AASL Upcoming Webinars



Transform Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Students and teachers can have varying levels of engagement with technology in the classroom and library. Mobile technology adds new dimension to this experience. At what level is this technology being used to enhance student learning, and at what level is it being used to truly transform education? In this webinar, participants will explore selected mobile apps from the past two years of AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning and learn how to inspire and engage students with mobile technology.

Learning goals:

  • Become familiar with the annual vetted list of twenty-five apps for teaching and learning by the AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Committee.
  • Learn sources for exploring, vetting and curating mobile apps.
  • Learn how to inspire and engage students using apps in the library and classroom.

Melissa Jacobs is a Coordinator in the Office of Library Services for the New York City Department of Education. Melissa is the inaugural and current Chair of the American Association of School Librarians Best Apps for Teaching & Learning Committee, President of the School Library Systems Association of New York State, book reviewer for ReadKiddoRead.com, and a Community Representative for the Digital Public Library of America. Melissa is the recipient of the 2014 School Library Systems Association of New York State Distinguished Service Award and has been published in Teacher Librarian, School Library Journal, School Librarian’s Workshop and Knowledge Quest. She enjoys spending time with her two high-spirited daughters, exploring emerging technologies, lifelong learning, cooking, and obsessively collecting cookbooks. Connect with Melissa on Twitter @missyji or email her at mjacobs7@schools.nyc.gov.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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The Best of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Come and check out a session on the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning with Heather Moorefield-Lang. She has handpicked a selection of great sites just for librarians. In this presentation she will discuss sites, how they can be used, examples from the field as well as look for new ideas and suggestions. Come and learn about some new technology and have fun chatting about sites. 

Learning goals:

  • Participants will discuss new methods for integrating the AASL Best Websites into their libraries and classrooms.
  • Participants will determine where new tools best fit into schools curricula and pedagog
  • Participants will leave session with a list of selected online resources geared toward the field of librarianship.

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. She received her masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is focused in technology integration in education and libraries. She is the chair of the American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee. Her current research is involved with makerspaces and subsequent technology implementation in libraries and education. To learn more about Heather and her work, see her website www.techfifteen.com or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Learn how to create fun an engaging lessons for your students with augmented reality! Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world. Learn how you can create interactive experiences for your students by unlocking or creating layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. This session includes how to implement augmented reality in all content areas. 

Morgan Nickolai is the Library Media Specialist for the Sidney High School. She was selected as a 2014 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. She is also an INFOhio District/Building ICoach for Sidney City Schools and serves as an INFOhio User Council Representative for the Western Ohio Computer Organization.

Attendance at the webinar is open to all. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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Turn on a Dime: Changing Your Library on a Limited Budget

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. -Jorge Luis Borge

In an age of dwindling budgets and rising expectations, librarians must constantly be on the lookout for inexpensive ways to improve their libraries. This three-part interactive workshop will equip librarians with inventive strategies for enhancing their library’s atmosphere at minimal to no cost. Firstly, the presentation will recount how—with the help of eager student volunteers—I was able to re-design, re-shelve, and reinvigorate Willoughby South High’s library to create an organized and aesthetically pleasing information commons. Secondly, a Google slideshow will showcase economically savvy strategies for enhancing a library’s physical space as well as its online presence while encouraging students to take an active role in their library’s transformation. The presentation promises to be an interactive, fun learning experience, in that, attendees will vote in real time about the direction they wish the discussion to proceed and what examples they are most interested in exploring. Following the presentation, participants will demonstrate learning objectives by brainstorming ideas for transforming their own libraries into attractive spaces with appealing websites. Responses will be displayed on a Google form and spreadsheet. Participants will leave the session with extension resources including a sample grant proposal, a list of grant-writing tips, a list of student program suggestions, a study hall expectations handout, an aiding application with skills inventory, and most importantly an inspired outlook for turning their libraries into places where students feel welcome and excited to learn.

Learning goals:

  • Redesigning space through planning thoughtfully, recruiting student volunteers, and writing grants
  • Enlivening atmosphere and web presence
  • Saving time and money with student volunteers and book bargains

Willoughby South High School librarian, Jennifer Holt, enjoyed teaching English for eight years before becoming her school's librarian last year. Immediately after accepting the WSHS school librarian position, she discovered that her school would be undergoing renovations and that she would be moving all of the books out of the library for the summer.  What first seemed an intimidating task became a wonderful opportunity for her to put her MLIS degree from Kent State University to good use as she re-designed the library into an appealing information commons.

Attendance at the webinar is open to all. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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School Library Collaborations: Making Them Work to Improve Student Achievement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Research studies indicate that qualified school librarians who actively engage in effective collaborations in their teaching and curricular roles are major contributors to increased student achievement. This webinar will address the concept of collaboration and the actual functions, or operations, of collaboration that make up effective collaborative efforts. We will discuss the models and strategies of school library collaborations that must be reinforced by effective professional development. Most teachers view the role of the school librarian to be that of resource manager and not of instructional collaborator who is an expert in information literacy and 21st century instructional technology. We will also discuss how teacher education programs might introduce the information literacy role of the 21st century school librarian to pre-service teachers and administrators.

Learning goals:

  • To provide ways to analyze and assess current collaboration efforts.
  • To assist school librarians in recognizing effective collaboration opportunities.
  • To advocate for effective collaborations through SL-driven, school-wide professional development.

Charles E. (Ed) Hockersmith is currently the School Librarian at Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, Delaware. During the last 42 years, he has administered library programs at the middle school, high school, and college levels. He is a Past-President of the Delaware Association of School Librarians, former Secretary of AASL’s Educators of School Librarians Section, former Chair of the ABC-CLIO Award for School Library Leadership, and a former School Board President. He holds a BSEd in English and Library Science from Shippensburg University (PA), an MLS from Syracuse University, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Administration from the University of Delaware, where he is adjunct faculty in the School of Education’s School Librarian Certification Program. His research interests are in school library collaborations and school Library Information Literacy Instructional programs and curricula.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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