SSLA 2016-2017 Learning Events

Featuring Naomi Harm and Adrienne Gear

Each year, SSLA offers a series of engaging online learning events or webinars.

Each learning event introduces strategies and innovative practices to help teachers and teacher-librarians improve learning environments and capture value from new and existing technologies. A headset with a microphone and an Internet connected computer is all that is needed to participate.

#1 Designing Learning Spaces for a Creative and Collaborative Future - Naomi Harm

Date: Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 4:00 to 5:30 CST


New and flexible learning spaces are no longer classrooms that hold 25 students and 1 teacher in a fixed box style, single purpose room. Contemporary learning requires larger spaces and the combination of student groups with more than one teacher. They need to be places that provide space for a wide range of learning styles. From the front door, to the school grounds, to the teaching and learning environment, the aesthetics of learning spaces greatly impact brain functionality and influence how students feel when they are in school. Join Naomi Harm, Dell Education Strategist, as she shares how educational leaders and collaborative teaching teams can design and create brain-friendly, contemporary learning environments in schools. Naomi will also share various collaboration activities that can be introduced in these new spaces using 1:1 and BYOD technologies.

#2 Changing the Mobile Teaching and Learning Landscape with Student Voice and Choice - Naomi Harm

Date: Wednesday November 16, 2016 from 4:00 to 5:30 CST


Many schools are increasing the availability and use of mobile devices within their classrooms by implementing 1:1 or BYOD programs. Yet, many educators are not changing their instructional approaches to design, create, and deliver compelling lessons and activities that maximize student engagement and learning while leveraging the mobile learning landscape. This session will introduce you to a variety of best practices by modeling the importance of teacher-facilitated total participation techniques, personalized learning opportunities to maximize student choice and voice, and STEM integration techniques and activities for all learners to support student-led inquiry. Naomi Harm, Dell Education Strategist will also provide her best-of-the-best game plays of how to design effective student grouping strategies and accountability techniques to enable every student to own and celebrate their own learning.

#3 Fiction Reading Power - Adrienne Gear

Date: Wednesday December 7, 2016 from 4:00 to 5:30 CST


Reading Power is a reading comprehension approach which focuses students’ attention on their thinking, enabling them to interact more meaningfully with the text. Based on research, Reading Power is a practical approach to comprehension. This session will build on the concepts of Reading Power introduced at our workshop with Adrienne this last April. Many lessons will be modeled, student samples shown and recommended books shared.

#4 Non-fiction Reading Power - Adrienne Gear

Date: Wednesday January 18, 2017 from 4:00 to 5:30 CST


“Non-fiction” is far more than books describing insects, dinosaurs and countries. Come and learn some exciting ways of bringing the world of nonfiction into your classroom! In this session we will explore the world of non-fiction and learn some exciting ways of introducing children to the different nonfiction forms as well as ways we can integrate more informational texts into our reading and writing programs. Lessons on helping students recognize, interpret and create “text features” will be introduced. Suggested resources, authors and nonfiction books will be included.

Naomi Harm

Best known as an 21st century educational technology literacy specialist, Naomi welcomes every opportunity to share her expertise and best practices relating to technology infused teaching and learning environments. Naomi is truly passionate about building global relationships with educational technology leaders, while engaging in meaningful and collaborative conversations to meet the needs of today's diverse learners.

Adrienne Gear

Has been a teacher in the Vancouver School district for over 18 years working as a classroom teacher, ESL teacher, teacher librarian and District Literacy Mentor. Adrienne developed Reading Power almost 10 years ago and has been working with teachers in many districts presenting workshops, giving demonstration lessons and facilitating Reading Power leadership teams ever since.
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