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Library Media Specialists offer Staff Development in Digital Literacy
Metro Library Offers up Tech Treats Seventeen teachers took advantage of a new staff development tool in November provided by Metropolitan Business Academy library technology student aides. Called Tech Treats, the monthly event in the library media center features training on a new technology tool served along with a sweet treat. Supervised by LMS Charline Cupole, the students prepare a 5-minute presentation to show teachers how they can use an online technology tool with their class. Students create an academic example and a small handout with the site address and features. Students presented Animoto.com and Voki.com and are working on their next presentation using three online organizational tools.
Student library aides help staff members learn about new technologies at Metropolitan.
Brennan Rogers Library Media Specialist Trains Teachers on Apple Apps At Brennan-Rogers, Library Media Specialist Susan Martinez Sendroff recently led over 20 staff members in professional development for advanced iPad usage. The workshop included examples and overviews of apps to support organization, teaching and learning including Notability, Pages, Morfo and Photofunia.
Google Apps Subject of East Rock LMS Staff Training LMS Paula Daitzman presented a Google Apps professional development at a staff meeting in November. Daitzman used the digital presentation tool Prezi to convey the information (see her presentation here). East Rock was the second school in the district to get Google Apps which included G-mail Accounts for all staff members and students in grade 3-8. As Daitzman told her staff, Google Apps is a free suite of HOSTED communication and collaboration applications designed for schools and universities. With Google apps, schools don't maintain the servers, the hardware and the updates. Google provides this service. Google Apps have something for everyone in school. Teachers can use it to have a better home/school connection, publish online documents and projects, create lessons for students and monitor student progress. Administrators can extend a professional community online, collaborate with staff, gather district-wide data, create inventories and survey large groups. Student can use it for group work; peer editing; sharing content; and online writing, editing and publishing of projects.
Under the direction of Ms. Sendroff, Brennan Rogers LMS, third grade students recently competed in teams of two with Miniwords to reinforce and practice spelling and reading skills.