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Save from them from extinction!

Non-circulating Books in your collection?

Do you have titles that just don't budge off the shelf? Maybe they need a higher profile.

Caren Long from Clinto NC has this great idea for books that don't circulate and are therefore in danger of being weeded. She used her OPAC to create a list of the top 100 endangered books (ones with ZERO circulations!). She plans to make a display to entice students to sign them out, with the idea that they are "endangered" and will be "extinct" if no one reads them.  

Some other ideas to check out:


National Video Competition -- "Canada as a Multi-Faith Society" -Mar31

Think! Film! Direct! Edit!
(Go to site for details)

Are you a youth between the ages of 16 and 25? Are you able to create a 30 second video sharing your thoughts on Canada as a Multi-Faith Society?

Eligibility... Youth 15-25 who are residents of Canada are eligible to participate.
 All entrants and participants in the video must sign a release form authorizing the CRRF to use the entry as Public Service Announcements in any and all forms of media.

How to Participate...
Videos should be posted to YouTube under your own personal YouTube account. The link, registration form and release should be sent to the following email address: Deadline extended to by March 31, 2013.


Jacob's Lessons - ABA Activities for Kindergarten and Special Needs

Sequencing, Matching, Reading and more!

While these are intended as ABA activities, all young students could benefit from these lessons. Great fun projected on a Smartboard for all to try!

"The lessons are an effective way to teach young children on the autism spectrum beginning computer skills and is useful as a complement to Applied Behavior Analysis programming. These are meant to be done with an adult during the lesson, not as an independent activity for the child."

A sequencing lesson asking the student to drag pictures into the correct order on screen. (Flash)


Minimalist Posters That Cleverly Showcase Famous Scientists

Posters that subtly highlight famous discoveries
Look at these clever images that point to scientists' contributions to the world. This would be a fun project for students to undertake - representing a discovery using only the researcher's name and an optional additional graphic element.

"For decades, that one poster of Einstein sticking his tongue out has been the go-to dorm-room decoration for eager science majors. Thankfully for the design-savvy future physicists of the world, Indian graphic designer Kapil Bhagat celebrated his home country's recent National Science Day by creating a series of attractive posters that subtly highlight famous scientists' most important discoveries. Darwin's theory of evolution plays out typographically; the "o" in Newton's name becomes his famous apple; and, yes, Einstein's famous equation gets a clever shout out."



17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids

Internet safety for K-12 students

"Planet Nutshell produces short animated videos to explain products, services, and concepts. One of their series of videos is all about the Internet and Internet safety for K-12 students. The series is called NetSafe and it has 17 episodes that were produced for the Utah Education Network. The videos are labeled with grade levels so that students in high school don't watch videos designed for K-3 students. The first few videos in the series are in terms that K-3 students can understand."


Building Academic Vocabulary

How to increase vocab mastery?

Students who have poor academic vocabulary run the risk of falling further and further behind their peers. Rote memorization, a common strategy, has been found to be largely ineffective - what else works better? Here's a quick video review of Marzano and Pickering's 6 strategies from the ASCD book "Building Academic Vocabulary" which seeks to help teachers build students' academic vocabulary in effective ways.



Short videos - Science of Innovation

An eleven-part series of short Science clips

"This series, created by the NSF, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and NBC Learn, explores the science of innovation. Narrated by newscaster Ann Curry, each segment is approximately five minutes. The offerings include "What is Innovation?" "Biofuels," "3-D Printing," and "Electronic Tattoos."  Inventors and inventions transform the way we communicate, travel and live our daily lives--thanks to the creative process of innovation.


700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities | Open Culture

Want to learn something new?

There are now so many offerings in the realm of online courses, it's hard to keep up. OpenCulture has assembled a list of 700 free course materials from some of the world's leading universities. While the list is not exhaustive, you'll find something here for everyone!


Ten Tips for Better Book Displays

658.8 – Practical Marketing for Public Libraries
Breath new life into your displays. Susan Brown offers lots of ideas on this blog and riffs on the intersection of marketing and advocacy in public libraries. Many blogposts are applicable to the school setting as well. Check out her suggestions on this and other posts.


