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Kathleen Odean workshops canceled

We are sad to inform you that our 2-days of Kathleen Odean are canceled due to travel restrictions and the COVID-19 crisis. We are working out our options for bringing her back when the crisis is over.

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.

Information about the Digies

We received updated information about the Digies Festival:

There have been many questions about the status of the Digies Digital Media Festival. Due to the current circumstances we have extended the deadline for submissions to Friday, May 1st. If further adjustments are required we will make them near that date.

The in-person festival, originally scheduled for May 21st, has been cancelled due to necessary constraints from the venue. We are continuing to look at options on how to celebrate the work of students.

In the meantime, keep those submissions coming!


March Learning Opportunities

There are two learning opportunities coming up in the next two weeks.

This week, Classlink is hosting a webinar on March 19 with New York school district technology leaders on Ed Law 2-d. If your district is already using ClassLink, this may be very valuable information for you. If you are using something else, it may still be valuable, but keep in mind they will be talking about the ClassLink product.

Webinar: Five district’s secret weapons and successful processes for NYS Ed. Law 2D compliance using ClassLink!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

9:00 am – 10:15 am EST

Register here: https://www.classlink.com/events/webinar-ed-law

Presenters and Panel:

  • Shelley Rossitto, Former Technology Director, Monticello School Districts
  • Dr. Ailene Cavaliere, Coordinator of Instructional Technology & CIO, Lindenhurst UFSD
  • Rob Zdrojewski, Director of Technology, Oakfield-Alabama School District
  • Reanna Fulton, Director of Technology, West Islip School District
  • Dan DeMarco, Project Manager, ClassLink
  • Bob Chappell, VP Instructional Technology, ClassLink
  • Patrick Devanney, VP Interoperability, ClassLink

Discussion Topics:

  • Single Sign-On – a tool to manage access to digital assets through a private district portal
  • Roster Server – rostering, data reporting and improving data security and activity audit trails using the industry-standard OneRoster
  • New tools & workflows to managing security agreements and 2D compliance, along with adding structure the on-boarding process of digital material
  • OneSync – greater responsiveness and security by automating the creation and deactivation of network accounts
  • Public Portal – facilitating the transparency of your digital landscape with community stakeholders

Next week, WXXI Education is hosting a free environmental-themed educator open house (Inventing Green Open House) on Wednesday, March 25 from 4-7 p.m. at WXXI Studios. It is open to any educator working with 2nd – 8th graders (8-13 years old). Educators can include: classroom teachers, after-school and out-of-school staff, librarians… There will be free learning materials, giveaways, prizes, local community partners, resources from PBS KIDS Design Squad Global, and more! The event is free but registration is required.

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A Cool Video Montage!

SAFARI Montage is your guide to BOCES educational video resources!

Monroe One BOCES Multimedia service has a LOT of video resources FREE for Multimedia Service Members to use. During this hour-long workshop, we’ll learn how to access these videos, use them with classes, and take a look at our newest content.

This is for teachers and librarians in districts that participate in the Monroe One Multimedia Service.

Join us Tuesday, March 24th (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3359920


New Workshops Added to PD Catalog

We’ve added two new workshops to our catalog!

Coming up on March 12 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Mark D’Annunzio will be holding a webinar:

Using iMovie (on the iPad) in your Classroom

Whether you’re new to video production, or experienced with the iMovie app already, this workshop will be a great introduction (or refresher) to one of the most popular iPad video editing apps for education. Join Mark D’Annunzio in this hour-long webinar where he will show you how to use the app, and how teachers use it in the classroom. iMovie is free, and a great way for students to creatively express complex ideas in a digital media format.

An iPad with the free iMovie app is required for the webinar. If you do not have an iPad, you can borrow through our Multimedia or Model Schools service. Contact mark_dannunzio@boces.monroe.edu for information on the borrowing process.

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3405883


Then, on April 30th from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, we’ve added a new hands-on workshop:

Stop Motion Video using Mini Green Screens

Teach your students to create frame-by-frame animation (Stop-Motion) on the iPad using two free iPad apps and a green screen pizza box. Stop Motion Video is a creative and fun way for students to express complex ideas in a digital media format. Leveraging green screen technology allows your students to “think outside the pizza box!”

Whether you’re new or experienced with green screen video production, stop motion animation, or the iMovie and iMotion apps, this workshop will be a great introduction (or refresher) to a creative way for students to show what they know. Spend and hour-and-a-half with Mark D’Annunzio and Liesl Toates delving into the creative process in this fun, hands-on workshop.

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3405937

Makey Makey Music

March is Music in our Schools Month. So to celebrate we’ll make some music with Makey Makey!

In our workshop on Wednesday, March 4th (3:30 pm – 4:45 pm), we’ll make some musical instruments and hook them up to the Makey Makey so we can play them through the computer. This workshop is intended for School Librarians, but teachers can attend if they attend with their building librarian.

Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3359827

90-Second Newbery Film Festival

Author (The Order of Odd Fish) and founder of the 90-second Newbery Film Festival, James Kennedy, is bringing his annual video contest to the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center on February 1st!

As always, reservations are free, but they do ask that you reserve a seat in advance. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds. It is always a LOT of fun. This year, James will be joined on stage by Rochester’s own, Bruce Coville.

More information about the festival, and submission information, is available at: http://www.90secondnewbery.com.

The Event will be held Saturday, February 1 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Reserve seats here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/90-second-newbery-film-festival-2020-rochester-screening-tickets-83839984651


Did you know that there are a whole bunch of other film and creative festivals for student filmmakers and creative types:

The All American High School Film Festival (presented by IFC Films) – https://www.hsfilmfest.com/

Austin Young Filmmakers Competition – https://austinfilmfestival.com/yfp/competition/

Boston International Kids Film Festival – https://bikff.org/

Boulder International Film Festival Teen Short Film Competition – https://biff1.com/community/teen-short-film-competition/

CineYouth – https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth/

*LOCAL* The Digies – digies.org

Film Now Festival – https://filmnowfestival.org/

Heartland High School Film Competition – https://heartlandfilm.org/high-school-film-competition/

International Kids Film Festival (California) – https://filmfreeway.com/InternationalKidsFilmFestival

Kids Film It Festival – Rock and Roll hall of Fame – https://www.kidsfilmitfestival.com/festival-old

Kids First! Film Festival – https://www.kidsfirst.org/filmfestival/

Nashville Film Festival – https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/

National Film Festival for Talented Youth – https://www.nffty.org/

Newport Beach Film Fest Youth Film Showcase – https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/event/youth-film-showcase-2/

Seattle International Film Festival FutureWave Shorts – https://www.siff.net/education/youth/at-the-festival/futurewave-shorts-competition

Sundance Ignite – https://www.sundance.org/initiatives/ignite

Telluride City Lights – https://telluridefilmfestival.org/students/city_lights

Tribeca Film Fellows (Mentorship) – https://www.tfiny.org/pages/film_fellow_application


Library Journal Professional Development Courses

Library Journal is offering two online professional development courses coming up. There is a cost for these courses, so take note.

Equity in Action

Offered February 25 – March 10 (and again September 29 – October 13)

In this course, you will learn from equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) experts in speaker sessions created specifically for library professionals. You’ll learn about the concrete actions library leaders are taking to make their libraries more equitable today and in the future, and the tools that make it possible. Practical coursework, along with targeted support, will take you from  theory to application, helping you to transform your library services to better meet the needs of all your users—and bring in new ones.

You’ll complete assignments to build your own diversity initiative over 3+ weeks in an interactive online classroom environment with personal coaching from an expert in the field. In addition, you’ll have access to our foundational bonus content—a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors along with rich supporting materials in the form of readings, activities, and videos—to explore at your own pace.

To Register for the Febrary/March event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equity-in-action-taking-your-diversity-and-inclusion-initiatives-to-the-next-level-tickets-86511956591

To Register for the September/October event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equity-in-action-taking-your-diversity-and-inclusion-initiatives-to-the-next-level-tickets-87150885645


Evaluating, Auditing, and Diversifying Your Collections

Offered April 28 – May 12 (and again October 20 – November 10)

We’ll explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections, such as the experiences of LGBTQIA people, Native people, people of color, people with disabilities, non-binary or gender non-conforming people, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

As part of the course you will conduct a diversity audit, and learn how to include diverse books, wider perspectives, #ownvoices, and how to be more responsive to the community you serve.

When you attend this interactive online course, you’ll come away with:

  • The ability to assess current library collections, book promotions, and displays through a diverse lens in order to assess gaps in collections and service areas.
  • An understanding of key diversity and cultural literacy concepts such as white privilege, unconscious bias, cultural appropriation, and intersectionality.
  • The ability to recognize common problematic stereotypes, tropes, and microaggressions in media.
  • The ability to assess the diversity and inclusiveness of current collection development and RA practices.
  • Guidance on planning and executing a diversity audit.
  • Tools, tips, and advice on how to better diversify collections and displays.
  • A plan of action to better diversify your library collections and address gap areas that will transform your understanding of your library users and the services you provide.

The course features live guest speakers in interactive sessions with Q&A as well as self-guided assignments, readings, and weekly discussion topics to support deeper learning. You’ll work in small groups with facilitators experienced in anti-oppression work to complete assignments and field research that will fuel your diversity initiatives.

To Register for the April/May event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evaluating-auditing-and-diversifying-your-collections-tickets-86510460115

To Register for the October/November event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evaluating-auditing-and-diversifying-your-collections-tickets-87150021059