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2015 SPRING CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS 


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Detailed descriptions of each workshop are below.

 

 

2015 MASL SPRING CONFERENCE

APRIL 19-21

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS AS OF 1-26-2015

 

21C Spaces Speed Dating 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 61

Presenters:  Angie Davis & Cheryl Skiles, Francis Howell School District

Strands:  Library Management

Audience:  All Levels

Looking for 21st Century ideas for your library or learning commons space? Looking to network with other media specialists and expand your PLN (personal learning network)? Get 21C ideas for your space and share your 21C ideas/accomplishments in a speed date format. Brag about something 21C you've implemented in your space and get ideas from others. Come ready to share and take notes. 

 

Add Even More to your Docs with Google Add-ons

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Parasol I

Presenter:  Bob Martin, MOREnet

Strands:  Collaboration & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Looking for an easier way to work with citations?  How about adding clip art to a Google Doc?  Struggling trying to get a math equation to look right? Mail merges? Tables of Contents?  Table formatting?  All of those little extras can be taken care of now with Google Add-ons!  Google has simplified the process of working with what used to be called “scripts” and the results are awesome.  We will walk you through how to install and setup add-ons and give you a few of our favorites to get you started in this 50 minute, informational session.

 

All Things Chrome

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Parasol I

Presenter:  John Riley, MOREnet

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Google Chrome is more than just a browser – it's a platform for apps and extensions you can customize to meet your needs. Features include timers, photo editors, url shorteners,  bibliography creators, and much more. Come check out what you've been missing.

 

Appy Hour!  Android Flavored - Appy Hours

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Parasol I

Presenters:  Bob Martin and John Riley, MOREnet

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  All Levels

New apps are released on a daily basis for mobile devices.  In this Android version of Appy Hour, come join the fun as we review as many new apps as we can cover in this one hour, informational session.  A list of apps will be provided after the session.  This session is BYOD and we will have 10 Androids to borrow.  Please do NOT download apps during the session!

 

 

 

Appy Hour!  iPad Flavored - Appy Hours

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Parasol I

Presenters:  Bob Martin and John Riley, MOREnet

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  All Levels

New apps are released on a daily basis for mobile devices.  In this iPad version of Appy Hour, come join the fun as we review as many new apps as we can cover in this one hour, informational session.  A list of apps will be provided after the session.  This session is BYOD and we will have 10 iPads to borrow.  Please do NOT download apps during the session!

 

Author Studies, Fiction, and Common Core- together- Plus! 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 63

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Room 63

Presenter:  Rebecca Marcum Parker, Kansas City (MO) Public Schools

Strands:  Collaboration, Library Management, Literacy & Literature

Audience:  Elementary School

Common Core presents challenges for librarians; we want to provide students an exciting base and on-going support for their lives as readers. Fiction reaches many, and author studies provide a scaffold for student knowledge. By incorporating non-fiction, we can reach readers with different interests while maintaining fidelity to Common Core. New information, authors, and materials, including positive and assertive methods to justify your work to administrators, has been added since the MASL 2014 conference workshop. 

 

Becoming an Effective Communicator

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 60

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Room 60

Presenter:  Travis Allen

Strand: Technology

Audience:  All Levels

"Becoming an Effective Communicator" will teach you how to create an engaging presentation with today's web tools. The main tool, Prezi, is a free software for educators and students that allows building presentations that are not just linear. In this workshop you will not only learn how to use Prezi, but more importantly, you will also better understand how to be an effective communicator on stage.

 

Books:  The Breakfast of Champions

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 60

Presenter:  Sarah Eckert, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  Elementary School

“BOOKS – The Breakfast of Champions” invites students, parents, teachers, and community members to connect through reading award-nominated novels.  Book club participants gather around breakfast throughout the school year and become a community of readers.  This project fosters literacy outside the school day in order to increase reading motivation, enrich vocabulary, and deepen comprehension through facilitated literacy conversations.  Attendees will receive our recipe for success and ideas to serve up their own version of BOOKS – The Breakfast of Champions.

 

 

Build to Express: Using LEGO Sets to Quietly Build Creative Expression 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Redbud Room

Presenters:  Christie Brown & Laura Jackson (Retired), Lee’s Summit R-7 Schools

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  All Levels

Were you aware that LEGO sets have been utilized in the corporate world to spark creative thought and help generate ideas? Learn how teachers at SLMS have integrated LEGO Build to Express kits into their curriculum to support the literacy goals of both speaking & listening and writing by providing students a unique way to generate ideas and thus be more creative with thought. Participants will use the LEGO sets to simulate an actual lesson. Examples of lessons taught by teachers at SLMS over the past three years will be shared. Information on how to acquire kits will be provided. 

