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Audiobooks: Is listening as good as reading?

Do you need the text in front of you?

Text or audio? This article explores some of the issues...
"In a 2012 New Yorker essay, author and journalist John Colapinto added to the debate, noting that the oral tradition may have developed along with human language. Humanity's long history of storytelling -- which predates written language by tens of thousands of years -- supports the argument that our brains originally adapted to absorb long, complex fictions not by eye, but by ear, he said. [...] University of Virginia psychology professor Dan Willingham said research that breaks down how people learn to process written language suggests that once people master reading, their comprehension is the same, whether they are absorbing printed or narrated texts. "




Support design based learning

"learnXdesign was founded by a consortium of science centers led by the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) to create and share resources to support design based learning in out of school settings. learnXdesign offers design based learning resources for the broader informal learning community, particularly the after-school community, and creates strategies for sustaining these programs that may be applicable to multiple settings, ranging from libraries to youth clubs."



6 Ways to Use Book Creator in Science Classrooms

Labs, adventures, scrapbooks and more.

Monica Burns is a fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom. In this column, she shares some ideas for using Book Creator in  science. She is a "Book Creator Ambassador" and travels to schools to lead workshops on technology integration across the content areas.

Visit her website at for creative education technology tips and technology lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards.



Best Books for Kids - Lots of Booklists

Stories that are bound to spark kids' imagination

"Sure, your kids love Harry Potter and Twilight -- but what else will keep young bookworms reading? Whether you're on the hunt for classic kids' books or best sellers, our "best books" lists are full of stories that are bound to spark kids' imagination and keep the pages turning."
Preschoolers (2-4)
Little Kids (5-7)
Big Kids (8-9)
Tweens (10-12)
Teens (13+)


​Digital Literacy Framework: Now Complete, from K to 12

Give students the skills they need for the digital age

"MediaSmarts is pleased to announce the final installment of Use, Understand & Create: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools. Since launching the K-8 component of the framework in 2015, we have now completed the final section for grades 9-12. Teachers across the country can use this cross-curricular resource, in both official languages, to give students  the skills they need for the digital age. The framework is directly informed by extensive, Canadian research.

"The framework includes over 50 lessons and interactive games, organized by grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 12, that are aligned with seven aspects of digital literacy:

    Finding and Verifying
    Ethics and Empathy
    Privacy and Security
    Digital Health
    Consumer Awareness
    Community Engagement
    Making and Remixing

"The seventh aspect, Making and Remixing, is new to the grade 9-12 component, and  encourages students across Canada to move from being media consumers to media producers, by creating and remixing their own work.


Min of Ed publishes changes to graduation requirements.

What This Means for Students

Students entering Grade 10 in the 2017/18 school year will be the first group where the new requirements apply entirely. Changes in curriculum, assessments and graduation requirements are being phased-in over the next few years.
The number of credits required to graduate remains the same.
New curriculum and provincial assessments are the key differences between the previous (2004) Graduation Program and the new 2017 Graduation Program. 
Curriculum being implemented with the 2017 Graduation Program has been redesigned. The new curriculum will help teachers create learning environments that are both engaging and personalized for students.


Comics in the Classroom

dd some 
 to your classroom

In recent years, graphic novels have expanded beyond superhero storylines, and offer many teaching opportunities for educators who want to take advantage of their broad appeal and themes. Read
​[the article]
, and watch the videos, to find out how to add some bam! to your classroom.



Entice your teen readers

"Stay away" from the books!!

Here's a great promotional idea from Amanda Arneill using Canva:

"I was fiddling around with some "warning signs" for books and then I was inspired to come up with a whole bunch that we could use to make a window display or put up around areas of our libraries. I have attached the four that I made for my small display and I would love it if you could send me the warnings that you would want to put up to entice teen readers to "stay away" from the books. I will put all of these into a warning sign series and send them out to everyone for you to use if you would like."  (see gdrive link above for some more samples)



Five Reflective End-of-Year Activities

How to wrap up the school year

Lily Jones: "The last days of the school year are ticking by. As more and more milestones get crossed off your list, you may be left wondering how to wrap up the school year. Last year I wrote about how teachers can reflect on their "shining moments" at the end of the school year. This year I've asked several teachers to share their favorite end-of-year activities in hopes that you'll find one that feels just right to use in your classroom."


