ALA Unit/Subunit: AASL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Librarians/Media Specialists and Technology Integration Specialists have a unique perspective within their school communities. Often, we are the most connected in that we work with each individual in our school and we have the skills and the know-how to make virtual connections with other educators to improve our game. As a result, we see the good, the great, and the downright ugly. Given our unique perspective, it is critical that we leverage these connections to become the change we wish to see. Programming with a purpose can do just that. Discover how it is possible to create programs that inspire other educators to do better, motivate students to take on new learning opportunities, all while bringing together the community to support your school’s mission. This session will highlight programming ideas for both librarians and/or technology integration specialists to inspire a passion for learning within their school community while making media and technology programs shine.
Specifically, I will highlight parent programs such as Ebooks and Espresso, Davis Parent University: Book Club, and Mother Daughter book clubs with a technological twist. In order to engage grandparents, I will share how to serve them a menu of innovation highlighting student achievement while teaching them about social media usage throughout the school and how they too can be involved. In order to ignite faculty, we will discuss a successful professional development book club program that also allows faculty to earn PLUs, a Tech Scout choose your own adventure learning opportunity to earn badges, and a year of inspiring faculty to present dangerously beyond their own learning community while representing their school. In student-driven programming, we will revisit Ebooks & Espresso, discuss the creation of Technology Fairs, a Network Sherpa program, and Maker Monday. We will explore how outside organizations can help you achieve your library programming goals by becoming a Little Bits chapter school, joining the Library as Incubators program to develop maker-ed style student book clubs, leveraging the hype surrounding modern technology to create iHelp jobs within your school, and more!
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by possibilities, discover ways that you can successfully implement fresh and relevant programming that brings your school community together while highlighting the benefits of a strong media program. Discover ways to gain additional support and resources to fulfil this mission. Reimagine your own role as a valuable member within your school. Learn to program with a purpose!