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INFOhio's Annual Online Boot Camp

Re-Boot with INFOhio's Annual Boot Camp: Diagnose, Discover, Restart! Programming Student Learning for the Year. Gear up and get organized for your school year with INFOhio's free annual day of online professional development.

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
9:00 AM
Where: Online

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  • ReBoot with Boot Camp! INFOhio's Annual Online Boot Camp


    Re-Boot with INFOhio's Annual Boot Camp: Diagnose, Discover, Restart! Programming Student Learning for the Year. Gear up and get organized for your school year with INFOhio's free annual day of online professional development. In these live webinars you can connect with us to recharge your batteries with dynamic sessions on coding and using infographics to support your library. Learn about new tech tools to use in your library and how to implement genius hour. Then get ready to Boot-Up Students' learning with ISearch Local. 
    Interact with two keynote speakers: 

    • Paige Yaeger, Educational Consultant for Real-Life Research, A Great Way to Hook GenZ Students!
    • Miguel Figueroa, Director of the American Library Association's Center for the Future of Libraries, Trends and Transformation of the School Library.


    Check your connection and audio: 8:30 am - 9:00 am

    Session 1: 9:00 am - 10:15 am 

    Keynote: Real-Life Research -- A great way to hook the GenZ students!

    Presenter: Paige Jaeger, Educational Consultant

    Description:  In this webinar we will examine how to inspire students to dig deeply and care about research and "knowing more." The key is finding connections--direct connections and indirect.  We will model both and give curriculum connected examples. Teachers and librarians can incubate a greater level of student ownership if we embrace a few easy design principals. Join us as we examine how to embrace current curriculum and student changes. 


    Session 2: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Part 1: Coding? We Can Do That!
    Presenter: Annette Lang

    Description: Learn about coding free resources and some fun hands on "unplugged" coding activities. 


    Part 2: Boot up Student Learning with ISearch Local!
    Presenter: Monica Williams-Mitchell, Librarian, Elder High School

    Description: All INFOhio automated schools will start the 2016-17 school year with access to ISearch Local - the power of ISearch with your school library catalog built in.  Join Elder High School Librarian Monica Williams-Mitchell as she shares the strategies and practices she used to boost her student and staff usage of INFOhio's comprehensive discovery tool to the top of the stats list for Spring of 2016.


    Session 3: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Keynote: Five Years in the Future: Maximizing Trends to Meet Your Students' Needs

    Presenter: Miguel Figueroa, Director of the American Library Association's Center for the Future of Libraries

    Description:  School libraries are changing, becoming more innovative, collaborative and more hands-on. Keynote speaker, Miguel Figueroa, director of ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries, will discuss the current trends in libraries and how those trends are (and will) transforming libraries.  Participants will then choose a trend and discuss what it could look like for the school library, students and teachers five years from now.


    Session 4: 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
    Genius Hour in the Library
    Presenter: Elizabeth Rush, Librarian, Nichols Elementary School, San Antonio, TX, and Emily Rozmus, INFOhio ILibrarian

    Description:  Genius Hour is “a movement in education that allows students to spend time in school exploring, researching and studying any topic of their choice.” Learn about one Texas librarian’s “disruptive innovation,” successfully implementing genius hour in her school, from getting administrator and faculty support for the project to establishing an environment that facilitates independent research and learning.  Elizabeth Rush will share what worked exceptionally well and what she needed to adjust for year two and three.  She will share her step-by-step approach and some of the most memorable student topics and projects.

    Then see how IWonder's Genius Hour leads students through the inquiry process, introduces them to new online learning tools, and gives them the freedom to learn more about a topic that interests them!   Find out how to implement this exercise in your classroom and get the best results for authentic, personalized student learning.


    Session 5: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

    Tools to Power Boost Your Library
    Presenters: Trish Baker, Missy Rivera and Kelly Silwani

    Description:  Need some extra pep in your first steps this school year? In this session, learn how to create an infographic to present your library data visually and present powerful facts to school library stakeholders, integrate digital communication tools to stay in touch with your library patrons, and play Kahoot! to maximize student learning in the library.



