Library Links

"Content that might be of interest to Teacher-Librarians..."


Wireless iPad Projector Display

Tammy's Tip No. 116 - Airplay without AppleTV

You've got an iPad, and you've got a laptop connected to a projector, but no iPad adapter, or even an AppleTV. What to do!

"Now there are two great and inexpensive (less than $15) options for doing a wireless display from the iPad (or an iPhone 4S or 5) to a projector. Actually, you will need to display to a computer that is connected to a projector, but you probably already have that setup...."

Visit Tammy's site to find out more about "Reflection" and "Airserver".

Printable dice with text and images

A free printable dice maker

"Tools for Educators offers a free printable dice maker -  this worksheet wizard allows you to create dice with pictures, dice with text or printable dice with both images and text."

Print, fold and tape (or glue) to create dice with story prompts (Make an adjective die, verb die and a noun die.), lit circle roles, book club questions, or whatever else you can think of. Fun for math, FSL or ELL classes.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Graphic Novel

Graphic Novels - Who, What, Why, Where, etc

This "GoogleBooks Preview" is good, not only for aspiring artists, but for TLs wanting to know a bit more about the ins-and-outs of the graphic novel phenomenon.

Review: "Here is a clear, beginning-to-end guide to creating a graphic novel—from developing a concept to getting it to readers. Heavily illustrated, this book explains the tools used, demonstrates techniques, and offers tricks of the trade. Writers and illustrators alike will find it the best overall introduction to the world of graphic novels.


It’s All About Text Appeal: Readers’ advisory that makes a difference

Teach your kids how to speak intelligently about books.

Olga Nesi ( a librarian at the Joseph B. Cavallaro Intermediate School, writes about how she gives her students the vocabulary to speak meaningfully about the books they want to read.

"I realized I had to expand my students' reading horizons by teaching them to speak intelligently and thoughtfully about their book preferences. But what was the best way to do that?

"To help solve the problem, I turned to Mary K. Chelton, my mentor at the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in New York, for guidance. She suggested that I take a close look at Joyce Saricks's Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library (Google Preview - ALA, 2005). This book gave me the clarity I'd been craving—a complete explanation of the elusive concept I'd been trying to convey to my students.


What Should I Read Next? Book recommendations

"Automated" Readers' Advisory

Sometimes you just need a few suggestions! WSIRN serves up a list of "compatible" reads, with links to the Amazon database for info and purchase price. It's another way to point an avid reader to titles s/he may not have considered. The results may be quirky since they are based on other readers' lists, but you might just find a gem of a referral.


YA Not-Just-Books Book Club

A virtual book club!

Stacey, part-time YA library assistant, part-time children's library assistant, writes a blog featuring a new book once a month. I like the writing style and the wide variety of titles she presents. She uses blogger as the anchor point for an online book club that teens can subscribe to. Great idea.


Report: How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

For students today, "research = Googling."

An interesting look at the research "smarts" and data-collecting habits of teens. The quote below highlights the limited range of strategies adolescents use. This has important implications for the role of teacher-librarians. Who will teach students and their teachers to maximize use of databases, navigate online encyclopedias and other eTexts, and formulate powerful search strings?

"According to the teachers in this study, perhaps the most fundamental impact of the internet and digital tools on how students conduct research is how today's digital environment is changing the very definition of what "research" is and what it means to "do research."  Ultimately, some teachers say, for students today, "research = Googling."  Specifically asked how their students would define the term "research," most teachers felt that students would define the process as independently gathering information by "looking it up" or "Googling."  And when asked how middle and high school students today "do research," the first response in every focus group, teachers and students, was "Google."


Science Books - interviews with authors

Books featured on "Quirks and Quarks"

Looking for the latest news on hot science titles? "Quirks and Quarks" has created a special page to feature books mentioned on this CBC award-winning science show. Each title is accompanied by a written review and an audio file of the author interview. The range of subjects is broad and the interviews are very interesting!



Kay Toliver - Math teacher

Make Math exciting

Kay Toliver walks through the fundamental principles of teaching methods and techniques she used in the classroom. Included are some clips from her Pro-D series on Math education at the Elementary level. (This link also points to some articles written by Ms Toliver on the subject of Math and motivation.)

"My educational philosophy is simple: All students can learn. It is a teacher's job to expand minds and take children from the known to unknown."



Full-Time School Librarians Boost Student Test Scores in Reading

School Library Journal Summit 2012: TLs Boost Test Scores

"Access to a full-time school librarian increases student test scores, closes the achievement gap, and improves writing skills, according to a new study of Pennsylvania public schools conducted by the Colorado-based RSL Research Group."

Kicking off SLJ's annual "Leadership Summit" this year was the presentation of the results of the first comprehensive study of Pennsylvania school libraries in ten years.


National Library of France (BnF) Launches iPad App

"La bibliothèque nationale de la France" offre 2 millions de documents

"There's a new iPad app from the National Library of France that gives access to more than 2 million digitized documents (240,000 books, 880,000 pamphlets and news magazines, 470,000 images, sheet music and more) from the collection's Gallica database. (New items will be added weekly.)"

(Sur le site iTunes: Retrouvez les collections numérisées de la Bibliothèque nationale de France avec l'application Gallica. Près de 2 millions de documents y sont accessibles gratuitement : livres, fascicules de presse, revues, manuscrits, photographies, estampes, affiches, cartes, partitions…)


PDF poster of First Peoples' Principles of Learning

FN Principles of Learning (downloadable poster via link)

  • Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
  • Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
  • Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one's actions.
  • Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities.
  • Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge.
  • Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.
  • Learning involves patience and time.
  • Learning requires exploration of one's identity.
  • Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations.

