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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Library Media Specialist Get Techy

Several of our Library Media Specialist had the opportunity to attend the Washington Library Media Association Conference this last weekend in Yakima.  After seeing a few tweets from the conference, I decided to ask our Library Media Specialist if besides all the great stories, books, and literacy, did they learn anything techish?.  

Thanks to those who have shared.  Looks like it was a great conference.  I look forward to new great ideas from our very innovative librarians as they incorporate what they learned and what inspired them at the conference.

Monica Hodges from Jefferson picked up some great ideas for using Chromebooks with Destiny and Worldbook.  She also learned about a set of books called Savvy Cyber Kids that is available for free.  (I think that she learned this from her Tech Savvy daughter who is a Senior in Computer Science at the UW, but she did share this.)  And check out Monica’s Library Blog.  The Hodge Blodge. Monica regularly writes about books and other happenings in the Jefferson Library.

Jim Coldwell from Centennial is excited about setting up a Makerspace in his library media center after attending a session on the Maker movement. This is a big movement now, and it is taking root in many library media centers.  I look forward to seeing this idea grow.

Jon Sadzewicz at the high school shared about Piktochart.  Infographics are a useful literacy format and creating them is a great way for students to synthesise large amounts of information into visual and easily interpreted chunks.  There are many free tools for creating infographics.  Here are a few of those tools.


Estevan Vivanco at Madison Elementary learned about how to create a video news program for kids. The students create a script, then revise it and once the teacher gives it a stamp of approval, they record the news interview with a camera.  Students can have access to great lighting and even a green screen and their teacher can edit the video and make it look professional!  The presenter at the workshop also showed some ways to make a cool intro with news-program-sounding music.  Might be a fun thing to try in Mount Vernon!

Dale Fournier at Washington shared that she went to a great session on jazzing up a library website making it more informative, and inspiring for students.  She plans to try a tool called Library Thing to suggest new books to students.  A few other additions to add to a library webpage are One Click Digital and Tumblebooks of the Day.

Eva Greenwald was excited to learn more about Destiny, some great tips about incorporating tools like Screencasting, Photostory, Live Binders, Symbaloo, Voki, and Smore into her lessons and she is interested in exploring the idea of using a service such as One-Click Digital to provide audio book access to our students. (Student's currently have access to this with a Public Library card, but if this service was available in the schools, it could be managed through Destiny. Some neat possibilities.

Our Library Media Specialist are such great resources for our students and teachers. We remember that they know books, but we sometimes forget they they also have a lot of great information on other learning resources and they are happy to share not only the very best book ideas, but also great ideas and resources for research, literacy and more.

HInt How to get the most out of a conference you didn’t attend.

  1. Have those that go share a Google Doc and keep collaborative notes that can be shared with others.
  2. Find out the Twitter HashTag for the Conference and follow the discussion online.
  3. None of this is the same as being there and making face to face connections, but it does open the door to a lot of great resources and free learning.  
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