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Betsy Daniels

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Looking for a place to donate discards and old textbooks? Try Milwaukee Working. Milwaukee Working is a nonprofit in the central city creating jobs and building job skills with the under employed and employment challenged in Milwaukee. They pick up in the Milwaukee area and Steve is amazing to work with.  You can contact them through the website.
​​2233 N 30th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208 414-265-7401 info@milwaukeeworking.org
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Lisa Risch

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Does your district use Destiny Resource Manager? Our IT department is considering! Thanks!
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CJ - what district are you in?
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WEMTA Conference  - 
 
Registration Registration is now open for the 2017 WEMTA Conference from March 19-21. A conference discount is a benefit of WEMTA membership. Renew your membership for 2017 at the time of registration. Our Super Early Bird pr...
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Teresa Krajco

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Looking for ideas for Dr. Seuss's birthday. In the past, we have played trivia, had guest readers in the classrooms and in library, cupcakes as a special treat. Just wondering what others do that won't take away from classroom instruction time.

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We just announced it but I had that same thought as I was typing, it would be cool if the last five minutes we used our live TV to read it to all the classrooms.
We've also done a teacher reader's theater at an assembly. We did Mr. Brown can Moo. Kids loved hearing the teachers moo.
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Our next #WEMTAchat is tomorrow, Tuesday the 17th! It begins at 8pm and lasts and hour! The focus will be on the use of time, space and resources in the library/tech world. Peg Sullivan, author of Learning Spaces for 21st Century Learners, will be co-facilitating! Please consider joining us! 
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+Jane Schueller  February 21st @ 8pm! :)
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Gail Murray

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BadgerLink resources are currently experiencing an outage. Our apologies for any inconvenience! Check here for updates: http://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/bulletin/2017/01/badgerlink-resource-outage 
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Resources are back up! Thanks for your patience, everyone.
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I am wondering if other schools are using Units of Study from Lucy Calkins? How are you handling all the books in the thematic units? Our literacy coaches put them in bins, and barcoded bins. Then the library is in charge of doing inventory of the bins. It's not working so well.
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Stanton Nesbit

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We're looking to update our listening stations for grades K-2. What headphones are people buying for primary students? Models that work well with older kids are often uncomfortable or impractical for little kids.

Also, what kinds of splitters are you using? We have 4-6 kids per station.
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Thanks, all!
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Legislative  - 
 
WEMTA Legislative Update: During a year-end interview with Wisconsin Eye, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos provided a few more details regarding his proposal to provide high school freshmen with 1:1 learning devices. He says t...
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Lara Polk

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I am unable to edit my registration. I need to edit mine as well as a co-worker's. The edit registration button isn't working.
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+Sarah Wendorf, thank you. I sent an email as well.
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Peggy Schaub

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Our district is building a new 4K-Grade 2 building. Does anyone have a new building with an awesome media center/library space I could visit? And/or if you have, would you mind sharing the "have to haves" for this Grade Level configuration? 
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I have a K-5 library. We purchased this kid friendly furniture this year that the kids love. It is from Atmosphere Commercial Interiors. It is an area that also has a small fish tank to create a cozy reading space.
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Sarah Wendorf

WEMTA Conference  - 
 
Registration is open for #wemta17
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Amanda L Meloy

Advocacy for School Library & Tech Programs  - 
 
Hi, fellow librarians
I am an elementary school librarian talking with my principal about the possibility of being on a flexible schedule for a portion of my position and integrating technology within the classroom, units, and curriculum. I would like to see how you have or would go about doing this. Any advice? We are going 1:1 currently. One of the worries of my principal is the equity piece for students. Currently on a fixed schedule, I see students 30 minutes once per week for my technology portion of my job. Thanks for your advice.
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Hi Amanda. You will not have equity like you do now but you will see a lot of gain from teachers using you in a way that you do not now while you are teaching fixed classes. Your schedule will become a lot more about collaboration and teacher staff development. I love having a flex schedule and the opportunities it makes for me to be able to meet a teacher when and where they need. 
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Donna Young

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The Unified School District of De Pere has an opening for a full-time high school LMS beginning in the fall. We are looking for a highly motivated, creative individual to join our team! De Pere is great place to work!

Interested individuals should apply via WECAN.

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Lisa Risch

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Do you have Google Hangouts open to students in your school?
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We have it open to students. The chat function in Docs is off though.
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Janice Mertes

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Future Ready Schools® Invites You to View a Webinar

Future Ready Librarians: What’s Not to Love?
Introducing the Future Ready Librarians Webinar Series
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February 14, 2017
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Shannon McClintock Miller, Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson, Colorado and Iowa
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Please join Future Ready Schools® (FRS) for a webinar that introduces viewers to the Future Ready Librarians (FRL) program and how savvy information and technology professionals can support FRS.

The FRL program makes a difference within schools and education by supporting and leading FRS’s goals through professional practice, programs, and spaces. In this webinar, panelists will

highlight the key role the FRL program has in FRS;
identify ten ways to be a Future Ready Librarian; and
share exciting 2017 webinar topics that will cover each gear in the FRS framework, and delve deeply into each from the lens of the librarian.
Please join this first FRL webinar to get involved and be part of this ongoing conversation. This webinar is brought to you by FRS and Project Connect; together they will make a difference. The FRL program can lead the transformation of learning within schools and communities.

Register and submit questions for the webinar below.

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to alliance@all4ed.org. If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at in the “Resources” section of the FRS dashboard one to two business days after the event airs.

Support for the Future Ready Librarians program is generously provided by Follett.

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Awards & Grants  - 
 
Honor (noun): according to Dictionary.com means "a source of credit or distinction; high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank; high public esteem." Does this describe someone you know or yourself? If you answer this with a ...
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Legislative  - 
 
Dear WEMTA Members, We are sharing this important invitation from Nick Dimassis of WLA. Please consider attending this important event. "Many people think politics is all money. In reality relationships and constituen...
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Beth Hennes

Transforming the Classroom with Digital Tools  - 
 
I am working with the Family/Consumer Ed teacher (HS) who is looking to "automate" her shopping workflow for her culinary classes. She is in this awful cycle of collecting recipes for kids and calculating how much of each ingredient she needs to buy--I think we can make her life easier. I think it would be better if kids made their ingredients requests from a semi-controlled list of items and quantities, even better if it were digital.

I am proposing her working with a kind of Google Form or something like a "purchase order form" for food items that might calculate quantities or at least give her a consolidated list. My question to the brain hive here is--how would you go about creating a tool for her? Any Google Sheets or Forms extensions that you know of that would serve this purpose?

I've messed around with Form Mule and Autocrat, and am decent with Google Forms, but I know that this is going to be a tricky job to "get right"--especially with the wide variety of items/amounts and then expecting the form to calculate for her to create a shopping list.

Ideas?
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