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Use our age-appropriate Student Research Lists when linking on your library or school websites, blogs, digital newsletters, etc. These lists are curated just for these age groups and they provide quicker and more customized access for students. For more information and for direct URL's to these lists visit this post on Collect+Connect blog.
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Many educators worry about reading aloud and recording books online. Are they violating copyright laws? How far does fair use go during this pandemic? In response, many children's publishers have temporarily altered their policies. See the link directly below for a list of publishers, and if more information is needed, please consult individual publisher websites.
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Tech tools abound, but this small, but mighty list consists of those with a lower learning curve. They allow users to record, edit, and share video read alouds. They also allow for live or recorded video communication.
We are seeing more flexibility from publishers. Know that each publisher has different guidelines. But, by and large, here are some best practices for recording and sharing digital read alouds:
Your district should own a print or digital copy of the book.
YOu must not be making any profit from the use of the book.
Make it clear in writing on your website or school management system that the recording is for school use only.
Cite the author, title, publisher, and date at the beginning of the recorded read-aloud.
Keep it local by posting the recording internally. Meaning link videos in your management system like Google Classroom, Moodle, Schoology, your YouTube Channel with videos listed as Unlisted, or via school email system. Posting to a classroom website is likely fine but be sure to make it clear in writing that videos are for school use only.
If you upload the video to YouTube so that that you can then share it, make sure you choose UNLISTED for the visibility. This means the person with the link can view but the entire world can’t publicly view it.
Avoid posting videos to social media. Keep recordings internal for school use only.
Use good judgment. Think small scale – you are providing for your classroom or library audience not providing for the entire Internet.
Note: The SD State Library doesn’t encourage or endorse this practice under typical circumstances.
My Hero Is You: How Kids Can Fight COVID-19! - written and illustrated by Helen Patuck under the guidance of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Available in download, audio, and in Spanish.
Coronavirus: A Book for Children - written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, and Nia Roberts and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus - created by Malaka Gharib for NPR. Available in Spanish.
COVID-19 Time Capsule - created by Natalie Long. Free, printable journal for kids. Available in Spanish.
First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic - free 16-page downloadable workbook. Available in Spanish.
Free Online Events and Activities for Kids at Home - A curated list from Common Sense Media with storytimes, virtual drawing lessons, music classes, performances, fitness, cooking, and other activities.
School librarians and library staff may have to account for professional time in different ways than classroom teachers. Here are some suggestions: