Library Media Specialists
of West Orange Public Schools
Presented to the West Orange Board of Education January 7, 2021
Presented at the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative Annual Conference March 9, 2021
Presented at NJASL Fall Conference, 2021
Introduction by Nancy Mullin
The Cs of the LMC
Schools may be closed, but the LMCs are open 24/7!
The sites are created and maintained by the school librarians. The sites are as unique as each school's character and the community they serve.
We are so glad you found your way to our libraries, the heart of our schools.
Our LMC Newsletters Open Lines of COMMUNICATION
You may find yourself tapping your toes to lively music, grabbing a piece of paper to make an origami star, chuckling at a joke, or filling out an online form to get a West Orange Public Library Card.
West Orange High School
Using Jamboard for Assessment and Social Emotional Check Ins
*Tried and True Jamboard Tip
Bedazzle someone with the "reveal text" strategy!
In our Virtual LMCs we have Book Fairs
We COLLABORATE! - Lesson Design & Delivery
Virtual lessons reflect everything we do on-site: provide time for social interaction using the chat, breakout rooms, and interactive games like Breakout.edu, creating collaborative stories, and sharing “something good” at the start of every class.
District librarians always look to collaborate with teachers and departments when designing and delivering lessons.
Students at St. Cloud Decorate LMC Google Classrooms!
Kim Pallant, St. Cloud Elementary
*Welcoming Kindergartners to Washington School Library!
Synchronous & Asynchronous Learning at Kelly
Virtual Field Trip for Hazel Third Graders
"When we started remote learning in March, I participated in a webinar where Capstone presented how shared how students could their Pebble-Go online database research facts about the animals they will visit virtually at the San Diego Zoo. I was so excited to offer this online learning experience to Hazel's third graders. After adding in some cartographic skills to the lesson, we were off on a virtual airplane ride from Newark International Airport to San Diego International Airport. We explored some of the links as a class and the students were provided the slides to select one animal to explore on their own.
This field trip was a success and as a result, I created a virtual field trip to The Great Wall of China for one of our second-grade classes."
Joyce Soto, LMS
Indigenous People's Week Literature Exploration for Redwood's 3rd, 4th & 5th graders
"Many different people from many parts of the United States comprise the group of people called Native American. The lore is rich and diverse; some tales are humorous, others are serious. Some stories are about people who lived — or might have lived — long ago; others are about real children who you may know as a friend or neighbor today. Meet them all between the pages of the books recommended here."
Lori Boyd, LMS
In conjunction with Black History Month, and the national NCTE African American Read-In campaign, West Orange High School over 450 students and staff from various English and Choral Music classes came together in the virtual library media center, on February 17 and 18th, to amplify black voices. The national Read-In was established in 1990, by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.
Celebrating diversity and promoting literacy, the students read, recited, performed works by Black authors, poets, playwrights, and musicians at the fourth annual WOHS LMC event. Participants in each block listened to their peers read both classic and modern pieces by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Amanda Gordon, Phyllis Wheatley, Trevor Noah, Jason Reynolds, just to name a few literary artists. Audience members were treated to individual musical performances by students and staff, videos of the WOHS Glee Choir and Concert Choir, and original student works as well.
LMC Orientations for Incoming Students
"You will find Bitmoji slides with interactive links to youtube videos of authors reading books, videos of actors creating audiobooks, Screencastify tours of webpages, and links to all ebook resources, including an original SORA video."
Sandy Bochese, LMS
Edison Middle School
Digital Literacy Lesson
Updating the menu for the seasons!
Windows, Sliding Doors, and Mirrors
“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”
― Rudine Sims Bishop
Rudine Sims Bishop, professor emerita of education at The Ohio State University, has been called the “mother of multicultural literature”. She was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame and received the International Reading Association’s Arbuthnot Award. In 2017, she received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Read-In Student Reflection on Jamboard
March Madness @WOHSLMC!
*Tried and True Google Tip:
Students and Staff learn how to use new technology tools
Jenna Bleeke, Mt. Pleasant Elementary
Meara Franowicz, LMS, Roosevelt Middle School
We keep up with the latest in tech tools! Take a look at Book Creator newly added templates!
Digital Civics and Recognizing Misinformation
Image: Digital Literacies Peacock by *s@lly* is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Creating Resources- Comic Creation Sites
WOHS Institute of Math & Science
Historical Election Resources- Peaceful Transition of Power Wakelet - Thanks to Social Studies Supervisor, Michael Figueiredo and Lisa Touzeau
WOHS LMC Online Resources Appealing to Different Learning Styles Implementing Symbaloo
3D Printing & Design for K - 12 in every LMC
Cameras -- In front and behind!
Lights, Camera, Action!
"Cs of the LMC" graphic created by Bev Tindall 12.2020
West Orange District Elementary School Library Media Specialists
Jenna Bleeke, Mt. Pleasant Avenue School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Boyd, Redwood Elementary School, email@example.com
Emily DebaunOrr, Kelly Elementary School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marissa Mitterman, Washington Elementary School, email@example.com
Kimberly Pallant, St. Cloud Elementary School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Soto, Hazel Avenue Elementary School, email@example.com