Safari Live

Project ELITE librarians are the first librarians in the district to pilot a new technology provided by the Office of Technology Services in collaboration with the Department of Libraries. ELITE librarians will receive training to become moderators in the Safari Live system. Once approved, these librarians can schedule events at their schools using the Safari Live system. Librarians who want to schedule events can contact Lisa Perez (leperez1@cps.k12.il.us) at the Department of Libraries for further information. Use the directions below to schedule events.

Directions:
1. Check the Librarians Safari Live Calendar to verify that the desired time slot to schedule an event is available.
2. Use the Librarian Safari Live Request Form to request an event be scheduled for your school. Schedule events at least two days in advance, when possible.
3. It is recommended to schedule a test call with a new presenter several days in advance of an important event to acquaint the presenter with the interface. Use the schedule request form to schedule all events, including test calls.
4. Following a schedule request, you will receive an email with two links. The administrative link is for your own login to obtain moderator rights. After logging on, change the listed name to your own name. The participant link is to share with all remote sites. (You may grant a participant moderator rights once he or she has joined the event.)

Librarians Safari Live Calendar: http://is.gd/b1l0m

Librarians Safari Live Schedule Request Form: http://is.gd/b1lcD

About Safari Live: Safari Live is a web conferencing technology provided by the Office of Technology Services. The communication platform incorporates videoconferencing, voice-over-IP, a presentation whiteboard, chat, and URL sharing. It has the capability to record important programs
for later viewing. Safari Live is managed by Martin McGuire (memcguire@cps.k12.il.us)

Educational benefits of Safari Live: Safari Live is a technology which can be used to bring many additional resources to enhance the school's library program. It can connect students to experts in various fields, foster international partnerships, promote collaboration between classes, and provide opportunities for students to develop presentation and speech skills.

Examples of educational applications of Safari Live:
  • Speak to authors of favorite books
  • Follow up research about a particular country by communicating to students in that country in another language
  • Demonstrate and explain a science experiment, using background information researched at the library
  • Poetry Sharing
  • Book club discussions
  • Connect to a person featured in a current event article
  • Use as another form of digital storytelling and share with students in another school
  • Talk to an historian or other expert at a museum
  • Collaborate with a class in another part of the country or world to share information about a jointly researched topic, such as global warming, water quality, weather trends, or migration patterns.

Finding collaborative partners:

Coordinate time zones for international events at timeanddate.com

Administrative screenshots