March 26 PL Day

Agenda for March 26

Collaboration Time:
(Those pursuing PLUs through our online “Foundations” course will meet with Jill in Room 107 during this time):

  • Assign a facilitator, timekeeper, and air-time checker (makes sure no one person speaks more than others)
  • Allow each person equal opportunity to share a collaborative lesson
  • Focus conversations on successful partnerships and strategies that worked
  • Keep the conversation on improving teaching and learning as opposed to complaining and griping
  • Submit lessons to the Lesson Bank:

Office 365 Training Materials

Video for good basic information (created by TTIS, Jamie Pearson):

Office 365 – teacher information:

Streaming Cobb

Genius Hour – Researching Innovation in Education

If you would like to know more about current innovative practices in education, then participate in your own Genius Hour. An innovative approach to education in itself, the Genius Hour allows you to spend time researching a topic of your choice with the goal of eventually implementing your discoveries and ideas.  You may research any topic you wish, but if you want to focus on some innovative practices happening in education, I would suggest any (or all!) of the following:

  • Genre-based shelving
  • Maker Spaces
  • Learning Commons
  • Gaming/Quest-based learning
  • Augmented reality

Find something particularly interesting? Please add the topic and any links you can provide to the Innovation board on our Pinterest page – username: and password: librarymedia


Submit your mid-year reflection here:

Video clip on creating SMART Goals on our You Tube Channel: (look under Playlists tab if you don’t readily see it)

SMART Goals cheat sheet

Advocacy through our Online Presence: Blogs/Websites

A media center blog should focus not only on reading and resources, but instruction as well. Use the following resources to evaluate your current blog and decide what areas need improvement, what topics need to be added, or what features need to be included.

Media Center Blog/Website Evaluation

School Library Marketing 101: It’s About Students Not Stuff

5 Things Every School Library Website Should Have

Great media center blog examples:

Mt. Bethel  – Heather Kindschy, media specialist
McClure Middle – Cara Harpin, media specialist
Barrow Elementary – Andy Plemmons, media specialist
Springfield Township High School – Joyce Valenza, media specialist
Norcross High School – Jennifer Lund and Buffy Hamilton, media specialists

“If sharing information about your program is outside of your comfort zone, remember, you are not tooting your own horn; you are advocating for students and student learning.  This is not about you; this is for the children of your school district.  You are being a student advocate,”  – AASL’s School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit


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