ITEM Message on Distance Learning

03/16/2020 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


March 16th, 2020

We recognize this is a difficult time for our state and country. During this term of uncertainty and immediate distance learning, it is important to remember the experts in our schools who can help students, staff, and families: licensed Library Media Specialists and Technology Integrationists. Library Media Specialists embed Minnesota Information and Technology Standards into all content areas K-12.

Library Media Specialists and Technology Integrationists are able to: 

  • Help students and staff practice responsible digital citizenship and media literacy. We suggest high quality resources such as those found on Common Sense Media and Google’s Be Internet Awesome

  • Assist developing information and technology literacy curriculum. 

  • Assist formulating curriculum and student learning activities that integrate the use of information and technology tools. 

  • Point families to free WiFi resources, such as Comcast’s Xfinity Wifi Network


Library Media Specialists are also able to:

  • Help teachers find and embed reliable online resources to support distance learning such as eLibrary Minnesota provided by Minitex.

  • Engage students in literacy by facilitating virtual book talks/book clubs and ensuring that students know how to access materials online, such as eBooks MN and any digital materials purchased by your school.

  • Ensure that staff understand copyright implications of posting materials online and that staff have access to quality materials.

  • Collaborate with public library systems to provide access to online and print reading materials. Here is a list of all regional MN public library systems with links to their library websites. MELSA serves the seven county Twin Cities area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Saint Paul, Scott, Washington). 


At this time, ITEM recommends that all schools increase the number of materials checked out per student, regardless of fines on a student's account. Upon return of the items, schools should follow the most current CDC guidelines for cleaning. ITEM members are reminded to log in and check the discussion boards for sharing information, ideas, lessons, etc...

Please stay safe, practice social distancing, and wash your hands several times a day. We will get through this together. 

Sincerely, 

ITEM Executive Board

Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM)
PO Box 130555, Roseville MN 55113
admin@mnitem.org - mnitem.org

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