Tag Archives: Programming

Gameschooling: Using Board Games in the Classroom – 1 LEU

gameboard with dice and plastic ducksBoard games are fun for children of all ages, but they are also promising tools for education. How can we best practically incorporate them into K-12 classrooms in order to optimize learning? As a former neurobiologist who transitioned to teaching, I have experimented for the past seven years with the integration of board games as educational tools. Here I will discuss best practices for using board games effectively to teach content knowledge, focusing primarily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Topics covered will include gamer motivations, fun yet educational game mechanics, lesson plan structures, roles of educators in scaffolded learning, and common mistakes I have discovered in the “gameschooling” process. I will also show preliminary evidence that board games can effectively improve content knowledge. Overall, I hope to show how  popular modern board games could be utilized in educational arenas.

Date Recorded: 10/27/21

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Catherine Croft, Ph.D. / Co-Founder & CEO, Catlilli Games

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Where Do We Go From Here – 1 LEU

Are you worried about getting children and teens back into the library post-COVID? You aren’t alone! A community-based approach will help you expand your reach to patrons new and old, so in this webinar we’ll talk about Community Asset Mapping, a strategy that will help you discover and develop new partnerships.

Date Recorded: 10/19/21

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Beth Yates, Children’s Consultant / Indiana State Library and Christy Franzman, Teen Coordinator / Hamilton East Public Library

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Diverse Books Toolkit (1 TLEU)

Teaching Books for Public Library Staff Serving Youth logo

Join this session to become versed with the Diverse Books Toolkit from our INSPIRE, state-funded TeachingBooks service.  You’ll discover new ways to…

    • Identify exceptional diverse books for your community
    • Analyze your collection for diversity and inclusion
        • Facilitate book clubs and story times that videos and recordings with featured authors and illustrators.

Prior to and during the session, freely explore this resource at https://teachingbooks.net/DiverseBooks

Date Recorded: 9/17/21

Format:  Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Nick Glass and Alyssa Yokota-Byron, TeachingBooks.net and BookConnections.org

 

Book Connections @INSPIRE: New for Indiana Children’s & Teen Services (1 TLEU)

BookConnections.org is the newest INSPIRE resource for all Indiana public library children and teen services. With games, homework help, and homeschool support for families, and library programming, book promotion, and collection analysis tools for library professionals, you’ll be equipped to deepen reading connections for everyone in your community.  Book Connections was developed to meet the needs of our public libraries from the group behind TeachingBooks, another INSPIRE resource.
Prior to and during the session, freely explore this resource at https://bookconnections.org.

Date Recorded: 9/17/21

Format:  Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Nick Glass and Alyssa Yokota-Byron, TeachingBooks.net and BookConnections.org

 

Developing Tech Intuition (1 TLEU)

Websites and apps often rely on “intuitive design” so that users can navigate them without getting confused. Low-skill tech users often lack the experience needed for good “tech intuition” which prevents them from independently navigating new websites or apps. This session will explore common design patterns and user interface characteristics that you can teach patrons so that they can quickly develop tech intuition and become more confident when using new apps and websites.

Date Recorded: 9/17/21

Format:  Archived YouTube Video

Presenters:  Marianne McKenzie and Alex Hampton, Indianapolis Public Library

 

Content Creation for Your Library – 1 TLEU

Boardgame Librarian logoAre you in charge of creating content for your library’s social media accounts? Do you feel like you are stuck with what new and exciting things you can post that will engage your followers? Are you not even sure where to start or look to create graphics that excite? Wondering if hash tagging is all it’s cracked up to be? Join Jenn Bartlett, Head of Reference and Adult Services of the Manchester Public Library, and lead of their social media as she discusses these topics. Catch Bartlett on her own personal social media as The Board Game Librarian.

Date Recorded: 922/21

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter: Jenn Bartlett, Head of Reference and Adult Services / Manchester Public Library (Connecticut)

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The 2021 National Book Festival, Indiana, and You! – 1 LEU

Open a book open the world The National Book Festival is sponsored by the Library of Congress annually. This year, the events are online and you and your library can join in the festivities. Learn more about this fun opportunity from Suzanne Walker, Indiana Center for the Book and Megan Telligman, Indiana Humanities. The National Book Festival will feature hundreds of author talks, including authors from Indiana, as well as other programs all available remotely. Learn more about how to participate, what’s available, and program ideas for your library in this fun and informative webinar. A tool-kit on how to participate in the National Book Festival will be unveiled. The National Book Festival happens September 17 – September 26. You don’t want to miss it!

Date Recorded: 7/28/21

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Suzanne Walker / Indiana Center for the book and Megan Telligman / Indiana Humanities

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The Firefly Award and Early Literacy Standards – A Perfect Match! – 1 LEU

 

The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is terrific, not only because it introduces parents and children ages 0-5 to high quality picture books perfect for the youngest among us, but also because it can easily be applied to early literacy standards like those developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. Join NAEYC member and Indianapolis Wayne Township preschool evaluation teacher, Jeanne Baldwin, to learn more about NAEYC’s early literacy standards, including information about duel language learners. We will also discuss how the Firefly books and programs can support the NAEYC standards. Suzanne Walker, Firefly Chair and Indiana Young Readers Center Librarian will facilitate a discussion throughout the event. 1hr / 1 LEU.

About Jeanne: Jeanne Baldwin works at Wayne Township Preschool in Indianapolis. She has degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has worked in early childhood settings for 25 years, including public and private schools, Head Start, First Steps, and childcare ministries, working directly with young children and providing education and training for teachers and caregivers. Jeanne works as a member of the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award committee. She is a member of the Central Indiana First Steps planning council, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Exceptional Children, and is currently reviewing proposals for the Division of Early Childhood’s national conference.

About Suzanne: Suzanne Walker received her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University. She is currently the Indiana Young Readers Center Librarian and Director of the Indiana Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress. She coordinates Indiana’s Letters About Literature competition annually. Suzanne judged the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards in 2013 and 2014 and the Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition in 2017. Most recently she was a judge for the 2020 Indiana Authors Awards and the 2021 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. She has presented numerous times at Indiana Library Federation’s District conferences, annual conferences, and youth conferences.

Date Recorded: 6/8/21

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenters: Jeanne Baldwin / Wayne Township Preschool in Indianapolis and Suzanne Walker / Indiana State Library, Indiana Young Readers Center and Director of the Indiana Center for the Book

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Critical Hit: Using Dungeons and Dragons for Training and Evaluation – 1 LEU

This session will distill Dungeons & Dragons down to its key concepts and show you how they can be implemented to track employee progress, achieve goals, and build a closely connected team of adventure seekers and problem solvers. Whether you’re a new adventurer or an expert D&D player, everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.

Date Recorded:  05/11/2021

Format: Archived YouTube Video

Presenter:  Evan Barber, IT Technical Associate, Brookens Library, University of Illinois – Springfield

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