 

Building Digital Citizens 

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 70/71

Presenter:  Bill Bass, Parkway School District

Strand:  Literacy & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Technology has changed much of the world and has made us increasingly connected to a global society. Through efforts of organizations like Common Sense Education, librarians and teachers can help to guide students and build citizens of the digital age. Through this work, we can go beyond creating lessons on being safe online and help our students see how important it is to navigate the digital world and make good decisions when they leave our classrooms. 

 

Coding with Kids 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Room 72/73

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 72/73

Presenter:  Karen Czaicki, Lindbergh Schools

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  Elementary School

Do you know a student wanting to learn about Computer Coding? Maybe you secretly want to be a computer programmer? Come and learn about some easy and fun ways to incorporate computer coding skills into your library or classroom setting. This workshop will include an introduction to numerous free resources including iPad apps and websites such as Kodable, Daisy the Dinosaur, Code.org, Scratch and many more. Let's code something together! 

 

Collaborating with Social Studies to Teach Research Skills 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Room 74/75

Presenters:  Eve Diel, Chris Johnston & Amy Grich, Parkway School District  

Strand:  Collaboration

Audience:  High School

Two librarians and a social studies teacher from Parkway North High will demonstrate the four basic research lessons that they collaboratively planned and taught to all Modern US History classes, reaching all freshmen in the class of 2018. The lessons taught included: plagiarism, notetaking, keyword searching, and web evaluation. Presenters will also share how they incorporated technology to keep students engaged as well as to collect formative assessment data, simple tools such as PollEverywhere, Padlet, and Socrative into all four lessons. 

 

 

Content Tools for Library Tablets

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 76/77

Presenter:  Bob Martin, MOREnet

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  All Levels  

We are always looking for new content and ways to deliver it to our students.  eBooks, eReaders, AudioBooks and numerous apps can deliver content.  There are also many website archives of digital content that are free or low cost and that can greatly increase the number of options your students can access.  We will share a list with you of apps and sites that your students can use to get great books and other resources in your library.

 

Creating a Book on Location by Working in a Journal (sketchbook)

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 60

Presenter:  Robert J. Blake

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  Elementary School

This talk will use a PowerPoint presentation to show the process of going on location to find the real story. This includes travel, connecting with the right sources, drawing and/or painting on location, and the trials and joys of working on the road.

 

Creating a School-Wide Booktalk – Getting a Whole School to Read

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Drawing Room Terrace

Presenter:  Nicole Bueno, Springfield Public Schools 

Strands:  Collaboration, Library Management, Literacy, Literature & Technology

Audience:  Middle School

In this session participants will learn how to structure and implement a school-wide reading and discussion groups. Participants will learn how to promote, engage, and communicate with school community to increase reading involvement through book discussion groups, blogging, and back channeling. A framework will be given on how books are chosen, how groups are organized, and how educational tools are utilized to promote, determine student interests, get feedback, elicit student reading knowledge, and provide the community with resources to have an effective book discussion session. 

 

Creating Content with Tablets

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Parasol I

Presenter:  Bob Martin, MOREnet

Strand: Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Tablets are not just about consuming content and playing games.  A decent microphone, an excellent camera for still photography or videos and a few simple apps are all you need to help students begin to generate content.  This rapid fire informational session will provide you with a great list of starter apps for photography, recording and using media to make presentations, demonstrate understanding of concepts and much more.

 

Dangerous Books--Your Kids Won't Be Able To Keep Their Hands Off! 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 62

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 62

Presenters:  Members of the Gateway Readers Award Committee

Strands:  Collaboration, Literacy, Literature & Technology

Audience:  High School

Author Helen Exley states, "Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled, 'this could change your life.'" This year's Gateway Readers Committee members will book talk the 2015-2016 list of nominees, as well as share some technology resources that can be integrated into collaborative lessons with your HS teachers. Don't be surprised if you walk away from the session with a "dangerous" book in hand. 

 

Data-mining:  You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide!

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Room 60

Presenter:  Paige Jaeger

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  All Levels

This session will expose the massive invasion of your privacy and highlight how you can reach your students with a message to “beware.”  Attendees will also see a program that was instituted to “clean-up” secondary student’s “digital footprint.”  The library world has long stood for protection of privacy, but this is becoming virtually impossible.  Come find out why.

 

Digital Reading: Using Overdrive, Flipster, MyON and other eBooks in the Classroom 

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Parasol II

Presenter:  Kerry Townsend, Columbia Public Schools 

Strands:  Literacy, Literature & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

As Columbia Public Schools continues to expand its collection of digital texts and students increasingly have 1:1 access to mobile devices, questions of how to help students effectively manage and utilize these resources abound. This session will teach participants to successfully navigate the reading process (text selection, reading, text-marking, note-taking, etc.) with our district’s most prevalent digital text tools. Specifically, Overdrive, Flipster, myON Reader, and Zinio resources will be discussed in addition to the tools Notability, Explain Everything, and Google Drive. 

