IDEAxCHANGE

Thursday, November 14
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Description

The IDEAxCHANGE (formerly the Exploratorium) allows attendees to explore colleagues displays that exemplify best practices in school librarianship. This two-hour conference opener allows attendees to browse exhibits that showcase the excellence of school library programs and the organizations and institutions that support them.

Presentations

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Addressing De-stressing: Tips for Stress Management in School Libraries

A dedicated librarian knows that the diversity of tasks they may face can be overwhelming, especially during a period when people are evaluating whether school libraries need trained and certified faculty or if schools need librarians (or libraries) at all. This presentation will provide a variety of ideas for addressing stressful situations and general advice on how to handle the following situations: time management, delegation, communication, networking, support systems, physical activity and positive attitude.

Presenter(s):
Verlene Schafer, Library Media Program Director

Grade Level:
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
School Librarians

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

ATTaCKing and T.R.A.C.K.ing Reading: Cross-curricular Reading for Knowledge and Success

ATTaCK/T.R.A.C.K.S., an independent reading program developed by Bristol, CT, middle school library media specialists, inspires and encourages students to read across genres and content areas. By requiring students to read twelve books from a variety of nonfiction areas and fiction genres and be accountable through online written reviews, we help meet the Common Core State Standard, which "expects students to be proficient in reading complex informational text independently in a variety of content areas."

Presenter(s):
Kristine Woods, Library Media Specialist
Lisa Carroll, Library Media Specialist

Grade Level:
4-6; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; School Librarians; Students

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

Collaborating with Secondary Teachers to Create an Online Student Lounge to Support Classroom Instruction

Discover how school librarians can collaborate effectively with teachers to support the curriculum by creating an online student lounge where students and teachers interact and discuss traditional literature in a new and engaging manner to get even the most reluctant students involved. Classroom teachers can use this interactive blog to facilitate discussion, create informal assessments, and learn the art of collaboration with a school librarian.

Presenter(s):
Angelyne Collins, Library Media Specialist

Grade Level: 
High; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty: 
Basic

Target Audience: 
Classroom Teachers; School Librarians

Experience Level: 
0-5 years in the profession

Competing Comic Books!

This is the story of how a group of graphic novel loving students (and one school librarian!) came together to plan, promote, and participate in our school's first ever comic book writing competition. Come hear about how fifteen student authors got their books added to our library collection, and how one small idea became a huge hit!

Presenter(s):
Adrienne Matteson, Media Specialist

Grade Level:
4-6; K-3; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; School Librarians; Students

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession

Create a Writing Center in your School Library!

Presentation will focus on teaching school librarians how to create and maintain a writing center that operates within the school library, during the day, and after school. The purpose of a writing center (and its governing principle) is not to "fix" papers, but to teach students how to write. To accomplish this, the Writing Center utilizes peer-tutoring to teach the writing process, and is also structured to address Common Core State Standards in writing.

Presenter(s):
Timothy Horan, Library Media Specialist and Director of the Writing Center

Grade Level:
High; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Intermediate

Target Audience:
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; School Librarians

Experience Level:
13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession

Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas for Teaching Science, Information and Technology Literacy

Use the experimental method to outline project collaboration between science teachers and school librarians and shared responsibilities for teaching students to identify a research topic; articulate research problem and questions; identify control variables and hypothesis; design study; collect and analyze data; and formulate conclusions. Improve student's creativity in topic-problem writing, effectiveness in keyword searching, and in evaluation and selection of significant resources.

Presenter(s):
Mirah Dow, Associate Professor

Grade Level:
4-6; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Advanced

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; School Librarians; Students

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 6-12 in the profession

Dear Mr. and Ms. Fifth Grader,  Congratulations! You are now on the Newbery Committee!

Thinking about implementing a mock Newbery Committee with fifth graders? For an entire quarter, students read, completed rubrics, met with authors, blogged, podcasted, debated and more to try and predict the winners. This collaborative project between the librarian and a fifth grade reading teacher got kids so excited about reading! Come find out all the details of our project and to see the reactions when kids found out which book won!

Presenter(s):
Stacey Rattner, School Librarian
Karen Harris, Grade 5 Teacher

Grade Level:
4-6

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians; Students

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession

Developing Global Citizens: Integrating a Global Perspective into Core Content

The ideas of citizenship, civic responsibility, and sustainability have become increasingly difficult to understand and apply in a globalized world. At the same time, they are - now more than ever - essential tools for ethical, rational, and forward-thinking decision making. Learn how an understanding of global human and ecological communities can enhance your core content instruction, providing students with the skills they need for success in the 21st century while boosting engagement.

