AASL Upcoming Webinars
Wednesday, February 17 | 6:00 p.m. Central - In this webinar, we'll talk with librarian Kristie Obrecht and Seesaw's Emily Voigtlander about building digital portfolios using Seesaw. Seesaw empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school. Students capture learning with photos and videos of physical work, or by adding digital creations. Everything is uploaded and kept organized for teachers. Teachers can invite families to Seesaw so parents get an immediate, personalized window into their child's learning.
Wednesday, February 24 | 6:00 p.m. Central - In this session, presenters Amanda Waugh and Dr. Mega Subramaniam will share scholarly research in youth development and STEM learning, then translate that research into practical programs that school librarians can integrate into their practice. Participants will learn about how connected learning, health research, and science fiction writing can bolster STEM engagement, the pro’s and con’s of makerspaces, and leveraging fiction reading into STEM engagement.
Wednesday, March 2 | 6:00 p.m. Central - In this webinar, Dr. Laura Sheneman, Coordinator of Library Services and Information Resources for Region One Education Service Center in South Texas, and Kari Riedel, founder of Bookopolis, an AASL Best Website, will show how elementary and middle schools are using Bookopolis to build a community of engaged readers. Bookopolis is a social network and book discovery tool that lets students safely connect with peers to share book reviews, recommend books, and discover the next book they can’t wait to read.
Wednesday, March 16 | 6:00 p.m. Central - Gamification, particularly Minecraft, has been a hot topic for librarians and educators recently. This webinar presents an overview of current virtual worlds and how librarians are using them and shares potential future opportunities with virtual reality systems in the near future. Dr. Valerie Hill has worked with 5th graders who designed and built a Minecraft Digital Citizenship Game to promote information literacy. Beth S. O’Connell has worked in several virtual worlds to share immersive learning experiences, such as virtual field trips.
Thursday, March 17 | 6:00 p.m. Central - During this webinar, Russell Hoy and Karrin Huynh will walk viewers through the in’s and out’s of MyStorybook, demonstrating how to create your own online storybook. By exploring books made by students around the globe, Russell and Karrin will show viewers how MyStorybook can be used in classrooms to promote creativity and literacy in a fun and engaging way.
Wednesday, April 6 | 6:00 p.m. Central - The school library should already be a center for information, for technology and for creation in a school. Those aspects uniquely position the library program to create an ad hoc television studio. Because many schools and districts don't have the money to invest in a state-of-the art studio, this webinar will focus on how to create a functional studio on a tight budget.
Wednesday, April 13 | 6:00 p.m. Central - Educators are using Gooru, an AASL Best Website for Teaching & Learning, in their classrooms to personalize learning and help students reach their full potential. It is our mission to honor the human right to education by making high-quality educational resources free and accessible. We want teachers and students everywhere to have access to content that supports deep and meaningful learning experiences.
Wednesday, April 20 | 6:00 p.m. Central - We are asking students to become 21st century learners through inquiry and creation. They also need to develop the skills necessary to become productive members of our society. One way to do this is by teaching students to develop their own portfolio of skills and work samples presented digitally. This webinar will focus on student-created digital portfolios that can encompass work from a variety of classes and activities.