Fall Professional Learning and Vendor Fair for Media Specialists

Last Thursday, October 15th, the Media Specialists from all schools in Cobb County converged on our Digital and Multimedia Learning offices for a half-day of learning, collaboration, and inspiration. Participants came in two waves: elementary school Media Specialists arrived for the morning session while middle and high school Media Specialists came for the afternoon session.

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Some of the furniture approved for purchase to support a move to a Learning Commons model for Cobb County Schools’ Media Centers was on display.

Each session began in much the same way with our Library Media Supervisor, Holly Frilot, welcoming everyone with a general session.  Here, everyone learned about any new updates with the Library Media offerings in the Cobb County School District, and celebrated Heather Kindschy of Mt. Bethel ES for winning the title of Media Specialist of the Year for the entire state of Georgia!  Furthermore, Holly discussed the importance of media specialists as “idea people” and leaders in their schools.  Finally, she touched upon developing literacy campaigns as well as long-term media plans as they grow their media programs.

Once the welcome/general session concluded, everyone split up to visit one of the following three sessions offered:

  • Learning Commons with Holly Frilot, CCSD Supervisor of Library Media
    • During this session, Holly illustrated the purpose, goals, and design ideas for the Learning Commons model of transforming Media Centers using one of the demonstration classrooms housed here in the Digital and Multimedia Learning Classrooms at Hawthorne.  Between sessions, all Media Specialists in attendance were encouraged to visit the other two demo classrooms to view their furniture options, the layout of the rooms, and were encouraged to use the furniture as well.
  • Project Lab: Technology Tools with Amy Vitala, CCSD Professional Learning Specialist for Integration and Innovation
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    A variety of furniture was on display that showcased options for seating and workspace surfaces.
    • This session exposed the Media Specialists in attendance to web-based digital tools that can work to support them in all aspects of their duties.  The tools shown were ones that could be used in conjunction with software available county-wide.  For any inquiries regarding software-specific training or how such items could be integrated into lessons, participants were directed to reach out to the TTIS (Technology Training/Integration Specialist) serving their schools.
  • Project Lab: Collaboration with Nadia Williams, CCSD Digital Transformation Coach
    • This free-form session provided space for Media Specialists to collaborate and problem-solve together.  They were also encouraged to engage individually or as a whole with the facilitator to ask for tips, tools, and strategies to aid in cultivating collaborative partnerships with teachers in their schools and vice versa.
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The largest meeting space at the Digital and Multimedia Learning offices was transformed into a Vendor Fair.
Here is a side view of the vendor hall.
Here is a side view of the vendor hall.

In addition to being a day of professional learning, each media specialist in attendance had the opportunity to visit the Vendor Fair which featured representatives from technology, book, and furniture companies plus many door prizes such as book vouchers and learning commons furniture.

Up next:

  • Ed Tech Fair on December 10th,
  • Grand Openings for Learning Commons schools in January,
  • and another professional learning day for media specialists on March 31st.
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