Session 1
Berkeley:Take Library Book Discussion Virtual – Expanding the 21st Century Skills with Anytime/Anywhere Book DiscussionCharity Harbeck, Mt. Harmony Elementary School/Calvert County Public Schools Jennifer Sturge, Educational Technology Integration Specialist/ CCPS
Edmodo,, and Voicethread are web tools that can be used for facilitating book talks and discussion to further the virtual media center and the concept of anywhere/anytime learning. Emphasis is placed on practical application of these tools in the media center and beyond. Complete lesson ideas provided to participants.ES
Franklin:Best of the Rest Margaret Shaffer, Talbot County Public Schools, retiredPatricia Goff, St. Paul’s School for Girls
Each year the high school Black-Eyed Susan committee reads approximately 100 books, but only selects 10 for the list. Haven’t you wondered about those other books? We will present our favorite books that didn’t make the list and we’re sure you’ll find some gems.


Crystal Ballroom:Beyond Cut-and-Paste: Engaging Students in Making Good New Ideas Jamie McKenzie, Editor of From Now On - The Educational Technology Journal
Jamie will outline the prime strategies suggested in his new book by the same title beginning with the need to replace topical research with inquiry that matters, challenges that require students to make answers instead of just finding them. He stresses the value of original thinking and proposes ways to grow the synthesis skills of students so they are capable of making up their own minds and inventing smart solutions to irksome issues and problems.ALL

Art of the Picture Book
Mary Beth Bauernschub
Rockledge Elementary School, Prince Georges County Public Schools

This session demostrates how using Visual Thinking Strategies and the Whole Book Approach can enrich an appreciation of a picture book by deepening a viewer's understanding of what to look for in the art of a picture book.
Shenandoah:Graphic Novels: Your Best Source for New ReadersJonathan Cohen, Beyond Comics

Graphic Novels represent the fastest growing and most dynamic area in your Media Center. Learn how you can utilize their appeal to enlighten and advance your students’ reading skills. Explore ways to display, organize, and find graphic novels for your center.ES, MS