 

Discovery Education - More Than Just Videos! 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Drawing Room Terrace

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Drawing Room Terrace

Presenters:  Christine Anderson & Joan Arth, Liberty Public Schools

Strands:  Literacy & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Workshop attendees will learn how to incorporate a variety of Discovery Streaming applications into their instruction. We will also show how students can use the website to direct their own learning. 

 

EasyBib: Why Didn't I Know About This Before? 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 74/75

Presenters: Kelly Hauquitz & Andrea Head, Francis Howell School District

Strands:  Technology

Audience:  Middle & High School

EasyBib is more than just a citation tool. Discover more about this effective research and note-taking tool. Learn how it works with SweetSearch and Google Docs as well as how it teaches students to evaluate online sources. This is an information sharing session with Q & A at the end. 

 

Find Your Outside Voice Through Action Research 

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 63

Presenters:  Pat Antrim, Rene Burress & Jenny Robins, University of Central Missouri

Strands:  Collaboration & Library Management

Audience:  All Levels

Data, data, data. Administrators want data. Well, let’s give them some! Learn how to combine your voice with your data to improve your library program. The equation is simple: You (Your Voice) + Data (Your Evidence) = Administrator Buy-in on program improvements! Join us to think about how you can action research to collect data for each MoSPE standard. 

 

From Library to Learning Commons:  How to Transform Your Library

Session IV: Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 76/77

Presenter:  Angela Van Batavia, Park Hill School District

Strands:  Collaboration, Library Management & Technology

Audience:  Elementary & High School

In this workshop Angela will share the specific steps she has taken to transform her elementary library into a learning commons where students are encouraged, not only to read and research, but to conduct hands-on experiments, practice making videos with green screen apps, create artwork, and design towers and bridges. She will explain the successes and challenges she has encountered during this process, and will share how aspects of this learning commons can be implemented in your library. 

 

From Music to Words (and back again)

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 61

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 61

Presenter:  Antony John

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  Middle & High School

Many authors enjoy unusual career paths, and those earlier careers can have a huge influence on how they approach their writing. In this presentation, Antony John will discuss his journey from composer to writer, and explain how these seemingly different arts forms aren’t so different after all.

 

Genius Hour, 2.0 

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Room 74/75

Presenters:  Megan Bright & Angela Rosheim, Liberty Public Schools

Strands:  Collaboration, Literacy & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Imagine you were given time every week to work on developing one of your real passions. What questions would you ask? What new discoveries would you make? Come chat with librarians from one district who are in their second year of using Genius Hour as an avenue for exploring students’ real interests while sneaking in research skills at the same time. See what changes we made during our second year and what we're planning for the future! 

 

Getting Started with Maker Spaces 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Redbud Room

Presenters:  Sue Robison & Michelle Stuerman, Francis Howell School District 

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  Middle & High School

Thinking about creating a maker space in your library? Not sure how to get started or what materials you will need? Will your students become involved and engaged in these hands-on activities? Jump right in and join us as we discuss how we started our maker space, how we set up the space, what materials we purchased and what projects we tried as we embarked on our journey into MakerSpaces. 

 

Globalize Your Library! 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 76/77

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Room 76/77

Presenter:  Dana Kepler, Park Hill School District

Strands:  Collaboration, Library Management, Literacy, Literature & Technology

Audience:  Middle & High School

Attendees will learn about the importance of global education, and how to globalize school library and services. Ideas and resource lists will be shared that will help librarians create a global resource collection for books and online resources in the school library. Lessons for collaboration with teachers across the curriculum will be provided. Photos of displays that promote global education will be shared. The presenter will also discuss the varying degrees of importance placed on school libraries around the world and share her experience visiting libraries in India last summer. 

 

Google Sites for your Library

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Parasol I

Presenter:  Bob Martin, MOREnet

Strands:  Collaboration & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Google sites is a fast and easy way to get a website up and running.  Incorporating other content from Google tools makes your website even easier to manage and more relevant.  Sites also provides a few special types of pages that really help library websites shine.  Come see what you can do with a Google Site in your library in this 50 minute, informational session.

 

How I Got So Twisted

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 61

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 61

Presenter:  Kendare Blake

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  High School

Kendare will take a stroll down memory lane, exploring her relationship with horror, the freaky things that influenced her and her favorite scares from days gone by. The whys and hows of her path to becoming a writer of dark things will be discussed, as will the state of horror and dark fantasy today, particularly the state of women writing in the genre.

