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Internet@Schools East 2004 March 11-12, 2004

Hilton Washington
1919 Connecticut Ave. NWWashington, DC 20009


Internet@Schools East 2004 — Conference Program
Thursday, March 11 Friday, March 12
Internet Tools & Tips Web Search Strategies & Resources Hot Topics for Library Media Specialists Curriculum Currents & Trends
Friday — Closing Keynote Download Program [PDF]
Moderated by David Hoffman, Editor, Multimedia & Internet@Schools
All sessions: Lincoln Room

Thursday, March 11 — Opening Keynote

The Next New Thing: Create, Communicate, & Collaborate with Blogs
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Will Richardson, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, NJ

Weblogs (blogs) offer an innovative way for teachers, staff, and students to create and publish content on the Web. This two-way, readwrite Web capability develops students’ creativity and communication skills and raises the excitement level of classroom projects. Supporting technologies like rich site summary (RSS) add the exciting potential to expand students’ horizons far beyond your school’s geographic boundaries. In this stimulating keynote, learn from Will Richardson, a veteran classroom teacher and technology supervisor, about using blogs to enhance your curriculum and challenge your students.

Coffee Break — Visit the Computers in Libraries Exhibit Hall
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Internet Tools & Tips

Session S101: Shrink the World with Webcams and E-Mail
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Janet Luch,
Adjunct Professor, SUNY New Paltz, & Sullivan County Community College, NY
Elizabeth Woodard, School Library Media Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools, VA

The Internet can deliver knowledge and a global perspective when you and your students use the right tools in the right way. In this session, learn how to find and use Webcams to allow students to safely visit places and see sites far from home in real time. Discover cooperative projects with a global reach, including publishing on the Net, sharing information about communities, or conducting scientific experiments. If you are reluctant to allow student use of e-mail, learn how you can safely integrate e-mail into lessons as a tool for primary source research and an efficient method of class communication and work submission.

Session S102: Multimedia Literacy: Embedding Technology into Student Projects
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Stephen Abram, President-elect, Canadian Library Association

What is multimedia literacy? There’s a lot of hype about applying technology in the service of learning. Let’s think about what our learners are actually learning. Are they moving beyond their teachers and coaches technologically? Do computer games have a place in their studies? George Lucas of Star Wars and Industrial Light and Magic fame, asked: “If students aren’t taught the language of sound and images, shouldn’t they be considered as illiterate as if they left college without being able to read or write?” This session explores what we think about this forward-looking topic.
Lunch Break — Visit the Computers In Libraries Exhibit Hall
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Web Search Strategies & Resources
Session S103: Advanced Web Searching for K-12 Media & Technology Specialists
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Paul Barron, Library Manager, James Monroe Center for Graduate & Professional Studies, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA

Learn how to power search using the advanced search features of Google, and AltaVista, and understand how to employ Boolean and proximity operators, search the title field, and limit your results to only K-12 sites in this fast-paced, intensive presentation. Move beyond the basics and learn about specialized search engines that will spark student interest, including mapped results from the KartOO metasearch, the Picsearch image search tool, and how to find audio clips with Singing Fish.
Session S104: Finding Free Education Resources on the Web for Teachers & Librarians
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Robert Lackie, Assistant Professor-Librarian, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ

As Web coverage and content expands and changes, it becomes more difficult and time consuming for teachers and librarians to find accurate, reliable education sites. This practical session will cover some highly rated educational directories and portals that carefully evaluate resources for inclusion into their collections. Robert Lackie will also explore an educator’s list of “top ten” Web sites that can make teaching, learning, and research easier. Attendees will learn how to find and select appropriate Web-based educational resources and how to find invisible Web resources for educational topics.
Session S105: Primary Sources & the American Memory Project
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Mary Alice Anderson, Lead Media Specialist, Winona Area Public Schools, MN
Gail Petri, Education Resource Specialist, Library of Congress

The Library of Congress American Memory Collection is a unique multimedia and text-based collection of millions of primary source documents representing diverse aspects of the American experience. Hear a review of these unique collections and get an overview of teaching materials and resources for educators that are on the Learning Page. Discover how media specialists and teachers can use primary resources in all curricular areas and how primary sources can add a higher level of thinking and questioning to the curriculum.
Session S106: Internet Tactics & Tools: Tapping the Total Internet
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ran Hock, Principal, Online Strategies

This session will provide a tactical framework for incorporating and maximizing the valuable resources and tools that have been outlined by the other speakers in this afternoon’s track. Ran Hock will emphasize the range and breath of alternative Internet resources and tools that are available to teachers and that need to be used effectively. Seven general Internet discovery and utilization tactics will be covered: going beyond the home page of search engines and Web sites; going beyond your favorite tools; finding and using resource guides; going beyond “Web pages;” developing your own reference collection; giving and receiving; and establishing the right balance for using Internet tools and resources.

