Last week at the NELA conference I was part of a panel presentation at NELA with Heidi Steiner from Norwich University and Michelle McCaffery from St. Michael’s College. My section was the first one about using social media for outreach in reference. The panel was a lot of fun and Heidi stole the show at the end with her really fun and quirky presentation style. Overall, NELA was a great conference and I am looking forward to next year.
My colleague Sarah and I presented again this week at a VLA conference on using technology in the classroom to engage students. It was a great conference and I love getting together with other librarians from around the state. People are doing such interesting things, and I always come back with ideas.
Our presentation was about using technology in the classroom, specifically videos from YouTube and mobile polling via PollEverywhere. We have a lot of fun integrating these technologies, but we also realize they can be overused or used haphazardly.
In our information literacy sessions, we teach using the inquiry method. In designing our sessions then, we use technology as a jumping off point that allows students to start asking questions and struggling with real world situations. Technology isn’t the point of our sessions. Instead we use it in a way that sparks discussion and engagement that goes past the tech and into the minds of our students. Here are the slides from our presentation:
On Friday, my colleague Sarah Cohen and I delivered a presentation about mobile phone polling in information literacy instruction at the New England Library Instruction Group annual conference in Lowell, MA. The slides are posted below.