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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.

PBS Virtual Professional Learning Series

PBS Kids is offering a FREE virtual professional learning series on media literacy. The first session takes place tonight!

Part 1: Media Mentorship in the Classroom – November 19th at 7:00 pm

It’s the classic debate: is there a place for media in any learning environment? If so, what is our role in helping children–even the littlest learners–understand and use it? In this interactive discussion, the first of three ‘live learning’ sessions, we’ll consider your role as a Media Mentor. We’ll cover all the hot topics including: screen time, digital citizenship, and technology availability.

Register Now

Part 2: Using Media to Bring Stories to Life – December 3rd at 7:00 pm

Everyone loves a good story–especially our littlest learners! In this session, we’ll share ideas and best practices you can use to inspire creative, young storytellers. This includes a deep dive into different types of media – from e-books to augmented reality – and a look at real-world success stories from inside and outside of the classroom.

Register Now

Part 3: Using Media to Lift the Littlest Voices – December 10th at 7:00 pm

Have you ever noticed that our Littles have A LOT to say? Whether they’ve mastered language or not, they are brimming with ideas, imagination and creativity. This episode focuses on how you can help nurture those strengths and encourage learners to create their own content.

Take a deep dive into understanding the important role media creation plays in each episode and explore how educators are using the show to engage their little learners in the content creation process.

Register Now

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

Sphero

Monroe One is teaming up with Monroe 2 to offer this exciting workshop!

Coding with Sphero

 

December 10, 2019 – 3:30 – 5pm 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

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

Reimagining Library Spaces

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership is working on a program for the 5 systems region called “Reimagining Library Spaces”. This program will be led by Diana Rendina, a Library Media Specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 school in Tampa, Florida. She an author, and the creator of the Renovated Learning blog. This workshop will focus on transforming your library space.

Many school libraries still look like they did fifty years ago. But our libraries are no longer quiet dusty book repositories. Librarians are leading the way in technology use and modern pedagogy in our schools – now we need to update our spaces to match.

In this workshop, you will get ideas and inspiration for transforming the physical space of your libraries to make them innovative, student-friendly learning environments. We’ll talk about how to apply learning space design theory to renovate your library. You’ll learn how to survey your students, create a focus group, and use design thinking to brainstorm ideas for your space. We’ll spend time brainstorming our spaces and making plans for the future. Participants will be able to explain why changes to the physical space are needed and will learn strategies that they can apply immediately, no matter what their budget. This workshop will leave you feeling empowered to make the changes that are needed in our library spaces.

The date for this workshop is March 20, 2020.

Click to register

 

Upcoming Workshops

Check out our upcoming workshops. (Click a title to open the registration page).

Create and Code Interactive Stories with Twine
This workshop has three portions to it. The series will open tomorrow with a webinar that runs from 3:00 – 3:45 pm. Registrants will receive a Zoom link tomorrow morning. During this time, we will introduce you to Twine and orient you to the program. We already have enough registrations to run it. There are a few spots left, so if you’re interested in registering, please do.

The second day in the series will be Wednesday (Oct. 30th). This will be in person here at 11 Linden from 3:30 – 5 pm. We will copy-code together and write an interactive story together while you learn to program the software.

The last session will be a facilitated work time, held on November 13th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (again, here at 11 Linden), where you can come and work on a lesson or a story, and we will be there to help you with any questions you might have.

Intermediate LibGuides
November 5th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

We will spend a small amount of time reviewing what we already know, and then we will move into color themes, banners, alternate box types, and generally honing and customizing the look and style of your guides. This will be customized to the attendees as best we can.

Library Makers: Sphero Robots
December 10th from 3:30 – 5 pm

Sphero are little round robotic balls that are not only fun, but can be used effectively in education. 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 math and coding concepts.

Create Forms & Surveys for your LibGuides
December 19th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Learn to create forms and surveys using LibWizard. These forms and surveys can embedded into your LibGuides or library websites. This feature makes it easy to collect data or create sign-ups.

Mini Green Screens in Your Classroom
January 28th from 3:30 – 5 pm

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, clean 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.

 

Our Model Schools department also offers workshops for educators. Click here for a full listing.

Re-Imagined ESIFC Workshop Reflections

On Thursday of last week, we had the pleasure and privilege of spending the day with Dr. Barbara Stripling, Professor Emerita, Syracuse University, Former ALA President, and mastermind behind the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC).

Over the course of the last year, Barbara worked with a small team of librarians to go about re-imagining the ESIFC to adapt to our changing information infrastructure, and better align with our national school library standards, the ISTE standards, and the newest ELA content standards. While the Re-imagined ESIFC is very similar to the original version, we found some new aspects that covered topics such as design thinking, social responsibility, multiple literacies, and student agency.

The workshop began with the group brainstorming the changes that have occurred in education over the last ten years. Some of the responses included: 1:1 devices, makerspaces, and the downward slide in print book reading.

We then compared the ESIFC with the AASL standards, the ISTE standards and the Next Gen ELA standards. We examined the commonalities between them, and the unique features of each. This helped us gain an understanding of what is different in this re-imagined version and what aligns well with these new sets of standards. We dug into the framework, and the priority skills, and analyzed some of the new language that is embedded within it and what this new language means. The afternoon was spent personalizing our usage of the ESIFC for our schools. Librarians were grouped by grade levels, so even if they were from different districts, they still found that they had many of the same things in common.

The re-imagined ESIFC includes a large amount of graphic organizers (many are exactly the same), and keeps student learning at the heart of it all. The graphic organizers are licensed through Creative Commons, and can be used freely, and changed to suit your needs. All that she asks is that you credit the ESIFC.

Barbara is a joy to spend time with. Having been a librarian herself, she understands the daily life of a school librarian. Not only is she incredibly thoughtful and intelligent, she displays a soft-spoken humility and sense of humor. If you ever get a chance to see her in person we highly recommend you take the chance.

For more information, and links to the presentation and handouts, you can access the Monroe One ESIFC LibGuide.