School Librarian Saturday: Google Slides and Book Checkout – a Match Made in Library Heaven
In School Librarian Saturday, I’m going to share the websites, databases, apps, and other stuff I use with students in my K-5 teacher-librarian role, under the cover of internet darkness (see: the weekend).
I’m breaking the usual format of School Librarian Saturday posts today to talk about something that has really helped me recently: using Google Slides to help show students how to check out books.
In the past, I would physically walk classes through the book checkout process. I would show the various sections of the library, model selecting a book, taking it to the circulation desk, and checking the book out. This was always a hit-or-miss process – trying to walk a class of kindergarteners around the library can get dicey in a hurry.
Then, last year, I had a revelation (maybe you’ve had the same one): What if I used Google Slides to show the whole process, using photos from our library? That way everyone would receive the same information, it would save time, and I could focus on showing the process, instead of corralling everyone around.
So I tried it. And I love it. Here are the elements I included in my book checkout Google Slides deck:
- Photos of every section of the library:
- Photos of our genre stickers
- Photos of how to use a shelf marker when looking for a book:
- A couple “oops” photos: books put back upside down or with pages showing (to discuss):
- Photos of the circulation desk and how we line up to check out books:
- Photos of places around the library to read
Now I present the slides to each class and I know that I’m covering everything I need to cover and students are understanding it better.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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