100 Different Seeds: Librarians Reflect on Remote Learning Takeaways

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Listen and learn : Panel

Becky Calzada  
Carolyn Foote  
Lucy Podmore  

During remote and hybrid learning, remote librarians all over the world found ways to make learning connected by seeding hundreds of ideas. Three Central Texas librarians, hosts from #TXLchat, share what seeds successfully grew, what's still experimental and what ideas librarians can take forward into the next school year.

Audience: Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Socrative
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will understand the intellectual role librarians play instructionally whether in remote or in person settings.
Participants will be inspired by examples of innovative uses of tools like Bitmoji libraries, Wakelet, Instagram, read-clouds, podcasts, and more tools that librarians used to connect with students.
Participants will have insight into what strategies were effective for remote and hybrid learning and how these strategies can be used in the future.
Participants will utilize a couple of these tools during the session to share their experiences with remote teaching/learning.


Introduction of panel - 5 minutes
Panelists each share philosophy/approach - 5 - 10 mins
Panelists each share tools/strategies they tried during remote learning 20 min
Audience member sharing w/small group - 10
Question/Answer - 10 minutes

Participants will use or Socrative to ask questions of panelists and use Padlet to share strategies that they used during remote/hybrid learning.

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Becky Calzada, Leander ISD
Carolyn Foote, Independent

Carolyn Foote is a former District Librarian in Eanes ISD in Austin, Texas, and is currently a "free - range" librarian and library consultant. She is passionate about libraries, library and classroom space design, library leadership, and student voice/choice. She is a 2013 White House Champion of Change for Connected Learning, and won the AASL Library Collaboration Award in 2019. Her writing can be found at her blog Not So Distant Future (, and in numerous articles in journals. She is a frequent ISTE presenter.

Lucy Podmore, Tom C. Clark High School