8. Monroe #1 BOCES is hosting Stephen Abram on April 2. The topic of his workshop is eBooks and how we can adapt to using them. Stephen Abram is a veteran library watcher and strategic technologist and library futurist. In this session he shares his perspectives on these issues, challenges, and opportunities. Steven is the Past-President of the Canadian Library Association and is currently the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Markets for Cengage Learning (Gale). Monroe #1 is holding a few spaces for us to attend. If you are interested, please contact Jim Belair. SPACE IS LIMITIED!!! Attached is a flyer on this workshop.
9. From Joanne Shawhan at State Ed: Updated guidance information on teacher/principal evaluations based on the agreement announced three weeks ago to resolve the NYSUT-SED litigation has now been posted at http://engageny.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/nys-evaluation-plans-guidance-memo-march-2012.pdf . Please note that the legislation to enact that agreement has yet to be approved and regulations still need to be adopted. If you have questions, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Judy Marsh, my counterpart from WFL BOCES, shared this link from Iowa State University regarding Student Learning Objects: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching/RevisedBlooms1.html
11. High School to College: Smoothing the Transition, a full-day seminar to be held at the Roycroft Inn, 40 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY. Instructors at the college level expect students to be able to think and read critically, to be able to garner information from varied research sources, and to be able to correctly cite these sources within their written work. The set of skills known as information literacy are vital to successfully implementing these tasks in both college and high school. However, to achieve academic success demands, it must be realized that the skills must be constantly reinforced within the curricula. Therefore, instructors must be mindful of the skills and collaborate with the IL instructors to find ways to embed the skills in the curricula.
See all the details and register at http://www.wnylrc.org/index.asp?orgID=140&custom=reportoutput&reportID=46&sid=&outputStyle=workshopReport&workshopId=490698
12. Karen Mitchell shared a Wiki by Middle School Librarian Gwyneth Jones: http://thedaringlibrarian.wikispaces.com/. Lots of library and instructional technology items are found on this page.
13. The BOCES SLS team is working on Professional Development ideas and topics for the 2012-2013 school year. If you have any ideas or suggestions please let Jim Belair know.
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