Virtual Educause Annual Conference

Virtual Educause Annual Conference


 Educause is the leader in high education IT. “Whether your focus is on administration, teaching and learning, information technology infrastructure, information systems, cybersecurity, policy, library systems or information technology leadership, there’s something at this online annual conference for you. This event will give you practical takeaways, help you develop beneficial relationships, and advance your professional knowledge and skills.”

Join Us for an Online Viewing Party

Where: St. Cloud State University, Miller Center Library –

(Room B18 Wednesday & Thursday, Rooms 114/115 Friday)

When: Wednesday, October 19th – Friday, October 21st

Since most cannot attend the Educause Annual Conference in Philadelphia, the Miller Center has graciously paid for the streaming of this online event and has allowed us to host a viewing party by opening this event up to academics in our region. Please see the Educause Sessions document to view a full schedule for this three day event as well as session descriptions. Find some sessions that interest you? Consider attending for a full day or half day — it’s very informal.

Lunch will be on your own; the Atwood Center on the SCSU campus has plenty of options, or consider bringing your own lunch or ordering delivery from a local sandwich shop. We highly recommend parking in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp across the street from the Miller Center, for $1.00/hr. Visit for a SCSU Campus map.

Registration is not required, but please send Kate Bessey an email at if you’d like to attend, so we have adequate space.

Please also indicate which day(s) you plan to attend.

Register today for the CMLE Annual Meeting!

CMLE invites everyone to attend its Annual Meeting and Workshop on Tuesday, September 27th at Saint John’s University. The cost of the event is $16.00 per person. The event will include a presentation on the new ELM platform with Matt Lee from Minitex and a buffet dinner. There will also be a cash bar. Jonathan Friesen is the author this year—winner of ALA’s 2009 Schneider Award for Jerk, California, “Best Book for Teens”. His personal experience with Tourette’s Syndrome and Epilepsy inspires him to write many books and articles about mental health issues.  Check out Jonathan’s website for more information.

Registration for this event is easy, just go to:

Please contact Kate Bessey at if you have any questions.

Districts Facing Referendums

KSTP did a story this week on the 131 school districts facing referendum votes. The 18 CMLE school districts I see listed include:

Albany, Big Lake, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Delano, Foley, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Melrose, Milaca, North Branch, Paynesville, Princeton, Rocori, Royalton, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Sartell, St. Michael-Albertville, and Upsala.

For details about each referendum, and to see a complete list, go to

If your local school district is not listed, and should be, please share that information in the comments area. Thanks!

Nomination Open for Minnesota Book Awards

Nominations for the 24th Annual Minnesota Book Awards are open now through December 9, 2011! Visit for more information or to nominate your favorite book of 2011! Keep in mind that the book must be written by a Minnesota resident, published in 2011, and fit into one of eight categories: Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.

ISTE 2011 Conference Attendance: A CMLE Scholarship

The following was submitted by a CMLE scholarship recipient.

 Submitted By: Laurie Conzemius, Media Specialist, Pine Meadow Elementary – Sartell

With the support of CMLE I was able to attend the ISTE conference held in Philadelphia from June 25 – 29, 2011. Over 13,000 ISTE members attended this annual international conference. All of those in attendance have a strong interest in educational technology, but I spent most of my time with the media specialist special interest group (SIGMS) where the focus was on technology related to the teacher librarian role.

 The full conference kicked off on Sunday, June 26, with a morning brunch sponsored by the Big Deal Media. MEMO is one of BDM’s member organizations, and we receive branded newsletters from them bimonthly. The people of Big Book of Technology treated about 30 of us (4 from Minnesota, including 2 from TIES and Sally Mays and I from MEMO) to a fantastic meal at Supper, a “farm to table” restaurant in Philly. A highlight was listening to the owner/cook, Mitch Prensky, talk about the meal and menu. Of course the other highlight was eating the incredible food! From there my day was spent preparing for and presenting at the SIG Fair, where ISTE special interest groups provide information about their group. Then it was on to the opening keynote: an exciting way to begin the actual conference.

 Dr John Medina was our opening keynote speaker. Dr. Medina wrote the book Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School. We were all encouraged to tweet our questions and responses, and in a group of many thousands the comments were engaging, fun, and provided hours of continued conversation. There is nothing like an opening keynote event to provide excitement for the coming days! Although I found the keynote to be extremely thought provoking, one of my take-aways was in how the technology was used to encourage discussion. This continued through many other sessions, as the “back-channel” was well used in Philadelphia.

 On Monday our small group sessions began, and ISTE offers many hundreds to choose from! I spent the early morning volunteering at our SIGMS Library Media Playground. This is an open area with 8 stations where practicing media specialists demonstrated animation, video, wikis, and a huge array of web tools. I snuck away to attend a fast-paced session titled Learning Tools Family Feud, which provided a lively break mid-day with plenty of laughs, but lots of learning as well. On the serious side I attended a session on top 20 favorite free web tools (by one of my favorite presenters, Tammy Worchester), a hands-on training on Glogster EDU, and a session on developing your personal learning network by David Warlick.

 Tuesday came fast and furiously; with many more sessions than I could possible attend. This is where the power of an ISTE conference is, however, because I simply made a note of all the sessions I had hoped to attend and then didn’t go to those that were being recorded. ISTE records and posts many sessions so I can view these (and share them) following the conference! Yay! It truly is a way to be two places at once! I attended a breakfast sponsored by ProQuest in the morning and was pleased to be able to eat a good meal and give personal input on the CultureGrams program. It is extremely rewarding to have the opportunity to give suggestions on a software program that I use regularly with my students and staff!

 Along with many great sessions, the SIGMS Forum was a Tuesday highlight. Doug Johnson moderated a “Ted Talk” event with Anita Beaman, Cathy Jo Nelson, Gwyneth Jones, Buffy Hamilton and Shannan Miller. You can view the entire event here: I recommend you watch it with a few of your teacher librarian friends however!

 Wednesday, which was the last day of the conference and our travel day, started with a quick hotel checkout and the SIGMS Breakfast, Board Meeting and Keynote Will Richardson. It was also the last time that the members of the SIGMS board (with whom I meet via Skype monthly) were together in person. Outgoing chair Lisa Perez gave her final words to the group, and then incoming chair Maureen Sanders Brunner spoke about the direction SIGMS would be taking in the coming year. I will be serving one final year as communications chair for SIGMS. I truly have to say that this committee has been the most organized, most focused committee with whom I’ve ever had the opportunity to serve.

 I could go on and on about the sessions, events and experiences of ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia: attending this international conference has been so instrumental in my professional career. Next year’s ISTE conference will be held in San Diego (a wonderful city to visit!) and ISTE 2013 will take place in Chicago. I encourage you to attend! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to know more about how you can get involved with ISTE, and especially with SIGMS! (

 Thank you once again to CMLE for assisting me in attending this fantastic professional experience! I appreciate CMLE!!

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