August is prime time for PD. Many teachers return refreshed from summer break to begin the new school year working on new or refreshed curriculum with faculty across grade levels and disciplines. This creates a sweet spot for school librarians to collaborate with colleagues and develop curriculum they will co-teach. In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, shared strategies for using this time to build instructional partnerships that will last throughout the year and beyond.
There are roughly 2.2 million apps in the Apple App Store. There are even more in Google Play. How does one decide which to download? What factors into a decision to choose one over another? When are both (or more) valuable? In this session, Michelle Luhtala, whose phone is ridiculously app-loaded, showcased her 30 favorites (yes, one can have 30 favorites when there are 500 to begin with). This summer edWebinar focused on personalizing one’s info-tainment universe.
Formerly called 30 apps in 60 minutes, this session has evolved. Instead of focusing on tools, the presenters focused on learning objectives and how to use technology to meet them.
Research indicates that attention spans are waning for learners of all ages. In this edWebinar, facilitators highlighted strategies to engage school-aged learners with summer reading.
With budgeting always a concern, schools are getting creative to ensure the best return on investment for their shift to digital content. Learn about Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13’s story of delivering eBooks and audiobooks to 22 districts (and more) with a shared collection.
How do we prepare every teacher to maximize learning when every student has a device in hand? As districts increase computing capacity, there is an assumption that faculty will adapt. Often, “adapting” means that what teachers used to do analog, they now do digitally, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are reimagining learning for the new landscape. In this session, facilitators shared effective and replicable workshop ideas that will help faculty adapt their teaching for the 1:1 environment.
In this webinar, Dr. Rebecca J. Morris shared apps and lesson ideas for integrating digital storytelling into curriculum, with a focus on science topics. She also discussed the assessment of student learning and practical strategies for facilitating digital storytelling.
This webinar focused on instructional strategies that help students increase their digital literacy. Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, outlined distinctions between media literacy and digital literacy, and highlight how each can be addressed in the classroom and through the library program. This webinar is a follow-up to edWeb.net Emerging Tech’s session, Media Literacy: A Crash Course in 60 Minutes.
In this session, USA Today Reporter Greg Toppo joined Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, to discuss shifting trends in the news business and what teachers can do to help their learners sift through the information pool to find trustworthy journalism.
In this webinar, Michelle Luhtala (a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker) explored how school librarians can enhance their learning communities’ capacity for personalized learning experiences through collaboration, instructional partnership, direct instruction, professional development, and leadership.
If you haven’t heard about the C3, or don’t understand how these new Social Studies Standards impact your library program, then this webinar is made just for you. In this webinar, Instructional Focus Editor for School Library Connection magazine Paige Jaeger explained the new National Social Studies Standards and modeled how your library research projects should change to align with the new standards. Learn how to move beyond names and dates and begin operating under the Arc of Inquiry.
In K12 teaching and learning, no one is better prepared for curating digital resources and tools than the teacher librarian. Curation is a major element of Future Ready Librarians. Leadership in curation will be critical as schools scramble to vet, organize and leverage the coming flood of Open Educational Resources (OER) that represent the #GoOpen initiative. Curation belongs in the curriculum. It should be part of your school’s searching and scouting toolkit, part of your collection development strategy, part of your professional development plan, and part of your effective Web presence.
eBooks and audiobooks offer librarians an incredible opportunity to evolve their role and become even more valuable members of the school community. Faye Hagerty shared her experience increasing reading rates by 200 percent through the district’s digital library platform.
Digital collection development is integral to the “future ready” pledge. As the number of districts committing to personalizing instruction through digital learning grows, so does the demand for digital content. In this webinar with Michelle Luhtala and Andy Marcinek discussed what’s new in digital collection development, including the #GoOpen initiative, and how to make all resources discoverable, accessible, and usable for all learners.
The Big6 provides a simple but powerful approach to help students learn essential information and technology skills in the context of local school or district curriculum priorities. In this content-packed webinar, well-known educator and visionary Mike Eisenberg shared practical strategies for defining and delivering a relevant and meaningful information and technology skills instructional program.
Inquiry seems to be everywhere, and an inquiry-based learning model is the recommended approach for educators to meet the Next Gen science standards, the C3 social studies standards, as well as Common Core ELA, and math. In this webinar, Leslie Maniotes, a curriculum expert, guided participants on getting started with Guided Inquiry Design, an inquiry-based instructional design grounded in research.
Librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become “future ready.” The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. In this session, Michelle Luhtala and Mark Ray discussed what it means to be Future Ready.
Rise up to meet the coteaching challenge! Instructional partnerships are pathways to improving students’ learning and educators’ professional practice. Educators who coplan develop more creative, engaging, and effective instruction. Through coteaching, they model communication and collaboration skills—skills preK-12 students need to be successful team members in school and beyond.
In April 2016, the Modern Language Association released the 8th edition of its Handbook for researchers. In this informative session, participants learned about the changes, and how MLA streamlined citation guidelines.
Whether you’ve had a makerspace for years, don’t have one yet, or are just getting started, this webinar has something for you! Michelle Luhtala chronicled her experience jump-starting maker culture in her learning community and discussed funding, curricular connections, equipment, and celebrations, and challenges.
In this annual review of new developments in eContent delivery, learn about platforms, services, licensing options, new product packaging, spending models, and content availability. The presenter also reviewed recent research on student usage of eContent.
eBooks have become an essential component of the K12 curriculum. A successful shift toward digital means engaged students, teachers incorporating new resources into their lessons and enthusiastic administrator support. But how is this achieved? Joanna and Betsey shared how to teach students to use eBooks meaningfully, how to help teachers incorporate them seamlessly into their teaching, and how to gain buy-in from administrators and parents.
Based on their new book Having an Impact on Learning: The PR Professional and the Principal, authors and husband and wife duo, Kelly and Matt Wachel, presented how PR professionals and principals can work together to impact student achievement.
The Big6 is the most widely known and used information skills program in the world because it works! The Big6 is essential, practical, and easy to implement—from day one. And, with a completely new book, The Big6 Curriculum, focusing on the needs of 21st-century students, schools, and library programs, the Big6 continues to be fully relevant and cutting-edge. In this webinar, Mike Eisenberg and Colet Bartow helped educators preK–20, especially teacher-librarians, to design and deliver curriculum and instruction to meet the ICT literacy needs of 21st-century students.