School Librarians of RI

Virtual Learning Edition - Spring 2020

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Ways RI School Librarians Support Virtual Learning

  1. Expanding online resources available to students (curating and promoting)

  2. “How to” for accessing virtual resources (written instructions, recorded lessons, etc.)

  3. Virtual reading development (including book clubs, read alouds, storytimes, book talks, etc.

  4. Online classes/distance learning

  5. Offering alternative check-out procedures (photos, online forms, etc.)

  6. Extending check-out period

  7. Delivering resources “on foot” (includes all in-person options - hand delivery, book mobile at meal delivery, etc.)

  8. Making curbside pick-up available

  9. Mailing books or resources to students

  10. Virtual assistance (E-mail, phone, chat)

  11. Virtual classes

Expanding Online Resources Available to Students (Curating and Promoting)

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"How To" for Accessing Virtual Resources

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Virtual Reading Development (Book Clubs, Read alouds, Storytimes, Book Talks, etc.)

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Harry Potter Virtual Family Book Club

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Delivering Resources "On Foot"

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Virtual Classes to Students Detailed

  1. Reading development (book clubs, read alouds, book talks, storytimes, etc.)

  2. Co-teaching with classroom or subject area teacher

  3. Computer science/coding

  4. Digital citizenship

  5. Research

  6. English/Writing/Typing

  7. Digital Resource Training

  8. STEM/STEAM

  9. Makerspace

  10. Games/Gaming

  11. Social/emotional learning support

Reading Development

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Digital Citizenship

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Makerspace

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Social/Emotional Learning Support

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Co-Teaching with Classroom or Subject Area Teacher

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East Greenwich High School

Mrs. Michelle Steever collaborated with the AP History teacher on their final project: an oral history project that included an annotated bibliography. This was the first time students were expected to create an annotated bibliography and she knew they would need special supports in place. Mrs. Steever created a webpage specifically for this project with access to databases most helpful for their research, NoodleTools (their library currently subscribes to NoodleTools for online notetaking and citation), and information about the annotated bibliography. The site explains what an annotated bibliography is, provides examples and video tutorials for students to refer to. Mrs. Steever provided office hours and online support to students this past month and is currently reviewing 36 annotated bibliographies, providing feedback, and the grade for this portion of the assignment.
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Computer Science/Coding

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Assistance to Other Educators

  1. Offering resource curation and technology tools for “classroom” instruction (includes suggesting titles/resources)

  2. Expanding online resources, including expansion of resources and materials on school website(s))

  3. Virtual Assistance (online, phone, etc.)

  4. Virtual meetings/collaborative events/professional development

  5. Technology support (setting up and using online resources/tools, tutoring, etc.)

  6. Co-teaching with classroom or subject expert educators

Offering Resource Curation and Technology Tools for "Classroom" Instruction

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East Greenwich High School

10th Grade Humanities:

Students were tasked to research a topic from the modern era. Students were required to create a final project that would teach other students about that topic, and turn in a Works Cited of their research sources. Mrs. Steeer created a website that provided access to four databases that would be most relevant to their research. She also created video tutorials for each database that outlined how to access, search, and cite each tool. The website also provided print and video tutorials on using NoodleTools to cite their sources for the final portion of their project.

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Virtual Assistance

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Virtual Meetings/Collaborative Events/Professional Development

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Virtually Viral Hangouts: Convening A Global Online Support Community - Renee Hobbs

The Media Education Lab has hosted Virtually Viral Hangouts as a synchronous one-hour online gathering every day (Monday through Friday) since March 17th. More than 150 people from a dozen countries have attended at least one session. All are welcome to attend. The program is designed to provide emotional support, dialogue, and sharing during the coronavirus pandemic. The program changes daily but each session provides space for small-group conversation, dialogue and emotional support. Through dialogue and demonstration, we are generating some "best practices" that have emerged from our experiences and we continue to consider potential applications of this experience in other educational contexts beyond the pandemic.