 

How to Quietly Make Noise in YOUR Library

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 64

Presenter:  Cyndi Roach, Jackson R2 Schools

Strands:  Literature & Technology

Audience:  Middle & High School

In this workshop, Cynthia will share how Jackson Junior High School has been quietly making noise in our library. We created new displays, celebrated a book to movie adaptation, hosted a Book-Tasting, conducted Speed-Booking incorporating Plickers, presented 20 books in 20 minutes using Kahoot, and wrote a grant for a Real Talk book club. If you are looking for programming ideas, this is the workshop for you! 

 

The Impact on School Libraries of Going 1:1

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 62

Presenter:  Elizabeth Hoskins, Saint Joseph School District

Strands:  Library Management & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Participants in this workshop will discuss the impact seen in school libraries following the implementation of 1:1 programs.  We will discuss the research results from a recent survey of librarians in 1:1 environments and share our own experiences.  Finally, we will brainstorm ways in which we can use our skills to be leaders in 1:1 initiatives and ways in which we can remain relevant in this most current phase of the digital revolution.

 

Inspiring Creativity Moment by Moment

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 72/73

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Salon A

Presenter:  Lisa McMann

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  Middle School

Lisa McMann talks about the moment she knew she wanted to be a writer and presents a behind-the-scenes slide show about The Unwanteds, from the incident in which her children helped inspire the idea for the series, to the creation of the art-based magic, to the artistic journey her son is taking as he draws characters and scenes from the books for Unwanteds fans.

 

Integrating Makerspaces, Genius Hour and the LMC 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Room 76/77

Presenters:  Katie Fisher, Lori Riedel & Angela Rosheim, Liberty Public Schools

Strands:  Colllaboration, Library Management & Technology

Audience:  Elementary

Three elementary teacher librarians will share their continued journey of bringing MakerSpaces to their libraries. Join them as they share why and how they are incorporating making, creating, designing, problem-solving, iteration, perseverance and participatory learning throughout their library programs. 

 

Isn't That Pinteresting? 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Redbud Room

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Redbud Room

Presenter: Gina Murphy & Margie Wayman, Francis Howell School District

Strand:  Collaboration

Audience:  Middle School

Everyone’s buzzing about Pinterest, a social media tool that connects people through the things they like—but for a growing number of users in classrooms and media centers, it’s fast-becoming a powerful resource where teachers and students share images, store lesson plans, read about current events, watch video clips, and collect their favorite apps. Join Margie and Gina to explore many educational uses of using Pinterest in education. You don’t want to miss this Pinteresting session! 

 

 

 

Just What is the Reading Circle?

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Redbud Room

Presenter:  Brenda Steffens, Morgan County R-I School (retired)

Strands:  Literacy & Literature

Audience:  All Levels

Attendees will become familiar with the new guidelines of the Reading Circle Program and how to administer the program at their school.  Information will be given on the Reading Circle website and the information found on the site. 

 

Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Talk About! Using Book Clubs to Promote Recreational Reading, Comprehension, and Discussion Skills 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Drawing Room Terrace

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Drawing Room Terrace

Presenters:  Rebecca Bevel Smith & Tami Ensor, Columbia Public Schools

Strands:  Collaboration, Literacy, Literature & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Book clubs provide a welcoming atmosphere for students, educators, parents, and families to read and discuss books. Learn how to implement a book club at your building to stimulate recreational reading and teach valuable comprehension and discussion skills as prescribed in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs, Standards for the 21st Century Learner, and Common Core Standards. Also, learn how these book clubs utilized Twitter and Google. 

 

Make a Makerspace With and Without a Budget 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Parasol II

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Parasol II

Presenter:  Karen Czaicki, Lindbergh Schools

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  Elementary School

Are you interested in starting a Makerspace in your library? Come follow our journey through the first year converting our elementary library into a Makerspace which includes STEM activities. I'll cover design ideas, materials, projects/lessons, successes/failures and budgets needed to get started. The presentation will include pictures and numerous ideas including 20 Makerspace activities that cost less than $20 each. Let's "Quietly Make Some Noise" while we help our students create and consume knowledge in our ever changing libraries! 

 

Make Questioning Your Superpower!

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 60

Presenter:  Paige Jaeger

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  All Levels

How can I improve my questioning for read-alouds, inquiry-based research projects, text-dependent questioning, and more?  Learn how questioning can be your educational super-power!  Exit with an ability to be a “learning concierge.”

 

Making Makerspace Work in the Elementary Library 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 74/75

Presenter:  Valerie Lucchesi, Hazelwood School District

Strands:  Collaboration, Library Management, Literacy & Technology

Audience:  Elementary School

Have you ever wondered if you could turn your library into a Makerspace? Have you ever thought there is no way I can do this because my district doesn't have the money to spare? Have you ever asked yourself, "Where do I even begin?" If any of these questions sound familiar and you are interested in changing it up in your library then this is the workshop for you. In this workshop you will not only learn where to begin but also how to implement a Makerspace program on a limited budget. You will get lots of ideas to try in your library. 

