Growing Library Leaders: Become a Certified Google Education Trainer - At the TASLA Workshop on June 14, 2016, I was part of a five-part panel presentation that focused on how campus librarians can become library leaders even though they are not library administrators. This presentation was later featured on TASL Talks as a series titled “Growing Library Leaders,” and Become a Certified Google Education Trainer grew out of my portion of the presentation.
Googlepalooza - At the Round Rock Independent School District's 2014 Google Ninja Academy, TCEA's annual conference, and the Texas Library Association's annual convention, was part of a presentation team that conducted a workshop for educators titled "Googlepalooza" about advanced tips and tricks for using Google calendars, docs, and sites. Participants will leave with examples as well as an understanding of how Google EDU apps can be used to facilitate communication and collaboration.
Rethink, Refresh - As part of the White Belt strand of the Round Rock Independent School District's 2013 Google Ninja Academy, conducted a workshop for educators titled "Rethink, Refresh" about website enhancement with Google products and social media. While web sites are frequently static, they should be as dynamic as their creators are. In this workshop, participants were encouraged to rethink their approach, and refresh their presence as they learned simple, easily implemented techniques to make their Google sites their web hub - a portal to their users’ interactive experience.
Revving Up for Research - As part of the Advanced Placement strand of the Round Rock Independent School District's 2013 Summer Professional Development Conference, co-conducted a workshop for classroom teachers titled "Using Research Resources to Enhance Your Instruction and the Research Skills of Your Student." In this workshop, participants learned how to power search e-Library, the district union catalog, and how to use the research resources to maximize lesson plan preparation and facilitate student research.
See the Sites - As part of the Round Rock Independent School District's 2013 Summer Professional Development Conference, conducted a workshop for fellow librarians titled "See the Sites: Google Sites for Librarians." Since the district was no longer supporting TeacherWeb, it was an excellent time for librarians to learn Google Sites in order to support learning and to help classroom teachers maximize this tool to unpack their curricula. Not only is Sites more flexible than TeacherWeb, but it also integrates smoothly with other Google products such as Chrome, Drive, Calendar, Blogger, Picasa, and YouTube. In this session, participants used their district Google accounts to create a website and learn to manage it for their professional needs.