Our committee was selected for a pre-conference session for Wednesday, November 13, from 1:00-4:30PM. Presenters from our committee included Committee Chair Heather Moorefield-Lang, Melissa Jacobs-Israel, Dr. Donna Barrata (immediate past chair), Lucy Green, and myself. The plan was to have our introductions, followed by our participants introductions, a quick explanation of the SAMR model for directing our conversations, and then a round robin speed-date style presentation as each committee member took a table and showcased three tools from each category over the 5 years this committee has existed. WHAT A TASK! I was so worried of course I way over prepared.
My contribution: Manage & Organize Resources
I did not trust myself to be able to adequately share with a table of 8 or less using my iPad mini, so I brought my laptop (literally a brick leash!!) and even a small speaker and clicker. I pulled together my resources in a PowerPoint that included two embedded Youtube videos, which I wound up not even using. FAIL! I should have known it would be more about my personal experiences using these tools than what I could show in a presentation. Luckily the PowerPoint did allow me to talk up the highlights of each tool, keeping me on track. We had twenty minutes or less for each table “date” and I needed every minute. Yes, I’m wordy on my blog and in person too. Here’s a link to the virtual handout I made for my three featured winners. The three I featured were Biblionasium, BlendSpace, and Evernote, and my virtual handout has my overall thoughts as well as links.
We used what is called a SAMR Model for our conversations and keeping notes, and Committee member Lucy Green gave a nice overview to our participants. I hadn’t heard of this model for collecting and assessing skill-base and tools before, but my intern at my school really explained it well. Here’s a good online explanation with a video. I’d love to see what everyone wrote on their sheets. Since I was leading a conversation, I didn’t really get to complete one. At the end we regrouped to discuss the tools, and I was happy to hear one of the participants share how Biblionasium (one of the tools I shared) will be her way of managing her Battle of the Books groups and their reading. PERFECT!!
One of our committee members (Melissa Jacobs Israel) brought us all (presenters and attendees) a treasure trove on a flashdrive that I am STILL combing through. It is a couple of years work combined, and represents the Empire State Information Fluency Skills Continuum, containing benchmark skills for grades k-12, assessments, and Common Core alignment. This document was developed by the NYC School Library Systems, of which Melissa is a part. If you’d like to have a look at it, email me (cathyjonelson-at-gmail dot com.) Melissa had the actual notebook of the contents printed, and I am not kidding when I say it was around 3 inches of material!! Thanks Melissa, for yours and your state’s generosity. Pictured below is the printed cover, a picture of the flashdrive, and my own half sheet handout
All pictures in this post are from my own picture feed in Flickr.
I am appending to this post a special thanks to the South Carolina State Library and Kathy Sheppard, who tuned me in to and accepted my application for a funding source for travel and attendance at this conference, the American Association of School Librarians 16th Annual Conference and Exhibition. My funding is directly attributed to the Library Services and Technical Services Act and the U.S. Institute of Museums and Library Services. I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity these entities have afforded me.