AASL Upcoming Webinars



Tips and Tricks to Creating a Google Site

Thursday, December 4, 2014
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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As presenter Brenda Stephens created a Google website this summer, she could have saved many hours of valuable time if someone could have guided her through the process. In this webinar, Brenda will take you step by step through the Google Sites maze. At the conclusion of this webinar - if you have a separate computer to work on while viewing the webinar or open a different tab while viewing - you will have a Google Site ready to load with material. There are techniques and tricks Brenda discovered that are not found in the Google “Sites Help” section or video tutorials that she will share with attendees. In addition, she will demonstrate ways to make your site interactive and engaging to students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders in the learning community. 

Learning goals:

  • Participants will be able to quickly create a high quality, interactive, and engaging Google Site.
  • Participants will learn time saving short cuts to create a Google Site.
  • Participants will learn new strategies to use Google Sites for teaching and student learning. 

Brenda Stephens has been an educator since 1986. She earned a BA and MA degree in English and will complete her SLIS degree in May 2015. She has a very unique and broad understanding of the full spectrum of education with experience in public and private schools, grades 6-12. Currently, Brenda is an Adjunct English Instructor at Anderson University and is employed part time by Greenville County Schools. For the past four years, she has taught online courses for Anderson University, integrating more technology tools each year. During her career, Brenda has seen how technology can greatly enhance both the student and teacher in an educational system. This has fueled her desire to become a school librarian, developing new and innovative ways to blend technology with education for a stronger education experience.

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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Get Thinking! Making the Most of Your Library Time

See How to Challenge and Engage Learners, Expect More, and Support Academic Achievement

Tuesday, January 13, 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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This generation will grow up and run the world, so let's get them thinking! The educational paradigm is shifting requiring us to move from rote and recall to rigor and research.  In this webinar, we'll share 10 examples of assignments, read-alouds, research essential questions and library activities that require students to think!  This will be a fun hour to contemplate whether you are tapping into our greatest asset--the Brain!

Presenters:

AASL member Paige Jaeger facilitates 84 libraries in the “upstate” New York region. She has been a librarian at both the elementary and secondary levels. Paige writes frequently for SLJ and other professional journals on topics such as the Common Core and Inquiry Based Learning. Her first book, co-authored with Mary Ratzer, was recently published by Libraries Unlimited: Rx for the Common Core: Toolbox for Inquiry Based Learning. Their next book, Think Tank Library, is due out in 2015. She herself is a Cybrarian and a lemon loaf aficionado.

 

AASL member Mary Boyd Ratzer is a professional development consultant who fosters inquiry-based learning and real-world strategies for the Common Core. Formerly she served as a teacher and school librarian at the Shenendehowa Central Schools in New York, and taught curriculum as an adjunct faculty at UAlbany’s Graduate School of Information Studies. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited’s Rx for the Common Core, forthcoming Think Tank Library, and the AASL Knowledge Quest article on the C3 Frameworks for Social Studies State Standards. Ratzer holds a master’s degree in library science and a master’s degree in the arts.

 

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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Rich Student, Poor Student, & the School Library

What the PISA Exam Tells Us about Our Value

Thursday, February 5, 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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In the ideal picture, school and their resources, including school libraries, are intended to help level the playing field and make sure all American children are academically successful. In practice, we know this is not always the case, that schools in poor neighborhoods have fewer resources and more academic challenges. 

The Programme for International Student Assessment in 2009 looked at 15-year-old students’ library use and educational performance. This provides a snapshot into the material resources and backgrounds that students come from, and gives insight into challenges a school librarian might face in providing equitable services for all children. It also provides evidence that school library “adequacy” plays a role in student performance. 

The PISA exam also provides an opportunity to look at reading and technology use among teenagers, including what technologies they prefer to use for information, what they prefer to read, and how they use the library. PISA results give us some insight into both what our students know and what they do, and these may help school librarians shape their practice. 

Learning goals:

  • Participants will explore national education data sets and learn how they can use data sets for their own research.
  • Participants will learn about major predictors of student performance, and what factors they can control that might influence student performance. 
  • Participants will learn how technology use relates to student academic performance. 
  • Participants will learn about students’ reading preferences and how those relate to library use and academic performance.

Denice Adkins is Associate Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri. She is a past president of REFORMA, the National Association for Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Her research interests are Latino library services, public libraries, and services to children.

Attendance 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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