Apple TV In The Classroom: 4 Reasons To Try It Out - Edudemic

Effortlessly navigate the learning space

"If you like to use your iPhone, iPad or laptop in your classroom because it allows you to effortlessly navigate the learning space, one of the greatest frustrations can be having to constrain yourself to the vicinity of the projector cable every time you want to share your screen with the class. AppleTV to the rescue!"


Online Smarts - Creative Guide for Teachers and Parents

Guidance on how to protect personal privacy

"Young people need guidance on how to protect their personal privacy. More and more gadgets and toys offer the option of going online - even traditional stuffed animals now come with codes that allow kids to register online and play with other kids! And young people are embracing this technology, going online to connect with friends and make new ones, to buy products, listen to music, watch videos, play games, learn - the list could go on and on. The following information is intended as a guide to address important data privacy issues that relate especially to youth. Each section starts with an important privacy issue and then offers ideas for generating discussion about that issue."


Reaching Readers Through NoveList - Webinar

"A Solution for Reaching Readers"
Attend a webinar on "Reaching Readers Through NoveList." (44 minutes) Watch a recorded version of the session. Find out about some of the various NoveList features that are available. (in Novelist Plus K-8, NoveList Plus, etc)

(You may need to install the webex add on first, quit your browser and relaunch - just follow the prompts.)


Canadian Awards for Children's Literature

Interested in Canadian Award winners?

Every year, there is much excitement about the Newbery and Caldecott winners. Here are the worthy books crowned in Canada:

Governor General's Literacy Award up to 2012 (scroll down)

Canadian Library Association gives three yearly awards to children/juvenile books:
CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award

Red Cedar Award winners (BC)

A complete list of awards presented to books in Canada


Maple Syrup Fun for Core French

It is Maple Syrup time!
(Thanks Janet M. for the links)

As a way to support your FSL/Core French lessons, here are some links/resources you might like to share with your class.  (Songs, video clips, slideshows, lesson plans.) This is fun to do in connection with the "Festival du Bois" and other spring-type celebrations.

CBC archive -shows all of the steps from tapping the tree to making the syrup:
(Program: Klahanie   Broadcast Date: Dec. 13, 1978) starts with an ad.

Ma Cabane à sucre au Canada (clips from families at a sugar shack)

Sugar Time (song): a simple song, written and sung by William Weaver with a slideshow of the Weaver's Sugar Bush.

Le temps des sucres (histoire et chansons):

Reel du sirop d'érable (folk dance with music).

Biliothèque Franco-américaine: Lesson ideas with links/resources:

Lesson ideas: Cabane à Sucre Activities For Kids

Taffy/La Tire recipe (If you don't have access to real Maple Taffy)

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YAACing Spring 2013 - BCLA e-magazine

For children's and teen specialists in BC libraries

YAACING is published four times per year (by Young Adults and Children's Services of the BCLA) and is always looking for submissions that might interest children's and teen specialists in BC libraries. They accept news items, articles, program descriptions and ideas, conference reports, and much more


"A Class Divided" PBS documentry

A microcosm of society in a third-grade classroom

In this documentary, learn about the ground breaking social experiment in discrimination that occured in 1968, in Iowa. Jame Elliot divided her class into "blue eyes" and "brown eyes" teaching her students important lessons in bigotry and acceptance. (What the full show in streaming format - includes a link to a teacher's guide)
"Producer William Peters tells the story of how Jane Elliott changed her lesson plan on the morning after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. Jane Elliott discusses her abiding sense that her lesson in bigotry is as necessary today as it was in 1968.

Find out: What is Jane Elliott doing today? ... What has been the film's impact over the past 30 years? ... How has it affected Elliott's own life??


Are you an Art Teacher? Do you teach Art?

Video workshops to enhance your program

The Annenberg Channel has many fabulous resources to help teachers with their own professional development. Check out these offerings for educators who teach art: for the generalist and the specialist. (Video materials can be purchased on DVD or viewed online.)

Discover how the principles of good teaching are implemented in the visual and performing arts. A video workshop for high school teachers.

View outstanding examples of Western art and architecture in this video series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners.

A multimedia course exploring works of art throughout time and human cultures.

Explore different ways to introduce the arts into the classroom in this video library forK-5 classroom teachers and arts specialists.

Discover some new ideas about working with the arts in this video workshop for K-5 classroom and arts specialist teachers.