We’re about to begin Day 2 of the 2014 AASL Fall Forum in St. Louis and 8 satellite sites from around the country! I’m participating from the Greensboro, North Carolina site, where we have a great group of librarians (both K-12 school and academic) and educators.
We are gaining a unique perspective on the conference theme from our satellite site vantage point. We are learning about the “Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape” WHILE learning anytime, anywhere!
I think the “anytime” piece will really come into play later on, when we reconnect with people and ideas after the conference through digital tools and spaces. But the “anywhere” piece is especially pertinent right now, as we participate in this blended experience. Here’s how it’s working.
At our site in North Carolina and the seven other satellites (Norfolk, Atlanta, Mercedes, Richardson, Johnston, Vancouver, and Houston) view a live broadcast of the main Fall Forum site in St. Louis. As pictured here, we view the speaker and media from St. Louis.
Throughout the sessions, the speakers designate time for breakouts. In small groups, pairs, and whole group discussions at the site, we talk about the content. We began with the keynote by David Warlick, and responded to questions about exchanging knowledge, building value in learning, and setting up a learning environment that “talks back” to learners and allows for mistakes. (I’ll follow up on the dialog in another post!)
Then each satellite site called in to a conference line in St. Louis to report out to the attendees across the country. (To help make a clear call-in connection with no feedback, we used a tricky work-around at our site: Google Voice at our presentation computer.) We shared feedback with colleagues in this way, plus we utilized Twitter (#AASL14) and Today’s Meet to share information.
Our second session was led by Ann Martin and Kathleen Roberts, who presented the topic of Librarian as Leader. We reported out twice in this session, once here in our room (in a Think-Pair-Share) and later across the sites. Our participants especially liked this session’s use of a Single Point Rubric, which reflected our knowledge of “key ideas for leading in an anytime, anywhere landscape” prior to the Fall Forum and after attending the session, as well as ideas for applying the information in our respective workplaces. (Again, I’ll share more details in a follow-up blog.)
Today we’ll focus on School Librarian as Innovator and School Librarian as Partner. For now– it’s time for breakfast and conversation. Check back for more posts on the AASL Forum, and share your experiences about the event in the comments!