The IdeaLab, held on Thursday, November 5, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., is a best practice event showcasing collaborative projects and with school librarians. Attendees will browse learning stations, consisting of video displays with large screen monitors, at their own pace. Projects participating in the IdeaLab are listed alphabetically below.

All Aboard the STEAM Bus! Mobile Learning Labs Expand Math and Science Horizons

State education standards reflect the priority of STEAM disciplines, yet often provide inadequate funding for quality science and technology lessons in the classroom. How can schools provide access to high-quality science and technology training? One answer may be though the use of mobile science learning labs. Listen to the experience of one Tennessee school system which partnered with local business and nonprofits to implement a STEAM bus. STEAM lesson plans for librarians will be featured.

Karen Reed
Jennifer Carlton

Animate your Media Literacy Instruction with "Penguinis Slurp Cold Pasta" and other Mixed-Media Poems!

Media Specialist, Marcy Aydt shares just how Stardines mixed-media poems encourage budding writers to access, evaluate and create media using student-friendly, open-architecture software, such as Promethean ActivInspire. If you are looking for a new lesson that will teach the structural elements of poetry, connect visuals to text and develop clear, coherent writing that is tied to task, purpose and audience, try a Stardines mixed-media poem. Your students critical thinking will swim high across the sky!

Marcy Aydt

Creating a Buzz with Bee-Bots

Bee-Bots are an excellent tool for teaching primary students how to code, work cooperatively, and solve problems. Bee-Bots provide a fun, hands-on approach to introductory coding that is motivating to students. In addition to coding, Bee-Bots can be used to reinforce skills in literacy, math, and logical thinking.

Julie Williams

Digital Learning Coaches  - Leading, Learning, and Libraries

Licensed librarians at Academy District 20 in Colorado are taking on a new role - Digital Learning Coaches. Learn how this role supports teachers to achieve a transformational level of technology integration. Join us as we take you to a new level of digital literacy for your students and teachers. Return to your school empowered to be a digital literacy leader and coach.

Christine Schein
Katherine Kates

Early Literacy for Everyone the Super 7 Way

Super 7 literacy program focuses on: Sharing books, sounds, words, rhymes, songs, stories and playtime. Super 7 uses The Very Ready Reading Program by Eric Carle and Upstart Promotions as a foundation. Parents of all ages learn the above 7 ways to share literacy with their children (birth - five years old) on a daily basis.

Christine Badenhop
Julie Mangas

Elementary Library Centers

Elementary librarian-bloggers Carolyn Vibbert and Edie Crook share their experience with library centers. These student work stations provide engaging, standards-based learning activities for students. They appeal to a variety of ages, abilities and learning styles. Stop by this session to see hands-on examples, receive materials for getting started, get links to printable centers, and invitations to collaborate via social media to gather and share center ideas.

Carolyn Vibbert
Edie Crook

Evolution of Literacy and Media skills K-12

Our presentation will demonstrate how our district comprehensive Information Skills Curriculum supports the evolution of Information Literacy Skills in students K-12 while reflecting the American Association of School Librarians and Common Core State Standards. Literature and informational text utilized at various grade levels, and research experiences built through school and district wide teacher/librarian collaborations will be highlighted. Our media presentation will showcase how technology is integrated and skills are developed throughout our K -12 curriculum.

Nancy Green
Patricia Collins

From the Library to the Lab: Spurring Science in the Media Center

Are you crunched for time? So are we! Learn how the National Science Teachers' Association's Picture Perfect Science Lesson series can be used in joint lesson planning between elementary librarians and classroom teachers to take back some of that time. Collaborative planning and use of the high quality picture books included in the Picture Perfect lessons allow the librarian to teach AASL standards and science standards. See how it has been done in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Amber Moser

Global Reads for the International Baccalaureate

Learn about great fiction and non-fiction titles for your Middle Years and Diploma Program students in this IdeaLab presentation. You will come away with ideas to diversify your collection through key facets of the IB Learner Profile. If literature is a mirror, these books will enable your students to see themselves as internationally minded citizens who are working towards creating a better and more peaceful world.

Sonali Kumar

Heirloom Stories: Primary Source Database

Without stories, history is lost. It is the people, the places, the memories and the connections that create the fabric of history. The idea behind Heirloom Stories was to preserve the history of the families in our school. Thus, the historian and the librarian came together to create a database containing our own primary source documents. Our hope is to share our database and instill a sense of pride and community within our students.

Jessica Gilcreast

How we Won going One-to-One

Before our high school district adopted one-to-one Chromebooks, students and teachers depended on the Glenbrook South Library to provide access to our print and electronic resources and information literacy instruction. We wanted to make sure this continued after they got their devices, so we developed new ways of reaching them in their classrooms and beyond, including live reference chat during school hours, a library Chrome app, online tutorials, and library apps for iOs and Android.

Kristen Jacobson
John Casey

Investigating the Holocaust: A Collaborative Inquiry

Teacher-librarians Stephanie Meurer and Jennifer Milstead created a museum-experience for 8th-graders at Sierra Middle School in Colorado. The librarians collaborated with language arts teachers to extend students' learning about the Holocaust as students read the play The Diary of Anne Frank. The museum included nearly a dozen exhibits that required students to analyze primary sources and complete tasks about the Holocaust. For this project, Meurer and Milstead earned the AASL 2015 Collaborative School Library Award.

