Reaching Out: Expanding OER and Technology Integration in the School Library
Participate and share : Poster
Friday, December 4, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Julie Erickson Joan Upell
How do you advocate for your library? Build professional capacity? Integrate more technology? Become a instructional leader in your district? The Reaching Out IMLS professional development grant guides librarians through the steps to do all these things and more. Discover how to increase capacity in your library.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Topic:||Open educational resources|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
This session will provide an overview of the IMLS Reaching Out Librarian Professional Development Grant. Learn how librarians are increasing their digital skills, implementing Open Education Resources (OER) and expanding their skills as instructional leaders through synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences including yearly face-to-face, two-day sessions; webinars and regional meetings; and online workshops. In addition, the participants have built a community of learners who support each other in the development of their leadership skills in order to collaborate with teachers and facilitate student learning through OER and digital resources. This work has been developed to meet each participant where they are, develop their skills and provide them with relevant activities and projects that will benefit their particular situation.
Participants will learn about the structure of the professional development in Reaching Out and how it can support professional development in their district
Participants will learn about OER and how it can provide inclusive and culturally relevant content.
Participants will be able to identify professional development networks and discuss how to create or join existing networks.
0:05-0:10 Introduction: What is the Reaching Out IMLS grant, expectations, standards, structure and the network for professional development.
0:10-0:20 Explore the classes offered and share highlights/take-aways; participants turn-and-talk about how these courses could be utilized in their district
0:20-0:30 Sample of collaboration/networking opportunities. Participants will be grouped into small group to share an activity and/or lesson with others (if possible); otherwise, share in padlet or other collaborative platform.
0:30-0:40 Considerations: what else do you need to continue to develop digital, OER and leadership for librarians in your district? Share in chat
0:40-0:45 Wrap-up and questions
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Joan Upell is a school librarian contracted as a consultant with TIE. She is newly retired from a forty year career including K-12 school libraries, the English classroom, and the South Dakota State Library. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Information/Library Science from the University of Michigan.
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