Library News Update

Special Events and Conference edition - October 2015

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FREE Upcoming Conferences

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REVISION: The Heart of Writing Webinar Series begins October 22

REVISION: The Heart of Writing Webinar Series

presented by
Oakland Schools, Wayne RESA & the Oakland Writing Project

all sessions are FREE
7-8 pm EST interactive webinar
8-9 pm EST optional follow up discussion


Questions? Contact Delia DeCourcy
Secondary Literacy Consultant & Associate Director of the Oakland Writing Project
Phone: 248.209.2104

Dr. Jennifer Fletcher
Revising Rhetorically: Re-seeing Writing through the Lens of Audience, Purpose, and Context
Thursday, October 22, 2015 7-9pm EST
recommended reading: Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, & Response
more information

Georgia Heard
The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques that Work
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7-9pm EST
recommended reading: The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques that Work
more information

Marc Aronson
Revision: Dowsing for Depth
Thursday, December 8, 2015 7-9pmEST
recommended reading: Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science
more information

Dr. Troy Hicks
Revising Digital Writing
Thursday, January 14, 2016 7-9pm EST
recommended reading: Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media & Genres
more information

Dr. Nell Duke
Not Like Pulling Teeth: Revision in a Project-Based Context
Thursday, February 11, 2016 7-9pm EST
recommended reading: Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text Through Project-Based Instruction
more information

Penny Kittle
How Writing Notebooks Lead to Revision
Thursday, March 3, 2016 7-9pm EST
recommended reading: Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing
more information

Dr. Constance Weaver
Revising Sentences by Adding “Juicy Details”
Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 – 9pm EST
recommended reading: Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing
more information

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OCT 24th - Fall VirtCon 2015 - Literacies for the Digital Age

Fall VirtCon 2015
Literacies for the Digital Age

October 24, 2015 | 9AM-4PM (EST)

Broadcasting LIVE from Discovery Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD

Join us for Discovery Education’s Fall VirtCon as we reimagine traditional teaching and learning through the integration of Kathy Schrock’s 13 Literacies for the Digital Age.

More information and how to register here

OR . . .

Get out of the house, have a free lunch and attend a LIVE viewing party at Cedarburg High School with other area educators! Additional live sessions will be scheduled to offer variety and opportunities to explore many topics. Join the fun!

Please register to attend the LIVE viewing party here

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Destiny Updates

New Library Database, Destiny, is coming!

Exciting news!

Yesterday, we set the dates with the Project Manager of Follett Destiny, if all goes as scheduled we should be LIVE with the new system starting by November 15th.

All of our district library staff will have to be trained on how to use all of the features of Destiny, and unfortunately, that means closing the libraries so that we can learn together. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause, but I think once the system is in place, you will see the value.

All libraries will be closed 7:30-noon on Tuesday, November 10th.

Next steps will be for me to visit all of the common planning time sessions in the last two weeks of November to show teachers the many features as they might relate to content areas, and to schedule sessions to start training the students throughout December and January.

Attention Middle School Science

Live Virtual Event Engages Middle-School Students on the Importance of Saving Energy

On October 27, join Discovery Education and special guest, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, for a LIVE virtual discussion to celebrate National ENERGY STAR® Day.

As the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator McCarthy's job is to find common sense ways to protect our health and the environment. During our live event, she will answer your questions about the importance of energy efficiency, how our energy use today affects climate change, and what we can do to help protect our climate for years to come.

Join us as we demonstrate the science behind how energy is generated and how innovative ENERGY STAR®certified products make it easier for us to save energy in our every day lives.

  • Download Pre and Post Classroom Activities to prepare for the event.

  • Take the ENERGY STAR Pledge and begin energy saving actions in your school and home today.

Register here

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New Feature - Voice Typing in Google Docs

Google Docs - Voice Typing

Intro to SAMR Model

Introduction to the SAMR Model

Just for FUN

Halloween Magnetic Poetry (in Google Drawings)

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Reading vs. Everything Else

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Diana Knight

Library Media Specialist/Tech Integrator