AASL Upcoming Webinars



Screencast Innovations for the 21st Century Learner and Educator

Thursday, November 6, 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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Screencast-O-Matic (SOM) is a free and easy to use screencast application that has many uses for the classroom teacher and librarian. Screencasts are perfect for recording lectures for online courses, or for students to view prior to seated classes, or as a review. Virtual tutorials are easy to create with SOM. Also, students can record book reviews to share via e-mail or social media. These student screencasts can be given QR codes for sharing virtually or printed throughout the school and scanned for viewing. Screencasts can also be uploaded to school or teacher websites. Presenter Brenda Stephens will take participants step by step through the process of downloading and recording screencasts for use in your school.

Learning goals:

  • Participants will be able to download the Screen-Cast-O-Matic application and record a lecture or tutorial.
  • Participants will learn new strategies to use technology tools such as screencasts to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Participants will be able to create QR codes and discover creative teaching strategies with this technology.

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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Counting on What We Have: Evaluating School Library Collections

Thursday, November 13, 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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Have we lost our ability to count? As school library collections become increasingly digital and less visible, school librarians will need to find new ways to evaluate their collections and demonstrate their value to stakeholders. Shelves bulging with books were never a clear measure of student access to those books and the ideas and information they contained. Today’s resources require new technologies and kinds of infrastructure that need to be counted along with the numbers of titles. The Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offer a vision of learners as creators not just consumers of information and ideas and suggest the need for new kinds of collections and new measures of quality. Join us as we discuss collection mapping and output measures for school libraries related to today’s learning contexts.

Learning goals:

  • Participants will explore issues related to access as a measure of a collection including student differences, technology, and infrastructure.
  • Participants will encounter various measures for measuring collections including collection mapping and output measures.
  • Participants will apply output measures to multiples kinds of material and digital collections.

Sue C. Kimmel is an assistant professor at Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her previous experience includes working as a book reviewer, a bibliographer, and almost 20 years as a building-level school librarian. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and MSLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An AASL member since 1987, Sue is currently Chair of the Research and Statistics Committee and a member of the Knowledge Quest Editorial Board. She is National Board Certified in School Library Media.

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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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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