Presenter(s):
Kim Machnik, Community Engagement Coordinator

Grade Level:
4-6; K-3; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Intermediate

Target Audience:
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

Digital Literacy Transforms ESL High School Students into 21st Century Learners

How do ESL students with limited English speaking skills communicate effectively and assimilate into the high school culture? Easy, empower them with digital literacy skills. Together, the ESL teacher and SLMS spark a passion for learning, connecting reading and technology. ESL students learn Prezi, Glogster and Google apps to develop communication and presentation skills. Let us show you how collaboration motivates students to become digital literacy role models.

Presenter(s):
Ann Gargula, Library Media Specialist
Maria Genca, ESOL Teacher

Grade Level: 
High

Level of Difficulty: 
Intermediate

Target Audience: 
Classroom Teachers; School Librarians; Technology Coordinators

Experience Level: 
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession

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Free-Agent Learning: Urban Teen, Information Literacy and iPad Consorting

Teens and handheld devices are inseparable. Capitalize on this energy to create Free Agent Learners: Those who capably marry 21st century literacies with independent, evaluative, collaborative, relevant and empowered learning. Learn how our library team rose to the administrative challenge to allow our faculty to lose the battle and embrace personal handheld device use and access to twenty library iPads. Featured student work demonstrates use of academic apps, integrated teaching and learning and management/planning protocols.

Presenter(s):
Deborah Lang Froggatt, Library Director, Adjunct Professor & PhD Candidate
Marie Allegra D'Ambruoso, Library Media Specialist

Grade Level:
4-6; High; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Intermediate

Target Audience:
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Library Supervisors; School Librarians; Students; Technology Coordinators

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession

iBooks R Us: Creating iBooks in the School Library

Harness the power of your Apple technology and get publishing! Secondary school librarians Suzanne Larson and Jennifer St. Michel will explain how your Apple computers (running Lion or newer OS) can produce iBooks using the free iAuthor software. These iBooks can be downloaded to your iPads to enhance classroom materials and become great learning tools! The software is easy enough for students to use as well!

Presenter(s):
Suzanne Larson, School Library Media Specialist
Jennifer St. Michel, Library Media Specialist

Grade Level:
High; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Intermediate

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; School Librarians; Students; Technology Coordinators

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 6-12 in the profession

Inquire. Observe. Connect. Express. What’s Past is Prologue to 21st c. Teaching & Learning with The National Archives

As educators, our larger mission is to help our students become confident and pro-active in their own learning. We'll demonstrate new online tools for helping students to examine information, take a position, and argue it based on evidence. We will identify resources and strategies for engaging students in creating materials that are grounded in original research and independent thought. We can empower students to become active participants in our national story! It's YOUR National Archives!

Presenter(s):
Annie Davis, Education Specialist

Grade Level:
4-6; High; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Higher Education; Library Supervisors; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians; Students; Technology Coordinators

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 6-12 in the profession

Inspiring Student Authors through Personal Storytelling

Sarah Beth uses true, personal storytelling to inspire third grade autobiography writers. Collaborating with their classroom teacher, Sarah Beth tells the class stories from her childhood, causing the students to think of similar stories from their own lives. She also has some of the students share their anecdotes aloud, stirring up still more memories.

Presenter(s):
Sarah Nelson, Librarian

Grade Level:
4-6; K-3

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; School Librarians

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession

iStaff Makes an iMPACT:  Leadership through Student Staff Program @ the Library

Increasing the level of engagement in a library can have an exponential impact on the program. Empowering students to be leaders through a volunteer program like our "iStaff" has been transformative for our middle school library. Learn about this no-cost high-impact initiative.

Presenter(s):
Susan Kowalski, School Librarian

Grade Level:
Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Administrators; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians

Experience Level:
6-12 in the profession

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Libraries at the Core of Learning: How an Academic Resource Center Supported an Increase in Student Academic Success Rate

The John Hersey High School Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a fully supported and staffed resource area and plays an integral role in student success by aiding students in their development of essential learning skills. Stop by and see how the library functions as the core of learning at the JHHS ARC.

