Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#WEMTA17 Evaluation

For those of you who attended, please take a moment and fill out the conference evaluation to help us plan next year's event.

We hope you can join us March 25-27, 2018.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Keep up with #WEMTA17

Our conference begins in just a few days. Sched is a great tool that you can use to create your conference schedule. It will also provide you with information on speakers and exhibitors. You can also locate the conference center map through Sched. If you are using Sched on a mobile device, you also get the option to save it to your home screen.

Two great ways to keep up with the conference are by following the discussion on Twitter using #wemta17 or by following our Facebook page.

Volunteers are still needed to help with our conference. Check out these opportunities.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Come learn about the ISTE Standards at two different opportunities at #WEMTA17. The first is Sunday at 4 PM at the poster sessions found in Ballroom 4.

Join Carolyn Sykora, senior director of the ISTE standards for Getting Started with the ISTE standards on Tuesday morning at 10 AM in Ballroom 5. Janice Mertes from the Wisconsin DPI and library technology specialist Tina Heizman will join Carolyn for this presentation.

The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students are out. What next? Join us to explore this question from the vantage point of a classroom to a state meeting room. Learn more about how to get started integrating the standards into instruction across the curriculum. Hear from state leaders how Wisconsin plans to use the standards. Share your ideas and questions for how you can get started.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ESSA Workshops at #WEMTA17

WEMTA is partnering with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with the American Library Association's Washington Office and Office for Library Advocacy to offer a complimentary workshop on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These workshops will be offered on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

AASL leaders will facilitate the session which will include:

• The most current information on developments at the Federal level and work through the sections of ESSA that can be directly linked to the school librarian/library program.
• Connecting ESSA language to the school librarian's role.
• Discussing current state work with recommendations for opportunities at state and local levels to ensure the effective school library program's language in ESSA.

This hands-on session will aid in identifying stakeholders, building 
coalitions, message crafting and elevator speech development. While the content will be directly related to ESSA, the tools and exercise portion is advocacy for positioning school librarians in general as leaders for teaching and learning. Each participant will receive an ESSA handbooks.

Learn from Diana Laufenberg at #WEMTA17

Diana Laufenberg is one of #WEMTA17's great spotlight speakers. For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor's Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on TED.com for her "How to Learn? From Mistakes" and recognized for earning National Board Certification. Her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, and an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. In 2013, Diana Laufenberg partnered with Chris Lehmann to start Inquiry Schools, a new non-profit working to create and support learning environments that are inquiry driven, project based and utilizing modern technology. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Lead Teacher for Inquiry Schools.

Learning Visually

Visuals work as a possible equalizer in the classroom because they grab students and allow an entry point to learning — and because they sum up pages and pages, even chapters, of information that would take a reader hours to process. Interactive infographics make kids want to immediately start clicking around to see what's what, questions start forming organically as they explore and process. Infographics and Data visualization are not just for consumption though, teachers and students can also challenge the learning process by creating original graphics for themselves.

Inquiry Based Teaching/Learning (offered twice)

Student participation in their learning starts with instilling a sense of wonder and curiosity for their own learning. This does not come easily. Privileging the student voice in the process of their own learning is critical. Join me in a discussion of the overall strategy and a specific conversation about how to employ this strategy in the classroom. Rich classroom examples and resources will be provided.

Creating Access for All: Shifting Systems and Structures (offered twice)

In the age of standards, we have spent much time discussing the "what" of classrooms and learning, but in this workshop we will look at the "how". Join Diana Laufenberg in a session about building systems and structures for our classrooms, schools and organizations that allow us to adapt in an ever changing learning landscape. To move the learning beyond simply asking what students should know to asking what they can create, innovate and imagine, we will explore the following: 

• How do we create enough structure to be effective without becoming so rigid that we can't innovate? 
• How do we honor the human experience and not just the efficient outcome? 
• How do we ensure that it's technology that serves the learning and not the other way around? 

Join us for a conversation that may influence the way you think about every decision you make from daily learning objectives to the mission and vision of your school or district.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Learn from Carolyn Foote at #WEMTA17

#WEMTA17 is pleased to have Carolyn Foote as a spotlight presenter at this year's event. Carolyn is a Technolibrarian interested in the intersection of technology, students and libraries. Recognized as a White House Champion of Change she focuses of the impact of mobile technologies on libraries and learning spaces. Her blog can be found at www.futura.edublogs.org.

Monday Breakout Sessions

Five Years Out

In this participant driven session, join a collaborative conversation about technology and the classroom and technology and libraries as we look five and ten years out and attempt to forecast future needs.

Strategies for Making Thinking Visible

Explore strategies that help make student's inner dialogues visible to you as a teacher or librarian. Learn about several Visible Thinking strategies as well as activities like write-arounds that help students articulate their thoughts more clearly and that improve their visual literacy.

Designing Learning Spaces for Mobile Learning

How do we design learning spaces in classrooms that reflect our increasingly mobile technology uses? Explore how goal setting, student and teacher input, hands on data gathering and professional development can contribute to a well planned design of any learning space.

Tuesday Breakout Sessions

Designing Learning Spaces for Mobile Learning (repeat session)

Strategies for Making Thinking Visible (repeat session)

Trendsetting for Librarians

What consumer, technology, and education trends can librarians tap into to make libraries more "beta" ready? Find out what's "trending" and how to incorporate it into your library program.

Wiselearn Digital Content Creation Workshop at #WEMTA17

Join the growing number of Wisconsin educators contributing their expertise to the WISELearn Educator Portal - Classroom Resources Repository!

Attendance at this session requires a WISELearn curator account (obtained through this free registration separate from WEMTA Conference registration) as well as completion of flipped, online training and contribution of one Practice Item. Once registered, curators will receive an instructional email to complete training and Practice Item PRIOR to conference curation.  

During this session, attendees will vet and curate high quality digital content and become active contributors to the Wisconsin Educator Portal, which aligns to Professionalism educator standards in both Danielson and Stronge models of EE.  

Come learn how to curate high quality instructional content for students and become part of the educator-drive WISELearn Educator Portal.  A $75.00 curator stipend is available for your contributions on this Sunday afternoon session.

Contact Kaye Henrickson, WISELearn Educator Curation Project Coordinator at khenrickson @ cesa4.org.