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The Scanner SIGLIB Newsletter Winter Issue November 2013

Volume 5, Number 1


Tools of the Trade ISTE’s Special Interest Group of Media Specialists (SIGMS) has been rebranded to Special Interest Group of Librarians: SIGLIB. SIGLIB provides a community for school library media specialists to gather and learn about technologies that improve the operation and programs of the

school library media center, increase access to information and create a more effective and efficient teaching and learning environment.

In this issue: Message from SIGLIB President


Message from SIGLIB PD Chair


Timelines, Anyone? By Wendy Loewenstein


An Idea Worth Flipping Over By Dr. Douglas Hazlett


Best Kept Secrets: Let 10 Them Out By Carl A. Harvey II and Annette Smith, Ph.D.

Message From SIGLIB President Tiffany Whitehead SIGLIB President The leadership team is very excited to announce technology and school libraries. the rebranding of SIGMS, which will be now known as SIGLIB, the ISTE Special Interest

SIGLIB fosters communication among librarians,

Group for Librarians. We appreciate the

promotes the school library program, represents

feedback about this change our members

school librarians in ISTE activities and with other

provided through the survey. Many of you

SIGs, and provides opportunities for leadership

expressed your

and professional

enthusiasm for a change

development for librarians.

that would help to clarify the focus of our Special

There are many

Interest Group (SIG).

opportunities to get involved with SIGLIB

We feel that this rebrand

including contributing to

allows us to expand our

the SIG newsletter, helping

membership and focus,

to organize professional

while defining it more

development activities

succinctly. Our SIG strives

such as webinars or book

to include all librarians supporting technology in

discussions, or simply attending events and

an educational setting. This includes, but is not

sharing your views and experiences with others.

limited to, teacher-librarians, school librarians, and library media specialists working in school

I am looking forward to all of the exciting

libraries and/or Learning Commons settings.

professional development opportunities in the works for SIGLIB this year! Make sure to follow

This change will also allow our SIG to partner

us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on

with academic and public librarians who work

upcoming SIGLIB events!

closely with and support educational

SIGLIB Professional Development Opportunities Elissa Malespina SIGMS Professional Development Chair SIGLIB's new Professional Development Chair is Elissa Malespina, the teacher librarian at

SIGLIB will also participate in the 1-Tool-at-a-

South Orange Middle School in South Orange, Time webinars this year with two other ISTE NJ, and a 2013 ISTE Making IT Happen

special interest groups: SIGILT and SIGML.

award winner.

These 1/2 hour webinars demonstrate how to use a tech tool in the classroom and/or

The Professional Development Committee is

library for student-centered learning.

planning some exciting events in the next few months

To submit a proposal, click

including 1-Tool-at-a-Time


webinars (dates to be announced soon). A new

We look forward to an

webinar/Twitter chat series

exciting year of connected

will involve a live Google+

learning with our SIGLIB

Hangout with a guest speaker

*Images found at ISTE sites


followed by a Twitter chat. The first one is coming in December -- stay tuned for details! If you would like to get involved with SIGLIB's professional development activities, contact You are invited to share the amazing ways you are integrating technology into your library, ways you are collaborating across the

country, your knowledge, ideas, & successes with your colleagues this year in a SIGLIB webinar! To submit a proposal, click here.

Elissa at

Timelines, Anyone? Wendy Loewenstein University of Nebraska at Omaha When I think back to my timeline creation experience as a student, I recall numerous,

simply emailing them. 

teach chronological order by creating a

landscape-oriented, taped-together pieces of 8-

timeline for a story plot, historical event, or

1/2” X 11” paper. These masterpieces consisted


of pictures and captions from events in my life, a Students will be able to: famous person’s life, a historical event, or a book

include multimedia (images, videos)

(depending on the task). While I genuinely

explore topics deeper with no space

enjoyed the cutting, pasting, and creativity that

constraints (no more taping additional paper

this task


required, I


learning by







enjoy the

in their

option of creating timelines online. Online timelines are a visual, 21st century interactive way to differentiate assessments and engage


timeline 

cite their online resources by linking these resources

students in learning — especially during research projects.

A few of these free, online timeline creation tools are:

Utilizing online timeline creation tools allows a classroom teachers or school librarians to:


capture or keep these projects

expand the audience beyond the school walls provides an embed code. Users can add Youtube by embedding timelines in websites, blogs or

The free account allows for three timelines and and Vimeo videos and pictures to timelines.

