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The Scanner In this Issue: Professional Development

What is SIGMS? SIGMS provides a support network to school library media specialists and others in leadership positions who are working to promote the use of instructional technologies to enhance student learning. It provides a forum where we can consider and explore ways in which we can best use existing and emerging technologies to improve and enhance teaching and instruction, student learning and management, helping students and teachers become competent, critical and ethical users of information.

Volume 3 Number 3

Page 2 Our Organization Page 3 Message from the Chair: Ready...Set...Go! Page 4 ISTE 2012 Web Link Pages 5-7 ISTE 2012 SIGMS Picks Page 8 SIGMS Events Page 9 Come Play with Us! Pages 10-11 Register to Win at SIGMS Playground! Pages 12-13 Hollywood Squares: A Brain-Bending Game Show Pages 14-17 Professional Development Opportunities with the National Park Service

Second Life

Our Organization Executive Committee

Committee Chairs

Maureen Sanders-Brunner


Chair Ball State University

Kathy Sanders Taylor Prairie IMC Director

Muncie, Indiana

kathy_sanders@mgschools. net QR Code for SIGMS Wiki

Tiffany Whitehead Vice Chair Central Community Schools Baton Rouge, Louisana

International Librarianship Lesley Farmer California State University Long Beach

Laurie Conzemius Communications Chair Pine Meadow Elementary School

Newsletter Carolyn Starkey Buckhorn High School

Jennifer Hanson Professional Development Chair Montgomery County Public Schools

Webinar Jennifer Gossman Holy Redeemer

Annette Lamb, Ph.D.

Member-at-Large School of Library and Information Science

Andrea Christman

Indiana University

Rosa Parks Middle School Andrea_L_christman@mcpsmd .org

Maureen SandersBrunner From the SIGMS Chair: Ready...Set...Go! Welcome to the PreConference edition of the SIGMS Scanner! Your SIGMS Leadership team and scores of volunteers have been working hard for the last several months (if not longer) to make sure this will be one of the most memorable conferences ever for our membership. We hope you are all getting ready for the California sun, sand, waves, and… oh yeah!, many days of the best fellowship and professional development available for high tech educators! While we are staying with a traditional schedule and format to our best-loved SIGMS events, we have included a lot of new and exiting informational and social activities during each event. On Sunday, we will kick off with our conference at the SIG Open House. Laurie Conzemius, your current SIGMS Communications Chair, has invited several SIGMS Superstars to this event. Come and introduce yourself and get your photo with those School Library and Media professionals you read about and learn from all year.

On Monday, we will host the 21st Century Playground. We hope you stop by anytime during the day to play with us! You will find more details on the playground in the “Come Play With Us” article in this edition. Also, on Monday evening, leave room on your schedule for a special invitation from ProQuest. ProQuest will be hosting a reception including an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres and they hope to fill the room with SIGMS members. More information on the ProQuest reception will be available at the SIGMS Open House and Playground. Please be sure to give your current SIGMS Vice Chair, Tiffany Whitehead a high-five for communicating with ProQuest about this fun and FREE event! Tuesday the SIGMS Forum will take place and is a freeticketed event. If you have not registered yet for this event, do so quickly as seats are filling up. This year, Lisa Perez, former SIGMS Chair, has planned an exciting event that will allow us to explore the ways in which social me-

dia is effectively used in our schools and media centers. And finally, on Wednesday morning, we have our annual hot breakfast, SIGMS business meeting, and a keynote by Alan November. Alan keynote is titled Who Owns the Learning? Alan will talk about how “placing easy to use digital tools in the hands of our students can lead them to build very creative solutions such as tutorials to help classmates learn” (see event details). Also at the annual breakfast meeting, we will introduce our new SIGMS officers and officially recognize the winners of the SIGMS Technology Innovation Award. I know I speak for the entire SIGMS Leadership team when I express how excited we are to again see or finally meet many of you at ISTE 2012 in San Diego! We have worked hard to organize events that will make this the best conference you have ever attended. Please feel free to find us at these events, introduce yourself, and let us know how we are doing. Safe travels and see you soon!

