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Classroom makeover - Kindergarten style - webcast

Kindergarten Makeover: ETFO Edition
"What happens when you realize that your beliefs about how young children learn best do not match the way you are teaching? This webcast was developed to help Kindergarten teachers solve this dilemma. By offering reflective questions, practical suggestions, and a model of the experience of two young teachers, ETFO hopes to make the challenges of a classroom makeover something that Kindergarten teachers feel prepared to tackle."


Watching Reel Injun with your students - Secondary

June 21 - National Aboriginal Day
Celebrate with the nation by watching Reel Injun with your students. Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of Aboriginal peoples throughout a century of cinema. Reel Injun is suitable for classroom use in secondary and post-secondary education, in courses such as film studies, social studies, media and communications, ethics and history.    The accompanying teacher's guide contains discussion topics and questions grouped into key topic areas, chapters and themes, giving educators the flexibility to present excerpts from Reel Injun or the entire movie.National Aboriginal Day

Online session on "The use of social media in schools"

How Our School Adopted Social Media, One Small Step at a Time  
by Eric Sheninger

The event is a N.J. School Boards Association (NJSBA) live event called Learn@Lunch, and the speaker is Eric Sheninger ( principal at New Milford High School.

Sheninger writes, "small changes, combined  with many others, are beginning to have a huge impact on  the teaching, learning, and community culture of my school."


Looking to Read some Librarian Blogs?

Read what librarians of all stripes are saying by browsing this list.

Public libraries, school settings, community groups and more. There are many folks working in the field of librarianship, and they have lots to say!

"Being a librarian these days is about a lot more than getting lost among stacks of books. It's a career of technology and of the transmittance of knowledge, and as such many librarians have taken to the web, sharing their thoughts and musings all across the blogosphere. Here, we bring you what we think are some of the best library-related blogs that the internet has to offer."

Books Everyone should read?

"Must-Read" Consensus Cloud
An article on the site, points to work David McCandless has done in assembling
"the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100's. Both popular and high-brow. They included all Pulitzer Prize winners, Desert Island Discs choices from recent years, Oprah's Bookclub list, and, of course, The Guardian's Top 100 Books of All Time."

He has put together a "neat 'consensus cloud' visualisation of the most mentioned books titles across the polls."

Here's the image:

Differentiation Resource - preview online

Differentiation - From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12
by Rick Wormeli
Read the first chapter of this book online on the Stenhouse site.

"In this addition to differentiated learning literature, Rick Wormeli takes readers step-by-step from the blank page to a fully crafted differentiation lesson."

Learning to Trust the Amateurs - Somewhat

Ask an Expert or an Amateur?
Should we be getting our information from professionals or amateurs? What are the pitfalls and benefits? Jamie McKenzie has some interesting things to say on this topic:

"This article is part of Chapter Sixteen of Jamie's new book "Lost and Found" which begins shipping in September.  This chapter begins with a section exploring the benefits of affinity and then moves on to consider the pros and cons of amateur information - sources like Wikipedia and YELP."

By Jamie McKenzie, ©2011, all rights reserved.

Aesthetics of Joy

Can Design really make a difference?

In interesting perspective on the world of colour and design, and how we can plan for the expression of joy in our everyday environment. Ingrid Fetell also links to a number of other blogs and sites that explore these issues. Good inspiration for Art teachers and senior Art students.

"Aesthetics of Joy is a blog and book-in-progress by Ingrid Fetell, exploring the intersection between design and positive emotion."


DPA tracking has gone mobile

Learnnowbc is now offering a mobile access point for the Daily Physical Activity tracking site.
"Designed specifically for smart phones and touch interfaces, the new myDPA mobile DPA tracker Web site can help you track your activities wherever and whenever it's most convenient."

