Resource Connections

May 19, 2020
By Joan Elliott, Librarian/Manager, Emma Stewart Resources Centre

Our world has been turned upside down as teaching and learning, our mental and emotional health, and economic well-being have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The vulnerabilities in our social and economic structures have been starkly revealed causing us to rethink their sustainability and to reflect on the lessons learned. The past few months have also demonstrated the kindness, resilience, adaptability and creativity of educators and families who are working together to meet the needs of students in these difficult times.

There are a number of online supports available for teachers, students and families. The Teaching and Support section on the Saskatchewan Curriculum site at www.edonline.sk.ca provides links to recommended print, video and website resources in English and in French. Free video resources are available on ROVER and REVEL by accessing Blackboard accounts that have been set up for all teachers and students in Saskatchewan.

The STF Professional Learning website called Supports for Teachers at www.stfprofessionallearning.ca contains K-12 curriculum resources in English and French, as well as leadership and mental wellness resources and suggestions for teaching remotely.

The library of the Alberta Teachers’ Association also maintains a great collection of online teaching resources. The ATA Library’s 2Learn Subject Guides at https://library.teachers.ab.ca feature many engaging links for topics in K-12 curricula.

Another valuable digital resource is entitled A New Reality: Getting Remote Learning Right, which is a special report from the highly regarded journal Educational Leadership. Thoughtful suggestions are offered in articles such as Keep It Simple, Schools; Restoring Connection: Real-Life Advice on Transitioning to Online Learning; Accommodations, Modifications, and Intervention at a Distance; Maintaining Connections, Reducing Anxiety While School Is Closed; and Cybersecurity Guidelines for Remote Learning. Educational Leadership is published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; it is available free of charge at www.ascd.org.

The Emma Stewart Resources Centre also has a myriad of links to online resources. By going to the Centre’s section at  and clicking on Resources, you will find Related Links on such topics as curriculum, Indigenous education and wellness. In addition, the Bibliographies page has project-based learning, inquiry, online teaching and learning, trauma-informed practice, and mindfulness highlight books that can be borrowed from the Centre.

Scores of exciting books on online teaching and learning and tech tools are available for borrowing. The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips, by Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad, discusses core principles and best practices for online teaching, practical teaching strategies and ideas for reflecting on the journey so far and for looking forward. Creating the Anywhere, Anytime Classroom: A Blueprint for Learning Online in Grades K-12, by Casey Reason, Lisa Reason and Crystal Guiler, describes various types of digital learning experiences and how to plan curriculum and assessment, initiate, maintain and conclude the learning experience, as well as ways of teaching online collaboration and of dealing with challenging behaviours.

The book 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom, by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller, gives an overview of the Google Classroom app which was designed to streamline the process of integrating technology and going digital. Their subsequent book 50 Things to Go Further With Google Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach, illustrates how teachers can construct meaningful digital learning activities, foster student questions and create collaborative learning experiences.

Another popular and practical book is 50+ Tech Tools for School Counselors: How to Be More Engaging, Efficient, and Effective by Angela Cleveland and Stephen Sharp. Tools for groups and lessons, collaboration and keeping organized are presented as ways of overcoming barriers and connecting with the whole student.

To borrow these and other resources, please email esrc@stf.sk.ca or call 1-800-667-7762.