow – Thursday, December 5th. The meeting will be held at 15 Linden Park in Room 2B from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

We will have highlights for you in this blog on Monday.

We are looking forward to seeing our council members!

For more information about Council, see our webpage.

There’s still time to register for…

Coding with Sphero

December 10th – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at Monroe One BOCES

Teaming up with Lindsay Neumire from Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, this workshop is open to librarians of both regions. Sphero is a little round robot that’s not only fun to play with, but can be used effectively to teach coding concepts, math, and more! In this 1.5 hour hands-on workshop, attendees will learn to control Sphero, code with Sphero, and practice and discuss ways to use it to strengthen curricular concepts. This workshop is for School Librarians. Teachers may attend if they attend with their School Librarian with the intent to collaborate in the future.

Monroe One has a classroom set of Spheros for you to try out in your library available after the workshop.

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3256770

 

and…

The Digies Conference

December 13th – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm at Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building

Explore the media arts and career ecosystem emerging around esports with Dr. Andrew Peterson, Faculty Advisor for Ferris State (MI) ESports. Concurrent sessions include:

  • Getting Started with Esports
  • Photo 101: F-stops and more
  • Careers with Drones
  • More to be announced…

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3343914&D=18433

 

For more Professional Development Opportunities, check our Calendar of Events.