March 8-10 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA

Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries
March 8-9

Trying to keep up with events, mobile technologies, ebooks, other new channels for content and curriculum, the internet, apps, strategies, policies, funding cuts, and ... gasp ... everything else that's changing and affecting K-12 educators' lives and those of their students these days? Of course you are, but it can seem an uphill battle! 

To help you keep up, we invite you once again to Washington, D.C., for Internet@Schools' next round of informative K–12 tech- and internet-related conference sessions. Fully integrated into the Computers in Libraries conference and its wide-ranging array of sessions and tracks, Internet@Schools is an official CIL track … an extended, 2-day track, in fact. So you can easily network and share not only with your K–12 presenters and attendees but with the broader range of Computers in Libraries attendees and speakers as well.

Join us for the Computers in Libraries keynotes and the speakers in our own track and sessions on the latest ed tech and school library technology trends, tools, and issues.

The Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2016, sponsored by Internet@Schools magazine, takes place at the Hilton Washington, Washington, D.C., on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9, 2016, the first two days of Computers in Libraries. Attend the entire 3-day Computers in Libraries conference to share and learn ideas and tactics from librarians, information professionals, and educators of all stripes. Or concentrate exclusively on the K–12 education focus of our 2-day track by taking advantage of special Internet@Schools pricing. Either way, you'll also have access to a wide range of ideas, tactics, products, and services, both in the sessions you attend and from education, library, and information industry companies and associations in the Computers in Libraries exhibit hall. Join us! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Welcome & Opening Keynote

Keynote: Innovation & the Knowledge Ecosystem

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Prof Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, The Cynefin Co

There are three necessary preconditions to innovation: starvation (or scarcity, perhaps need—a shortage of resources where usually there is abundance), pressure (or urgency—an immediate and relentless demand for resolution of the scarcity—a changing world), and perspective shift (new ways of thinking about the problem). We know that libraries are a part of the knowledge ecosystem but how can they be more innovative so they are recognized as having an impact on that knowledge ecosystem? How can they help others innovate more? And how can libraries gain new perspectives and types of thinking? Our popular speaker will challenge your thinking and supply some interesting insights.

Track E - Internet@Schools

E101: Online Security, Privacy, and the Teacher-Librarian

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Gary Price, Co-Founder, infoDOCKET & FullTextReports

Staying secure and safeguarding privacy in our hyperconnected era are two issues that will never go away, and threats to our security and privacy will never stop changing. So what’s up with the “meh” attitude and lack of concern students seem to exhibit on this subject? Gary Price thinks the library and education communities should be pressing students, and all of us, to remain vigilant and stay informed about this. In this session, he offers up a “presentation in a box”—knowledge and resources you can use in your schools and libraries to make the case to students, patrons, and fellow staffers.

Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall Opens

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

E102: Global Connections, Technology, and School Libraries: The Out of Eden Learn Project

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mary Catherine Coleman, Lower and Intermediate School Librarian, Francis Parker School

The Out of Eden Learn online learning community is an engaging project that connects students from around the world as they follow Paul Salopek’s multi-year journey to walk the path of human migration. Mary Catherine Coleman tells how she connected with the project, collaborated with classroom teachers, and leveraged it to introduce students to blogging, social media, and a host of new apps. She also shares how the project demonstrates the value of connecting online and helps students develop digital citizenship skills.

Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

E103: Teaching Screenagers in the Land of Click, Slide, and Touchscreen

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Randallstown High School Baltimore County Public Schools

If you give a 21st-century school librarian a computer, she is going to apply 21st-century teaching and learning methods and technologies to empower, engage, and connect with screenagers. Come hear the story of how this high school library media specialist utilizes social media, mobile devices, YouTube, digital content, and even Hip Hop to facilitate student success in all content areas.

Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

E104: Tech ALIVE: Embedded Professional Development in Education Technology

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Sarah Elwell, School Librarian, Washington, DC Public Schools

In this session, learn all about Tech ALIVE!, a professional development program series offered to educators once per month through collaboration between a classroom teacher and librarian. Sarah discusses the importance of using collaboration and technology to leverage leadership in the librarian profession. Then, for a take-away, she helps you design an outline of what technology PD outreach would work well in your own educational setting.

