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Online Professional Development Opportunity

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Check out this great professional development opportunity shared by Colorado School Library Leaders Group (CoSLL):

eNetColorado and Colorado Thinkfinity is continuing to offer a 3-week Thinkfinity Online course for all Colorado teachers.

The 3-week online course provides an overview of Thinkfinity.org and instruction on locating Thinkfinity’s online educational resources and integrating them effectively into instructional activities to support student learning. After completion of this online course, educators will have developed their own original Thinkfinity Integration Plan and be empowered to use Thinkfinity resources in their classroom to enhance student learning.

There is a $50 registration fee and participants will be awarded 30 CDE credits upon successful completion of the course or have the option of registering for 2 graduate credits from Adams State College.

Classes start the first of each month with our next class starting December 1

Also checkout the series of free webinars supported by Thinkfinity

For more information, visit eNetColorado or Colorado Thinkfinity

Testimonials from past participants:

“Up until now I have never experienced so many resources in one place. The National Content Partners\’ sites truly give Thinkfinity the strength to have a content rich library.”

“Thinkfinity is a treasure trove of education resources for parents, teachers, and students”

“The reputable Content Partners is the aspect that drew me in and validated the reliability and professionalism of Thinkfinity.”

“I see Thinkfinity as an educational travel agency for learning. What a great way to view the journey of learning.”

“Bottom line, Thinkfinity is a resource that I can personally use to increase my ability to teach.”

Image by Spell with flickr

CASL Virtual Meeting at CAL 2010

For all of those unable to join in the face-to-face meeting at CAL on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 12:00 noon, here is an opportunity to participate in the conversation! In our CASL meeting at CAL, we will have round table topics aligned to the different subcommittees we will be forming for CASL this year. Please consider leaving your comments and feedback on these posts to participate virtually! If you would like to volunteer for one of these subcommittees, or if you just would like to share your ideas, please leave a comment!

Additionally this year at CAL, we will be launching a “letter to the editor” campaign –to share our stories and help our communities better understand the important work that you and your school library do to assure all students have opportunities to acquire important 21st century skills identified in the revised Colorado Content Standards.

If you would like to participate, you can use the template linked below to craft your letter.   Also, you will find links to easily locate Colorado Newspapers as recipients of your letter.

Template for Letter to the Editor:  TemplateforLettertotheEditor

Colorado Press Association

Lastly, we want to share with you a PowerPoint presentation, “School Libraries and Learning” with a script that any school librarian can adapt and make your own by putting in your own pictures, stories, and statistics.  Use this to advocate for your program by sharing at a school parent or faculty meeting.  The links are below.

School Libraries and Learning

School Libraries and Learning Script

We are looking forward to an exciting year in CASL and hope that many of you will choose to become involved!

Nancy White
Co-President, CASL 2009-10


Smithsonian Problem Solving

The Smithsonian is offering a virtual conference on problem-solving.

The April event is two days of experts walking through the scientific and historic fact-finding and decision-making process and topics spanning the arts, history, science, and culture.

Looks fascinating in content, technology, expertise, and ability to infuse instruction with these concepts. And I’m not even in a school environment! What do you all think–could it be useful or an instructional experience with students?

CAL Conference 2008 Communities and Libraries, November 6-8

There are so many sessions to choose from this year, it will be tough to make a decision about which one to attend; from collaboration to Web 2.0, Tech Fairs, PowerPoint alternatives, storytelling, new AASL standards, and tons more, there will be something for everyone. Which ones sound good to you? Please share your thoughts with the rest of us.

Keep in mind, that the sessions listed below are just a small sampling of what is being offered. Go to the link and peruse the list. Which one do you think you will attend? Let us all know. http://cal-webs.org/documents/workshops2008.xls

Bump it up: Collaborating with Teachers to Create Powerful Learning for Kids

The NEW American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st–Century Learner

Teen Tech Week District Fairs – Amazing Stories and Results!

Wow! Let’s see it again! …alternatives to PowerPoint.

Web 2.0 in the Elementary School Library

Marians Rock! Advocacy for Today’s School Librarian

Check out this link to the conference workshop page: http://cal-webs.org/documents/workshops2008.xls

And of course, don’t forget about the CASL membership meeting during lunch on Saturday. Rumor has it that the door prizes this year will be incredible!

By the way, did you vote? The last day of the election is October 8th, so let your voice be heard, get online and vote. http://www.cal-webs.org/election08.html.

Susan Gilbert
CASL President-Elect

“When History Happens” Conference

The When History Happens conference is fast approaching! More details, as well as information about prizes, at:


Information about the WHH Conference:

On July 30, 31 and August 1, the WHH consortium will hold a conference on the Auraria campus near downtown Denver. The goal of the conference is to provide educators the opportunity to become an active member in the When History Happens process, and specifically, the Democratic National Convention case study for 2008.

Each day of the conference will have a specific theme and allow educators to slowly dive deeper into the learning strategies and resources that make this occasion such a powerful learning opportunity.

Day 1 – 21st Century Assessments, Resources, and Collaborative Tools

Day 2 – Media And Democracy

Day 3 – 21st Century Learning Design

The cost of attending is $25 per day (meals included). There is also the option of receiving 1.5 hours of graduate credit from Adams State for the cost of $97.50. To receive graduate credit you must attend all three days and complete an annotated resources set.