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See below for previous Wired Wednesdays sessions from our 2011 and 12 conferences.

October 12, 2011 - Jeff Carpenter - Battle of the Books 2012

The statewide Battle of the Books program is designed to promote a love of reading among our students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters, and settings of the books. Every question asked in a battle is answered by the title and author of the book and takes the form of: Name the book in which a horse and a boy are stranded on an island. It is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school district's throughout the state in encouraging students to read.

WEMTA sponsors three divisions. The elementary division is fourth through sixth grade. The sixth through eighth grade division is the middle level, and a senior high division exists for grades 8 and up. The elementary division reads the nominated Golden Archer winners for the primary and intermediate levels plus a variety of other award winning titles. The middle level participants read the nominated titles for the intermediate and junior high level plus ten other titles which are determined by media specialists throughout the state. The senior division reading list aims to expose students to current award winning literature. The list incorporates awards such as: Golden Archer, Newbery, Printz, Siebert and others.

November 9, 2011 - Finn Ryan & Kristina Stadler Wisconsin Educational Communications Board  - Climate Wisconsin & ECB Resources

December 14, 2011 - Rushton Hurley - The Stunning Ease and Amazing Power of Digital Media

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January 11, 2012 - Gwyneth Jones - Get Graphic!  Easy Animation for Teachers

You are invited to a free WETMA Wired Wednesday webinar Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 3:45 - 4:45pm featuring Gwyneth Jones, aka "The Daring Librarian". (No registration required!)

Gwyneth Jones is a middle school teacher librarian, a blogger, a Tweeter, a passionate speaker, a citizen of Social Media, and a resident of Second Life. Gwyneth is a member of the ISTE Board of Directors, was named an Innovator and one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2011, and is the author of the award winning Daring Librarian blog. Admittedly, she’s also a Whovian, goofball, and a geek.

Easy Animation for Dynamite Disposition & Program Promotion

Promoting your practice & school programs have never been easier. Using quick, free, and easy animation studios allow teachers, librarians, and technology educators create engaging animations to market their special programs, units of study, research resources, and special events to students and the community. Combining easy animation with a wiki, website, or a blog  will let your message captivate your audience and reach beyond the walls of your school. Resources:

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February 8, 2012 - Jon Orech - Are Your Students REALLY Collaborating?

Session Description:  Are your Students REALLY Collaborating?

”If you build it, they will come,” sometimes doesn’t work out. Simply creating a wiki doesn’t guarantee that students will meet your learning targets. Learn how to meld Cooperative Learning pedagogy with 21st Century writing situations (blogs and wikis) to transform collaborative writing. Emphasis will be placed on infusing positive interdependence and individual accountability.  
About Jon Orech:  Jon Orech taught English and coached football for 24 years before becoming the instructional technology coordinator at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois. He also is an instructor for Aurora University where he teaches digital storytelling workshops. In the classroom, he has always promoted  innovations that increase student achievement. He is a frequent speaker at conferences; his presentations include a wide variety of topics including digital storytelling, online collaboration, visual literacy, and creating for authentic audience and purpose. Instead of “integrating technology,” he promotes changing classroom structures, Currently, his focus is on the development of an Internet safety curriculum for his school.
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March 14, 2012 - Chad Kafka - iPad/iPod/Android Applications

Apps. Apps! Apps?  It’s hard to keep up on all the apps out there for all the different mobile devices.  Chad Kafka, Apple Distinguished Educator and host of the Mobile Reach podcast ( will share out on some apps for classroom and productivity use.  We’ll talk apps for iPad, iPod touch, and Android.  Chad will spotlight some specific classroom uses for apps he’s used in his role as a Tech Coach for Franklin Public Schools (  He'll also give suggestions for how to better engage students using mobile technology.  

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March 28 - 30, 2012 - WEMTA 2012 Conference