E105: How Students Experience Search Results

4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Deirdre Costello, Director, UX Research, EBSCO Information Services
Christi Showman-Farrar, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

Search results have evolved from a portal to a destination. This is especially true for students, who are now entering school with a command of Google, even if they don’t know how to use a mouse. Deirdre and Christi talk about EBSCO’s user research findings on the topic of search results, including why students are drawn to Google and Wikipedia, how school libraries can use this to their advantage, and how those habits represent a technological and sometimes generational divide.

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Keynote Panel

Keynote Panel: Executive Perspectives of the Library Tech Industry

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Moderator: Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, USA
Sam Brooks, Executive Vice President, EBSCO
Bill Davison, CEO, SirsiDynix
Nathan Curulla, Owner, CRO, Bywater Solutions
Beth Jefferson, CEO, BiblioCommons
Leif Pedersen, CEO, BIOVIA

Marshall Breeding leads the discussion among a panel of executives from key companies which provide or support strategic technologies for libraries. These executives represent organizations with a mix of strategic perspectives, including those that develop library management platforms, discovery services, content and technology products, and open source development and support. Following a brief introduction, Breeding facilitates a lively discussion probing the technology and business trends currently in play, including industry consolidation, differing approaches to opening software to library programmers, and the shift toward cloud-based technologies.

Track E - Internet@Schools

E201: Student Research Done Right: BCPS Online Research Models

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Kelly Ray, Resource Teacher, Library Media Programs & Digital Resources, Baltimore County Public Schools
Amanda Lanza, Specialist, Office of Digital Learning, Baltimore County Public Schools

The Baltimore County Public Schools are using two inquiry-based models to facilitate brief and extended research across the curriculum for students in grades K–12. Their Online Research Models and Slam Dunk lessons scaffold the research process, utilizing digital content and tools to integrate 21st century skills with content learning in all subjects. The presenters share their process and many examples of students research done right.

Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall Opens

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

E202: How Digital Portfolios Transform Library/Fab Lab Learning

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Susan Faust, Librarian, Lower School, Katherine Delmar Burke School San Francisco Chronicle
Jenny Howland, Makery Facilitator, Lower School K-8, Katherine Delmar Burke School Fablabs K-12 Google Group, BAISNET, NYCIST

At Burke School, feedback about student progress in the library and the “Makery” has been directed toward parents through report card comments. Flip the audience and transform learning. How? Burke’s librarian and maker facilitator assess work and write comments directly to students on digital portfolios. There, on Google Sites, third and fourth grade students curate their own projects, reflect on their process and product, and engage in online conversation with teachers. The result: a supportive ecosystem for students to learn about themselves as learners. Metacognition! Transformative learning!

Lunch Break

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

E203: Controlling the Chaos: Using Technology to Become and Stay Organized

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dawn Nelson, School Library Media Specialist, Oak View Elementary School, Osseo Area Schools Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM)

While technology makes many things easier, for students and adults who are “organizationally challenged” it can become yet another distraction, something that pulls them away from what is truly important. But there are many tools available that, if accessed and used well, can help students and adults become successful. This session explores a variety of tools and resources for all platforms that support organizational skills and provides suggestions to make all students (and teachers) more focused and efficient.

E204: If You Must Google, Then Google Well!—Website Evaluation for H.S. and College Researchers

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cara Berg, Reference Librarian, Co-Coordinator of User Education, William Paterson University

While we would love our students to use library resources all the time, we know they often run to Google. At the Cheng Library at William Paterson University, students are told that Google is fine for some—not all—research, but that part of using Google well is evaluating the websites they find. In this session, Cara Berg covers how they teach and assess website evaluation to first year students at WPU. This same lesson has been successfully used for high school students as well! The assessment, methodology, and history of this assignment are discussed and current results from the past semester are shared.

Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

E205: Multimedia Learning Stations: Connecting Learners to the World of Information

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Jen Spisak, School Library Information Specialist, Hungary Creek Middle School

How can you empower your students to translate and evaluate complex, globally important concepts into personally relevant information? In this session, Jen Spisak embraces the power of transliteracy by taking you step by step through the creation of fully integrated multimedia learning stations, complete with a perfect mix of content, technology, and multiple formats. Find out how to create multimedia learning stations that employ podcasts, databases, educational apps, videos, and websites to explore content standards and bring out the 21st-century learner within each student. These learning stations will help you facilitate instruction, strengthen student research skills, and build collaborative partnerships in your school.

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