Presentations are listed in alphabetical order with the resources provided by the presenters.

The Advent of Web Scale Discovery Tools: Research Effects in Higher Education and Beyond - Professor Joelle Pitts

Aligning Common Core and AASL Literacy Standards - Brenda Lemon, librarians

Beyond Caldecott: The Importance of Art in Children's Literature - Carin Barwick, librarian

Change Screen Monsters to Motivated Readers - Professor Dusti Howell

Creating a Buzz About Books - Debbi Maddy, Librarian

Dealing with Depression - Amy Viets & Bernadette Stankard, authors

Developing the Brand - Taking Charge of Program Identity - Susan Ballard, AASL President

Dream, Create, Inspire your students and Staff with Tablets! - Earl Givens, librarian

The Forbidden Banned Books Celebrate 30 Years of Liberating Literacy - Dee Stoecker & Desiree Moore, librarians

Best YA Fiction 2012 -
2012 Banned Books -
2011 Banned Books -
2010 Banned Books -
2008 Banned Books -

Football Literacy: Using the Gridiron Game to Get Boys (and Girls!) Are You Ready for Some Football? - Dan Verdick, author

Free eBooks, Technology, and State Library Databases - Lianne Flax, Kansas Online Librarian

Digital Books -

How AR is Relevant in the Common Core Era - Jennifer Burns, Renaissance Learning Representative

Common Core State Standards
Renaissance Authors and Advisors
New STAR Spanish
Renaissance Learning

iPad iDeas - Amanda Davis & Cristy Bolton, librarians

The Inside-Out Classroom - Professor Noreen Templin

The Inside-Out Classroom**[1]**: Vicissitude for Blended Learning
VIEW THE VIDEO: http://youtube/U24B-20EXOk

As an instructor, I want to engage students in the subject of economics, so I must take a more collaborative approach with the students. The improved technique is to change the class from a traditional lecture class to an interactive blended learning class through the experience of absorb, do, and connect.
A blended learning approach combines face to face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities to form an integrated instructional approach. In the past, digital materials have served in a supplementary role, helping to support face to face instruction.[2]
Turning the classroom inside-out into a blended learning environment entails reorganizing the class structure. The students absorb the material before class, actively engage the concepts in class, and then connect the material after the class.
The traditional lecture format in the classroom now moves outside the classroom to the online environment. In addition to reading the material, he lectures or content portion can be recorded by the instructor. This allows students to have the opportunity to absorb the material prior to class through listening or watching the lecture content online.
Once the pre-work of lecture content has been completed, the classroom time can be used for activities to engage the students. The best active learning for economics is for students to participate in economic experiments. Experiments necessitate the student to make a decision versus watching a simulation. For example, using supply/demand scenario, the student must make a decision on how much he/she would need to be paid to shave their own head (supply) and what the student would pay to see someone shave their head (demand). With this data, the instructor can derive a graph of these numbers. By having to make a decision, the students have actively engaged in learning supply and demand.
After the class, the work again goes outside where the students must connect the information. This involves application with discussion questions in an online forum or observation short answer questions. In the supply/demand example of shaved heads, the students read the article ““Fake cancer woman starved herself and shaved hair for two years to con friends and family out of thousands dollars”[3] and answer questions on observation and decisions. What dollar amount would you shave your head? Why did you choose that amount? Would you give money to this woman? Why or why not?
The inside-out classroom gives students and the instructor an interactive engaging learning environment by changing the class experience to absorb, do, and connect.

[1] Richardson, L. (2012, May). Turning your classroom inside out. NEA Higher Education Advocate, 29(3), 6-9.

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Julie's Best Picks for 2012 - Julie Tomlianovich, librarian

Not Complex - Just Text Complexity and the State's Command of the Common Core - Barb Bahm, KSDE Text Complexity Team Member

Oh the Horror! Getting Monsters, Ghouls, Zombies and Vampires in your Library! - Dan Verdick, author

Open Educational Resources and Collaborating with Teachers for Student Success - Heather Braum, NEKLS Digital & Technical Services

Additional resources

Picture Books Aren't Just for Children - Carin Barwick, librarian

Primary Sources Bring Kansas History to Life! - Ronda Hassig, librarian & author

Reaching Reluctant Middle School Readers - Cathy Coronado, librarian

Rethinking Online Discussions: From Boredom to Engagement - Professor Rajesh Singh & Yvonne Ballester, technology manager

Save Paper! Digital Case Study Analysis: Moving from Paper to Video Response Format - Dr. Robert Allen Moody

The State's Command of the Common Core - Barb Bahm, KSDE Text Complexity Team Member

Students Involved with Senior Citizens - Ann Parr, author

Supporting the Digital Research Process with Digital Tools - Lindsey Hogan, librarian

Research Guide -

That All May Read! Talking Books - Dana Carter, Reader's Advisor

Talking Books Services -
Kansas Talking Book Services -

Tips for Success at National Conferences - Linda Roberts & Vicki Van Becelaere, librarians

Tired of OMG, LOL, BRB!? Student Communication in the 21st Century Classroom - Abby Cornelius, librarian

Tools for Managing Professional Information Overload - Heather Braum, NEKLS Digital & Technical Services

Slideshow, videos, tools and more

Trends in Transliteracy - Juanita Jameson & Cindy Pfeiffer, librarians

Using the iPad with Bloom's Taxonomy - Professor David Pownell

Vote for Books - Jenny Gorup, librarian

Where I'm From - Cheryl Hudson, librarian & author

Win the KASL National Conference Award and Fly to AASL! - Sherry Turnbull, librarian

Wonderful William Allen White Awards - Bev Buller, librarian & author and John Sheridan, WAW Executive Director