Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Visit with Michael Aranda

Visit with Michael Aranda

Video artist/producer and musician Michael Aranda was a guest artist at The Webb School on Oct. 22, 2014.

Of course, all of us library folks know him from the vlogbrothers Hank & John Green  DFTBA

Michael posed for a READ poster and we experimented with the Green Screen

See thru ???
Does it have to be fiction??

Thanks for informative visit!

Checkout some of Michael's work

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Conference Season is upon us

Conference Season is upon us -
I am excited to be attending TASL and TAIS this year

It will be the year to learn about "apps" for me.  For the first time I am using apps every day to communicate with patrons and in teaching.  I hope the apps presented are not all I-apps since I tend toward Kindle and PC products.  Would love "I-stuff" it is just not affordable.

Speaking of apps ... I am using the guidebook app for the TASL conference.  It is quite convenient.

The Tennessee Association of School Librarians presents  TASL Conference 2014

October 23 – October 25  Speakers Include:  Vince Vawter, Chris Grabenstein, Jessica Young, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jackie Mims Hopkins, Adam Gidwitz, Sharon Cameron, Mike Mullin, Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery

Doug Johnson

Sharon M. Draper

TASL Pre-conferences 2014

Apps @ Your School: Mobile Technology in Action -  Melissa Jacobs-Israel, founder and current chair of the AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee and Dr. Melissa Johnston, Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama in Library and Information Studies present Apps @ Your School: Mobile Technology in Action.

A Novel Conversation - Back for the third year, enjoy A Novel Conversation with regional all-stars at this joint scholarship fundraiser presented by TASL in conjunction with the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  Participants will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with authors and illustrators.  This year’s lineup includes David Arnold,  Kristin Tubb, Courtney C. Stevens and more.

The Tennessee Association of Independent Schools TAIS biennial conference 2014

Key Note Speakers - Dr. John Medina, and Maggie Jackson

Other Featured Speakers - Dr. Sybril Bennett, Paris Goodyear-Brown and Renee Soulis

  • Big Research/ Small Steps - Presenters:  Katy Berotti & Catherine Kelly - Girls Preparatory School
  • Space to Innovate: Creating a Place for Collaboration and Exploration - Presenter:  Julie King - Episcopal School of Knoxville
  • Google Chrome Apps and Extensions - Presenter:  Mark Littlefield - University School of Nashville
  • Libology: Merging Library and Technology (No Surgery Required) - Presenters:  Ginann Franklin, Kevin Goscha, Melissa Powers, & Levi Hamilton - Currey Ingram Academy
  • Librarians (Upper School) Roundtable
  • Reel Them in With Books: How to Host an Effective Parent Book Study - Presenter:  Charlotte Scholl, Jeanna Reid, & Layne Pickens - Battle Ground Academy

Monday, October 13, 2014

The High School to College Transition

Young Alums panel - speak to college transition
Three short months is all that separates a high school senior from a college freshman.  Are we preparing our students for college, career and life?  I am the Library director and the lead Senior class advisor at my college preparatory, independent school.  In conjunction with our alumni office, we just finished a three-day conference for high school seniors to prepare them for the college transition.  

Helpful Articles:

The expert in high school to college transition is Harlan Cohen author of "The Naked Roommate"

Five Helpful Titles for Selecting a College by Lilian Calix, Hamilton Grange Library

Why college freshmen need to take Emotions 101 By Valerie Strauss

The personal touch in a digital world By Meredith Farkas

For the parents
The College Transition: How to Parent When Your Child Leaves Home Rachel Simmons 

We also have a senior capstone project to introduce college-level research.  To fully prepare students, we require primary research for the capstone project.  Additionally, each paper is presented to the student body in the Spring semester.

The topics look very interesting this year.  
A few that are particularly intriguing - 

  • Rehabilitation programs available in prison.  
  • Book to Movie - why people feel betrayed when a movie doesn't capture the book
  • Soccer Players and their Retirement