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Is there anything for school librarians at NECC this year?

Next time you want funding to go to a conference, try this: Instead of showing your administrator the brochure for the conference, pick out the individual sessions that will be of benefit to you and your school and show him/her those descriptions. Might tip the scales. Give it a shot. What do you have to lose?

necc-2007.jpgNow this will blow you away. Find below a list activities and events for school library media specialists at this June's NECC Conference in Atlanta compiled by SIGMS Chair Peggy Milam. She says she needs to be cloned to get to everything that would be of value to her. I agree.

A big public thanks to Peggy for doing an OUTSTANDING job as SIGMS Chair and conference planner.

See you in Atlanta next month!

ELC NECC 2007 Library Crawl 
[Other Program Events: Field Trip]
Sunday, 6/24/2007, 9:00am–3:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Welcome media specialists and friends! You are invited to visit several special libraries in the Atlanta metro area. Our six-hour bus trip, with box lunches included, will take us to the Georgia Archives, which opened in 2003. We will also visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and the newly renovated library at Georgia Tech University.
EMS SIGMS Forum: The Changing Landscape of 21st Century School Information Centers 
[Other Program Events: Forum]
Tuesday, 6/26/2007, 10:30am–12:30pm; (location available mid-May)
The SIGMS forum will feature a discussion about the changing landscape of the 21st century school information center led by a panel of technology experts. These experts will include bloggers, wikiers, tech gurus, technology information specialists, school library media specialists, and administrators. Nonmembers welcome! (Open to all conference attendees but requires pre-registration. No additional fee.)

21st-Century Media Center 
[Playground: ]
Robbie Reasoner, Georgia Department of Education with Peggy Milam and Judy Serritella
Monday, 6/25/2007, 9:00am–4:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Come explore the possibilities! Interactive stations showcase how the 21st Century Media Specialist can embrace emerging technologies and promote student-centered learning.

Re-imagine, Rejuvenate, Renew: Beyond Library Media Specialist 2.0 
[Session: Spotlight]
Annette Lamb, Indiana University at Indianapolis
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 1:30pm–2:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Combine the potential of Web 2.0 applications such as blogs, wikis, and social and interactive technology with powerful approaches to inquiry, information, teaching, and learning.

Information Inquiry: Student Information Scientists and Lifelong Learning 
[Poster: Traditional]
Annette Lamb, Indiana University at Indianapolis with Larry Johnson
Tuesday, 6/26/2007, 1:00pm–3:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Explore the information inquiry process and methods, techniques, and concepts useful for teachers and students associated with information/media/technology literacy and creative/critical thinking.

Making a Student News Show 
[Poster: Traditional]
Richard Cook, Peeples Middle School with Beth Wynn
Tuesday, 6/26/2007, 1:00pm–3:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Want to do a student news show? This session will give some information on hardware, software, content, funding, and fun. (Commercial Content)

Multimedia Technology and Project-based Learning in Rural School Districts 
[Poster: Traditional]
Carol Koroghlanian, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 9:00am–11:00am; (location available mid-May)
We will share and discuss the experiences, results, and student work from a grant where rural school students used multimedia technology to produce projects

Readers as Leaders: A Schoolwide Initiative for Technology Integration 
[Poster: Traditional]
Sue Hanuschak, Ashton School with Dianne Arzoomanian, Henry Brito, Karen Brousseau and Nidia Karbonik
Monday, 6/25/2007, 1:00pm–3:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Readers as Leaders incorporates existing curriculum, integrates technology at all levels (K-5), and brings the school together for a culminating celebration. Sponsored by HP. (Exhibitor-Sponsored)

Taking Booktalks to the Next Level: Creating Video Booktalks 
[Poster: Traditional]
Terence Cavanaugh, University of North Florida
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 9:00am–11:00am; (location available mid-May)
Discover how to create exciting video booktalks using free software, still images, and a microphone for narration. You don’t even need a video camera.

Talking Books: Using Multimedia to Support Learning and Literacy 
[Poster: Traditional]
Jonathan Brinkerhoff, University of New Mexico with Susan Bowdoin
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 9:00am–11:00am; (location available mid-May)
Take PowerPoint beyond bulleted lists to create engaging multimedia experiences supporting content learning and literacy development. View samples and tips for creating your own. (Commercial Content)

Team Collaboration: Hitting a Grand Slam with Collaboratively Planned Units 
[Poster: Traditional]
James Pate, Clearmont Elementary with Kay Ball
Tuesday, 6/26/2007, 1:00pm–3:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Team collaboration wins again. Come experience media- and technology-integrated lessons used by Clearmont Elemnentary, one of NC's IMPACT Model Schools, an EETT program. (Commercial Content)

TWIRT: Video Podcasting in Action on a Shoestring Budget 
[Poster: Traditional]
Will Blaylock, Rockwood School District with Chris Beeson and Mark Pennycuick
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 9:00am–11:00am; (location available mid-May)
See how easy it is to create a video podcast on a Windows-based system! Using inexpensive software and hardware—it can be done!

