STEM & The School Library: A Marriage That Makes Sense!
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 ⬥ 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Presented by Darshell Silva, Cathy Collins & Karey Killian
School library programs are uniquely positioned to play a key role in STEM education and to serve as powerful hybrid spaces for STEM learning. In this session, attendees will learn how we incorporate STEM, how we encourage teachers with innovative STEM ideas, and how we assist Admin with STEM initiatives.
Making a learning environment accessible for everyone is critical to a successful inclusive classroom. Today’s classrooms are diverse and include English Language Learners and students with learning challenges, whether they have been identified or not. Teachers are asked to personalize learning, to focus on what is being learned versus what is being taught. To be effective this paradigm shift requires both an increase in student technology use for skill acquisition and an increase in responsibility for learning. On the flip side, each teacher must create and deliver content in a way that is accessible to each individual student. Fortunately, teachers already have free technologies at their disposal to assist with this. Join us as we explore strategies and tools that facilitate an inclusive learning environment.
- Recognize why accessibility is important;
- Understand the scope of who benefits from accessible materials;
- Demonstrate 6 free Microsoft tools that facilitate powerful accessible learning experiences; and
- Identify easy new habits, hacks, and tools to create material that is accessible to all.