AASL @ ALA Annual Conference

Half-Day Preconference Workshops

Integrating AASL's Best Websites and Best Apps into your School's Curriculum *

Friday, June 26
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Heather Moorefield-Lang, Melissa Jacobs, Joyce Valenza, Mary Ann Scheuer, Shannon Miller, and Lucy Santos Green

School librarians and administrators are continuously called to increase exposure to and complexity of nonfiction and fictional texts and inquiry practices, creating opportunities to build new knowledge beyond an accumulation of facts and simple searches. This interactive session will highlight examples of online and handheld technology resources (e-books, apps, and digital tools) professionally vetted by the AASL Best Websites and the AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committees. Extend the learning experience beyond flat text and help guide students in building new knowledge and understanding with these cutting edge digital tools. Join two of AASL's most active technology-based committees as they come together for the first time in this hands-on preconference session.

The Google, the Bing, and the Open Web: Teaching Credibility Assessment to Young Adults *

Friday, June 26
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Presenters: Mega Subramaniam, Beth St. Jean, Christie Kodama, and Natalie Greene Taylor

As the Internet becomes more essential in meeting young people’s everyday life and academic information needs, ensuring that students have the skills needed to assess the credibility of online resources becomes more critical. These skills are particularly difficult to teach, largely due to the ambiguity of what makes a site both credible and relevant to a young and inexperienced searcher. This workshop will introduce participants to methods of credibility assessment instruction informed through research conducted by a team at the University of Maryland, in collaboration with school librarians in selected middle schools. Using data collected and methods tested during HackHealth sessions, this workshop will present strategies for effectively teaching Web-based credibility assessment to middle and high school students. Workshop attendees will develop action plans involving innovative lesson planning, professional development activities, and strategies to implement credibility instruction across grade levels.

* Additional registration is required for these preconference workshops and advance registration is recommended. Onsite registration will be allowed pending availability.

AASL Member: $109     |     ALA Member: $159     |     Non-member: $224

Retired Member: $99     |     Student Member: $79