Timetoast This has an easy interface because users can only include links and images. No videos. No limit on how many timelines in your account.

Free version provides embed codes to embed timelines on websites. Premium version allows for the creation of groups and collaboration on timelines. Tiki-Toki Free account allows you to embed Youtube

and Vimeo video and share timelines with others. The free version limits you to only one timeline on your account. However, only the paid option allows you to collaborate on a timeline and provides an embed code. The teacher account ($125/year) allows you to create 50 student accounts. Wendy Lowenstein works at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.


Free online tools are also accessed by people who may post inappropriate things. Please make sure you are comfortable with the content of any site you plan to use with students. SIGLIB Newsletter Committee

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An Idea Worth Flipping Over Douglas R. Hazlett, Ph.D. Professor at Thiel College This higher education professor’s

class” (Bergmann & Sams, 2012). In the

experimentation in the flipped classroom began

traditional college classroom, class begins with a

after hearing Aaron Sams speak at the

lecture followed by discussion. In the flipped

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and

classroom, students would watch a video lecture

Conference (PETE&C) in Hershey in February

before class, take notes, generate reflective

2013. As I listened to his passion about students questions and come to class ready for learning, I saw this as another instructional

discussion. Since the content is largely delivered

strategy that I wanted

before class via a

to share with my

video, class time can

college students who

center on engaging

were training to be the

students in small

next generation of

group work, one-on-


one assistance,

teachers. Because


the concept is

checking for

relatively new and still

understanding, and

evolving, little research is available to guide best

increasing student learning through higher-order

practices (ISTE, 2012).


What is the flipped classroom?

Bergmann and Sams suggest that teachers uncomfortable with making their own videos

“Basically the concept of a flipped class is this:

should consider the vast amount of videos that

that which is traditionally done in class is now

currently exist on the web (see Resources). After

done at home, and that which is traditionally

the teacher becomes more comfortable with the

done as homework is now completed in

strategy of flipping the classroom, s/he can then

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decide to move to making his/her own videos


with software such as Camtasia Studio. What are some examples using the flipped Why flip your class?

classroom approach?

Flipping your classroom moves you away from

A science teacher can record lab instructions to

being the sage on the stage and closer to being

gain additional time for the completion of the

the guide on the side. Bergmann and Sams give actual lab. A math teacher can record a math the following advantages to the flipped classroom: 

lesson and sample math problems to be followed the next day by supervised

“The use of digital resources

problem solving during class

speaks to today’s learners.

time. The teacher can then employ

The flexibility of viewing the

checks for understanding and one-

lectures allows for things such

on-one assistance as needed. A

as student absence

foreign language teacher can record

Review of the content lectures

grammar lessons for students to

for tests

watch at home and then have more

Remediation for students with

class time for conversational use of

special needs and as a resource

the language.

for the special education teachers 

Pause and rewind feature allows for

What about my own experimentation flipping?

individualized student pacing 

Increases student-teacher interaction during After attending the PETE&C in February and as class time

the spring semester came to a close, I decided

Improves classroom management as

to give my students a brief lesson on the flipped

students are more engaged during class

classroom instructional strategy. Since time was

Increases the transparency of your

limited, I took the novice approach and used

classroom and parent involvement in student high quality video resources available on the learning increases as parents often also

web. Thiel College has a subscription to the

watch the videos.” (Bergmann & Sams,

School Improvement Network PD360

resource ( PD360’s

thus far?

online library offers over 1800 videos on 117 topics. My class syllabus included the topics of

When students arrived to class they were placed

the research on the characteristics of effective

into small groups for discussion. I circulated

teaching as well as considerations in classroom

throughout the classroom joining groups for

management. My lesson plan consisted of the

formative assessment purposes. The class then


shifted to large group discussion. After our lesson on this topic concluded, I gave a brief

Prior to class, ECE students were to access PD360 and view the video “Rules

lecture on the flipped classroom strategy and our conversation shifted to the students experience


with today’s lesson


and the potential

from the

for this strategy to

folder of

be used as future



entitled ‘Classroom Management How to

Summary Comments

Win Students Over’ and secondary education students were to view the secondary education version of the same. Students were directed to take notes using the Cornell notes template I provided. Each student was to generate at least one question s/he had after

watching the video. I provided the following essential question: How does this video connect to the research on effective teaching and the classroom management considerations discussed

As teachers and college professors engage today’s digital natives, the use of the flipped classroom strategy is a natural fit. Students will have more flexibility as to when, where and what pace they watch the content videos. The classroom can then be used to more fully engage

students in meaningful instructional strategies. If used appropriately, flipping the classroom creates more class time for engaging your students.


