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SLS Update 01/18/2017

1.     Axis 360 Update

·         Starting in February users will no longer be required to download an eBook from Axis 360- they will be able to read it within a web browser.  This means they will be 100% compatible with desktop computers and chrome books

·         We are working with Axis 360 to import our Cavendish Square eBook collection into our accounts.  Stay tuned for more information on this

·         This spring changes are being made to the back end of Axis 360- we will be using Titlewave to search and purchase eBooks instead of the TS360 site

2.       Upcoming PD from BOCES 2 SLS

Click on the course title to be taken to My Learning Plan to register.  Then click the Blue Enroll Button.

·         Unlock Your Class with Breakout EDU: Dates: 1/24/2017 from 12:30-3:30.  Let's play with locks, boxes and puzzles! If you've ever participated in an "escape room," you've probably already clicked the sign up button. Join us to find out how the "escape room" model can shake things up in your class, by having your students work as a team to complete puzzle-like content activities.

·         BOCES 2 Makerspace Kits for Libraries - Spotlight on Dash & Dot: 1/25/2017 from 3:30-4:30.  Come explore one of the awesome new tools that the BOCES School Library System has for you to use in your library. We will demonstrate the Dash & Dot robots and give you some ideas for how you can use them with your students. With Dash& Dot, kids learn how to create code with adorable robots. Come play and learn with us! Note-Dash & Dot are intended for use in our district libraries. If a classroom teacher is attending, it is encouraged they do so with their librarian. A mobile device (phone or tablet) with Bluetooth capability is required to use Dash& Dot. For this class, we will have devices on hand for participants to use.

·         Free Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Classroom: 1/30/2017 from 3:30-4:30.  As students dive into the wealth of digital resources available to them daily, it is our responsibility to help them be safe and responsible. This workshop will explore free tools that you can use to reinforce digital citizenship with your students. We will examine resources for students at every age level, PK-12.

·         Be a Destiny Ninja: 2/8/2017 from 3:30-4:30.  Join us as we demonstrate some Destiny tools you may have forgotten or never knew existed-Destiny Discover, BestMARC, search tricks, uses for Visual Searches, Webpath Express, Reports and more. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions about anything Destiny, too!

·         Creating and Using Infographics in the Classroom: 2/13/2017 from 3:30-4:30.  Infographics are the perfect way to convey information to visual learners. Teachers can use infographics to share information with students, and students can use them to demonstrate and share their own learning. In this session, you will learn how to make awesome infographics and how to use them in your classroom.

·         Mediapalooza: 3/9/2017 from 12:30-3:30.  Whether you're new to the world of digital media, or you've already dabbled in media creation and production before, attending this workshop will enhance your skills with all three forms of media: video, audio, and imagery. You will gain confidence in understanding media formats, as well as increase your skills using various techniques and tools for capturing, converting, creating, and producing your own custom graphics, video clips, and audio. You'll also discover novel uses of the mobile devices and tools that you already have, which will enhance your own content creation and expand student expression. Activities will include strategies, techniques and tools for:

o   Converting and editing audio and video

o   Creating, cropping and customizing photos, images, and graphics

o   Producing screenshots, snips, and screen grabs

o   Producing and distributing live motion, animated, and interactive videos Computers and mobile devices will be available; however, participants should bring their own laptop and smartphone or mobile device, along with a collection of digital pictures, photos, and project ideas you'd like to implement in your classroom.

·         Ensemble Video: 3/14/2017 from 3:30-4:30.  Once students or teachers make digital videos, they are often faced with the problem of how to share these videos with others. The Ensemble product makes storing and sharing videos easy. This workshop will show you how to upload and organize videos and playlists, as well as how to share them easily with students, colleagues and families. Note- Ensemble is a paid product available through BOCES. Brockport, Churchville-Chili, Gates Chili, Hilton, Spencerport and Wheatland Chili currently subscribe to this service.

·         Promoting and Advocating Your School Library Media Program: 3/28/2017 from 12:30-3:30.  In this workshop, we will discuss ways to advocate and promote our school library programs to teachers, administrators, parents and other school stakeholders. We will share examples of what other schools have done and brainstorm implementation strategies you can use in your school library.

·         Screencasting for Beginners: 3/29/2017 from 12:30-3:30.  Have you ever wanted to create videos to share with your students, but you weren't sure how to start? This session will give you the information you need to create and share quality screencasts using free tools. You will also be given time for hands-on practice with your own projects.

·         BOCES 2 Makerspace Kits for Libraries - Spotlight on Ozobot: 4/5/2017 from 3:30-4:30.  Come explore one of the awesome new tools that the BOCES School Library System has for you to use in your library. We will demonstrate the Ozobot robots and give you some ideas of how you can use them with your students. With Ozobots, kids learn how to write code using small, light-sensing robots. Come play and learn with us! Note - Ozobots are intended for use in our district libraries. If a classroom teacher is attending, it is encouraged they do so with the librarian.

·         IFC (Information Fluency Continuum) Roundtable Discussion: 4/26/2017 from 12:30-3:30.  Participants will be asked to share examples of how their districts are using the IFC. Examples may include use in the library, use by classroom teachers, use with curriculum maps, use for school wide research or more. During the workshop, participants will review the shared examples and create new ways they can adopt/adapt the IFC for their own use.

·         Awesome Animated Presentations with PowToon!: 5/3/2017 from 3:00-4:30.  PowToon is a user-friendly and intuitive presentation web- based software that allows someone with no technical or design skills to create professional animated presentations. PowToon allows teachers (and students) to create content that is visually engaging, captivating and fun to make. Use dynamic characters, eye-popping images, built in templates and voice elements, and active text sequences to convey your message and capture your audience's attention and imagination.

·         We are still putting together workshops on best new Children’s and YA Authors. Also, we are putting together a session on High School to College Information Fluency. Stay tuned for more information.

3.     Upcoming PD from RRLC
Please see attached document- 01 CE System Mailing January 2017

4.     NYLA/SSL Update Newsletter

5.     User Support Instructor Position
Today is the application deadline for the BOCES SLS is hiring for a User Support Instructor.  The primary duties will be to support Follett Destiny and other library related technologies (such as MakerSpaces).  Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.  If you have any questions, please contact Jim Belair.  For additional details or to apply please visit:   


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