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1 tool at a time - Using Audacity in the classroom

Welcome to One Tool at a Time: Build Your Toolbelt
"One Tool at a Time: Build Your Toolbelt" is a monthly webinar series. Each webinar will last 30 minutes and will focus on a particular tool. Classroom integration strategies will be highlighted and webinars are archived for viewing when convenient. (Next month is all about using Flickr.)

"Using Audacity" January Webinar: Participants will learn how to use Audacity, to record, import and edit sound including filtering and export a sound file in different formats for classroom and web use. Simple sound effects through to complex soundscapes can be created using audacity. The session will use classroom based examples.
You will need to use Firefox or Internet Explorer to view the archived version, not Safari.
One Tool at a Time, Webinar, Audacity,

"Europeana: think culture" - Europe's digital library

Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. "It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage."

Ideas and inspiration can be found within the more than 14.6 million items on Europeana. Paintings, music, films and books from Europe's galleries, libraries, archives and museums. These objects include:

  • Images - paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects
  • Texts - books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers
  • Sounds - music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts
  • Videos - films, newsreels and TV broadcasts
Europe, digital library, Europeana,

3 new library blogs - from Richmond TLs

Here are some blogs developed by TLs in Richmond for their libraries:
(Thanks for sharing these with us.)

Scott Jackson

Lori Teichman

Janice Novakowski:

blogs, library


Wendy Phillips, reading selections from her award winning novel. (video)

Governor General's Award-winning author and MACL/SLAIS alumna Wendy Phillips spoke recently about her experience of turning her MACL thesis into an award-winning young adult verse novel, "Fishtailing". She also reads selections from the text. (starting at 5m:30s)

Her presentation has been archived and can be viewed by  following this hyperlink:
Wendy Phillips, Fishtailing,

Media Specialists Newsletter - Jan 2011

The "Special Interest Group for Media Specialists" provides the SIGMS SCANNER newsletter to its members to share current information related to technology for school librarians.

Issuu version of the January SIGMS Newsletter
(link opens small version of newsletter, click again for full-screen.)
ISTE, SIGMS, newsletter

Media lessons -

In this lesson, students analyse the ways in which advertisements for movies are designed to attract and communicate information to their intended audiences.

See also

Media & Values Magazine (past issues)
Sample article

Teaching with Superheroes

Examining Superheros – Read Write Think website
Kent Manning talks about his "Superhero" lesson and points to some extensive material on the ReadWriteThink site.


Fitness Magazines on EBSCO

(Some resources to share with your PE staff)

"Coach & Athletic Director"
Feature articles, inerviews, profiles, legistlation & news of note for coaches & athletic directors at the high school, college, & university levels.

"American Fitness Magazine"
A magazine for the fitness professional including articles on aerobics, nutrition and workout attire.

"Alive: Canadian Journal of Health & Nutrition"
Health & Medicine (General); Nutrition Science

"Running & FitNews"
Provides reliable information & advice on all aspects of fitness, nutrition, & health, as it relates to running.

For those interested in the sport of winter skiing. Articles cover such topics as technique, resorts, equipment, fashion and ski celebrities.

"Measurement in Physical Education & Exercise Science"
Attempts to offer ways to gain a better understanding of humans by measuring their physical performance.

(Login from outside school will require a name and password, see your TL for this information.)

Drama and Acting magazines on EBSCO

Some resources to share

"Plays - The Drama Magazine for Young People"
Drama & Theater Arts: One-act plays for lower, middle & upper grades. Seven to ten plays per issue.

"Stage Directions"
Stage Production: Inspiring production ideas, solutions to your everyday theater dilemmas, as well as exciting book, CD and play reviews.

"Entertainment Design"
Performing arts trade magazine featuring articles on lighting, set costume & makeup design, film, television, opera and dance design.

"Shakespeare Studies"
An international volume of essays, studies and reviews dealing with the cultural history of early modern England and the place of Shakespeare's production in it.

(Login from outside school will require a name and password, see your TL for this information.)

Ways to teach notetaking - SLM

Kristin Fontichiaro is a assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and she compiled a list of strategies collected using the SLM blog. "As students transition to note taking, librarians can demonstrate that taking notes is more than copying, highlighting, or recording "the answer."
Look under the "Responses" section to see what practicing TLs are using with their students.
SMJ, note-taking,

Internet safety - the door that is not locked

This is a good site to recommend to parents.  It clearly explains the risks involved in letting your child be unsupervised online and how you can make it safer.  Also has a teachers' section. And is available in French.

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

Search millions of historic photos

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
LIFE, photos,

The Historica-Dominion Institute Presents Black History in Canada:

The Historica-Dominion Institute is pleased to present the Black History in Canada Education Guide. Download a guide to get your students thinking about Black History just in time for Black History Month in February!


No Name-Calling Week is Jan. 24-28 - Resources

Great resources for TLs and teachers to bring into the classroom any time of the year, but especially No Name Calling Week.

