Session 2: 11:00-11:50

Salon B:

It is the Best of Times, It is the Worst of Times: Advocating for Your Program

Jay Bansbach - Acting Director, Instructional Technology and School Libraries, MSDE

Teaching cuts are taking place in every state in the nation including Maryland, with a large number of those targeting school libraries. How can you advocate for your program on a daily basis and for the profession as a whole? Learn some strategies for survival in this tough environment.


Conference I:

Bringing History to Life with Primary Source Documents: The George Washington Teachers’ Institute at Mount Vernon

Carol Thornton – Tracey’s Elementary School, Anne Arundel County

Explore the world of Washington and other military leaders during the American Revolution by analyzing primary source documents. Participants will receive a lesson plan that integrates media instruction with social studies and a variety of sources to obtain additional lessons. The Teachers’ Institute at Mount Vernon will be discussed.


Conference II:

Taking Notes Without a Pencil

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

Use Excel in research projects to take notes from electronic or print sources. Students can copy/paste information from electronic sources, restate information in their own words, track URLs, and use features of Excel to sort information based on keywords. A no cost alternative to other web products.


Conference III:

Using Virtual Book Clubs and Wikispaces as Elements in Designing an Effective Library Media Program

Linda S. Langr – High Point High School, Prince Georges County

Jessie Simmons-Taylor – Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Montgomery County

This presentation looks at how a school library media specialist can create, set up and use technology to enhance the library media program. The presenters will demonstrate how to use Google tools to create and maintain a virtual book club and how to set up a Wikispace that can be used in a variety of ways to enhance instruction. These ideas of creative ways to use technology help to equip our educational community with the skills necessary to be successful 21st century learners.