Planning for the 21st Annual Region One Technology Conference is well under way. We are now accepting presentation proposals. Sessions are limited to 45 minutes or 90 minutes and will be scheduled starting at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 through noon on Friday, May 22, 2015.
District Personnel: District personnel who present a MINIMUM of 90 minutes will have their $125 conference registration fee waived.
If you are a school district employee and would like to present on any day of the conference - Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, May 22, 2015, complete the online Presenter Proposal Form and submit it for consideration. Deadline March 20, 2015.
NOTE: School district presenters must agree to present a minimum of 90 minutes (for two separate days if applicable) in order to have their registration fee waived. All presenters will be notified if their session is selected or declined.
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The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.
As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.
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The American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Candidates’ Forum, held Saturday evening, offered an opportunity for the four candidates running for the 2016–17 ALA presidency to present their platforms and answer audience questions. Candidates Joseph Janes, James LaRue, JP Porcaro, and Julie Todaro discussed their philosophies and history of service—both within and outside ALA—and answered questions on subjects ranging from their membership in ALA’s Freedom to Read Foundation to the relevance of current library education and job prospects for future librarians. Barbara Stripling, ALA president from 2013–14, moderated the forum.
Dr. Laura Sheneman's insight:
Voting will take place from March 24–May 1, online or via smartphone; individuals who are unable to vote online due to a disability, or who are without Internet access, can obtain a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service. Only current ALA members in good standing as of January 31, 2015 are eligible to vote.
"Graphics can often make or beak an online course. Rarely today do you see a course that doesn’t contain any relevant images – although I have unfortunately come across some. Luckily most elearning will make use of graphics, but sometimes they are not implemented properly."
"When Hoeft took into account all of the explanatory factors that had been linked to reading difficulty in the past—genetic risk, environmental factors, pre-literate language ability, and over-all cognitive capacity—she found that only one thing consistently predicted how well a child would learn to read. That was the growth of white matter in one specific area of the brain, the left temporoparietal region. The amount of white matter that a child arrived with in kindergarten didn’t make a difference. But the change in volume between kindergarten and third grade did."
And the winner is........! Watch the video to see the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award, a children's choice award for 3rd-6th grade readers in the great state of Texas. 29,674 children voted for this title! The video also reveals the three runners-up.
Beth Holland writes: "When every student has the potential to carry a global library on the device in his or her pocket, the role of physical libraries may become even more important, not just a place to house resources, but one in which to create meaning from them. (Emphasis added.)
At one of our recent library advisory committee meetings, we discussed the changing role of the library. This is a very well written article that discusses some of the ideas that were shared by those in attendance.
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