Stephanie Meurer
Jennifer Milstead

Keeping the Library Media Program Relevant in a One-to-One Environment

As more schools and districts move towards a digital/one-to-one environment, how does the school library media program remain relevant? How does a media specialist leverage their virtual and physical presence to maximize access to the resources and meet the needs of 21st century learners and teachers in a just Google it environment? Come explore examples of the on-going work of MCPS media specialists as they re-envision and re-imagine their roles.

Andrea Christman
Robbie Reasoner
Andrea Christman
Kyra Kreinbrook

Legos in the Library

Learn, gain, and share ideas on how to integrate Legos during and after school in the Library through a variety of ways and events.

Elyse DeQuoy

LGBTQ Inclusion @ Your Library

Consider effective practices for developing inclusive collections to ensure all students see themselves, their families and friends, and others reflected in the school library. Explore possibilities for using diverse resources to develop exhibits and create programming with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) content that align with curricular requirements and community interests.

Rae-Anne Montague

Making Noise in the Library: Rethinking Learning Spaces

Do the learning spaces in your library resemble quiet, solitary work areas or do they resemble 21st century active learning spaces where students and staff can shape their own areas for learning, mix up a messy learning environment and create their own unique products? Stretch your thinking with Media Specialists Lisa Gearman and Sara Swenson as they share their journeys and resources for reinventing learning spaces in two different high schools. Picture the possibilities!

Lisa Gearman
Sara Swenson

Making STEAM: Makerspaces Across the Curriculum

Make STEAM in your School Library Media Center! Be a part of the action as you get hands-on practice utilizing the Makerspace concept across the curriculum. The Makerspace activities will be iPlay Robots (primary coding fun), Story Starters (LEGOS and Language Arts), Makerspace Playbook (DIY Materials and Makerspaces), Musical Makerspace (Musical Instrument Creation) and Desktop "Mathufacturing" (Electronic Cutter and Tessellations). Go full STEAM ahead toward the creation of a cross-curricular Makerspace environment.

Andrea Paganelli
Cynthia Houston
Anthony Paganelli
Renee Hale

Media Literacy + World Geography + Service=  Engaged Students Ending Global Hunger

For over 10 years, students at Hopedale Memorial Elementary School have studied global hunger and poverty, and taken action as part of the solution. In a truly interdisciplinary project that incorporates media, geography, reading, writing, math and service, students engage in research, reflective writing, and technology within a world geography and current events curriculum. Using educational resources from Heifer International, a nonprofit organization, the school's Library/Media program has cultivated student growth and a better world.

Jen Girten
Laurie Wodin

More than 'inclusive': Unlocking children's' potential with multicultural and urban children's literature

The explosion on social media of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign has renewed energy around the call for diversity in school library collections to foster inclusivity and connections to school. But equally important is the critical role that culturally relevant texts actually play in accelerating literacy learning. Join us for this interactive, visually compelling IdeaLab presentation to experience the power of multicultural and urban children's literature in helping children learn to read and write.

Jane Fleming

The Next Generation PBL

Can you imagine a group of 8th graders digging through college level text in order to explain how mutations within the RNA strands of a virus would effect the organism? Or a group of lower level readers explaining the impact that a pandemic would have on society as whole? What about not only talking with the CDC, but then sharing out what they know using today's technology?

Jenelle Simeone
Rachel Lawrence

Our Safe Walk

Merge learning, technology and physical activity to create a "Walking Field Trip". With cooperative learning, using GPS technology and actual paper maps, students identify the "best" route from school to a designated location (schools will have different end location). We identify pedestrian hazards and create a safe walk. We share the steps for schools to create their walking field trip. City and community members are involved with "Talking Points" along the route, reinforcing pedestrian safety.

Resa Mai
Emilee Mai

Student Blogging Across the Curriculum: Inspire Student Voice, Address Standards

Blogging is a perfect opportunity for students to reflect, practice writing, find their voices, explore, share about topics they care about, make global connections through commenting, and build a positive digital footprint. It allows for an organic tie in of crucial information literacy, technology, digital citizenship instruction standards requirements for writing across the curriculum. Librarians can be the lead helping classroom teachers establish class blogging projects or can work directly with students.

Jane Lofton

Students Experience Making a Difference Through Social Action Research Projects

How has this innovative project evolved since winning the 2013 AASL Collaborative Library Award? In addition to raising over $30,000 for non-profit organizations, it was chosen as our district-wide Civic Action Project for an middle school social studies classes. Learn how sixth-graders research social issues and then answer the question, How can I make a difference using Google Docs and digital resources. Students work in groups to present their findings at a public share fair.

Jean Hellwege

Using Augmented Reality in Your Library

Learn ways to incorporate Augmented Reality into your school and library. From books, to apps, to puzzles AR is becoming more popular. Learn ways to bring Augmented Reality into your schools. You will leave with lots of tools that you can bring right back to your library and your students.

Elissa Malespina

Using ELA Student Assessment Data to Demonstrate Your Elementary  School Library Program is Helping Students Meet Common Core Standards

Are students improving their reading and writing skills by what you are teaching in your elementary school library program? See how examining results from State assessments can help school librarians identify learning gaps and target their lessons to make a difference to students. Demonstrate to building administration how you are an essential piece in making sure that students meet Common Core Standards.

Diana Wendell

Where is Your School Library? Anywhere, Anytime, Just Click

Where is your school library? Anywhere, Anytime, Just Click Your school library is In the ELA classroom, In the Science classroom, In the Math classroom, In the Social Studies classroom, And Even in the Art, Music and PE classrooms At home and on the go your library is wherever you are!

Thomasine Mastrantoni
Deborah Goldstein