Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 15

Jul 15, 2019

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 15 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Monday, July 15 (11-12 pm)
Encouraging Student Voice and Choice in the Classroom (
In this edWebinar, hear about amazing tools for student creation that enable students to express their unique voices. We’ll discuss how to use time-tested tools like PowerPoint in new and exciting ways. We’ll also show you a student favorite: Sway, an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. Additionally, we’ll share tips and tricks for student video creation. Plus, hear how you can leverage Flipgrid to encourage students to verbalize their learning and engage in social learning.

Monday, July 15 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Nutrition Labels for News: A Discussion With NewsGuard About News Literacy and Access to Information (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
NewsGuard will share how libraries across the U.S. are using its free browser extension as a media literacy resource. NewsGuard’s trained journalists review thousands of news and information websites using nine standard journalistic criteria which assess the credibility and transparency of online news sources. Its ratings and Nutrition Label reviews can be accessed from its browser extension, which, when installed, displays NewsGuard’s ratings next to links on Google, Facebook, and Twitter. The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the balance between spreading information literacy while promoting access to information.

Tuesday, July 16 (8-9 am)
Staff Development Day (Indiana State Library)
As part of the regular routine in public libraries, we plan/attend staff meetings.  As a way to step it up a notch, why not plan a quarterly Staff Development Day for all of your library team.  When your crew comes together in a relaxed environment, ideas and creativity can flourish!  Plan to attend this webinar to get the Who? What? Why? and How?.

Tuesday, July 16 (8:30-10 am)
Presentation Pointers: Digital Storytelling (State Library of Iowa)
Digital storytelling at its most basic core is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. We’ll explore why and how we should use digital storytelling and take a look at some of the tools to create digital stories.

Tuesday, July 16 (10-11 am)
Cultivating the “Best” Culture – and Training for It (Training Magazine Network)
In this Training magazine webcast, Michael and Katie Stallard, authors of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work will reveal the three essential elements to develop a culture of connection in your workplace that will help individuals and your organization thrive.

Tuesday, July 16 (11-12 pm)
How to Add More Revenue Streams to Your Event (Charity How-to)
Wouldn’t you love to find ways to raise more money at your fundraising events?  Right now you are probably doing a typical silent auction and raffle, maybe a paddle raise, but you feel like you are missing the boat when it comes to really maximizing your event’s revenue. Well, you’re in luck, because in this FREE WEBINAR event planning expert A.J. Steinberg is going to show you how to find hidden assets and additional revenue streams for your fundraising events.

Tuesday, July 16 (12-1 pm)
Your Website Data Called. Are You Listening? (Firespring)
Numbers and stats and data, oh my! Put your website analytics to work and make a huge impact on your organization’s success.

Tuesday, July 16 (1-2 pm)
Understanding Learners: Leveraging Personas and Design Thinking for Better Learning Design (Training Magazine Network)
In order to design, develop, and deliver effective learning experiences, we need to understand who our learners are – what their learning goals are, what learning preferences they have, where they go to learn, and what challenges they face when learning. We also need a way to articulate these characteristics of our learners across all teams involved in the design process. Join us as we explore the practice of integrating learner personas into the design, development, and delivery of training solutions.

Tuesday, July 16 (4-5 pm)
Coding in the Elementary Classroom (Teachers First)
Join us to learn how to infuse coding into your elementary classroom and understand its connection to powerful problem solving with computational thinking skills.

Wednesday, July 17 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Grantspace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Wednesday, July 17 (1-2 pm)
Translated Books For Youth: Celebrating the Batchelder Award–Past, Present, and Future (Association for Library Service to Children)
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to a United States publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding translated book of the year. This award was conceived in 1966 and honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children, a believer in the importance of good books for children in translation from all parts of the world. This webinar, led by the 2019 Batchelder Chair and Member of the Batchelder Evolution Task Force, will provide a brief overview of current publishing practices, a review of the criteria changes, a look at Batchelder winners, and a sampling of ways in which a brighter spotlight can be shone on these special titles.

Wednesday, July 17 (1-2:30 pm)
Assistive Technology to Support Employment: Tools That Bring Accessibility to the Workplace (PACER Center)
This workshop will explore assistive technology to bring accessibility into the workplace for people with disabilities. A variety of tools will be demonstrated including alternative keyboards, adaptive mice, and devices and apps to support organization and time management.

Wednesday, July 17 (2-3 pm)
Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers : A MidContinental Region Webinar (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education.

Wednesday, July 17 (4-6 pm)
Flipping Out for Fliphunts (Teachers First)
Amplify student voice and provide a discussion-based way for students to showcase their knowledge in any content area with Fliphunts!

Wednesday, July 17 (5-6:30 pm)
Small Steps and Giant Leaps: How Apollo 11 Shaped Our Understanding of Earth and Beyond (U.S. National Archives)
In partnership with the American Geophysical Union (celebrating its 100th anniversary this year), we present a panel discussion on the role of geosciences in the legacy of the Apollo missions and the future of the space program. The panel will include Sean Solomon, director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Sonia Tikoo, assistant professor at Rutgers University, Steven Hauck, professor of planetary geodynamics at Case Western Reserve University, and Heather Meyer, postdoctoral fellow at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Thursday, July 18 (12-1 pm)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program.

Thursday, July 18 (12:30-1:15 pm)
Circulating Board Games (North Dakota State Library)
Board gaming is on the rise with all age groups. Sometimes people are unsure of where to start and how to find a board game that is right for them. Just as there is a book for every person, I believe that there is a game for them too! Board games are a great way to get people off of technology and connect face to face. This will help people implement that service in their libraries from inception to cataloging to inventorying to helping patrons select games.

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