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INFOhio’s FREE Professional Development offerings are an easy way to meet your required CEUs while learning about great resources and tools you can use for yourself and with your students! 

August 4-5, 2015

INFOhio’s 4th Annual Virtual Boot Camp


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… before it’s too late!   


Session 1 – Tuesday, August 4, 2015  9:00-10:00

Adventures of an App-Smashing Librarian  

One App is great, but this session will show you how App-Smashing, combining 2 or more apps, can make presentations, tutorials and learning experiences deeper and more versatile. This session will focus on how combining the video app Tellagami with iMovie and the Explain Everything app allows teachers and students to create engaging lessons, tutorials, and integrated presentations.


Amy Gibson, Library Media Specialist


Writing and Researching Online with Google Drive 

Learn how to use Google Drive to monitor student progress, provide feedback, encourage collaboration, and improve your instruction of the research and/or writing processes.

Don’t require a lot of writing or research? Attend anyway to find of creative and inventive ways to use Google documents, sheets, and forms.


Ryan Novak, English teacher

Session 2 – Tuesday, August 4, 2015  10:15-11:15  

Capes or No Capes: Graphic Novels to Make Your Brain Bigger  

Join graphic novel-aholics public youth librarian Laura Perenic and middle school language arts teacher Emily Donner as they share reasons why kids like graphic novels, their importance to reading comprehension, and the ideal titles to have in your library or classroom.  Gather authentic student reactions to graphic novels and  their “general awesomeness.” Don’t miss this presentation about the vital and necessary role graphic novels play in readers advisory, lesson plans and library services.  Build your zombie apocalypse survival kit with graphic novels!  POW! BAM! WHAP!


Emily Donner, English Language Arts teacher 

Laura Perenic, Children’s and Teen Librarian


A Graphic Novel Digital Kit for the Digital Librarian  

This presentation will focus on the components of a graphic novel digital kit developed by Stow-Munroe Falls Public Librarian Kristin Casale. The kit includes numerous tools needed to develop a graphic novel collection, plan comic-based programs, work with comics in the classroom, and more. This kit primarily serves school-age children up through 6th grade, though some aspects can be utilized in the middle school classroom.


Kristin Casale, Children’s Librarian

Session 3 – Tuesday, August 4, 2015  12:15-1:15

Turning Zombies into Zombie Hunters: Flipping Library Instruction

The Instructional Librarians from Saint Joseph Academy will share with you how they have successfully “flipped” instruction in their 9th grade information literacy unit, turning their formally passive zombie-like students into zombie hunters of information. Information literacy content and tools  will be demonstrated using the “flipped” instructional model. In addition, tips and pitfalls will be discussed. Participants will be able to share their own related experiences and ask questions.


Meagan Fowler, Adjunct Librarian 

Rebecca Synk, Head Instructional Librarian

Session 4 – Keynote – Tuesday, August 4, 2015  1:30-3:00

Co-Teaching and Collaboration: Path to Excellence in the Learning Commons

We’ve always known that co-teaching has a positive impact on learning and now there is a simple measure to demonstrate effectiveness. When teacher librarians work collaboratively with teaching partners to co-design, co-teach and co-assess excellent learning experiences they move the school library from the fringes of education to the center of teaching and learning dynamics. Learn about this simple but powerfulmeasure to demonstrate the impact of co-teaching at any school.  We will also enlarge upon the major approaches to create powerful learning experiences in rich information and technological environments as well as explore with participants the defining characteristics of a successful learning commons. This will be an interactive presentation, so be prepared to talk, share, and collaborate.


Carol Koechlin, Education Consultant and author 

David Loertcher, Professor, School of Library and Information Science at San José State University and President of Hi Willow Research & Publishing

Session 5 – Wednesday, August 5, 2015  9:00-10:00 

Supporting Writing across the Curriculum

Ohio’s Learning Standards stress the critical role that reading and writing play  in the learning process regardless of the content area. This session will focus on using writing as a strategy to learn content across disciplines. Argument and explanatory writing require evidence gleaned from research. Library staff have a role to support this approach which not only increases literacy capabilities but also increases knowledge-building.


Marcia Barnhart, Education Consultant, vice president of the Ohio Association for Supervision and Curriculum (OASCD), curriculum liaison for the Ohio Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA) and ELA Consultant for the Educational Service Center of Lorain

Session 6 – Wednesday, August 5, 2015  10:15-11:15

Library Thing As a Visual Guide to Your Collection 

For many students, the first thing they notice about a book is its cover. Realistically, we can’t display all of our books in this manner. Using “Library Thing,” we can create a virtual display of all of our book covers.  By the end of the webinar you will be able to create a cover view of your collection, which can be displayed on your school library website.


Todd Duncan, Youth Services Supervisor


Free Resources To Make You A Marketing Genius 

Join Deborah B. Ford for a fast-paced look at the mostly free resources that  she creates for marketing and see how you can use them to promote your library. From curating with tools like LiveBinders and Symbaloo, to using Pinterest and other social media, you can easily reach your community beyond the bricks and mortar.


Deb Ford, Directory of Outreach

Session 7 – Wednesday, August 5, 2015  12:15-1:15

Classifying a High School Fiction Collection Into Genres 

One high school librarian discusses the decisions, challenges and processes involved with classifying the library’s fiction collection into genres.  The library serves about 600 students, grades 9 – 12, in a rural Upstate New York public school district.  The reorganization project included about 4000 titles. This project was the subject of an article in a recent LMC journal by Nancy.


Nancy Glodblatt, Library Media Specialist


Don’t Become a Library Zombie–Use Your ILS to Survive the Genrefication 

Have you ever wondered why so many librarians who consider genrefying their collections ultimately don’t?  It’s because library genrefication can be a scary, overwhelming process.  But have no fear!  In this 30-minute presentation, Tracy Varner will show you how to streamline the process of organizing your books into genres, making them shelf-ready by taking advantage of your Integrated Library System’s collection customization tools.   Example processes will focus on INFOhio’s SirsiDynix Symphony and Follett Destiny, but many of the strategies apply to other ILS’s.  With this ammunition, you CAN and WILL survive genrefication!


Tracy Varner, INFOhio Coordinator and ICoach

Session 8 – Keynote – Wednesday, August 5, 2015  1:30-2:30  

Be the Change You Want to See

We live in a world that is constantly changing and connecting through creative and collaborative new technologies, media, and communications. This has changed the way we teach and learn. It has changed our spaces within libraries and schools. And it has changed the way we, as learners, makers and teachers, connect with each other and the world. As such, it is increasingly necessary to give our young people a voice through  digital literacy. Shannon McClintock Miller will explore these changes in education and within the library and give participants a foundation to bring creative, collaborative, and new experiences and learning to their school community while connecting outside of the walls to the world. You will be inspired and motivated to Be The Change and become a connected, creative, and collaborative educator.


Shannon Miller (McClintock), Teacher Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist

Session 9 –Wednesday, August 5, 2015  2:45-3:45
5 Tech Hack Weapons for Your Zombie Fighting Arsenal

Description coming soon


Angela Maxwell, Library Media Specialist 

Christie Sanderman, Media Specialist 

Jennie Zacharyasz, AV Media Specialist 

Morgan Nickolai, Library Media Specialist


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