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Noun: A thought or suggestion as to the possible course of action.


Plan your course... here.

Welcome. Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School is committed to creating and maintaining a collaborative library space aligned with your teaching and learning goals. Technology strains are in place to help teachers identify with an aptitude level that is best suited toward their classroom goals.

Reserve a time or drop in. Learning that fits you.

Because of it’s intentional, flexible design, the space can be utilized for many purposes, including: • Formal PD • Informal Learning • Classroom • Meetings • Student Projects

Reserve the IDEA place for your students or your team. Or drop-in . Call Kathy Spedale @ 7959. Student are always welcome. Drop-In or reservations welcome. Drop-In tech support - Check the OLHMS PD calendar for availability.

Top 5 Ways the Library Serves You 1. Research help Database help, citation assistance and research tools all available when needed.

2. Differentiated Projects

Send your kids to us! Meet the needs of all your students. We can guide your students through a successful learning experience.

3. Facility Use

Your New Learning Place! The media center is the creative commons of the school. Large and small groups can meet to read, research, or create.  Individual students are also welcome to study, take a test, or just enjoy a blue chair reading experience.

How can we help you? Curriculum support. Help is here, all in one place. Sheila Lettiere District Math Facilitator Available Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday by appointment.

Due to the flexible nature of the space, we can provide a facility that can accommodate small or large groupings.

4. Training We have variety of offerings that both students and staff will benefit from. See the catalog on page three for more information.

5. Books From fiction to non-fiction, professional resources to magazines, we can find books that fit you and your students’ interests.

Michelle Malone District Reading Facilitator Available Thursdays in the IDEA place. Drop-ins welcome. Technology Rental

Kathy Spedale Media Specialist Available by appointment or drop-in.

Laura Ferrell Instructional Technology Coach Available by appointment or drop-in.

• external microphones • iPods with books • cart of iPods • document cameras • digital cameras • Flip cameras •

Research Trainings presented by Kathy Spedale -Citations -Databases -Search Strategies - “How do I find...?”


Level 1

Level 2

Level 3



Tech Connections


Google Suite (Drive, Calendar, Gmail)

Designing Student Movie Projects

BYOD in your room

Navigation Level 1: Foundations Understand the tool first with these functional sessions. Level 2: Tech Connections Target specific learning outcomes by using the tools in classroom practice. Level 3: Innovations We welcome creative thinking. These discussion-based sessions are primarily exploratory, pilot-based sessions. *Sessions led by Laura Ferrell, Instructional Technology Coach.





Learn the tools, implementation techniques and assessment strategies for this meaningful learning experience.

Pod/Screencasting for Learning

Innovation U

Build and design audio and visual tutorials for/with students.

We welcome innovation. Stop by anytime to discuss your idea. Let’s work together to bring it to life!

Backchanneling in the Classroom

Tool Xchange

Audacity/Sound Recorder

Explore how backchanneling can give every student a voice in your classroom.

ffDiaporama Movie Maker & OpenShot Video Editor

Blogging for All

TBO Comic Creator



Make writing more collaborative in your classroom and promote digital literacy with blogs. We explore KidBlog in this session.

Writing Through Visuals Want to create short, digital stories? Learn how in this session.


2012-2013 Blogging

Cell phones in class? Yes. How? Come learn how to leverage personal technology in your classroom.

Google Apps and Learning Learn how the Google Apps suite works together to maximize potential in your classroom.

Bring a new tool to the Tool Xchange. A digital version of the make-and-take, we’ll brainstorm ways we can use these tools in the classroom.

*Sessions led by Laura Ferrell and Peg Keiner,Instructional Technology Coaches.

Office Staff Foundational

Administration Written Communication

Administration Audio/Visual Communication Podcasting

Google Suite (Drive, Calendar, Gmail)

Google Suite (Drive, Calendar, Gmail)

Converting files in Google Docs



Participating in the digital education discussion.

What is a podcast? How do I make my own. Recording and editing audio in Garageband to communicate a dynamic message.


Taking photos, editing in iPhoto, uploading them to flickr

Diigo and LiveBindersCurating quality resources.

iMovie Digital OrganizationEmail and Google Docs

The Blogging Principal-


Navigating the Netbook

Communicating your ideas to your stakeholders through a blogging platform.

Q and A Session

Assessments and Technology in the Classroom Available options and

choosing appropriate tools.

CCSS @D123

District Documents and Digital Resources



Customizing your district page.

Telling your school story. Recording and editing short movies.

Idea Space Catalogue for Staff, Administration, and Office Staff  
Idea Space Catalogue for Staff, Administration, and Office Staff  

D123's Catalogue for the Idea Space- A place to collaborate and learn new skills.