Friday, March 12 — Hot Topics for Library Media Specialists

Session S201: Taking Advantage of PDAs and Handhelds in the Media Center
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Ann Bell,
Library Media Specialist, Camanche High School, IA

Hand-held computers and PDAs can increase productivity and information literacy skills—not a bad thing for media specialists, their media centers, and their students! In this session, you’ll learn about a variety of hardware, software, and peripherals for hand-held computers that you can press into service. Tips and resources will help you use these tools with inventory; collecting, assessing, and analyzing data; doing online and off-line research; understanding and using e-books; and using presentation and production tools. Along the way, you’ll pick up some great communication and collaboration ideas. This session will help you meet the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers and prepare students to meet the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS).

Session S202: Successfully Teaching Research Skills
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger, Instruction Librarian, Longwood University, & Jill Wilkinson, Library Media Specialist, Heritage High School, Newport News, VA
Craig Odle, Library Media Specialist, Blue Valley Unified School District #229, KS, & Adjunct Instructor, University of Missouri School of Information Science and Learning Technologies

You use national and local guidelines to create information-literate, lifelong learners. But as your students go off to a university library, do you wonder, “Are my students prepared to do research in an academic library?” Join a lively discussion on how the school LMS and the academic librarian can bridge the Internet/research knowledge gap between high school and university students.
Then, for a new twist on information literacy and research skills, learn about a customized research process that is “individualized” to the specific needs of each student. You will also learn how to do a task analysis of the research process and how to design an interactive, user-adaptable Web site.
Break — Visit the Computers in Libraries Exhibit Hall
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Session S203: Securing the Basics: Simple Strategies to Increase Information Security Awareness
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Judith Lewandowski, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology, Indiana University South Bend

With the rush to integrate technology throughout the K-12 curriculum, information security skills are taking on ever greater importance. You, your teacher colleagues, and your students need an understanding of such issues as the protection of data, programs, and information stored on disks, networks, hard drives, etc., as well as the issues of privacy, ethics, and copyright protection.
Based upon the recommendations of the National Infrastructure Protection Center, this session will provide you with a set of proactive, fundamental strategies to develop information security awareness in both your teachers and your students.
Lunch Break — Visit the Computers in Libraries Exhibit Hall
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Curriculum Currents & Trends

Session S204: Helping Them Do It at Home
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Mary Alice Anderson, Lead Media Specialist, Winona Area Public Schools, MN

The possibilities of plagiarism and of over-involvement by parents escalate as an increasing number of our students have home access to the Internet. Add in Internet cockiness and misperceptions, and the problems of home information misuse increase even more. However, there are many ways media specialists can help students be successful users of information when doing school work at home. Learn how to develop curriculum link collections suitable for your curriculum, how to help students with note-taking, and suggestions for communicating with parents. This is a practical session with ideas you can implement now.
Break—Visit the Computers in Libraries Exhibit Hall
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Session S205: Web Tools for Curriculum Design & Collaboration
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Debbie Abilock, Editor of AASL’s Knowledge Quest and Co-Creator of NoodleTools

Online tools can leverage curriculum collaboration among teachers and librarians, and strategic use of simple technology can provoke critical thinking and authentic, engaged learning among students. Look in this session at examples of curriculum design that take advantage of Web tools to achieve these goals.

Friday, March 12 — Closing Keynote

Teaching with Computers: Curriculum Integration Strategies that Work
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ellen Jay, School Library Media Professional Development Consultant

In the struggle to provide computer access and training, the most important learning issue of all—how to use technology to enhance student thinking and performance—is often ignored. Our closing keynote speaker will change the way you think about providing the best learning experiences for students through integrated use of computers. Her focus is on recognizing the information-handling functions of different types of software and designing assignments that make use of these functions. She explores curriculum integration strategies related to four main categories of software: basic utilities, curriculum-based software, online resources, and presentation software.

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