Thursday, October 20, 2016

Whew! Co-Chairing The ITEM 2016 Conference - Innovate, Integrate, Motivate!

On October 13 - 15, the state's school librarians and tech integrators gathered at the Marriott Northwest for our annual conference. We connected and shared ideas centered around a theme of Innovate, Integrate and Motivate.  ITEM, an ISTE & ALA affiliate, stands for Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota. 

This year, I decided to go all in and volunteer to be a conference co-chair along with my great friends Sally Kimmes, a library media specialist for the Osseo School District and ITEM manager, Deanna Style. I'm not gonna lie. There were a tremendous number of details to organize and oversee. I am happy to say that it was a resounding success!  The hotel, food, breakout sessions, vendor fair, keynote speakers, author book signing, book store, unconference and poster sessions all came together to create an opportunity for our members to connect, be inspired and learn. 

We discussed eBooks, Makerspaces, Personalization, Collection Genrefication, Instagram for the Libraries, Project Based Learning, Innovative Library Spaces, Digital Storytelling & Tech Integration to name just a few!  I felt like my brain was exploding with new ideas, and a fresh dose of inspiration to bring back to my school and my students!