Dr. Hazlett is currently a

Professor at Thiel College. He

received his Ph.D. in Curriculum

and Instruction from Kent State

University and M.Ed. and B.M.

degrees from Westminster College. Dr. Hazlett is

also an adjunct professor with the Butler County feature=player_embedded&v=RafJfNH15cw REFERENCES Bergmann, Jonathan and Sams, Aaron. (2012) Flip Your Classroom – Reach Every Student

Community College at Lindenpointe and has served as an adjunct in the graduate programs at Gannon University and Edinboro University and undergraduate program at Westminster College. His successful career highlights include music instruction and contest judge; various administrative roles; the Pennsylvania Department of Education Distinguished Educator and PASCD’s 2001 State Supervision and

in Every Class Every Day. ASCD

Curriculum Development Awards; an experienced


presenter; facilitator of the Pennsylvania Inspired

Bull, Glen; Ferster, Bill; and Kjellstrom, Willy.

Leadership Grow and Support training for school

(2012). Inventing the Flipped Classroom.

administrators; mentor of first year principals;

Learning & Leading with Technology. ISTE.

published author and manuscript reviewer; active

August, 2012.

and varied volunteer on many committees of Thiel College and local boards.

Best Kept Secrets: Let Them Out Carl A. Harvey II North Elementary Noblesville, Indiana Annette Smith, Ph.D. Do you have a cadre of tools that you keep

award-winning authors into the classroom,

secret in your library, just for you to use when

excite readers with video book trailers, and

you need to excite someone? One resource that provide ready-to-use lesson plans about the I like to remind colleagues about is

books in the K-12 curriculum., which we can access via our state online databases in Indiana.

Another example is Richard Peck’s Secrets of

the Sea; what could be a better introduction has a database of

than to have Richard Peck himself introduce the

multimedia resources that are not only fun, but

tale and read aloud a passage! Peck’s

also stretch all

passionate and


emphatic voice


can be a great

and connection

way to pull the

to the books

readers into his

read in our schools. For example, students can

books. Consider, too, someone like the

listen to Jack Gantos discuss journaling with

mysterious and secretive author Lemony

students. Last year we listened to Jarrett

Snicket. There is a great video interview on

Krosoczka pronounce his name before he came where he shares all about to visit our school. It took us a lot of time to

his Series of Unfortunate Events and why no one

practice. With over 30,000 literary and

should ever read them.

informational text examples for all grade levels, you can find high quality, time-saving resources

But, is not just a great first

for even the most reluctant reader.

place to start when getting students hooked onto an author or a book; as a librarian, anytime

This resource will help teachers incorporate *Images supplied by author

my teachers are starting to use a new

the criteria set forth in the Common Core.

novel, I highly recommend they check out because there are links As readers, we all know we each have our

to lesson plans and discussion

own opinions, so the text complexity tool

questions. While the number and type of

allows each teacher to enter personal

resources varies from book to book, it is

thoughts. All the crowdsourced replies

always a great place to start when figuring

come up with the level the teacher sees

out what/how to teach a new book.

when she searches a title. Thus all of the users of become part of

Another benefit of using this database is

the creators of the resources, too.

the powerful collaborative tools connected to the Common Core, including the text

So don’t keep the secret anymore; go to

exemplars and text complexity rubrics for to learn more about

each title that this site provides. You can

how to access these great resources.

take part in crowdsourcing the results of each collaboration.

Carl A. Harvey II is the school librarian at North Elementary in Noblesville, Indiana ,

For example, think about using The Secret

and Annette Smith, Ph.D., is the Director of

of the Fortune Wookie by Tom

Instructional Technology & Support for

Angleberger. In addition to book trailer and activity guides, teachers and students can also click on the text complexity results where they will see if a certain book meets *Images supplied by author

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Spring Issue: March 2014 Teaching and Learning

SIGLIB Executive Committee Members Tiffany Whitehead President Teacher-Librarian Central Middle School Greenwell Springs, LA Donna MacDonald President-Elect Teacher Librarian Orchard School South Burlington, VT Jennifer Hanson Communications Chair Primary Source Brighton, MA

Elissa Malespina Professional Development Chair School Librarian South Orange, NJ Maureen Sanders Brunner Past-President Instructor and Doctoral Student Pike High School New Augusta, IN

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