Updated September 28, 2020

Considerations for School Library Collections

Addressing Race and Intersectionality

Promoting Reading During Distance Learning

Curricular Resources

Libraries and Vendor Curriculum Resources

  • Quick Access to California K-12 Online Content during the COVID-19 Crisis (California State Library)
    • Includes access to ProQuest (Research tools for grades 3-12), TeachingBooks & Book Connections (Children’s and young adult books brought to life with movies with authors, audiobook performances, activities and lessons for grades PreK-12), and Encyclopaedia Britannica (Grades PreK-12)
  • Peninsula Library System ebook collection via Sora (app from OverDrive) 
    • For access, all you need to do is fill out this online form (making sure you select the Public Library Connect option to give students access to the Peninsula Library System collection!) and make sure you loop in your SIS/technical content so that they can work with OverDrive to ensure your students can login
    • Paperwork:
      • The Peninsula Library System has signed the agreement to allow schools to access the ebook collection directly through Overdrive's ebooks for schools product, Sora.
      • The schools/districts will need to sign their own paperwork to opt into the system.
    • Functionality:
      • Students log in and checkout using the school/district authentication, so they don’t need a Peninsula Library System library card.
      • Schools that don’t have Overdrive collections can still opt in and have access to the PLS collection in a filtered way.
    • 200+ premium simultaneous use titles are included when you launch Sora! Selections span all ages and include required reading classics like Emma and Call of the Wild, as well as top titles like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, El Deafo, The Terrible Two and Every Falling Star.
  • San Mateo County Libraries eBooks/eAudiobooks (library card needed)
    • Includes Tumblebooks (eBooks, videos, and talking books in English & Spanish - Requires "29041" library card), Hoopla (eAudiobooks, eBooks, Comic Books, Movies, Music, and Television shows - Requires "29041," "29045," or "29047" library card)
  • Belmont Public Library recommends Epic! (free for educators, great resource for non-fiction books) and Sync ("audiobook club" for students 13+)
  • List of Vendor Responses to COVID-19 (Califa.org)
    • Includes various publishers’ and vendors’ free resources
  • California School Library Association President Katie McNamara: COVID-19 EDU Resources
    • Includes curated resources for online teaching support, apps, SEL content, and more

SMCOE Curriculum Resources

The following resource pages provide high-quality, vetted resources that educators and parents can use for supplemental learning materials:

  • Preschool/TK Curriculum Resources
  • K-2 Curriculum Resources
  • 3-5 Curriculum Resources
  • 6-8 Curriculum Resources
  • 9-12 Curriculum Resources
  • The Daily: Ground your instruction in practices & embrace student voice and choice with SMCOE’s daily roster of culturally relevant resources and project prompts. (Additional K-5 TV-based resources in development! Contact ethomforde@smcoe.org to contribute.) 
  • K-5 Distance Learning Enrichment: Virtual Field Trips and Activities with Community Partners: These resources are high quality standards aligned supplemental activities that have been custom designed by local Community Based Partners (CBPs) who usually offer field trips and in-classroom programs. Resources are catalogued according to themes from the One Planet Living framework, and provide suggested children’s books. To find the resources visit the ELSI Distance Learning Website or use the following links for each grade level: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th.
  • 6-12th Grade Independent Solutionary Project Based Learning: This student-centered learning experience provides students with the opportunity to analyze real-world environmental and social justice issues, and develop solutions that seek to mitigate these problems. This style of unit is ideal for distance learning in ELA, Science Social Studies, Math, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), and Health, because students will be working mostly independently from the instructor; however, the instructor supports as a facilitator of students learning, and a coach. Here is a video overview of how to teach this type of unit, as well as a take-and-teach guide for teachers in this framework (also includes student handouts, examples, and teaching strategies). 
  • K-12 Field Research and 6-12 WebQuests Research Activities: Field Research are hands-on activities that help students collect data and observations for environmental topics. WebQuests are a self-directed online research tool that helps learners construct their own learning. Ideas for curriculum integration include: assigning field research or WebQuests as different weekly themes, or design a longer unit around one specific topic. Find field research and WebQuest activities at: tinyurl.com/ELSI-DistanceLearning-2020. Watch webinar videos for a quick training on how to use field research and WebQuests

Read-Aloud Tools and Permissions

Recording Tools How to Do It What We Like

LoomLoom logo

Guide to Using Loom for Education
Getting Started
How Are Other Teachers Using Loom?

Video length longer than five minutes.
Download, embed, or share link.
Desktop version allows for better sound and video quality.
Educational institutions can use Loom Pro for free, forever.

ScreencastifyScreencastify logo

Initial Setup
Editing, Saving & Sharing, and other Tips & Tricks
Screencastify for Remote Learning (12:23 video)
Use the webcam so students can see your face

Saves videos, up to five minutes, to your Google drive.
Easy to share on Google Classroom.
You can draw and annotate on the screen.


Virtual Meetings How to Do It What We Like

Google MeetGoogle Meet logo

Google Meet Training videos and guides
Set Up Meet for Distance Learning
Video conferencing platform that is tied to districts’ Google Suite accounts. Can be set up to only allow district-based accounts to participate.

Zoom - For the classroom & staffZoom logo

Cheat sheet for teaching on Zoom

Beginner’s Tutorial (11:14 video)

How to Avoid ZoomBombing - Please be careful where you post links to your class Zoom meetings, as there are people scanning social media for meetings to join and “bomb” with racist and antisemetic language along with explicit images.

Simple to use, currently offering free “paid” accounts to teachers for Spring. There are many concerns about Zoom’s security (encryption, sharing information to Facebook, and data use). (Privacy Policy for K-12)


Accessibility Tools to Support Distance Learning How to Do It What We Like

Accessible Educational MaterialsNational Center on Accessible Educational Materials

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials: Resources for Access and Distance Education
  • Creating Quality & Accessible Video
  • Creating Accessible Documents and Presentations
  • Supporting Zoom Accessibility
Leaders in Universal Design for Learning, CAST truly considers what is necessary for all students to access learning.

Chromebook AccessibilityZoom logo

Chromebook Accessibility Tools for Distance Learning
  • Supporting students who are low vision
  • Helping students read and understand text
  • Guiding students with writing challenges or mobility impairment
  • Some of these tools may need to be enabled in the GSuite Admin Console

Turn on Chromebook accessibility features

Chromebooks, like Windows & Mac computers, provide accessibility tools to support students and teachers. 

G Suite AccessibilityZoom logo

G Suite User Guide to Accessibility
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Meet
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings, Sites, Gmail, Calendar
As most districts utilize Google Suite tools, it is important that teachers consider the ways to allow all students in their class to access the materials.

Contact Information:

Email: info@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5515