Coming up this coming weekend – a 2 day Technology Retreat for School Librarians with a great group of people at one of my favorite places, the beautiful campus of the Carey Institute for Global Good (formerly the Rensselaerville Institute) in Rensselaerville, NY. This wonderful ‘away from it all’ location in the Helderbergs is the perfect setting for lots of learning, sharing, collaborating and laughing to take place.
Jen Cannell and J’aime Pfeiffer have organized this weekend for their school librarians. Melissa Jacobs Israel, Lisa Rudd and I will all be presenting sessions. And I’ve heard rumors of some sort of evening talent show or competition? No doubt a good time and lots of learning will be had by all.
Many thanks to Alex Gutelius and Angela Strong for inviting me to speak at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library staff day. Slides from the presentation “The Future is Now!” are available for you to download.
Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library
Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed great tips and apps during our session on Mobile Apps for Learning, Teaching and Productivity on Friday at the NYLA Annual Conference. The session was sponsored by the Section of School Librarians. Thank you for inviting us to speak. And thank you to my co-presenters, Melissa Jacobs Israel and Nicole Waskie-Laura. Our slides are now available.
Don’t forget about SSL’s next big event, the 2015 NYLA/SSL Spring Conference from April 30 to May 2, 2015 in Tarrytown NY.
This is going to be a fun and busy week.
The Cool Tools for School learning program has launched with 15 New York School Library Systems participating. It looks like we’ll have over 100 people registered this year. Many are participating for the 2nd or 3rd time! And lots of new folks too. Really looking forward to learning along with all of you.
And the New York Library Association annual conference starts on Wednesday. Melissa Jacobs Israel, Nicole Waskie-Laura and I will be presenting a session on Mobile Apps for Learning, Teaching and Productivity.
Look forward to seeing you there!
If your BOCES School Library System is participating in this year’s Cool Tools for Schools project, this flyer will give you a bit more information about the learning opportunity: Cool Tools for School Flyer You may also receive a copy from you BOCES SLS director.
If you don’t know if your BOCES School Library Systemis participating, please contact the director of your system. If they don’t know about the project, do share this flyer with them. We have room for more regions and the more the merrier!
I’m excited, it looks like there will definitely be another Cool Tools for School learning program for this coming school year. Based on the feedback from the BOCES School Library Systems that participated last year, we’ll have enough participants to run it again. And room to offer it to other regions as well.
After we got started last year, I heard from some SLS directors who said they wished they had known about the project. So this year, I want to make sure everyone knows about it.
For those not familiar with the project, here are some details. The program is conducted completely online. New lessons/topics are posted on a regular basis over about 6 months and participants choose 5 or 10 topics to explore and then write blog posts about their learning. This project was modeled after Helene Blowers innovative 23 Things project that has been replicated and reinvented many times over the past 8 years.
Last year, we offered 20 different topics for participants to choose from since many people were participating in the program for a second time. There will be more new topics this year. Professional development hours are awarded by each BOCES SLS. Each system used their own methods for deciding who and how many could participate, depending on budget constraints. Many systems encouraged librarians to collaborate with other teachers.
For more information, take a look at the About the Project and FAQ pages on the project website. If your SLS is interested in participating, let me know and I’ll send you more details. My gmail account is pollyalida, twitter is @pollyalida or post in the SLS Cool Tools Facebook group.