See the main site for other extras as well:

Journaux Télévisés - en ligne

Les Niouzz (RTBF - Belgique)

12 infos de Cyprien

JT Quotidien - anciennes émissions

Télé (Radio Canada) Le téléjournal de midi

TF1 - pas conçu pour les jeunes

Radio-Canada: Videos Jeunesse

TOU.TV (Radio Canada)
" est une webtélé de divertissement axée sur la vidéo sur demande. Les vidéos sont offertes gratuitement par Radio-Canada ainsi que par une vingtaine de diffuseurs et de producteurs partenaires."

TV5 Canada
Offre des émissions diffusées en-ligne.
(À voir: les documentaires
"Variations francophones"
"Une langue qui nous rassemble"

Teacher's Guide to Facebook

Welcome to the Teacher's Guide to using Facebook!
Here is a useful doc that explains how setting up a "teacher profile" on Facebook, along with some additional food for thought on the use of social media sites for education professionals.

"This guide is intended to help you set up a profile using Facebook which best suits your personal and professional lives.This guide was written to educate you on ways of establishing your profiles which uphold your professional image."
Facebook, Teachers' guide,


50 Books For An 11-Year-Old?

A New Reading Challenge?  One book a week, or there-abouts.

"Britain, that most bookish of countries, has seen some heated debate this year about how many books children should be reading. Education Secretary Michael Gove believes an 11-year-old should read 50 books a year..."

While any list is arbitrary, it's interesting to see what others say are "essential" reading.
Click below for the rest of the article and a list of the "50 books"

2011 Summer Rejuvenation Guide

Ten Teacher Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Summer
(George Lucas Educational Foundation)
"During the rush of the school year, free time is an  all-too-scarce commodity for busy teachers. Summer’s another story.  More relaxed schedules allow a little breathing room to reflect, collaborate,  plan ahead—or just unwind. The time off is all important for helping  teachers get reinvigorated and ready for the new school year.  Whether your summer plans call for getting fit, heading off on an  adventure, or just watching the stars under the nighttime sky, you’ll find ideas in this resource-packed guide to help you make the most of your break from the bell schedule."

The colour PDF can be downloaded with free registration here.

Folktales on Stage: Children's Plays for Reader's Theater

Folktales on Stage: Children's Plays for Reader's Theater
"Folktales on Stage is a collection of reader's theater scripts for young readers, adapted by award-winning children's author Aaron Shepard from his own folktale retellings. A wide variety of countries and cultures is represented, including Native America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia, and China. The scripts may be freely copied, shared, and performed for educational, noncommercial purposes."

Preview on Google Books

Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper, Gr 3-8 - Preview online

"In Writing to Explore, David and Peter demonstrate how to teach adventure writing, which integrates nonfiction and fiction and motivates students to write with imagination, curiosity, and a hunger to learn everything about their topic."

Writing to Explore gives you everything you need to carry out an exciting "adventure writing project" in grades 3-8. Includes student samples and practical teaching tips.

To Preview the entire book online, click on the "Table of Contents" tab, and select the "Browse Book" link. (Book loads in Adobe Flash viewer.)

Four Instant (and Fun and Reflective) No-Prep Teacher Workshops

The Dog Ate My Study Group Plans! Four Instant Teacher Workshops (E-GUIDE)

Ideas for those involved in leading literacy study groups.  Great for jumpstarting discussions.

"If you're leading a workshop today and you've got nothing prepared, here are some activities guaranteed to interest virtually any group of colleagues and spark some lively discussion. These are the ones we pull out in those rare situations when (for whatever reason) we haven't had time to prepare anything. Most can be used repeatedly, even in the same year with minor variations, if your colleagues find them enjoyable."

Infographic on The State of Wikipedia |

A "graphic" timeline of Wikipedia development, readership and content.
An interesting visula to share with students when explaining the scope and readership of Wikipedia.


Lee Rainie - The Networked Librarian

"The Networked Librarian" - BayNet Annual Meeting Presentation
by Lee Rainie  (Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project)

"At the BayNet Annual Meeting on May 6 at the San Francisco Public Library, Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project discussed the latest research findings of the Project about how Americans use the Internet and cell phones. He described how libraries can be actors in building and participating in social networks through their use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogging and through delivering their time-tested -- and trusted -- services to their patrons."

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