Presenter(s):
Catherine Alexander, Head Librarian

Grade Level:
High

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Administrators; Library Supervisors; School Librarians

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession

Library Centers for Elementary Learners

Elementary librarian-bloggers Jessica Lodge, Carolyn Vibbert and Cari Young share their experience with library centers. These student workstations provide engaging, standards-based learning activities for students. They appeal to a variety of ages, abilities and learning styles. Stop by this session to see hands-on examples, receive materials for getting started, get links to printable centers, and be invited to collaborative Pinterest boards for crowd-sourcing center ideas.

Presenter(s):
Carolyn Vibbert, School Librarian
Jessica Lodge, School Librarian
Cari Young, School Librarian

Grade Level:
4-6; K-3

Level of Difficulty: 
Basic

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

The Library, Figurative Language, and Social Media, Oh My!

Stop fighting “Grumpy Cat" and other social media humor, use it.  Using current events and pop culture is one way to connect with and engage students while teaching valuable content skills. This presentation demonstrates a collaborative unit, between librarians and reading/language arts teachers, which teaches the elements of figurative language using current pop culture references, picture books, and technology. Upon lesson completion students will have had authentic experiences with writing, internet safety, and citation.

Presenter(s):
Kelly Arbuckle, School Librarian

Grade Level: 
4-6; High; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty: 
Intermediate

Target Audience: 
Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Library Supervisors; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians; Students; Technology Coordinators

Experience Level: 
0-5 years in the profession; 6-12 in the profession

Library Pals: Collaboration Made Easy - Connecting 1st Graders through a Shared Blog

Have you thought about collaborating online with another school librarian, but are not sure how to get started without feeling overwhelmed? Using a shared blog to become online pen pals, or Library Pals, is a simple yet powerful way to get started. School librarians Laura Given and Jennifer Reed post weekly to each other's 1st grade classes on a shared blog called Lib-Pals (short for Library Pals) at www.libpals.blogspot.com.

Presenter(s):
Laura Given, Library Media Specialist
Jennifer Reed, School Librarian

Grade Level:
K-3

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; School Librarians

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

Look Closely: Using Picture Books to Get to the Core

We all know the Common Core State Standards ask us to shift to using non-fiction. Non-fiction picture books provide us with a wealth of opportunity to meet this shift. See how one library is using non-fiction picture books in an upper elementary school to encourage inquiry.

Presenter(s):
Melissa Iamonico, School Librarian

Grade Level:
4-6; K-3

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; School Librarians; Students

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession

The Multiplier Effect: School Libraries TIMES Public Libraries = Wealth of Resources

In an era of diminishing budgets, it is imperative that school libraries and public libraries unite to multiply their talents and resources to fill the needs of their users. Come and see a variety of different ways the Northport/East Northport School District librarians and the Half Hollow Hills School District Librarians on Long Island have fostered partnerships with their respective public libraries. The creation and sustainability of programs will be presented and discussed.

Presenter(s):
AnnMarie Jenkins, School Media Specialist
Linda Lennon, Librarian

Grade Level: 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Level of Difficulty: 
Basic

Target Audience: 
Administrators; Curriculum Specialists; Library Supervisors; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians

Experience Level: 
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

Online Research and Media Skills Curriculum: An Instructional Model Designed to Embed Authentic and Effective Use of New and Digital Literacies while Following the Common Core State Standards

The purpose of the Online Research and Media Skills curriculum is to prepare students for a digital and global economy while also reinforcing reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing of content-area knowledge. This curriculum includes practices that support life-long reflective learning which empowers students through online inquiry, construction, and comprehension with the use of learning environments that utilize authentic, productive, and ethical use of applications required in today’s global economy.

Presenter(s):
W. Ian O'Byrne, Assistant Professor of Educational Technologies
Barbara St. Onge, Education Consultant

Grade Level: 
High

Level of Difficulty: 
Intermediate

Target Audience: 
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Higher Education; Library Supervisors; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians; Students; Technology Coordinators

Experience Level: 
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

Organizing by Genre…Why Stop There? Shelving Fact and Fiction to Enrich Students’ Learning

When browsing by topics of interest, children are more invested in reading and learning. Shelving fiction with non-fiction broadens their choices and supports the Common Core State Standards. With information and imagination resources together on a shelf, we encourage students to ask: "Is this useful? Relevant? Reliable?" Picture books with maps, journals, photographs and recipes; narrative non-fiction or;The Magic School Bus---these all have information to offer students. Let’s explore new possibilities for learning.

