Category Archives: ISTE-SIGMS

ISTE-SIMGS Free Webinar May 16: Upgrade and Bring Your Lessons into the 21st Century

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Presenter: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Time: Monday, May 16, 2011 at 8pm ET 7pm CT 6pm MT 5pm PT

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Description:   Are you still teaching in isolation or at best parallel to your students’ other teachers? How do you take your lesson plans, connect them to 21st century skills, infuse new literacies and get students motivated and engaged for their present and future? Join us for a conversation about upgrading lessons and units that extend your classroom to connect to and collaborate with other subject areas, grade levels, peers and experts from around the world.

Presenter Bio: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano was born in Germany, raised in Argentina and currently lives in the United States. She holds a a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator and 21st Century Learning Specialist.

Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, 21st Century skills and literacies, as well as digital storytelling.

GLMA Affiliates AASL & ISTE

The Georgia Library Media Association is affiliated with two professional organizations that cover every aspect of the library media specialist profession. AASL (American Association of School Librarians) and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) encompass the range of educational challenges that each of us will encounter during the school year. Each of these organizations has a helpful web presence, so be sure to explore and use their web resources. Please make sure that as a professional you are familiar with the following standards.

The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field.

Standards for the 21st Century Learner

There is a wealth of information located on the AASL Guidelines and Standards webpage.

Learning4Life: Innovative national implementation plan for AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines.

ISTE advances excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology. The National Educational Technology Standards have been developed for students, teachers and administrators.

NETS•S: The skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in a digital world.
NETS•T: The skills and knowledge educators need to change the way they teach, the way they work, and the way they learn in an increasingly connected global and digital society.
NETS•A: The skills and knowledge school administrators and leaders need to lead and sustain a culture that supports digital-age learning, builds a vision for technology infusion, and transforms the instructional landscape.


Both these organizations have excellent conferences where participants can network, collaborate, and rejuvenate. If you cannot attend, both have large conference web participation, so the resources are available online. Try to attend each of these conferences at least once in your career, though if you go once—I know you will want to attend more.

AASL 15th National Conference and Exhibition—Turning the Page, October 27-30, 2011, Minneapolis, MN

ISTE 2011 Conference—Unlocking Potential, June26-29, 2011, Philadelphia, PA.

Cawood Cornelius, Ed.D.

Library Media Specialist, NBCT

Sonoraville High School

Webinar: Making Connections: Benefits of ISTE Affiliation for You and Your Organization

Dear SIGMS Members:

It is more important than ever for school librarians to be technology leaders in their schools to best prepare their students with the 21st century skills needed for college and the workplace.  The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier organization that sets the K-12 technology standards and provides valuable professional development in technology for K -12 educators.  SIGMS, the ISTE Media Specialists SIG, is pleased to bring you the webinar “Making Connections: Benefits of ISTE Affiliation for You and Your Organization”.

This free webinar will take place on Thursday, Feb 10th at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT.  It will feature Susan Larson, the ISTE Affiliate Director, who will provide information on the organizational benefits, requirements, and procedures in applying for ISTE affiliate status.  Susan will be joined by Kathy Sanders, SIGMS Advocacy Committee Chair, who will lead a panel of speakers from various state library organizations that are current ISTE affiliates.  It is not necessary to give up any other affiliate status to add ISTE affiliate status.  Get the professional support you need to be a technology leader. Please share information about this webinar with your organizational library leaders.

See for information on connecting to the webinar.  Please note you do NOT have to be a member to participate in this webinar.


Lisa Perez