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Saturday, December 5, 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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With a glut of online information, see how to curate and organize all your online resources using MackinVia. Streamline your digital library for teachers and students, and integrate all your favorite Google and design tools. Improve productivity and collaboration with MackinVia, while showcasing good digital citizenship.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: MackinVia
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Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.
  • Model digital citizenship by critically evaluating online resources, engaging in civil discourse online and using digital tools to contribute to positive social change.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

I am passionate about helping educators discover and use MackinVia. I have been using MackinVia at the PreK, elementary, and high school levels for years. I have tried and used many other tools, but none are as easy to use, accessible, and all encompassing as MackinVia for any age student. I don’t present on behalf of any other edtech tool because while I use, like, and appreciate other tools, MackinVIA is literally something I use every day with students and teachers in my school. MackinVIA is completely free and the customer service and tech support they provide is always immediate and helpful.

Having attended 5 different community colleges and universities, and used countless public libraries, I know students need to be able to navigate platforms that house different kinds of databases and resources. Teaching my students how to acquire this skill set, will transfer to other platforms that they will inevitably encounter in the future.

Educators and Librarians are always looking for ways to group resources and house subscription products that will be easily accessible and navigable by students, MackinVIA is the BEST platform that I have used. At my current campus, I have created and used over 100 groups in a little over three school years. In this 30 minute snapshot session, I will show participants the best examples of the groups functionality from actual groups I have created to use with students and teachers. I will explain the rationale for creating these groups, and the direct educational uses of MackinVIA for any type of school or grade level as I have experience in PreK-12. Participants will leave with a resource created by me and my full support should they decide to move to the MackinVIA platform. After conferences and other presenting opportunities in the past, I have done virtual trainings as well as face-to-face trainings for a single educator as well as groups of educators who want to incorporate MackinVIA into their campus.


During this 30 minute snapshot, I will begin with a brief explanation of my educator background and experience. I will then move into a full demo of the patron side of MackinVIA and demonstrate the different areas of the platform and how I use them with teachers and students. I will also show how I incorporate MackinVIA into Google Classroom, and how I use Canva, YouTube, and Google Drive to harness the full power of MackinVIA (15 minutes).

Following the Patron side demo, I will demonstrate the time saving and ease of use features on the administrator side of MackinVIA (5 minutes). I will leave time for questions (about 10 minutes), and then I will share a resource I have built for participants with screencast video help and tutorials, design and integration tips and tools, a generic login to my campus MackinVIA they can use to access it, and my contact information so they can reach out for assistance after ISTE should they choose to use MackinVIA on their campus.

Supporting research

German, Elizabeth. "LibGuides for instruction: a service design point of view from an academic library." Reference & User Services Quarterly, Spring 2017, p. 162+. Academic OneFile, Accessed 23 Sept. 2019.

Copeland, Amy, and Lori Jacobs. "The Power of Collaboration between School Librarian and Classroom Teacher." Teacher Librarian, vol. 45, no. 2, 2017, p. 22+. Academic OneFile, Accessed 23 Sept. 2019.

Grief, Terri. "Research agenda integral to student--and librarian--success." Knowledge Quest, vol. 43, no. 3, 2015, p. 4+. Academic OneFile, Accessed 23 Sept. 2019.

Valenza, Joyce Kasman. "School libraries transform." American Libraries, Mar.-Apr. 2016, p. 32. Academic OneFile, Accessed 23 Sept. 2019.

Barker, Kelsey, and Paige Holden. "Let It Go: THE POWER OF STUDENT-GENERATED QUESTIIONING IN INQUIRY LEARNING." Knowledge Quest, vol. 46, no. 2, 2017, p. 36+. Academic OneFile, Accessed 23 Sept. 2019.

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