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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.

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

Free Webinar December 9: “One Tool at a Time” Webinar – Topic: Flickr Fun


One Tool at a Time: Build Your Toolbelt is a monthly webinar series brought to you by ISTE’s SIGMS and SIGILT. Each webinar will last 30 minutes and will focus on a particular tool. Classroom integration strategies will be highlighted and there will be time for discussion.

Tuesday, December 9, 2010

“One Tool at a Time” Webinar – Topic: Flickr Fun

Tuesday, Dec 9th at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT/6:30pm MT/5:30pm PT

Presenter: Margaret Gaudino, Instructional Technology Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD

Description: Come learn some fun ways to use Flickr to support teaching and learning. Flickr has some great tools that allow you to select and share content with students. Participants will learn how to create Flickr Galleries, slide shows, and Geo-tag their photos. Margaret is currently an Instructional Technology Specialist in Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, developing and delivering professional development to support effective instructional strategies that integrate technology in the school library media center and classrooms. Margaret has been both a school library media specialist and an elementary classroom teacher. We will be using the Learn Central Host Your Own Webinar room.

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ISTE-SIGMS Advocacy Statement Release: “The Role of School Librarians in Promoting the Use of Educational Technologies”

from  Laurie Conzemius, ISTE-SIGMS Communications Chair

ISTE SIGMS has just released an important advocacy statement – “The Role of School Librarians in Promoting the Use of Educational Technologies”. This document can be used to provide information on the important role that school librarians play in promoting the use of educational technologies in their schools and the need for libraries to have adequate available technologies. Please share this statement with administrators and other library stakeholders. See the document at

The statement was created by the SIGMS Executive Advocacy Committee – Lisa Perez, Doug Johnson, Joyce Valenza, Keisa Williams, Wendy Stephens and Ernie Cox. It was created at the request of ETAN to better help us advocate for school librarians. Watch for a call for volunteers in September for the SIGMS Advocacy Committee, chaired by Kathy Sanders, to continue this important work.

Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S.
Creekview High School

AASL-SIGMS Virtual Learning Community Presents “Book Trailers: Seen Any Good Books Lately?” Tonight!

Second Life: AASL-SIGMS Virtual Learning Community
Feb 8: 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT
Guest facilitator: Bernajean Porter
Book Trailers: Seen Any Good Books Lately?

Book trailers are NOT book reports. Similar to movie trailers, video book trailers are short, minute and a half to two-minute videos that introduce the basic storyline in ways that arouse your audience interest to read THAT book. Engage students in the artful video advertisement or PSA of a book with techniques and creative decisions being made by the director that tells enough to interest but not to spoil the plot. Merging the technology of books with digital tools is an engaging adventure for students – explore resources, ideas, tools, and processes for starting your own book club theater! Join us on Monday, February 8th, 8:00 PM ET/5pm PT @ Atlantis Underwater Paideia Colluseum. SLURL Location: [[@exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=|]]

Bernajean Porter is a nationally-recognized expert in educational technology. She is a well-respected consultant who specializes in curriculum, facilitation, and consensus building. For more information, see her DigiTales website at [[@exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=|]].

If you are new to Second Life, set up an account to join us:
1. Go to the Second Life website at several days in advance to set up your free basic account.
2. Verify that your computer and connectivity meets the systems requirements at
3. Click on the orange “Get Started!” button. Go through the subsequent screens to create your avatar account.
4. Download and install the Second Life viewer software at
5. Open the software and log into Second Life using your avatar first name, last name, and password. Watch your avatar “be born”. Complete the orientation activities to learn about how to communicate, move, search, and edit your appearance.
6. When finished, search “Places” for locations such as Chicago Public Schools, ISTE, or the American Library Association. Teleport to a favorite location, explore, and become acquainted with Second Life. (When searching, make sure the “search mature places” square is checked.)
7. Fifteen minutes prior to scheduled meetings, log on and IM Elaine Tulip for a teleport to the meeting location or use provided SLURL.