Be More 21st Century: PBS Resources for Teachers and Students 
[Session: Panel]
Donelle Blubaugh, PBS with Elaine Gambrell, Carolyn Holderman and Patrice Weaver
Monday, 6/25/2007, 12:30pm–1:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Learn how blogs, podcasts, interactive media, and professional development, in addition to TV programs from PBS, help teachers and students sharpen 21st-century knowledge and skills. (Commercial Content)  (Exhibitor-Sponsored)

Classrooms and Libraries for the Net Generation 
[Session: Lecture]
Doug Johnson, ISTE/Mankato Area Public Schools :-)
Monday, 6/25/2007, 3:30pm–4:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Classrooms and libraries will be more effective if educators acknowledge the unique attributes of "Net Generation" students and design educational environments to suit them.

CNN Student News: Broadcast, Webcast, and Podcast 
[Session: Lecture]
Donna Krache, CNN with Lisa Porterfield, Audrey Schewe and Gerald Smith
Tuesday, 6/26/2007, 3:30pm–4:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Use technology to turn news into knowledge! Get the download on CNN’s free programs and curriculum. Learn how to tie current events to classroom content. (Commercial Content)

Contemporary Literacy in the New Information Landscape 
[Session: Spotlight]
David Warlick, The Landmark Project
Tuesday, 6/26/2007, 2:00pm–3:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Information is digital, networked, and overwhelming. This inspiring presentation will describe the literacy skills of the 21st century.

Copyright in the Multimedia Age: An Online Resource 
[Session: Lecture]
AnneMarie Walter, Adventure of the American Mind, Mars Hill College with John Brim, Abbie Brown and Elizabeth Lang
Monday, 6/25/2007, 12:30pm–1:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Presentation and description of the development of an interactive Web site using digital video to answer copyright questions for teachers and school librarian/media coordinators.

Information Fluency Meets Web 2.0 
[Session: Lecture]
Joyce Valenza, Neverending Search blog with Ken Rodoff
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 8:30am–9:30am; (location available mid-May)
How do we translate traditional information skills for an information landscape that is genre-shifting, multi-modal, media-rich, participatory, socially connected, and brilliantly chaotic?

Literature Circles for 21st Century Skills 
[Session: Lecture]
Terence Cavanaugh, University of North Florida
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 1:30pm–2:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Take literature circle activities to the next level by integrating information and communication technology, including concept mapping and imaging software, electronic books, and online research.
[Session: Model Lesson]
Jimmy Bostock, Educational Technology Training Center @ NSC with Lisa Dubernard
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 8:30am–9:30am; (location available mid-May)
In this session, you are the student. We will model strategies in lesson design that encourage active student participation using interactive whiteboards and assessment devices. (Commercial Content)  (Exhibitor-Sponsored)
Primarily Speaking: Developing Digital Literacy with Primary Documents 
[Session: Lecture]
Becky Firth, Northwest Educational Service District 189
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 12:00pm–1:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Bring history alive and improve digital literacy by learning to utilize thousands of primary documents available via the Internet in this classroom friendly session.

PrimaryAccess: Creating Digital Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom 
[Session: Hands-on BYOL]
Glen Bull, University of Virginia with Tom Hammond and Meghan McGlinn
Monday, 6/25/2007, 12:30pm–1:30pm; (location available mid-May)
PrimaryAccess, a Web-based tool designed expressly for the creation of digital documentaries in the social studies classroom, will be demonstrated with student and teacher examples.

Problem Solving, Technology, and America’s Future 
[Session: Hands-on BYOL]
Ed Coughlin, The Metiri Group
Monday, 6/25/2007, 3:30pm–4:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Heuristic problem solving. It may be the key to America’s economic viability, now and in the future. Learning technologies can build this important skill.

Professional Development Transformed through Personal Learning Spaces 
[Session: Lecture]
Sharon Betts, Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine
Tuesday, 6/26/2007, 3:30pm–4:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Teachers, like students, learn from doing. Discover how to build an infrastructure for continual professional development using Web 2.0 tools.

Project Headware: Raising Expectations for Student Impact Higher and Higher 
[Session: Spotlight]
Bernajean Porter, Bernajean Porter Consulting
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 1:30pm–2:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Technology accelerates something! It takes more than programs such as 1:1 initiatives for student results. Collect simple strategies for shifting schools into extra H.O.T. 21st-century practices.    