    About the Presenters

    Emily Rozmus,ILibrarian

    Emily Rozmus has been an Integration Librarian for INFOhio since December 2013. Before this, she was the district librarian and high school English teacher for Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Schools. In her 20 years there, she worked on teams to implement curriculum, develop district growth plans, integrate technology, create instruction for information literacy, and foster teacher development. At INFOhio, shefocuses on helping educators use INFOhio resources to improve early literacy. Her work has resulted in instructional "bags" for Ohio teachers, early literacy webinars, partnerships with like-minded agencies, and numerous statewide presentations to teachers, administrators, andeducational leaders in Ohio. In her free time, she reads, enjoys time with her husband and three teenaged children, and plans for her next big adventure in life.

    Paige Jaeger,Educational Consultant

    Paige is a librarian turned administrator and now delivers PD around the country. Her book, Rx for the Common Core: Toolbox for Inquiry Based Learning, is currently a Libraries Unlimited best seller. She considers herself a lemon loaf aficionado, and works to support her chocolate habit and buy pink things for her granddaughters.

    Missy Rivera,Missy Rivera is a MS and HS librarian at Anna Local

    Missy's bio: Missy Rivera earned her MLIS from Kent State University in 2006. She began her career as a youth services librarian. Currently, she works as a full-time school librarian at Anna Middle and High school and a part-time technical services associate at the Shelby County Libraries. She's an avid Google user and a tech nerd.

    Trish Baker,Media Resource Coordinator

    Trish Baker is the Media Resource Coordinator at the ITC, LACA, where she has supported all aspects of INFOhio for the past 19 ½ years. Before coming to LACA, she received her degree in Library Science at Ohio Dominican University and worked in the library at Adams Middle School in Johnstown. Trish is in her 6thyear as an INFOhio ICoach serving regions 11 and 16 in the state.

    Annette Lang,Library Media Specialist, Bio-Med Science Academy

    Annette Lang has been a technology teacher for over 12 years. Prior to teaching Annette worked in the advertising field. In 2000 she obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching from Kent State. She completed her library endorsement in 2013 and worked as a district librarian. She has taught middle school through high school. Currently Annette is working as a technology educator to Freshman and Sophomores at Bio-Med Science Academy. The school is a STEM + M high school located on the NEOMED campus,a Medical College in Rootstown Ohio. Teaching in a 1 to 1 environment for her entire career has helped shaped the way she designs and delivers coursework.


    Monica Williams-Mitchell,Librarian, Elder High School

    Monica Williams-Mitchell is the library media specialist at Elder High School in Cincinnati. She spent 15 years as an English, journalism and reading teacher, and completed her MLIS degree in 1999. She is an advocate for student ownership of learning and the creative use of technology in the classroom, and is an InfOhio District/Building ICoach. She loves to connect teachers and students to resources they haven’t yet met.In her spare time, she directs high school theatre at LaSalle High School.

    Miguel Figueroa,Director of the American Library Association's Center for the Future of Libraries

    Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries (, an initiative from the American Library Association that works to identify trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve. He has worked at the American Theological Library Association; the American Library Association's Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU's Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona's Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

    Elizabeth Rush,Librarian, Nichols Elementary School, San Antonio, TX


    Elizabeth Rush recently published an article titled, “Genius Hour: Tips and Tactics” in Teacher Librarian Magazine, December, 2015 issue. She is an 18 year librarian: Currently teaching at Nichols Elementary, at Northside ISD in San Antonio,Texas, formerly at the San Antonio Public Library, and a Parochial K-8 school. She has her Masters of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, anda Bachelor’s of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. In addition to keeping up with technology, collaborating with school and public librarians,and thinking up new ways of keeping librarianship fresh, she spends her time researching and pursuing her passions of travel, outdoor activities, and learning new things every year. Finding as much wonder out in the backyard as out in the world, this approach to life enables her to identify with her students, encourage their curiosity, and rally them to love learning!

    Kelly Silwani,Library Media Specialist, Olentangy Orange Middle School

    Kelly Silwani is the teacher – librarian at Olentangy Orange Middle School in Lewis Center, Ohio and has been there since 2004. She has an MLIS from Kent State University and a BsEd from The Ohio State University. In 2010, she was selected as Orange Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. Currently, she is Vice President of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association. Kelly lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio along with her husband and two sons.

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