 

Making Noise with the Mark Twains

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 63

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 63

Presenters:  Members of the Mark Twain Readers Award Committee

Strand:  Literature

Audience:  Elementary & Middle School

Join the Mark Twain Committee to learn more about the 2015-2016 Mark Twain Award nominees.  Members of the committee will introduce you to the new books, share ideas for promoting the award in your library, and provide a variety of resources for using the nominees in your curriculum.  View the new video and maybe even win a prize!

 

The Making of the Book Painter and Ugly

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 60

Presenter:  Robert J. Blake

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  Elementary School

Using PowerPoint, Robert Blake will show the process of creating the book from original concept, to rewrites and re-sketching, to working with an editor and art editor, to final publication.

 

More Nonfiction Please! 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Salon A

Presenters:  Susan Ferguson & Theresa Swoboda, Rockwood School District 

Strands:  Collaboration, Literacy & Technology

Audience:  Elementary School

We will each present common core based nonfiction lessons. Susan's lesson will be geared towards 3rd through 5th grades. She will hook student interest by reading a narrative nonfiction book. Students will then be guided and encouraged to further explore related topics of interest using websites and write about what they are reading. The unit of 4 lessons will include a lesson on website analysis. Theresa's lessons are for students in grades 1st through 5th and offer strategies for reading nonfiction as well as ideas for promoting nonfiction check out and independent reading. 

 

MOREnet’s Online Resources and Why Use Them

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Parasol I

Presenters:   John Riley and Bob Martin, MOREnet

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Check out all of MOREnet’s online resources such as LearningExpress Library

Want to give your students some practice with online testing?  How about SAT, ACT, ASVAB, Firefighters, Real Estate, Nursing, WorkKeys, or GED tests?  Study materials for college preparation exams like SAT and ACT?  Not only does LearningExpress Library provide preparation materials for all of these tests (and more!), it provides practice tests for these areas as well.  Gale Business Insights: Essentials is a great business tool that will satisfy the resource needs of entrepreneurs, business owners, marketing professional, students, academics and general researchers.  EBSCOhost is a vast collection of resources that has something for almost every patron in your library!  With the use of smartphones and tablet devices becoming so prevalent, EBSCO has introduced a mobile version to make the valuable resource available from anywhere.  This hands-on session will focus on both the Gale Business Insights: Essentials and the EBSCOhost Mobile resources.

 

A New Librarian Tries Everything and Some of It Works 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Crystal Ballroom

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Crystal Ballroom

Presenter:  Nathan Miller, Lee’s Summit R-7 Schools

Strands:  Library Management & Technology

Audience:  Middle & High School

Are you thinking about starting a MakerSpace, creating a student publication website, beginning an online book club, restructuring your library, or revamping your website? Well, I tried it all. Some of it worked, and some of it did not. Come hear what I learned from my many attempts to encourage student creation, sharing, and exploration. 

 

Our Pain is your Gain: The Logistics Behind Implementing a 1:1 Chromebook Program. 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 64

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 64

Presenter:  DeAndra McDaniel, Fort Osage School District

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  Middle & High School

Is your school thinking about implementing a 1:1 environment, but aren't sure where to start? Learn what worked for us (and some of what didn't). Attendees will learn about policy considerations, equipment obstacles and time management within a one-to-one environment, covering the time frame from the decision regarding device type to our full school implementation. Time is provided for Q and A. Relevant for schools with 1:1 devices. 

 

Outside the Comfort Zone: 21st-Century Changes in the Library Media Center 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Crystal Ballroom

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Crystal Ballroom

Presenters:  Tanya Appling, Jennifer Caster, Elizabeth Ferguson, Lindsay Linck, Cherin McDonald, Michelle Stegmaier & Allison Weinel, Belton School District 124

Strands:  Collaboration, Library Management & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Technology can be problematic. At times we have too little, and other times we have too much. Join the Belton School District librarians as they discuss going one-to-one, building a learning commons, and teaching technology when nothing seems to work. We will share ideas of what actually works, what just looks good on paper, and how to run a library for 21st-Century students without losing your sanity. 

 

The Power of Library Initiated Study Groups: Achieving Thoughtfulness 

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Redbud Room

Presenters:  Barry Crook & Michelle Hunter, Kirkwood School District

Strands:  Collaboration, Literacy & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Using library initiated study groups, learn how to bring student voices to the forefront of learning that is based on collaborating with students (and teachers) in an effort to get at the heart of understanding. A student of ours calls this "achieving thoughtfulness". The library is the great equalizer and liberator of ideas: it represents democracy. We will show you how our students become partners in their learning. 

