Wednesday, 13 August 2014

School Libraries in the 21st Century

Honoured to present School Libraries in the 21st Century to teacher-librarians. The workshop offered an opportunity to delve into Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada and digital tools and learning spaces that support all learners as they evolve.




 

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Summer Learning - Short Courses

The summer short courses is based in, and supported by, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. This program provides the opportunity for teachers to share their knowledge with colleagues who are want to learn new skills or may be starting a teaching assignment that includes areas that are new to them.

The Saskatchewan School Library Association (SSLA) invites you to join us for one-day workshops. The offered workshops include topics in a variety of areas:

Using Technology to FosterReading and Writing in the Middle Grades
Wednesday, August 6th
Presenter: Carlene Walter
This workshop is designed for grade 4-8 educators and teacher-librarians who wish to explore how the thoughtful integration of technology can enhance students’ writing craft and foster deeper student comprehension. In this session, we will closely examine how digital technologies can positively impact students’ literacy skills, personal expression, and creativity, and facilitates collaboration.


Using Technology to Foster Reading and Writing in the Primary Grades

Thursday, August 7
Presenter: Carlene Walter
This workshop is designed for K-3 educators and teacher-librarians who wish to explore how the thoughtful integration of technology can enhance students’ writing craft and foster deeper student comprehension. In this session, we will closely examine how digital technologies can positively impact students’ literacy skills, personal expression, and creativity, and facilitates collaboration. 


Help! How Do I Get Started?
Tuesday, August 12th
Presenter: Charlotte Raine
This workshop is designed for beginning teacher-librarians who are working in school libraries. The focus will be on the workings of a school library – from the basics of facilities management, organization, collaboration, collection development, to investigations on promoting information literacy, effective technology use, inquiry, reading, and high-yield instructional strategies. 



School Libraries in the 21stCentury
Wednesday, August 13th  

Presenter: Carlene Walter
This workshop is designed for teacher-librarians who are seeking ways to enrich technology use in the school library or teachers wanting to create a technology-rich classroom. This hands-on workshop examines ways to enhance learning and deliver state-of-the-art service using current freely available technologies, including apps, web-based tools, and social media.  Micro-blogging, collaboration tools, social annotation, video production and hosting, image hosting, & presentation sharing will be explored.


Digital Skills and Literacy – It’s More than Tech Tools
Thursday, August 14th
Presenter: Carlene Walter
How can we meet the digital skills needed by today’s students? How can we use technologies to align with curricula in order for students for our students to be digital fluent - to communicate, collaborate, curate, connect and critically think? In this session, participants will explore ways to infuse new technologies, including Web tools, social media and apps, into curriculum design.


Monday, 9 June 2014

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons

I received a lovely congratulatory note from the Saskatchewan Library Association regarding my involvement in the development and publication of  Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada.

Thanks to Carlene Walter and Joanne Beltramini for their assistance in developing this new document for our school libraries.The document represents a national collaboration of school library associaitions and leaders across Canada.  Congratulations, work well done!!


The following is an excerpt from the  Canadian Library Association (CLA):

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is pleased to announce the launch of its latest publication Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada at the annual CLA National Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, British Columbia, on Friday, May 30th, 2014.

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada presents a model for the development and implementation of the school library as a library learning commons. It provides educators with a common set of standards of practice for moving forward. CLA President Marie DeYoung stated that the organization considers this publication as a “definitive learning support that is critical for all Canadian schools.

Leading Learning addresses the impact on education of new technologies. The explosion of digital information calls for new working spaces, new networks, and new approaches to supporting learning. Leading Learning is focused on the concept of the new school library learning commons which responds to the needs of 21st century learners. School libraries are measured by the transformative changes in knowledge and learning they encourage and support. In the document, learning commons are positioned as centres of teaching expertise which is achieved through a combination of resources, technologies, collaborative strategies, and physical and virtual learning spaces that support all learners as they evolve.