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Evaluating, Selecting, and Acquiring Learning Resources – Support for Planning

Workshop Material

This page contains information and resources to support district development of policy, process and practice for the evaluation, selection and acquisition of learning resources for use in the classroom. Click on the hyperlinks or images below to open the document/URL.

Policy

Schools and individual educators are responsible for selecting and acquiring resources in accordance with: Ministry policy; local Board policy and/or procedures/guidelines.

* Refer to School Act: Changes to Learning Resource Policy July 2017

* Summary of Board Responsibilities.

A Guide for Developing District Learning Resource Policy 

– includes sample language for policy, procedures and challenge of a learning resource

Process: Identifying Information Sources

External

K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection

–  Click link above and log in for full evaluation review

– Curated Website List – for direct access to evaluated sites with curriculum match

 – Health curriculum Evaluated resources

Indigenous Education Resources

–  FNESC Resources and Links

–  K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection – Indigenous/Aboriginal

–  Ministry of Education Indigenous Resources Link

App References

App Privacy Reference Guide – example of considerations for app use

Local

  • Licensed digital resources

– BC Digital Classroom collection (Licensed by 59 districts and many independent schools)

  • District selected and licensed digital resources/print resources

Process: Tools for Local Resource Consideration

The purpose of this information is to support selection of resources for classroom use. Teacher-librarians may refer to these resources, but their role, and the function of resources within a library collection or learning commons is broader than for classroom instruction.

Reviewing a Resource For Classroom Use

Refer to these 5 points as guidelines of best practice in the selection of resources.

Use this template when reviewing digital or print resources: Criteria Template

Social Considerations

How to Apply Social Considerations in the Review Process

Social Considerations Explanation: Rationale/What to Look for

Understanding Your Learners’ Needs

BC Healthlinks information – search Growth and Development Milestones (Physical growth, cognitive development, emotional and social development, language development, and sensory and motor development)

Considerations for Students with Special Needs

Lexile – Understanding Reading Levels. Levelling Comparison Chart

Universal Design for Learning considerations: ARC BC site and UDL Site developed by SETBC

Process: Building Awareness and Understanding of Review Processes

– Take the introductory Moodle 1-hour course * on Selecting Learning Resources for the Classroom  

– Learn to Use the Copyright Fair Decision Making Tool

– Develop Awareness of Privacy Practices for Educators

Personal Information Overview

FIPPA Overview for Education   

Note: * the Moodle course is available now. A revised version will be available Spring 2020.

Acquisition: Planning

Assessing Needs

Establish Priorities  (example of prioritization list below)

New/Revised Curriculum

District initiatives

School Initiatives

Goals/activities

Internal changes

New grades or class configurations

New programs

Acquisition: Budgets

Identifying funding sources

Allocating budgets to priorities

Establishing acquisition guidelines and procedures

Collaborative process

Proactive, not reactive

Communication to staff

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