 

Power Up Your Twitter Skills 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Crystal Ballroom

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Crystal Ballroom

Presenter:  Vicki Hansen, Park Hill School District 

Strands:  Collaboration & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Already using Twitter and want to take it to the next level? Find out how to make sense of your Twitterverse with Tweetdeck, Hootsuite or Flipboard. Power up your Twitter skills with URL shorteners, hashtags, advanced search & Twitter chats. Curate, produce and share engaging content to connect globally, expand your PLN and promote student learning. The learning doesn't stop at the end of the session! A crowd-sourced document of ideas, resources and tips will help you broaden your knowledge and discover the power of Twitter. Bring your device and start expanding your Twittersphere today. 

 

Publishing Your Book

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 74/75

Presenters:  Ross Malone; Author & Historian & Kim Wuertz, Author & Publisher 

Strands:  Literature & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

You know that Laura Ingalls Wilder was a Missouri librarian with a talent for telling stories. When she wrote them down, history was made. Do you have a book or two trying to get out? These two award-winning authors will walk you through the steps and answer questions about the writing process, editing, marketing, and all of the various methods of getting a publisher. Create your own books or lead a group of promising students to publish an anthology. 

 

Quietly Making Noise Through a Makerspace

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Parasol II

Presenter:  Julie Mahaffey, Springfield R-12 Public Schools

Strands:  Collaboration & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Learn to plan, organizing, and host an after school Makerspace from the experience of one librarian’s journey. Questions such as what is a Makerspace and why should I plan one for my school will be answered. The presentation will cover choosing maker projects, resources, supply list, recruiting volunteers, setup, and selling Makerspace to administrators and students. How to budget for a Makerspace with little or no money will be discussed. You’ll have everything you need to begin planning your own Makerspace. 

 

Quietly Making Noise with a ROCKIN’ Library Program!

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Drawing Room Terrace

Presenter:  Jana Stidham, Raymore Peculiar School District

Strands:  Collaboration, Literacy & Technology

Audience:  Elementary School

This workshop will contain many different ideas and lessons to incorporate in the library program!  Our objective is for our audience to walk away with lesson ideas, different ways to incorporate technology, collaboration ideas, and more.  We will present digitally in a very non-formal setting, allowing participants to view materials used, participate with questions, view examples of completed projects, and more.

 

Quietly Making Noise With Nonfiction 

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Salon A

Presenters:  Nichole Ballard-Long, Lee Mitchell, & Margaret Sullivan, Rockwood School District

Strands:  Literacy & Literature

Audience:  Middle & High School

Are you a middle school or high school librarian looking for nonfiction titles to support the Common Core and/or other literacy initiatives in your school? If so, this session is for you! Three high school librarians who have spent the last several months reading nonfiction books will book talk their favorite titles, share ideas for collaborative lessons, and suggest fiction/nonfiction pairings. Join us as we quietly make noise by promoting nonfiction titles to encourage reading and improve literacy. 

 

Reading Signposts: Strategies for Close Reading 

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Room 72/73

Presenters:  Kim McCully-Mobley, Aurora R-8 School District

Strands:  Literacy & Literature

Audience:  All Levels

This workshop will demonstrate the use of the six Reading Signposts and anchor questions to enhance and enrich the activity of reading at all grade levels. These strategies for close reading are designed by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, nationally-known educators. The session will provide an overview of the strategies and some examples of reading materials. Participants will use the strategies to work their way through a couple of Reading Signposts activities of their own. This workshop is sure to provide additional resources for comprehension and higher level vocabulary for their colleagues. 

 

A Roadmap for Advocating in the Digital Age 

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Redbud Room

Presenter:  Kim Lindskog, Parkway School District 

Strand:  Collaboration, Library Management & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Let’s take a detour from our current realities and venture into the possibilities. So, think about our library as a highway with many lanes. Our roles, responsibilities, and programs have merged into a service oriented future and technology will help us navigate the digital age. This session will equip participants with talking points to promote library programs, re-frame librarians’ work with new language, and dispel myths about librarianship all through the use of technology. 

 

Say Goodbye to the Paper- Pencil Sign-in Sheet. 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 76/77

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 76/77

Presenters:  Nina O’Daniels & Grant Broadwater (student), Fort Zumwalt School District

Strands:  Collaboration, Library Management & Technology

Audience:  Middle & High School

Learn how we took our library from the dark ages to the tech ages simply by changing a management tool - our library sign-in sheet. In this workshop, we will discuss the problems we had with the old system, possible solutions, and how we collaborated with our building’s computer programming classes to create an automated sign-in program. Meet the student who created the program and view it in action. Leave with the motivation and information needed in order to collaborate with your own computer programming classes. A must see for those who still have paper pencil sign-in! 