Presenter(s):
Andrea Dolloff, Librarian
Jennifer Still, Librarian

Grade Level: 
4-6; K-3; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty: 
Intermediate

Target Audience: 
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians

Experience Level: 
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

Packed In and Flipped Out: How to Create Multimedia Research Lessons for Middle Schoolers

Learn how to better scaffold a research project by using digital resources. We will introduce you to the tools we used to help students better understand the steps involved in a successful research project. Likewise, we will give you access to our materials to help you create flip lessons and library research guides that your students can access even when you're not available to help.

Presenter(s):
Jill Bergeron, Media and Resource Specialist
Scott Nancarrow, Director of Student Learning

Grade Level:
Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; School Librarians; Students; Technology Coordinators

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession

Promoting Digital Citizenship K-12

Promotion of digital citizenship lessons for primary and secondary schools so all students can learn to be responsible, respectful, and informed digital citizens. Librarians provide students with the ability to use technology safely, responsibly, critically, pro-actively, and to contribute to society. We will offer lesson plans and ideas that engage and encourage student participation and decision-making, while highlighting strategies and resources to help prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s digital citizens.

Presenter(s):
Nancy Green, Library Media Specialist
Patricia Collins, Library Media Specialist

Grade Level: 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Level of Difficulty: 
Basic

Target Audience: 
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians

Experience Level: 
0-5 years in the profession

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Rising to Meet the Need: Literary Lists!

Do you find yourself needing a list of books, but you can't find a list of quality titles? Maybe you're looking for books that show first person point of view, that include writing skills examples that support literary devices, or quality genre titles? We frequently needed these, but we couldn't find quality, easily accessible and up-to-date title lists, so we've built our own in a Wikispace where YOU can contribute to building these master lists.

Presenter(s):
Esther Eash, Executive Director, Learning Environment
Kari Worsham, Library Media Specialist
Kim Hopkins, Library Media Specialist

Grade Level:
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience: 
Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Library Supervisors; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians; Students

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

Students Make a Difference through Social Action Inquiry

What happens when students are challenged to make a difference in their world? Learn how sixth-grade students researched a topic about a local or global problem, its causes and current solutions, and how they could personally get involved. The research was done without printing a single sheet of paper using online digital resources, NoodleTools, and Google Docs. Students also presented their findings at a public Make a Difference Fair, raising over $7000 for their causes.

Presenter(s):
Jean Hellwege, school librarian

Grade Level:
4-6; High; Middle/Junior

Level of Difficulty:
Intermediate

Target Audience:
Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; School Librarians; Students

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

Take Me on a QUEST - Inquiry & Literacy Lab @ High School

All high school students do research, right? We will share our research framework called QUEST that is interdisciplinary inquiry approach using a common framework, common vocabulary and common skills. We also use literacy labs with peer tutors and can demonstrate how to implement their use for modeling information literacy skills. Finally our presentation will model the use of technology for research, e-book and audiobook digital reading.

Presenter(s):
Barry Hanrahan, Head Librarian
Glenn Gotrik, Head Librarian

Grade Level: 
High

Level of Difficulty: 
Intermediate

Target Audience: 
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Library Supervisors; School Librarians; Technology Coordinators

Experience Level: 
6-12 in the profession

Teaching Students How Not to Break the Law

The school librarian is often considered the copyright expert in the school. This IDEAxCHANGE session explores how s/he can work with students to instill good copyright habits while still allowing them freedom to use materials in a variety of ways. Legal uses of print and non-print, as well as digital media, will be addressed. Additionally, the convergence of plagiarism and copyright will be presented. Model lesson plans will be included in a handout.

Presenter(s):
Rebecca Butler, Presidential Teaching Professor

Grade Level:
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Level of Difficulty:
Intermediate

Target Audience:
Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Higher Education; Library Supervisors; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians; Students; Technology Coordinators

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

You Are the Strongest Link: Essential Links for Learning

Access Essential Links! This valuable resource can help you keep up to date, involved, and knowledgeable in the diverse areas of your work with school libraries. Come explore this incredible instrument  to add to your professional toolbox.

Presenter(s):
Vicki Builta, Librarian
Anne Akers, Clinical Assistant Professor & School Library Media Coordinator
Susan Highley, Media Specialist
Bridget Kratt, Faculty, Library Science Education Programs
Judi Paradis, Library Teacher
Daniella Smith, Assistant Professor

Grade Level:
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Level of Difficulty:
Basic

Target Audience:
Library Supervisors; School Librarians; Students

Experience Level:
0-5 years in the profession; 13-20 in the profession; 6-12 in the profession; More than 20 in the profession

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