Mini guide to running a Zoom Out program at your library

Sarah Roberts, Library Officer with Onkaparinga Libraries Digital Literacy, has prepared this Mini-Guide.

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Sarah Roberts, Library Officer, Onkaparinga Libraries Digital Literacy

When to run a program

Zoom Out can be a great addition to your weekly after-school sessions and your Term 1 or Term 2 school holiday activities.

The Challenge commences on 27 January 2021 and closes on 24 September 2021. All programs need to take place within this period.

What to cover in the program

There are three activities to choose from.

View the Challenge Activities here.

Decide whether you will run the Challenge using the online activity or one of the unplugged (device-free) activities:

SYSTEMS ARE EVERYWHERE (all ages):
You can encourage children to share their thoughts and ideas with each other as they progress through this series of online micro-activities. This is a great opportunity for further exploration of systems thinking to gain deeper understanding. It can also be a good option to share with families at home via your library’s social media.

CREATE A SYSTEM (all ages) and MAKE A KINDER SYSTEM (great for older children):
Depending upon the space you have available and the number of children involved, getting started with one of the fun unplugged (no computers or internet needed) activities is a great way to introduce the concept of systems thinking and an excellent way for the group to get to know each other.

Promote library resources! There are many books and magazines available to borrow about the solar system, the human body, food webs and other systems that children can use to investigate further, either during the session or to take home.

Do the challenge yourself! Enjoy learning alongside the children and get involved in sharing ideas, knowledge and fun.

Don’t forget to let customers know they can access the challenge outside these sessions via your library’s free wifi or public PCs!

Make sure to register

If you decide to run a Challenge program at your library, make sure you have registered your library here to ensure your library shows up as taking part.

How to complete the Challenge

Children complete the Challenge when they complete any of the Challenge activities.

After completing one of the activities

After completing the challenge, children need to submit their Zoom Out Systems Thinking Record online to claim their Zoom Out Certificate of Achievement from the Commissioner.

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