Laurie Conzemius Communications Chair ISTE 2012 SIGMS Picks Heading to San Diego for the ISTE Conference? Wondering which sessions will make the best use of your time? The leadership in SIGMS has perused the conference program and has selected the sessions of most interest to school librarians. Here are the SIGMS “SIG Picks” for ISTE 2012! I highly suggest that you go through the planner prior to the conference and select sessions of interest to you. Using the planner you may add sessions to your schedule so you can see at a glance where to go every minute of the day! (My tip is to select all sessions that interest you to put in your planner. Then add additional notes regarding each. While at ISTE, if one session is filled, or does not interest you that day, you have alternative plans.) Beyond E-Books: Transmedia Books Link Digital and Physical Worlds Tuesday, 6/26/2012, 2:00pm– 3:00pm, SDCC 25C Digital-Age Teaching & Learning : Innovative Learning Technologies Jonathan Cohen, University of Virginia with Glen Bull, Gabriella

DuCamp and Peggy Stearns Discover Transmedia books, or T -books, which support students’ exploration of content through the transformation of digital representations into physical objects and back again. Book Blogs: Interactive Response Journals for Literature Circles Wednesday, 6/27/2012, 8:00am– 10:00am, SDCC Halls DE Lobby , Table: 28 Digital-Age Teaching & Learning : Early Childhood/ Elementary Matt Hardy, Eden Prairie Schools with Dan Flies Motivate students in grades 2-8 to actively communicate within literature circles using blogs. Provide an authentic, engaging publishing platform for your students with book blogs! Broadband and Digital Inclusion Tuesday, 6/26/2012, 12:15pm– 1:15pm, SDCC 25C School Improvement : Equity Issues Emil Ahangarzadeh, San Diego County Office of Education How can we provide off-campus, high-speed connectivity and digital devices to all students? Hear

how one agency is getting the job done. Designing Brick-and-Mortar Libraries in the Digital Age Monday, 6/25/2012, 2:30pm– 3:30pm, SDCC 5 Technology Infrastructure : Library/Media Centers Douglas Johnson, Mankato (Minnesota) Area Public Schools Why does a school need a library when seemingly all resources can be found online? How can libraries be redesigned for greater educational impact? Digital Age Media Center Monday, 6/25/2012, 8:00am– 4:00pm, SDCC Sails Pavilion Technology Infrastructure : Library/Media Centers Maureen Sanders-Brunner, Ball State University Connect with school librarians and teachers while learning about innovative technologies and resources that support student development of information literacy skills. Hosted by ISTE's SIGMS. Free Online Professional Development from the Library of Congress Tuesday, 6/26/2012, 4:00pm– 6:00pm, SDCC Halls DE Lobby , Table: 22

ISTE 2012 SIGMS Picks Professional Learning : Online Professional Development Anne Savage, Library Of Congress with Kathleen McGuigan On your own for professional development? Discover multimedia-rich, interactive selfpaced modules from the Library of Congress, which include certificates of completion. Fusing Library and Technology: A Literary Approach to Digital Citizenship Tuesday, 6/26/2012, 10:30am– 11:30am, SDCC 25B Digital-Age Teaching & Learning : Digital Citizenship Jennifer Voorhees, Sidwell Friends School with Angela Smith Learn how to teach digital citizenship using current youth fiction that provides launching points for self-reflection and critical thinking while encouraging empathy in the reader. Got Books? Promote Reading and YA Literature Using Technology Monday, 6/25/2012, 8:00am– 10:00am, SDCC Halls DE Lobby , Table: 8 Technology Infrastructure : Library/Media Centers Colette Cassinelli, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

Reach your upper elementary and teen audiences with creative ways that promote reading and young adult literature using free or open source technology tools. Graphic Inquiry: Dynamic Differentiation and Digital Age Learning Tuesday, 6/26/2012, 10:30am– 11:30am, SDCC 6A Digital-Age Teaching & Learning : Literacies for the Information/Creativity Age Annette Lamb, Indiana University at Indianapolis Meet individual learning needs with technology-enhanced graphic tools and resources that combine NETS*S with contentarea standards. Build inquirybased learning environments that nurture digital citizens. Hollywood Squares: A BrainBending Game Show Wednesday, 6/27/2012, 1:15pm– 2:15pm, SDCC 6A Digital-Age Teaching & Learning : Literacies for the Information/Creativity Age Joyce Valenza, School District of Springfield Township with Steven Anderson, Adam Bellow, Steve Dembo, Timothy Gwynn, Joquetta Johnson, Gwyneth Jones,

Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, Nicholas Provenzano, Marie Slim, Kari Stubbs, Tiffany Whitehead and Matthew Winner Think research is dry? Not so! Test your knowledge of current ed tech research on digital culture and learning against our brain-trust of "celebrities" Hollywood Squares-style. Implementing Digital Citizenship: Lessons Learned from the First Year Wednesday, 6/27/2012, 1:15pm– 2:15pm, SDCC 10 Digital-Age Teaching & Learning : Digital Citizenship Kelly Mendoza, Common Sense Media Teachers reflect on the challenges and benefits of implementing a digital citizenship program in their classes and identify best practices for affecting school climate. KINECT to the Library: Use Xbox Games to Promote Learning Wednesday, 6/27/2012, 10:15am– 11:15am, SDCC 11 Technology Infrastructure : Library/Media Centers Lisa Perez, Chicago Public School Dept of Libraries

Laurie Conzemius Communications Chair ISTE 2012 SIGMS Picks Learn about KINECT in the Library, a program that combines fun and exercise with Xbox educational gaming to promote greater learning in the library. Librarians on the Loose: Revolutionizing the Library Using Web Applications [Workshop: Hands-on] Sold Out! Sunday, 6/24/2012, 8:30am– 11:30am, SDCC 28C Technology Infrastructure : Library/Media Centers Jim Holland, Arlington ISD Learn how to use free and simple web tools to market, motivate, integrate, and revolutionize by creating book walls, posters, trailers, recommendations, and more! Look It Up! Best Tools for Student Research [Concurrent Session: BYOD] Sold Out! Tuesday, 6/26/2012, 12:15pm– 1:15pm, SDCC 32AB Digital-Age Teaching & Learning : Early Childhood/ Elementary Boni Hamilton, University of Colorado-Denver with Trecie Warner Tired of losing time on web searches? Web tools can im-

prove students' research practices by narrowing searches, boosting vocabulary, and reading pages aloud. Personal and Professional Growth Using Web 2.0 Monday, 6/25/2012, 11:00am– 12:00pm, SDCC 1 Professional Learning : Professional Learning Networks/Social Media for PD Steve Hargadon, Classroom 2.0 Learn to use web 2.0 to explore your interests and passions and to help you build a personal learning and support network. SIGMS (Media Specialist) Breakfast Meeting [Other Program Events: Meeting/Gathering] Sold Out! Wednesday, 6/27/2012, 7:30am– 9:30am, SDCC 6A Technology Infrastructure : Library/Media Centers Maureen Sanders-Brunner, Ball State University with Alan November Join ISTE's SIGMS (media specialists) for an annual update on activities, recognition of the SIGMS Technology Innovation Award winners, plus a presentation by Alan November. A breakfast buffet will be served.

SIGMS Forum: Expanded Learning Opportunities: Using Social Media in the Library [Other Program Events: Forum/ Summit/Symposium] Seats still available. Tuesday, 6/26/2012, 2:00pm– 3:15pm, SDCC 6A Technology Infrastructure : Library/Media Centers Lisa Perez, Chicago Public School Dept of Libraries with Jason Epstein, Steve Hargadon, Joquetta Johnson and Maureen SandersBrunner Join Steve Hargadon and leading librarians to discuss how social media can greatly expand learning and research opportunities for students in the library. Spreading the Word: Eight Ways to Start Conversations around Change Monday, 6/25/2012, 12:45pm– 1:45pm, SDCC 6F School Improvement : Educational Visions Will Richardson, Powerful Learning Practice with Rob Mancabelli To make change scale, we need everyone's voice in the conver-

sation. We'll look at a number of inclusive ways to get real change discussions started.

Jenn Hanson Professional Development Chair SIGMS Events

Maureen SandersBrunner SIGMS Chair Come Play with Us! My first favorite part of going to school was, of course, library time. My second was recess! Come find your inner child and visit us at the 21st Century Media Center Playground on Monday during ISTE 2012. We have over 40 SIGMS volunteers working literally around the clock to make this year’s playground a blast! Our SIGMS playground will be located in the ISTE Central area, right next to the newbie lounge (playground A on the conference map. Like last year, we will have seven consecutive stations running at once, all with hands one and casual presentations of new and popular technology tools that are used by real media specialists and their collaborative teachers. Our stations include workshops on

Google tools, audio and video creation and editing, eReading, digital writing, social media, online research, animation tools, tablet apps, and more. The presenter at each station has prepared a short 5 to 10 minute workshop that they

will repeat during their scheduled two-hour session. Every two hours, the presenter, topics, and fun will change! There are four two-hour sessions for the day starting at 8:00 am and lasting until 4:00 pm. So, yes, we will be playing all day long! Think of the

21st Century Media Center Playground as a casual openair market. You may come and go as you wish, without disturbing anyone. It is loud, fun, exciting, but very, very informative. And you can come back throughout the day to learn more about your topic or tool of choice. A schedule of presenters and topics is now being compiled on the SIGMS wiki (go to: sigms_pg12) so you can start planning you’re Monday at conference. This year, SIGMS is offering a new incentive to get you up, moving, and playing in the playground! We will have an eighth station set up where SIGMS members can register to win a new PD library collection specially developed for the high tech school media specialist! Look for information on the drawing, including specific book titles, in this issue of the Scanner.

