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Not Your Typical Library Learning Commons: Supporting Personalized Learning During Hybrid Teaching

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Martha Bongiorno  
Lin-Chiou Lee  
Abby Shapiro  

We are no strangers to remote learning, but how can hybrid learning be best supported and structured for students, teachers and parents? Learn how three library media specialists from elementary, middle and high schools empowered and engaged their learning communities during hybrid learning using a variety of instructional technology tools.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Not necessary
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to inform, inspire, and offer student-tested resources for other school library media specialists who are included in hybrid, blended, or remote learning. While the primary focus is on how to transform the library learning commons into a virtual hub for teaching and learning, all ideas can be adapted for the traditional brick and mortar building as well.

Participants will identify the different teaching and learning models during the pandemic - remote/distance, hybrid/simultaneous, and traditional/face-to-face.

Participants will curate a robust resource list of ideas, materials, and new PLN members to help them in their hybrid teaching journey.

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Martha Bongiorno, Fulton County Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Martha holds a Bachelors in Middle Grades Education, a Masters in Learning, Design, and Technology, and Ed.S. in Instructional Technology. Her accolades include being the 2019 Fulton County Media Specialist of the Year, a 2019 AASL Social Media Superstar Finalist, and the 2018 Coastal Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year. She founded #GaLibChat, is President-Elect of the Georgia Library Media Association, and maintains Discovering the Remarkable, a website and blog dedicated to middle grades library resources. Martha's certifications include being a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Microsoft Master Trainer, and is serving as a Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador.

Lin-Chiou Lee, Chattahoochee High School
Abby Shapiro, Barnwell Elementary

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