No Name-Calling Week is Jan. 24-28, 2011, and is based on an idea from James Howe's book, "The Misfits." The Barnes and Noble site offers 17 short video clips from authors/illustrators (including James Howe) who talk about bullying. (The video window has a cover-flow list of video clips you can scroll through.)

Some of the people in the videos are:
  • James Howe
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Alex Sanchez
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Dan Gutman
No Name-calling, bullying, videos,

Your Guide to Shooting a Great Video

If you are planning on having students create their own video production, this PDF downloadable guide by the NFB has many good suggestions and tips for aspiring producers. (While it has references to an anti-racism video competition sponsored by NFB, most of the guide is generic and can be used on its own.)

(There is also a teachers' guide with additional suggestions: Teachers’ Guide )

Family Literacy Day - Jan 27th

Short animated films based on children’s books - from the NFB

"The NFB’s Talespinners collection is a lively selection of short animated films based on children’s books by well-known Canadian authors. (Click on "Films" and select the title that interests you. You can watch a clip from the film you choose.) Elementary school teachers will find activities to link to language arts, moral education, music and religion in our guides. Share this collection with your students and encourage them to share the books and films with their families for fun reading and watching together on January 27."

Watch of one of NFB's favourites:Christopher Changes his Name .
To learn more about Family Literacy Day .
NFB, animations, books, Talespinners,

NFB - February is Black History Month

Celebrate Canada’s Black history and culture

The NFB presents a playlist of films to celebrate Canada’s Black history and culture. Through these films, students can gain insight into the experiences of Black Canadians and their valuable contributions to our history.
NFB, Black History Month,


Music Education Resources on EBSCO

"Music Educators Journal"
Original articles about all phases of music education in schools and communities, professional philosophy and practical techniques and current teaching and learning aimed at all persons engaged in music teaching or other music educational work.

"American Music Teacher"
Provides articles, reviews and regular columns that inform, educate and challenge music teachers and foster excellence in the music teaching profession.

"Folk Music Journal"
Journal of traditional song, music, and dance published under the auspices of the English Folk Dance & Song Society.

"Teaching Music"
Articles and news in the field of music education. Articles on classroom teaching techniques, administration, and music performances. (This magazine is in html text only and does not include illustrations, pictures or graphics from the original magazine.)

"Rolling Stone"
The music lovers magazine! Rock & Roll, national affairs, feature stories, reviews, classified ads, and the music charts. Find out where your favorite group stands in the ratings

(Login from outside school will require a name and password, see your TL for this information.)

Art and Activity Magazines on EBSCO

Some resources to share

"Arts & Activities"
Articles for classroom art teachers on subjects dealing with art education theory and practice at the elementary and secondary levels, as well as teacher education and uses of community resources.

"Creative Kids"
Articles, fiction, & activities for primary age children; games, art, stories, poetry, & opinions for kids by kids ages 8-14.

"Teaching Pre K-8" (1991-2007)
A magazine for teachers that includes feature articles, notes on curriculum, education news, teaching with technology, teaching science, math and art, children's books and assessment.

(Login from outside school will require a name and password, see your TL for this information.)

Wikipedia Turns 10 years old, plans for the future

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday. Listen to this NPR podcast, or read the transcript to see what Wikipedia is planning for the future.

[All Things Considered]
Wikipedia, NPR, All Things Considered,


Using Primary Sources - LOC

"Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills."

LOC, Primary Sources,

Using Primary Sources - Canada

Some Primary Sources for Canadian History

Canada in the Making

Virtual Museum of Canada

Library and Archives Canada

smartboard lessons with a library focus

found this site with some good stuff for library.

Bennington Elementary (South West Vermont) has some great library themed Smartboard Templates on its SLRC website.

  • Just Right Book
  • Dewey Book Buddy
  • Fiction or Non-fiction
  • Parts of a Book
  • Reference Materials

PE, Recess, and Beyond - Whole Child Podcast

"Join us throughout December and January as we explore why physical activity and physical education (PA & PE) are critical to educating the whole child. We’ll examine the research about the need for PA & PE; explore some of the recent criticism; examine the relationship between PA & PE and academic achievement, engagement, and social and emotional health and learning; and consider how physical activity can be expanded across the day."


ALA Award winners for 2011

Here is a list of ALA Awards 2011 winners:

•John Newbery Medal
"Moon over Manifest," written by Clare Vanderpool

•Randolph Caldecott Medal
"A Sick Day for Amos McGee," illustrated by Erin E. Stead

•Michael L. Printz Award
"Ship Breaker," written by Paolo Bacigalupi

For the rest of the winners, visit this link:

ALA Award winners for 2010

Here is a list of ALA Awards 2010 winners:

•John Newbery Medal
“When You Reach Me” written by Rebecca Stead

•Randolph Caldecott Medal
“The Lion & the Mouse” illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney

•Michael L. Printz Award
"Going Bovine" written by Libba Bray

For the rest of the winners, visit this link:


Creative Commons licensed music

Songs, Loops and Tracks
Looking for some music to add to a digital story-telling project? Mood music for the classroom? Inspiration for a creative writing exercise?
Take a look at these two sites. (I like the Jazz offerings!)

  - (Creative Commons)