March 26. Annual SLMSSENY Spring Symposium. School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York. The title of the conference was: Libraries and Librarians Embracing Change. The symposium was hosted by Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES. I gave a workshop on using Skype and H.323 systems (Polycom and Tandberg) in schools.
Many thanks to Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES for hosting and to PNW BOCES School Library System Coordinator, John Monahan for tech support. We had fun demonstrating the new Skype for group calls with John in a different part of the building. Some teachable moments and lots of laughs. It worked!
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, the recipient of the 32nd Annual Rip Van Winkle Award, gave an entertaining speech about reading and technology. Her conclusion: Even though the formats may be changing, people still love reading and that’s what’s important.
Katie Davis, author-illustrator, spoke about connecting the classroom and home through technology while supporting literacy. She demonstrated many ways to create podcasts and the use of QR codes.
The Keynote speaker, John Brock, Associate in School Library Services, Office of Educational Design and Technology NYSED, talked about APPR, Common Core Standards, and Teacher Evaluation: Where Do Librarians Fit?
We also had workshops on the NOOK, Capturing Interest in Library Programs and “The Little Library that Could: the true story of a library in the Kalahari that struggled against many odds” Presenter: Melissa Heckler (Library Media Specialist, Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School, Croton)