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  • 03/18/2020 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you missed the Twitter chat you can see what happened here

  • 03/16/2020 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    March 16th, 2020

    We recognize this is a difficult time for our state and country. During this term of uncertainty and immediate distance learning, it is important to remember the experts in our schools who can help students, staff, and families: licensed Library Media Specialists and Technology Integrationists. Library Media Specialists embed Minnesota Information and Technology Standards into all content areas K-12.

    Library Media Specialists and Technology Integrationists are able to: 

    • Help students and staff practice responsible digital citizenship and media literacy. We suggest high quality resources such as those found on Common Sense Media and Google’s Be Internet Awesome

    • Assist developing information and technology literacy curriculum. 

    • Assist formulating curriculum and student learning activities that integrate the use of information and technology tools. 

    • Point families to free WiFi resources, such as Comcast’s Xfinity Wifi Network


    Library Media Specialists are also able to:

    • Help teachers find and embed reliable online resources to support distance learning such as eLibrary Minnesota provided by Minitex.

    • Engage students in literacy by facilitating virtual book talks/book clubs and ensuring that students know how to access materials online, such as eBooks MN and any digital materials purchased by your school.

    • Ensure that staff understand copyright implications of posting materials online and that staff have access to quality materials.

    • Collaborate with public library systems to provide access to online and print reading materials. Here is a list of all regional MN public library systems with links to their library websites. MELSA serves the seven county Twin Cities area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Saint Paul, Scott, Washington). 


    At this time, ITEM recommends that all schools increase the number of materials checked out per student, regardless of fines on a student's account. Upon return of the items, schools should follow the most current CDC guidelines for cleaning. ITEM members are reminded to log in and check the discussion boards for sharing information, ideas, lessons, etc...

    Please stay safe, practice social distancing, and wash your hands several times a day. We will get through this together. 

    Sincerely, 

    ITEM Executive Board
  • 03/04/2020 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The February Twitter Chat archive is available at https://wke.lt/w/s/q_Ay9L

  • 01/22/2020 6:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Information Technology Educators of Minnesota is considering potential keynotes for its Vision 2020 conference happening October 22-24, 2020 in Duluth, MN. ITEM is Minnesota’s professional organization for all school library media specialists, technology coordinators and specialists, technology integrationists, and anyone else interested in the application of information and technology to learning.

    The following are criteria that we consider when selecting a keynote speaker:

    • An authentic, dynamic and effortless speaker with a commanding stage presence who is able to connect with audiences in a meaningful way.

    • Knowledgeable about school libraries and information technology trends in education; with an understanding of future challenges and an ability to speak to the relevance and critical value of libraries and information technology in schools

    • Prepared to offer breakthrough thinking, innovative ideas and creative solutions that will resonate with an audience of information professionals

    • Our theme is: #vision2020 We are looking for keynotes who are in a position to help our audience envision engaging library learning? experiences

    Previous keynotes
    The keynote speakers at the 2019 conference were Kristina Holzweiss, Kelly Holstine, and Sara Park Dahlen

    Keynote speakers at past conferences have included Charlie Miller, Duchess Harris, and Kelly Barnhill, Jennifer LaGarde, Joyce Valenza, Buffy Hamilton, Doug Johnson, Brad Gustafson

    Selection process
    Leaders of the ITEM Conference Committee will review proposals regularly leading up to the due date. Submit your application soon for early consideration. We look forward to hearing from you!

    To apply or recommend a keynote, please fill out this short form. Submissions will be accepted until February 15.

    ITEM 2020 Keynote Recommendations
  • 01/22/2020 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you missed the January chat, you can check it out here.

    Join us on February 18 at 7pm CST - it's "I Love" Month… we will share the best of the best… what we love about literature, technology, etc.

  • 12/31/2019 5:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If the busy-ness of the holidays made you miss the last Twitter chat of 2019 you can still check out the archive here: https://wke.lt/w/s/E-8DIo

  • 12/03/2019 5:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please take a moment to read this School Library Journal article about the value of school librarians.

  • 11/21/2019 6:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The topic was about indigenous representation with @debreese from American Indians in Children’s Literature, @DawnEQuigley & @readingspark from St. Catherine’s University, @guthrie_cap from MDE’s Office of Indian Education & @LeahDeliaLarson from MDE’s State Library Services

    https://wke.lt/w/s/8ZaMK3

  • 10/13/2019 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out the tweets from the 2019 Fall Conference: https://wke.lt/w/s/8G1yg6

  • 09/21/2019 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us at the Omni Brewery on Thursday night between 5:30-9:30! Sponsored by Steelcase and General Office Products, RSVP here and receive a ticket for a free craft beer! (Additional tickets will be available for $6, cash or credit.) We'll also have a free shuttle running between the hotel and the brewery so you can just relax and have fun. View the flyer here.

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