Friday, March 14, 2014 SCASL kicked off the last day of conference with our 2nd General Session at 8:30AM. Senator Vincent Sheheen, representing Chesterfield, Kershaw, and Lancaster County, welcomed us to our last day of conference.
The Election Results are IN!
Next up we had a special announcement from Immediate Past President and Elections Committee Chair Heather Loy who shared the results of the election from the day before. Jennifer Tazzerouti, school librarian from Sims Middle School (Union County Schools) has been elected by membership for the position of SCASL President-Elect for the 2014-2015 SCASL fiscal year. The opponent, Samantha McManus, we all predict, will be our next SCASL President Elect, immediately following Jennifer’s tenure. Congratulations Jennifer!
Keynote Speaker, Toni Buzzeo
Next up we had Toni Buzzeo inspire us with her Keynote Address, “Common Core State Standards: An Unparalleled Opportunity for School Librarians to Lead the Way.” Buzzeo reminded us of the many ways we already naturally support the transition to the Common Core, and how all we need to do is keep doing what we do, but also share that with teachers, parents, administrators, and all stakeholders. In her words, we’ve got this! It is always quite motivational to hear a speaker who is in the trenches as a working school librarian just like us, facing the same issues and expectations we see day in and day out.
Concurrent Session Five, Friday, March 14, 9:45-10:45AM
I chose to attend my friends’ session, Michael Giller of the Governor’s School and Jen Chesney of Powdersville High School (Anderson 1), for their session titled “Reaching Generation YOLO – Teen Programming That Works.” It was nice to get shout outs from both Jen and Michael when they discussed the Library March Madness Tournament that I inspired, as well as virtual book clubs that I participate in with my own Dorman High teens. Of course I interrupted and immediately gave credit for the Library March Madness idea to my Cainhoy Elem/Middle (Berkeley County) LMS friend Karen Meharg. But I was truly flabbergasted with the many ideas these two shared in this session, tactics to reach these kids where they are at. I am going to take a more serious look at Tumblr and Instagram, as well as a few more tools they shared that are ways to reach these kids.
Friday Concurrent Session Six – Mine!
“Don’t Worry, Be ‘Appy”
Friday, march 14, 11:00-12:00PM
So the day and time arrived for my crowd-sourced session. It was rather stressful, as I tried to have whatever my volunteers needed to get their tool, app, site, or idea on the screen. I had my own MacBook Pro, which I used to run the Google Presentation above, my school Dell PC, just in case volunteers needed a PC experience, the Apple TV ( a classic #fail by the way, as there was way too much competition for wifi) and my friend Heather Loy‘s iPad dongle to connect to a projector. Luckily every volunteer had what they needed to project something….that is until the projector went out. Yep, our projector went out with about ten minutes to spare. By the time we could have gotten technical assistance or even another projector set up, our time would have been gone. We just winged it until the very end. I really thought by limiting volunteers to three minutes, we might have had time for members of the audience to step up. Fran Bullington, my roomie for the conference, strictly manned a three minute timer, and everyone who presented was respectful of the time allotted. But sadly we still ran out. Our last pre-arranged volunteer, Russ Conrath from Chester High (one who stepped up to volunteer well before the conference, while this session was still in planning stage) wanted to share three tools, but really only had time for one, and without any visuals! Grrr, darn that projector!
Ah well, I suppose these things happen. Anyway I owe a huge thank you to the following presenters from my session:
- Jennifer Tazerouti (and collaborating teacher who BROUGHT the kids for their three minute sharing!! What an over achiever! Love her!!)
- Valerie Byrd Fort
- Heather Loy
- Jessica Felker
- Elizabeth Graham
- Wendy Rollins
- Karen Meharg
- Cindy Haggerty
- Julianne Kaye
- Dr. Russ Conrath
- Fran Bullington (expert time keeper!!)
It’s finally over
At this point it was time for me to go home. I opted out of the Book Awards Luncheon, the lone remaining event at conference. Mistake? Probably. But yet again, our SCASL Conference was a winner! There were so many sessions I didn’t get to attend–I’m glad I have the Edmodo codes from conference so I can go panning for gold in their Edmodo groups to learn from them too! So glad we used Edmodo once again!