Maureen SandersBrunner SIGMS Chair Register to Win at the SIGMS Playground! Are you a SIGMS Member attending ISTE 2012 in San Diego, California? If so, you could win a 21st Century Media Specialist PD Library! This library contains 11 titles and is valued at $300.00! Register to win at the SIGMS both at the SIG Open House on Sunday, or the 21st Century Media Center Playground on Monday. The winner will be announced during annual SIGMS Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday morning. More details will be available at the conference.

Media Literacy in the K–12 Classroom (2011) by Frank W. Baker - List Price $38.95

Digital-Age Literacy for Teachers: Applying Technology Standards to Everyday Practice (2007) by Susan Brooks-Young - List Price $42.96

National Educational Technology Standards for Students, Second Edition, NETS Project with contributions (2007) by Susan BrooksYoung – List Price $13.95

NETS for Students Curriculum Planning Tool (2012) - List Price $7.95

National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, Second Edition, (2008), NETS Project – List Price $13.95

Register to Win at the SIGMS Playground!

National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (2009), NETS Project – List Price $13.95

Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond (2011) by Terence W. Cavanaugh and Jerome Burg – List Price $37.95

Safe Practices for Life Online: A Guide for Middle and High School, Second Edition (2012) By Doug Fodeman and Marje Monroe – List Price $19.95

Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators (2010) by Midge Frazel – List Price $31.95

Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators (2011) by Liz Kolb – List Price $37.95

1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work, Second Edition (2009) by Pamela Livingston – List Price $40.95

Tiffany Whitehead SIGMS Vice-Chair Hollywood Squares: There are so many events and sessions to look forward to this year at the ISTE conference in San Diego. SIGMS in particular is going to rock the house at the SIGMS Fair, Digital Age Media Center Playground, ProQuest Reception, SIGMS Forum, and SIGMS Breakfast. Just blocking off time for these great events will get your ISTE Conference Planner (http:// planner/planner_home.php) off to a great start.

The session that I’m most looking forward to will take place Wednesday, June 27th at 1:15 pm -- Hollywood Squares: A Brain-Bending Game Show. If you attended (or watched the recording of) last year’s Learning Tools Family Feud session, you’ll be delighted to know that many of our beloved teacher-librarians and other Ed Tech change agents are back for another round! This year, the Hollywood Squares panel will deliver current research in the realm of educational tech-

nology and deliver it in an exciting and entertaining way. And, of course, there will be loads of exciting prizes for audience members! The Hollywood Squares panel includes host Steve Dembo, featuring Joyce Valenza, Steven Anderson, Nick Provenzano, Gwyneth Jones, Tiffany Whitehead, Kari Stubbs, Shannon Miller, Joquetta Johnson, and Matthew Winner, with friends Adam Bellow, Michelle Luhtala, and Marie Slim! Hope to see you there!

A Brain-Bending Game Show

Park Ranger Tina Miller Professional Development Opportunities Park Ranger? Come on, I know you thought it! Yes, Park Ranger! As an informal educator I am excited to take write about the wonderful educational opportunities the National Park Service (NPS) and my park, Homestead National Monument of America (Homestead) in Beatrice, Nebraska are doing to create professional development opportunities for educators across the nation.

Park Ranger Tina Miller shown with the buildings of Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska.

First a little background. The National Park Service was created in 1916 under the Organic Act to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” It’s a powerful statement and a huge responsibility. It is with this responsibility in mind that NPS Director Jon Jarvis challenged all of us in the National Park Service with “A Call to Action; Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engage-

Park Ranger Tina Miller has been with the National Park Service for four years. She serves as the Education Coordinator at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, NE. The focuses of her programs are the Homestead Act of 1862 and westward expansion. Recently completed projects include a K-12 curriculum guide on an updateable flash drive and a documentary on the Homestead Act of 1862 filmed in partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration. In addition to teaching on-site she teaches many programs off-site and even more through distance learning. Please contact her at (402) 223-1713 or via email at Please stop her to say ‘Hello’ if you see her at ISTE this year!