Project Pluto: Making a Case for the “Un-Planet” 
[Session: Model Lesson]
Jana Craig Hare, ALTEC with Kari Stubbs
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 10:30am–11:30am; (location available mid-May)
After discussing the recent news about Pluto, participants will use technology tools to inquire and discuss the issue, determine where they stand, and make their case. (Exhibitor-Sponsored)

Promoting Tolerance through Technology: Illustrated Stories Address Bullying 
[Session: Model Lesson]
Emily Vickery, The Montgomery Academy with Larry Vinson
Monday, 6/25/2007, 2:00pm–3:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Team-up with colleagues, digital cameras, iPhoto, and ComicLife in teaching lessons of tolerance to help students understand and cross social barriers of bias and stereotyping.

Race, Gender, and International Multicultural ICT Solutions for Today's Educator 
[Session: Spotlight]
James L. Smith, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction with David Potter, Sylvester Robertson and Rachael Tuwhangai
Monday, 6/25/2007, 2:00pm–3:00pm; (location available mid-May)
An international panel will focus on multicultural multimedia solutions that include race, gender, and economic curriculum ideas that can be implemented in your home, classroom, or community center today.

Ramapo Islands: Another Dimension of Learning 
[Session: Lecture]
Peggy Sheehy, Ramapo Central School District/Suffern Middle School
Tuesday, 6/26/2007, 12:30pm–1:30pm; (location available mid-May)
Extend your classroom with the tools of simulation, socialization, and edutainment in Second Life: an immersive, persistent 3-D world where curriculum-based constructivist learning flourishes. (Commercial Content)

Reading in the 21st Century: The Challenges of Modern Media 
[Session: Lecture]
Abbie Brown, East Carolina University with Heidi Blair and Ken Luterbach
Monday, 6/25/2007, 11:00am–12:00pm; (location available mid-May)
An examination of the challenges readers face as they learn to decode, navigate, comprehend, interpret, and create text in interactive, computer-based formats.
[Session: Model Lesson]
Jimmy Bostock, Educational Technology Training Center @ NSC with Lisa Dubernard
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 8:30am–9:30am; (location available mid-May)
In this session, you are the student. We will model strategies in lesson design that encourage active student participation using interactive whiteboards and assessment devices. (Commercial Content)  (Exhibitor-Sponsored)
TP434 Library of Congress: The Crash Course 
[Workshop: Hands-on]
Leni Donlan, Library of Congress with Gail Petri
Tuesday, 6/26/2007, 1:00pm–4:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Do you want to use Library of Congress resources but don't quite know where to begin? Get a kick-start from this three-hour crash course!

Closing Keynote 
[Session: Keynote]
Tim Tyson, Mabry Middle School
Wednesday, 6/27/2007, 2:45pm–4:00pm; (location available mid-May)
Join Cobb County Georgia's Mabry Middle School Principal, Tim Tyson, and his students as they showcase selected films from the annual Mabry Film Festival.


Eating the elephant in 23 bites

Illinois librarians were aghast last Friday.

In nearly every session of of Northern Suburban Library System and Metropolitan Library System's Library 2.0: Delivery Twice the Value conference, school, public and academic librarians were being introduced to Web 2.0 (and 3.0) tools. In nearly every session, the question was raised - "When do we find the time to learn all this stuff!"

Same thing I hear from teachers all the time. And to be honest, the question crosses my mind now and then.

But I was impressed  by the solution of  Helene Blowers, Public Services Technology Director for The Charlotte & Meckenburg County Public Library System and a co-panelist at the conference.  She has developed a philosophy of  "discovery and play" and urged everyone to invest even 15 minutes a day in learning new things. And to help guide learners, she developed a discovery learning program called Learning 2.0 -  a list of 23 things that can be done in short periods of time. (The program for her staff runs nine weeks.)

Great idea! Eating the Web 2.0 elephant in 23 small bites. I thought, "I'm going home and using her model to create a similar program for my school library media specialists and teachers."

But I was beaten to the punch. Check out  School Library Learning 2.0 created by the California School Library Association's Library Learning 2.0 Team.* Great stuff. Now how does our district and state media association make this work for us?



(Thanks to Carolyn Foote at Not So Distant Future blog for the heads up about School Library Learning 2.0 work!)

*Doug Achterman, Diane Alexander, Jamie Boston, Andrea Catania, Rob Darrow, Lizz Dodds, Steve Grant, Byron Heiser, Mary Holst, K.E. Hones,  Barbara Jeffus, Thomas Kaun, Teresa Lai,  Judith Martin, George Pilling, Maria Petropulos,  Jane Ritter, Martha Rowland, Robert Skapura,  Deb Stanley, Alison Steinberg, Susan Thompson