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Privacy Activity Sheets for Kids

Six activity sheets to get the conversation started

"Kids today go online earlier in life than ever before – [...]  We have created these six activity sheets to give parents and educators a fun way to get the conversation started. The sheets appear in order of difficulty, ranging from very simple (a colouring page) to more difficult (a simple cryptography activity)."

There is also a link to the "Social Smarts" comic/graphic novel.

All materials are also available "en français"



Promote your library on Twitter

Tweet your displays and activities!

Do you want to tweet out your library happenings but feel you need some pointers? Try creating a PicCollage image first. You can use colours, overlay text and apply some cool effects and frames. The finished product can be saved to your camera roll and then uploaded as a single pic to tweet out to parents, colleagues and the world!

Here are a couple of videos (and a help page) to review the basics:

Video: PicCollage (How to create a collage)

Help Doc: Post Twitter pics on iPad

Video: How to use Twitter on the iPad (more general explanation of options of your options.)

Finally, here are some more ideas for tweets.

"Using Twitter right from your cell phone  [or iPad]  enables librarians to provide the entire school community with a window into their library. Tracy Karas a Librarian in New York City uses her phone to Tweet updates about new books that have come in, to celebrate student successes, to provide reminders about upcoming events and more."  [LINK]


Changing YouTube Playback Speed

Slow the video for second language learners!

Adrian explains how to change the playback speed of a Youtube video. While he mentions why you might want to speed up the playback (ie. boring clip), second language teachers will be delighted to know that you can select 1/2 playback too. While the audio quality will vary depending on the original enunciation, it can make a rapid-fire French video much easier to grasp for FSL students. (ELL teachers could also find this useful.)

Tip: Don't forget to see if the clip has captions - sometimes the "on-the-fly" captions are laughable, but you might be lucky.

(merci ALP de m'avoir donner la suggestion!)