The Virtual Teacher-Librarian

For quite some time, I’ve been promoting the possibilities for using video as a teaching and learning tool. The notion of the flipped classroom – making content available for students to consume outside of class time, freeing up valuable face-to-face time for active and collaborative learning – is particularly appropriate for the school library. But up until relatively recently, the constraints of learning the technology and finding the time discouraged many from trying.

It seems times have changed! I have the pleasure of being an instructor for additional qualifications courses in librarianship for teachers. My Librarianship Part II students have been very busy over the past couple of weeks producing virtual book talks and presentations promoting the differentiated learning opportunities in the library learning commons. For many of these students, it was their first time using a particular technology, and the first time sharing their work publicly in the online environment. With their permission, I’m sharing a few with you here.

Virtual Book Talks: Pairing Fiction with Non-Fiction Texts

Tim Gard pairs Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn with Moonshot, by Brian Floca. Platform: Adobe Voice.

O’Neil Thompson pairs Blood Red Road by Moira Young with The Great American Dustbowl by Don Brown. Platform: Powtoon

Suzanne Regimbal pairs I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline. Platform: Prezi

Sharon Romero pairs The Monkeyface Chronicles by Richard Scarsbrook with The Guide by Rosalind Wiseman. Platform: iMovie

Panayiota Starogiannis created a website to make the match between Hatchet and Guts, both by Gary Paulsen.

Library Learning Commons Promotional Videos

and The Learning Commons at Sir Adam Beck!

I am so gratified to see these teachers using online technologies so effectively! There are so many possibilities for making learning available when and where it’s needed, 24/7. And these teachers are modeling effective communication using multimedia for their own students. Imagine the possibilities!

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