With personalization becoming a growing initiative in schools, the library is a valuable asset for personalizing instruction around student needs. Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, with guest Jackie Whiting, Librarian at New Canaan High School, CT, presented in the webinar, “Personalizing Instruction Through the Library,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources. Michelle and Jackie discussed how the library can personalize instruction through assessing, reading, learning, and making.
New Jersey Library Media Specialist Laura Fleming introduced the Maker Movement and provided tips on how you can create a makerspace in your own school. An overview of makerspaces and how they foster experimentation, invention, creation, exploration, and STEM/STEAM-related concepts were examined.
Digital libraries are much more than just eBooks! This webinar provided an overview of the various resources available to begin a digital library, as well as ways to share these resources with your teachers and students.
With or without the Common Core, there is a renewed focus on inquiry in K-12 education. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in research skills, but they seldom have a clear understanding of how to grow their learning – how to shift from superficial, fact-finding overviews, to deep, targeted, and detailed evidence collection.
Maker spaces and learning commons are gaining popularity in schools, because they promote participatory learning. In this webinar, Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian at New Canaan High School, CT, explored how physical changes to library facilities can transform learning throughout the school community.
Inquiry-based learning creates opportunities for students to engage in active learning surrounded by good questions. Good questions lead students to investigate and problem-solve about significant topics, themes, and ideas – and design new insights and develop new skills. The Big6 Approach encourages good questions that promote problem-solving and decision making, involve higher-order thinking skills, have multiple possible answers, utilize a variety of resources, cannot be answered without careful and lengthy research, encourage students to question their initial ideas, and promote further inquiry while allowing teacher-librarians and classroom teachers to act as guides and facilitators.
New and effective approaches to learning and teaching in the school library program were shared in this webinar. This one hour could transform your library into a Think Tank! With strong rationale for brain-based learning coming from successful practice, neuroscience, and standards reform, presenters Paige Jaeger and Mary Ratzer explored why and how it works.
This edWeb.net Emerging Tech webinar equipped participants with talking points to promote library programs, reframing librarians’ work with new language, and dispelling myths about librarianship.
The presenters addressed the power of Chrome user profiles and the Chrome app store, along with practical applications for newly “partitioned” mobile Google apps, such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
While New Canaan High School library has been packaging instruction for online consumption for years, it shifted its approach this year to increase personalized instruction.