With the National Park Service ment” ( sion, but this article will focus tion annually through real calltoaction). As Homestead’s on only one of them-‘Live and and virtual field trips, residenEducation Coordinator I am Learn’. The direction under tial programs, teacher trainconstantly seeking to ‘Live and Learn’ is: ‘Provide ing, classroom teaching mate‘Advance the NPS Education multiple ways for children to rials, online resources, and Mission’ which is to: learn about the national parks educational partnerships.’ Strengthen Homestead Dave Rosenbaum, Education Coordinator, National Archives and the Service as recently comRecords Administration, presents a class on primary source docuan education pleted a 10institution ments to teachers attending the Monumental Learn and Earn promonth project and parks as fessional development workshop at Homestead National Monutitled places of ment of America in Beatrice, NE. “Monumental learning that Learn and develop Earn” (MLE) American valthat met many ues, civic enof the goals gagement, and under ‘Live citizen stewand Learn’. ardship. Use MLE was a 3leading-edge stage project technologies designed to and social mecoincide with dia to effecthe 150th Annitively comversary and municate with commemoraand capture tion of the the interest of Homestead the public. Act of 1862 Collaborate which is the with partners focus of and education institutions to and what they reveal about Homestead’s enabling legislaexpand NPS education pronature, the nation’s history, tion. grams and the use of parks as and issues central to our civic The first stage of MLE was places of learning.” life. We will accomplish this to create lesson plans and by reaching 25 percent of the Under this challenge are six plan a professional developnation’s K-12 school populaactions to achieve this misment workshop on using pri-

Park Ranger Tina Miller Professional Development Opportunities mary source documents in the classroom for educators. In anticipation of Homestead hosting the Homestead Act of 1862 for 33 days in late April and May of 2012, Homestead worked in partnership with the National Archives and

Records Administration in Washington, D.C., to create two documentaries. One about the Homestead Act of 1862 and the other on the digitization of homestead records being conducted there. The documentaries are available

on Homestead’s YouTube channel (HomesteadNM) for classroom viewing and were incorporated into the lesson plans used during stage 3 of MLE. The second stage of MLE

A class of fourth graders has their picture taken to become a part of history as one of the classes that visited the Homestead Act of 1862 while it was on display.

Park Ranger Tina Miller has been with the National Park Service for four years. She serves as the Education Coordinator at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, NE. The focuses of her programs are the Homestead Act of 1862 and westward expansion. Recently completed projects include a K-12 curriculum guide on an updateable flash drive and a documentary on the Homestead Act of 1862 filmed in partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration. In addition to teaching on-site she teaches many programs off-site and even more through distance learning. Please contact her at (402) 223-1713 or via email at Please stop her to say ‘Hello’ if you see her at ISTE this year!

With the National Park Service was to conduct a professional development workshop for educators. As the Homestead Act of 1862 is a primary source document, this one-day workshop focused on the use of primary source documents in the classroom. We conducted 3 days/sessions and had over 175 educators attend the workshop. The workshop’s keynote speaker was Dave Rosenbaum, Education Coordinator at the National Archives. Other topics discussed during the workshop were Chronicling America and other media sources such as film, being used as primary sources. The third stage of MLE was the class field trips. Educators who attended the MLE workshop could apply for transportation reimbursement funds to bring their students to see the Homestead Act of 1862 while it was on display. New field trip activities were created to focus on the document. These activities included the documentaries and using homestead land entry case files to research homesteaders. Over 19 school days we had 4,600+ students view the

Homestead Act of 1862. Whew! It was a lot of hard work to accomplish all of this in 10 months, but it was all worth it. But just as you thought ‘Park Ranger?!’ earlier, I’d be surprised if you weren’t thinking, ‘so what?’ right now. Here’s what Homestead can do for you! It should be obvious by our membership with ISTE that we make technology in education a high priority. On-site field trips are only about 30% of our education program. Homestead conducts electronic field trips through ip connections and has recently begun to use Skype and Facetime to conduct programs from inside the Freeman School and the Palmer-Epard cabin, both of which are located within the park boundaries. Check out the programs we offer at . But that’s not all, you may also check out our curriculum resources on our For Teachers page at (listed on the right side of the page). In addition to the K-12 curriculum guide with units

on homesteading, frontier education and many others, we are creating travelling trunks that will be available this fall. And what if you need something other than what Homestead has to offer? Each NPS site has a For Teachers webpage which lists their educational resources. Visit to find parks that meet your curriculum goals, there are many that offer electronic field trips. Finally, I have a challenge for you! I invite you to read the NPS Call to Action, or at least pages 13 and 14 because they deal with the education goals. Then visit and find a National Park Service unit near you. Work with their education coordinator to develop professional development opportunities in your area. And while you’re reading the Call to Action, check out the ‘Ticket to Ride’ program. The National Park Foundation is awarding transportation grants for school children to visit parks nationwide and one may be right near you!

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