Session 5: 8:30-9:20

Salon B:

Meet the Black-Eyed Susan Picture Books

Judith Crawford – Shipley’s Choice Elementary School, Anne Arundel County

Laura Spangler - Bushy Park ES and Pointers Run ES, Howard County

Joela Paik – Rock View Elementary School, Montgomery County

and other members of the Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book committee

Meet this year’s list of fifteen wonderful picture books. Members of the committee will provide an overview of the nominees and tips for running the picture book program in your media center.


Conference I:

How Will Kids Read?

Laura Ambler - author

Mala Burt - author

In a rapidly changing publishing industry, how do you decide to get a book published? Ambler and Burt, award-winning authors of the e-book, Big Skye Ranch, will introduce their book and talk about what they’ve learned since they began this series. Following the success of the e-book, can movies and TV be far behind? At the session you will learn how to receive a digital copy of Big Skye Ranch.


Conference II:

Online Voting for Black-Eyed Susan Book Award

Michael Warner - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Montgomery County

Make your life easier by participating in this fast-growing approach to having students vote for their favorite Black-Eyed Susan Award nominee. Students vote online and your part is finished – no tabulating and sending in results. Participants can later access data to find out how your county, school, and classroom voted.


Conference III:

Sheila Grap, Ph. D – Education Specialist, Baltimore City Public Schools is Maryland’s Learning Object Repository to open education resources. We will be looking at what an LOR is, how to use an LOR, and how to contribute to the LOR.


Crystal Hall(Stage Area):

The Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms: A Free Multimedia Resource for K-16 and Adult Learners

Jeff Witherly, Ph. D - National Human Genome Research Institute / National Institutes of Health

The Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms is a 250 term online multimedia learning tool from the NIH. The tool is free and available via the web 24/7 and in both English and Spanish language versions. Rooted in terms found in the top five junior high and high school biology books, the Talking Glossary uses illustrations, 3D animations, and expert “talking” files to explain terms such as gene, DNA, stem cell, allele and more. Also included is a randomly generated 10-question quiz using terms in the Glossary.