 

Saying Goodbye to Dewey 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 62

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Room 62

Presenters:  Tricia Beaman, Mindy Halfmann, Carrie Hardin, Teresa Lally & Keri Pray, Pleasant Hill R-III School District

Strands:  Library Management & Literature

Audience:  All Levels

The 5 Library Media Specialists of the Pleasant Hill R-III School District have said 'Goodbye!' to the Dewey Decimal System and 'Hello!' to 21st Century browsing. Learn how the Pleasant Hill School District librarians worked through the gentrefication process, and how the students at all levels are benefiting from the changes. 

 

Shhhh...ifting your Library: Creating a 21st Century Space 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Salon A

Presenters:  Christine Anderson, Glory Fagan, Connie King & Robin Lewis, Liberty Public Schools 

Strand:  Library Management

Audience:  All Levels

Have you ever looked around your library and thought, “It’s time for a change!” Join our panel discussion as we share how we’ve shifted our spaces to accommodate the 21st Century Learners. Come with questions and ideas as we dare to dream of the ideal library media center! 

 

“Show Me” Some Noise

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Room 61

Session III: Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Room 61

Presenters:  Members of the Show Me Readers Award Committee

Strands:  Collaboration, Literature & Technology

Audience:  Elementary School

Get to know the 2015-2016 Show Me Reader Nominees!  Committee members will present a brief summary of each book and show ideas on how you can extend the book in your library through technology presentations.  Ideas of how the books can tie into communication arts, math, science, social studies, and fine arts will be presented.

 

Students Quietly Making Noise: Engaging Learners in STEM Learning Centers 

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 70/71

Session VI:  Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Room 70/71

Presenters:  Rene Burress, University of Central Missouri & Carrie MacDonald, Grandview School District

Strands:  Library Management, Literacy & Technology

Audience:  Elementary

Have you heard all the hype about STEM learning in school libraries but are not quite sure how to incorporate it in YOUR school library program? Are you a school librarian who is on a fixed schedule and want library time to be SO much more than check-out? There is a solution for you! STEM learning centers! Join us to discover how to transform library time into a time when students are deeply engaged in inquiry and discovery! 

 

 

Sure Fire Read Aloud Hits: Missouri Building Block Award 

Session VII:  Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Crystal Ballroom

Presenters:  Jerilyn Hahn & Deb Barry, Missouri Building Block Committee 

Strands:  Literacy & Literature

Audience:  Elementary School

Reading aloud is so important. It engages children in vocabulary building, narrative skills, phonological awareness, print awareness and encourages a love of books and reading. Join us as we share the current nominees for the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, ten books that are perfect for reading aloud to Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, and First graders. We will provide ideas for companion books, fingerplays, rhymes, songs, and creative activities to be used with each book. 

 

Taking It All In

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Parasol II 

Presenter:  John Riley, MOREnet

Strands:  Collaboration & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Learn about digital ways to get information from your staff, students, patrons, parents. Get easily managed feedback through free cloud-based systems such as Google forms, Socrative, Infuse Learning and other online tools. We will look at cloud-based applications to collect data like teacher material requests, library reservations, equipment checkout, and more.

 

"Tech"ing Care of your Teachers 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Room 70/71

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 70/71

Presenters:  Amy Hertzberg, Julie Scotten & Courtney Trautweiler, Nevada R-5 School District

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  All Levels

With all the new technology making our brains go into overdrive, how can we find the best information and present it to our teachers in the most friendly way? This break out session will show how librarians from Nevada R-V sift through all the new technology and share with their teachers. You will leave with great new technology resources and how to share this information with your teachers. 

 

Tempt them with Trumans! 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 64

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Room 64

Presenters:  Members of the Truman Readers Award Committee

Strands:  Collaboration, Literacy & Literature

Audience:  Middle School

Tempt Them with Trumans! introduces the Truman nominees for the 2015-2016 school year. Presenters will supply attendees with information about the nominees and their authors, share promotional materials, and provide ideas for collaborative lessons with teachers in various disciplines. Join us for booktalks, videos/trailers, author biographies, helpful links, lesson packets, and more. Attendees will also learn how to be part of the selection process and become more involved in MASL.

 

To Click or Not to Click

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Parasol II

Presenter:  John Riley, MOREnet

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  All Levels

When it comes to email, it can be a challenge to determine what is real and what is fake.  it’s hard to tell but we can help ourselves with a few tricks and some new habits.  We will expose some of the obvious scams and give you some tools to protect yourself and other from malicious software.  Just a few changes in behavior can greatly reduce risk.   From creating good passwords to evaluating links in email, we will explore methods to keep you, your data, and your organization safer online.

