Statement of Benefit from Melissa Lanzilotta

2023 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Name of Recipient: Melissa Lanzilotta
Institution: Saint Andrews Catholic School
Date(s) of Event / Conference / Session: June 25 – June 28, 2023

Please provide an overall, all-encompassing statement of what the event/conference/session was about.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a non-profit organization that works towards accelerating the use of technology in education. ISTE Live ’23 brought together educators, administrators, technology experts, librarians, media specialists, and industry leaders to share knowledge, explore innovative practices, and discuss the latest trends in educational technology. ISTE Live ’23 provided ample events and sessions that focused on bringing technology in the classroom and library in practical and innovative ways.

Please complete the following statements:

Academic Librarians would have enjoyed this event/conference/session because…

There were specific tracks developed for a Media Specialist and Academic Librarian that not only would have inspired them, but they would be able to put to use what they learned as soon as they returned. 

What I learned will apply to a Public Library because…

There were several sessions that focused on building literacy through the community. Some sessions that would benefit a public library would be using augmented reality to promote literacy, hands on maker spaces, and using green screens. 

School Librarians/Media Specialists could take what I learned and translate it to their environment by…

Rethinking the way they connect students and staff to information — whether print or digital. There were some innovative and out of the box ways that were explained to promote literacy. For example, an innovative pedagogy that was learned was using legos to master vocabulary from a story students read. Students can be split into different groups, each group is responsible for defining a vocabulary word using a set of legos. The students build and create using their hands to describe and define a vocabulary term. 

Special Librarians would benefit from this knowledge because…

They would stay current with the latest trends, practices, and resources in educational technology, enabling them to better support their patrons and the overall learning community.