eCOLLAB | Your eLearning Laboratory is a repository of webcasts, podcasts, and resources from AASL professional development events. With the addition of recorded sessions from the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition, eCOLLAB offers over 200 webcasts and podcasts for on-demand learning. eCOLLAB also contains a read-only version of the latest issue of AASL’s print journal, Knowledge Quest, which is available for view before the issue mails.
This course will explain the basics of the Common Core, Pedagogy "shifts," and the imperative importance of Inquiry Based Learning for research. Participants will learn how to "repackage research" for the Common Core State Standards as well as higher level thought. Participants will have the opportunity to "repackage" a current unit for CCSS alignment and Inquiry learning. In the new section of this course, participants will learn how to make classroom connections in the Common Core and how Close Reading activities should naturally lead to research.
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 course is designed to introduce participants to the Understanding by Design Curriculum framework. Known as the Backward Design model, this framework is unique in that it begins with the end in mind. Rather than planning from an activity-centered focus, the school librarian first identifies the Big Ideas behind content standards. From these Big Ideas, the school librarian develops Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions to guide student inquiry. The school librarian then designs assessments that provide evidence of student learning.
Navigating the world of e-books has been a difficult but rewarding journey for the North East Independent School District. There are many e-book vendors looking to provide content to school libraries, but how do you know which one is best for you? This course will focus on implementing an e-book collection for your campus/school district in order to meet the needs of your students and staff. With a foundation in understanding e-books as resources, participants will learn how to incorporate these resources into lessons and units of study.
Through active and applied learning, students who participate in a project-based learning (PBL) are more engaged, are better researchers, and self-directed in their learning. What’s the difference between a problem and a project, and where do you (and the library) fit in? In this course, participants will learn about the basics of project-based learning, including relevant terminology, best practices, curriculum integration, tools and techniques, and assessment.
Inquiry and literacy – are they one and the same or complementary processes? Participants explore different inquiry models and how literacy can be instilled throughout.
This-four week, self-paced online Twitter course will help you come up to speed on using Twitter effectively as part of your personal learning network, for school library advocacy, and for promotion. It is designed to help attendees become active tweeters during AASL and ALA events - and beyond!
When is a read-aloud more than a great story? When it also ties in critical thinking skills. In this course, participants will learn how to infuse literacy skills while continuing to share the passion and power of a great read-aloud. The culminating project will be a collaborative lesson plan that incorporates nonfiction read alouds with critical thinking strategies into a content area while also including indicators from AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
School libraries are no longer the quiet dusty rooms where students sit at heavy wooden tables and read silently. We’re using modern technology and teaching strategies – now we need to update our spaces to match. In this course, attendees will get ideas and inspiration for transforming the physical space of their libraries to make them innovative, student-friendly learning environments. Learn how to apply educational design theory to renovate your library no matter what your budget is. Learn strategies for changing up your space that you can apply immediately.