Wonderful Wordless Picture Books

French or English? It doesn't matter
Link to titles

Here  is a list of some of the books Richmond has been using to support diverse learners. While the list was originally compiled for ELL learners (thank you Diane T), they are also a great fit for FI classrooms. The wordless nature of these books means that teachers can engage students at a range of language levels, from K up to 12.


"Book Page" Flowers

Text inspired Art

Use old books that are about to be discarded to bring some "Spring" to your library displays, or even add them to a book-themed gift basket for the bibliophile you know.


Canada's History - Aboriginal History

Intriguing and informative books on FNMI peoples and issues

A selection of  titles, many of which have been reviewed in Canada's History magazine.
"Among the Culture and Society titles, you'll find books on art and literature, the histories of particular peoples, and the challenges faced by Native peoples and cultures across the continent. Biographies tell of well-known historical figures such as Big Bear and Louis Riel, but also the stories of key personalities such as Frank Calder and the unique lives of people such as Marie Rose Delorme Smith. Other books examine how First Peoples have been impacted by and, sometimes, have in turn helped to shape political decisions, legal processes, and the education system."


Coding: Resources To Get You Started

Introduce the fundamentals of computational thinking

"Resources for learning about coding and how to teach it are plentiful, including a number that can be found the Internet. For a sampling of recently published books that teach the basics for K–Grade 12, see the recommended list of titles below. Some of the titles introduce the fundamentals of computational thinking that students will need to possess in order to code efficiently, while others teach a specific programming language."

(Read article for more info)


May 2016 Infotopia Newsletter

Links to explore

The Infotopia/Kidtopia May 2016 newsletter is now online as a PDF.  This month's articles include creative story writing programs for students; vocabulary practice for the SAT or ACT, as well as your own vocabulary words; links to May events;  free certificate and award maker programs; and arithmetic skill practice for grades K-4.

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More Thrifty School Library Design Tips

Great ideas to spruce up your space.

Considering a library remodel? Check out these creative, low-cost ideas from fellow librarians, some shared on Jennifer LaGarde and Mark Samberg‘s  #macgyverlibrarianship Twitter initiative. Learn more about the MacGyver Librarian Movement —and get crafty! 



New French titles from Strong Nations

The "From the Mountains to the Sea" series has been translated into French and will be available on May 11th 2016
These books have been written specifically to respond to the new B.C. Curriculum and cover most of the Aboriginal learning outcomes for both Science and Social Studies in their respective grade. (Each book is 10" X 14" -  and is bundled with supplementary resources.)
The order forms can be found on the website or by clicking here (FrenchEnglish)



Literature is back!

Using the Best Books for Teaching Readers and Writers Across Genres
"Organized by genre (picture books, traditional literature, modern fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, poetry, and nonfiction), this book places quality children's literature at the heart of literacy teaching. The authors define each genre and its values for use with students; identify exemplary texts; and provide practical, engaging research-based lessons that teach specific literacy strategies and skills to both primary and intermediate grade students."

Check out their book Literature Is Back!

Listen to the authors, Carol Fuhler and Maria Walther, discuss the importance of using quality literature in the classroom in the following video clips.


Zine Making 101

Transform your classroom into a genuine publishing house

"If you're looking to liven up your students' writing, introduce them to zines and, in the process, transform your classroom into a genuine publishing house. It is very easy to publish zines in the classroom because, in their most basic form, they require only paper, scissors, and a photocopier. Since these materials are readily available in most schools, you may already have everything you need to start making zines today."



KéZaKo et Physique à main levée- vidéos sciences en ligne

Les réponses à vos questions de sciences
Deux séries qui tentent de répondre aux questions de science que tout le monde se pose. La série "Physique à main levée" est un recueil de plus de 300 expériences commentées et validées pour l'enseignement, les loisirs et l'amusement.  



Recognizing An Historic Injustice 1914-1920

Canada's First World War Internment Operation
"The objective of this publication is to raise critical awareness among secondary school students about the largely unknown story of Canada's first national internment operations between 1914 and 1920. During this period the federal government interned thousands people, ...  most [of whom] were civilians. While it is impossible to teach all stories and events in our nation's history, the omission until very recently of this incident, has left a gap in our understanding of Canada's history."

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