Internet @ Schools

A nice feature of the Internet Librarian conferences is the ability to cross over to the parallel conference, Internet @ Schools. I attended a few sessions in this track and met several librarians who also instruct at community colleges.

Summaries of the sessions I attended:

Flipped Professional Development (Dawn Nelson, Instructional Media & Technology Coordinator, Osseo Area Schools, Maple Grove, MN) – slides are at http://d279.us/flippedPD. Because everyone is busy and large chunks of time and interest for professional development are simply not available, Dawn recommends breaking up tech training into 10-15 minute “slams” that anyone can fit into a busy schedule. To generate interest in the session, she shares resources, tools, and interesting links ahead of time. For example, to advertise a Skype tutorial, she will record a “commercial” in Skype and send a link to it as a teaser.

Other successful PD topics: twitter, blogging, Diigo, pinterest, scoop.it, pearltrees, LiveBinders. Of these, LiveBinders caught my attention. This site offers a way for instructors – or anyone – to collect and organize web content from multiple sources and present them in a tabbed format. Sample LiveBinders show that they could be useful in business and libraries, in addition to classrooms.

Also in the Schools track, Gary Price showcased open web sites suitable for adaptation to classroom activities in math, science, geography, etc. Check out Planefinder.net and Google Street View Player.

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