MTS PD DAY 2018
The 2018 MSLA SAGE Conference will feature leading teacher-librarian Jennifer Casa-Todd from Aurora, Ontario. Casa-Todd is the author of Social Leadia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership. Participants at the conference will learn how to empower students to leverage social media rather than to fear it. Casa-Todd is passionate about connecting students through the power of technology and social media. For six years, she was a District Program Resource Teacher where she worked with teachers at all levels to integrate technology into the curriculum. To learn more about Jennifer and her work, visit her blog, “Endless Possibilities” at http://jcasatodd.com
The conference will take place on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Viscount Gort Hotel (1670 Portage Ave.)
Registration for this event will begin in early September on the MTS website.
Keynote: Empowering Students to be Digital Leaders
The importance of school libraries cannot be understated. We have always been at the forefront of helping students find credible sources, detect bias, and curate information. In our roles, we can empower students to leverage technology and social media to learn & share learning, to stand up for others, and to be a more positive influence on others. We can connect students to each other and to the world. We can be the adult mentors who help change the trajectory of social media use in school. What the world needs now, more than ever is us!
Connecting Students to Each Other and the World
This session will allow you to walk away with ideas to connect your students to other students in your school, district and in the world. There will be a focus on the following tools: Google Hangouts, Google Hangouts on Air, Google Plus Communities, Flipgrid, and Twitter. Participants will learn about exciting projects happening right now and discover how easy it really can be to move beyond the walls of your classroom using technology.
Stories and storytelling make up the very foundation of who we are as Librarians. Today’s tools allow for us to not just create analogue stories in digital format, rather, digital storytelling allows us to collaborate and share our stories across the world. This session will delve into using Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (even if it’s blocked), as well as other tools, as ways to amplify your students’ voices through stories.