Seventh Generation - Mad Science Experiments gr 1-10

Fun, interactive and educational science activities

Published by FNESC for the "Seventh Generation Club" (a club for First Nations youth) these science activities from Mad Science ("sparking the imagination and curiosity of children") are fun, interactive and educational activities appropriate for various grade levels. Each 22 page booklet contains a dozen exeriments teachers can model for their students.

Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6, Book 7, Book 8, Book 9, Book 10



Wizard Tool for Searching

Build your query then click Search

Use the fields to build a complex, advanced Google search.

This tool is built on Google's Advanced Search and conducts a Google search with the keywords that you fill in for each field. As you type, WATCH as the Wizard builds your query in the search box above. Then click Search. Evaluate the results and revise your keywords to get the best results for your topic!


Information Fluency Project

Digital Information Fluency

"What's the DIF? Digital Information Fluency that is? This group is dedicated to the proposition that part of the mission is to teach 21st Century Information Fluency Skills to each other and our students. (Let's share ideas and energy!)


Five-Minute Film Festival: Happy Halloween!

Youtube Clips for the Scary Season

Some seasonal video clips (with resources) to use for Halloween.

"Whatever your thoughts are on Halloween, it's a time of rich history and cultural traditions. People around the world are celebrating some variation on the theme at the end of October and in early November, from Samhain to Dia de Los Muertos. I've put together a list of video treats and tricks to delight you and your students."


The Teacher's Guide to Facebook

Advantages and Pitfalls of Social Media

"A simple and popular workaround for awkward or potentially unprofessional interactions is to use Facebook pages, groups or separate accounts in the classroom. Pages are essentially separate profiles that students can "Like" in order to receive updates, and you can add students to groups in order to stay connected. Creating a separate profile for yourself is an easy way to prevent students from seeing any personal information that you would normally have on Facebook."



EcoKids - teaching resources

Environmental Education resource guide

You'll find a set of new lesson plans (tailored to the Ontario Elementary Science and Technology curriculum), incorporating the 2008 Environmental Education "Scope and Sequence of Expectations" resource guide (more new lesson plans will be added throughout the year), in French and English, including:

  • Printable handouts & assessment materials for each lesson
  • Activity sheets & topical handouts
  • A searchable interface of resources
  • A national contest - "The Great EcoKids Challenge"
  • Literacy Corner—a resource list of books with teaching tools
  • ESL lessons and resources
  • A "Class Kits" section to order stickers, bookmarks and posters
  • And much more!

Smore - Design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly

Design online promos

Create very slick "flyer-style" web-based promotions for activities and programs. This could be a fun way to promote your DEAR campaign, your Readers Lunch or your Halloween Book collection.


80 Ways To Use Google Forms In Your Classroom

Tom Barrett's 80 tips

Google Apps are some of the most widely used tools in education today. This extremely powerful tool can do so much and it's all free. Lucky for all of us, Tom Barrett has built a crowdsourced Google Doc (of course) of more than 80 ways to use the forms part of Google Drive in the classroom!


iPad Literature Circles

Literature Circles with mobile devices

Conducting Literature Circles with mobile devices such as the iPad, not only provides immediate access to a diverse selection of books, but also to reference materials, research tools, interactive maps, and a slew of creation and dynamic notebook apps. Within this single device, students can quickly check the meaning of a word, run a quick background check on a historic event, or articulate their understanding of text with a range of multimedia apps. Teachers can now easily differentiate the processes students can use to demonstrate understanding.


How to speak French like a Quebecker – Le québécois en 10 leçons

Get a true taste of French, as spoken by Quebecers

If you've been to Québec, it's good for a laugh!
Audio files, transcriptions and explanations (includes a link to chapter one of the book for previewing):

"Alexandre Coutu is a polyglot, translator, language coach, course designer and occasional interpreter. He just published a course on spoken Québec French called "Le québécois en 10 leçons". Today he'll share some of the most prominent features of the dialect, and we've included audio samples so you can get a true taste for the how it truly sounds, as spoken by Quebecers!"


App Talk - ERAC on apps for education

Building a solid list of quality apps

Coming soon: see what ERAC is planning for apps for education:

"Our goal is to have a solid list of quality apps.  More is not always better, so our evaluators will only list apps that have a rating of at least a 4 out of 5.  Starting in March, we will be adding approximately 10 apps per week until June and then we will review the entire collection to look for gaps etc.


Bullying prevention is more about listening than talking

Make space for every life in our school to be heard

"There are many activities to do and speeches to give during Bullying Prevention Month. A key, however, is not so much what we say but how often we step back to listen, how often we make space for every life in our school to be heard.


Critical Challenge Questions in Socials by Grade Level

Transform your teaching with Critical Challenge Questions

This collection of lesson plans from LearnAlberta helps teachers engage students in becoming better critical thinkers while learning about the content of the curriculum.


Stop Bullying: Speak Up - Simon and Schuster booklists

SImon and Schuster Anti-Bullying Resources

"Schuster and Cartoon Network have partnered to promote "Stop Bullying: Speak Up" during October's National Bullying Prevention Month.  We are pleased to provide resources for kids, parents, and educators to encourage discussion of bullying prevention.

You will find:
  • Booklists
  • Book Discussion Guides
  • Anti-bullying tips
  • Authors Speak out