 

Twitter for Baby Tweeps - Pushing Yourself out of the Nest 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 70/71

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Room 70/71

Presenters:  Rene Burress, University of Central Missouri & DeAndra McDaniel, Fort Osage School District

Strand:  Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Do you wonder what’s with all the buzz about tweeting? Do you have a Twitter account, but are on "radio" silence? This interactive beginner’s workshop teaches you to leverage Twitter as a professional learning network. We will cover Twitter lingo, common hashtags, and edchats to explore, as well as keys on who to follow/how to get followers. Having a Twitter account will make the workshop more interactive for you, but it’s not mandatory. 

 

Use Screencasts, Visual Handouts and EasyBib to Quietly Teach Research Skills Your Students Will Make Noise About! 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 72/73

Session II:  Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Room 72/73

Presenters:  Victoria Jones & Emily Szyman, Clayton School District

Strands:  Collaboration & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

Students will make noise when you quietly use visual handouts, screencasts and EasyBib to help them learn efficient research strategies and show them how to organize research projects. Come to this session to find out how about tools you can use to create information literacy lessons that students will review and remember! 

 

Using Primary Sources in Research 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 am. in Room 63

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 63

Presenter:  Tom Bober, Clayton School District

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  Elementary & Middle School

How can primary sources be utilized at different points in the research process? Attend this session where we will simulate multiple points in the research process using primary and secondary sources to move the research process forward. Incorporating primary sources throughout the research process will help us see where these unique resources can be integrated into research that students are already doing in the library and in classrooms. 

 

We've Got Class: Google Classroom 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Room 64

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 64

Presenters:  Jennifer Coleman, Sarah Eckert & Nathan Miller, Lee's Summit R7 

Strands:  Collaboration & Technology

Audience:  All Levels

In this workshop, library media specialists from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School district will give concrete examples of how using Google Classroom has increased usage of library resources, increased collaboration, and quietly encouraged teachers to infuse technology. Google Classroom can support direct instruction or a flipped classroom model. Join us as an LMS from elementary, middle school and high school show you how they’ve got class and you can too! 

 

What's New in YA Lit? 

Extended Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:45 a.m. in Salon A

Presenters:  Brian Katcher, published YA author & Moberly Public Schools; Jenni George & Shannon Grieshaber, Fort Zumwalt School District

Strand:  Literature

Audience:  Middle & High School

No time to read all the YA on your BTR list? Not to worry. Brian, Shannon, and Jenni got you covered. In this fun, fast, and furious session they’ll give you the rundown on the hottest 2014-2015 titles. Attendees will not only leave with an annotated book list but also fired up encouragement to read and promote YA! 

 

What's the Buzz About "Great Kids Can Read"? 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Room 62

Session IV:  Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 62

Presenters:  Sandi Cole; Liberty Public Schools & Jennifer Day, Platte County R-3 School District 

Strands:   Collaboration, Literacy & Literature  
Audience:  Elementary School

Come get the buzz about changes made from the KC3 Reading Award Program to "Great Kids Can Read." Get introduced to great literature and leave with book lists, websites, book discussion guides and curriculum connections appropriate for a variety of students in primary and intermediate (elementary) grades. Along with your students “bee” a Great Kids Can Read Reading Award participant! 

 

Where the Boys Are: College Readiness Skills 

Session I:  Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Drawing Room Terrace

Presenters:  Kim Heyl & Laurie Seibel, Kirkwood School District

Strand:  Literacy

Audience:  Middle & High School

Ever wonder about the best teaching practices when helping young adult males to be academically successful? Learn about a recent study that compares research skills that male high school students possess to research skills that successful male college students possess. Results will reveal research strategies that high school students need to learn before graduating so they will have a smoother transition to college. In addition, learn about what motivates these young men and how technologies can assist in their growth. 

 

Yes! Our Primary Library Is Noisy! 

Session III:  Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Parasol II

Presenter:  Stacy Begemann, Odessa R-VII School District 

Strands:  Collaboration & Literacy

Audience:  Elementary School

Who says you have to be quite in the library? At this primary school we make “noise” all day long! Through a PowerPoint filled with pictures of activities, learn why students love their library time from going on lion hunts to relaxing in themed reading areas to earning shelf elf prizes. We will examine ideas that pair books with movement, discuss collaboration on fixed scheduling, and generate ideas for behavior management during non-structured time. 

 

 












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Please give a clear description of the workshop proposal that includes: objectives; content; mode of delivery (panel discussion, lecture, etc.); and benefit to participants.

This year's conference theme is "Quietly Making Noise." How does your workshop tie into the conference theme, which focuses on how school librarians are always pushing education forward by

  • Cultivating resources that support our schools, students and colleagues;
  • Building our experience with technology;
  • Finding innovative ways to improve our spaces for education

and doing so much more? Proposals that address the theme in some way will be given priority, but selections will NOT be limited to the theme.

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