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How to Combine 1:1 Classrooms and Virtual Libraries in Your Lesson Plans

How to Combine 1:1 Classrooms and Virtual Libraries in Your Lesson Plans

In recent years, the rise of digital resources and 1:1 classrooms has revolutionized how we think about education. One-to-one classrooms, in which each student is provided with a personal or shared device such as a laptop or tablet, can provide a personalized learning experience that meets the needs of each student. In addition, integrating virtual libraries can take a 1:1 classroom to the next level. Combining virtual libraries and 1:1 classrooms can create powerful learning environments that maximize student learning outcomes.

Want to learn more about virtual libraries and 1:1 classrooms first? Read these blog posts!
➡️ What is a virtual library, and how can I use them in my school?
➡️ What is a 1:1 Classroom, and why do I need it?
➡️ How to implement  Virtual Libraries in Your School: A Guide for Educators

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Combining Virtual Libraries and 1:1 Classrooms Effectively

Successfully combining a virtual library and 1:1 classroom comes down to effectively integrating library resources into lesson plans. Librarians can encourage teachers to incorporate virtual library resources into their lessons. For example, educators can link to the resources stored in the virtual library as part of their explanation or as additional learning material. You may also consider videos, online documents, archived materials, podcasts, and more. Learning resources from the virtual library can assist in creating an engaging and exciting lesson for students.

Combining these learning environments can enhance student learning as the library resources can explain more complex, in-depth topics to students. Moreover, it encourages independent learning and boosts critical thinking skills that students may need in future careers. By writing papers and researching in-depth issues, they must search for the correct information, decide which information is helpful to them, and draw valid conclusions. When working in a group, students also gain collaboration skills. 

Below, you will read how to combine virtual libraries in 1:1 classroom models effectively. 

Station Rotation

The station rotation model divides the classroom into groups (stations) that each focus on a specific activity or learning objective. After a predetermined time, students rotate to a different station, hence the term "station rotation."

Let one or more groups explore the virtual library on their station. They can access the library and find, read, and watch available resources. Afterward, they can share their findings with the rest of the class. 

Learning Lab Rotation

Rather than the station rotation model, which separates students into several smaller groups, learning lab rotation uses only two main groups. One group uses the virtual library to explore a topic on their devices, while the other group participates in a hands-on learning experience in the Learning Lab. If your Learning Lab experience is in a separate room, you may require an additional educator or aide to help keep students on track.

Flipped Classroom

In the flipped classroom model, students can use the virtual library to gather extra information on educational topics from home or anywhere outside the traditional classroom setting. In virtual or hybrid learning environments, educators can use a flipped classroom approach to provide digitally-accessible resources and use class time for in-depth learning and discussions.

Project-Based Learning

For project-based learning, students can use the virtual library for research and information to assist their project objectives. Whether in groups or alone, 1:1 devices can help students access library resources and complete projects efficiently.

Read more about Project-Based Learning, and 1:1 Classroom models in these blog posts:
➡️ What is Project-Based Learning
➡️ 5 Steps for Implementing a One to One Classroom Successfully

How to Combine a 1:1 Classroom and Virtual Library with Symbaloo Webspaces

Symbaloo Webspaces can enhance a 1:1 classroom and provide the perfect platform for saving, organizing, and distributing library resources. You can use your Webspace to save your favorite content and publish it on your own, easily accessible Symbaloo URL. Your Webspace provides a public online hub that links to all the resources your classroom needs for daily routines, which may include your curriculum, agenda, classroom management tools, or a virtual library.

A complete virtual library can be set up best on its own Symbaloo Webspace. This way, you can separate your 1:1 classroom and virtual library, allowing students to differentiate easily. This separation makes navigating their curriculum, classroom tools, and library resources more straightforward for your students. Create a link that leads to your virtual library in your 1:1 classroom and vice versa. Or create Connected Webspaces within your school or district to gain access to them via the Connected Webspaces-button in Symbaloo. 

Follow these step-by-step plans to set up your 1:1 classroom and virtual library effectively using Symbaloo Webspaces. 
➡️5 Steps for Implementing a One-to-One Classroom Successfully
➡️ How to Implement Virtual Libraries in Your School: A Guide for Educators
➡️ How to Enjoy Connected Webspaces to the Fullest Extent for Your School or District
➡️5 Steps to Set Up Your New Symbaloo Webspace


By combining virtual libraries with 1:1 classrooms, educators can create a powerful learning environment that maximizes student learning outcomes. This approach can help students become more independent and self-directed while promoting critical thinking and collaboration skills. As digital resources become increasingly important in education, combining virtual libraries with 1:1 classrooms will become an increasingly essential part of the educational landscape. Symbaloo Webspaces can help you connect these learning environments seamlessly and stay connected in an ever-growing educational landscape.

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