Start With Cats! Innovative Virtual Opportunities that Bring the Community Into the Classroom
Keywords:virtual field trips, virtual programming, K-12 library innovation, K-12 library collaboration, Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms, ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education, global teaching strategies, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, global local teaching
Virtual field trips and programming were one way in which K-12 teacher librarians leveraged their resources, expanded equitable access, and pivoted during in-person school closures of the pandemic. Creative virtual programming provides equity of access and connects classrooms with rich and diverse experiences and perspectives. Virtual experiences can remove geographic and economic barriers, provide access to resources and strengthen community connections. This article discusses practical teaching and programming strategies that leverage video conferencing systems to create virtual classroom experiences which enhance lessons, embrace diversity, build community connections, and provide equity of access to resources.