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.

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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.




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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.

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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.

ES/MS/HS