Professional Development

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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

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.

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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.

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.

Monroe One BOCES SLS Need-to-Know News

The SLS MiniGrant deadline is this Friday, October 4th!

Each applicant may request up to $1,200 in grant funds. The awards will be announced on October 15th and must be completed by March 23rd, 2020.

Allowable mini-grant projects include:

  • Collection Development
  • Innovative Projects
  • Professional Development Programs

For more information about the grant application and process, please visit our website: www.monroe.edu/sls

 

The Re-imagined ESIFC

There is still room to register for the Re-Imagining Information Fluency and Standards Alignment for our Students.

As school librarians, we know we must teach our students the skills they need to succeed in the ever-changing and complex information environment. The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC) has been re-imagined to provide a guide for that teaching; it is a comprehensive PD-12 continuum of the skills, responsibilities, and dispositions that will enable our students to flourish, both personally and academically. The skills of the ESIFC will align with the expectations of various national and New York State standards documents, including NextGen science standards, New York’s Social Studies and ELA standards, and AASL and ISTE standards.

In this workshop, we will explore the new ESIFC and translate it into action. You will discover essential skills of inquiry, multiple literacies, design thinking, social responsibility, and even student agency. Most importantly, you will be able to collaborate with colleagues to develop personalized approaches, lessons, formative assessments, and strategies to transform teaching and learning in your school.

The event will be held on October 10th, 2019.

 

***Reminder: Our SLS Council meeting will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm.