Library Links

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


Jan Brett videos

Here is a nice site for those of you doing Jan Brett stories:

Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop - read this book online

A book you might be interested in reading or recommending to others. (See link below to read entire book online)

In Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop, Patrick maintains that the benefits of conferring are worth the effort of learning to do it well. Then he sets out to reveal how teachers can overcome their perceived obstacles and make the somewhat intangible aspect of conferring with readers tangible.
(When you go to the page, look for the "Preview Book online" link:

Polar Express (and other stories) read on-line

Another resource you or your teachers might want to use.

Featured book:
The Polar Express - read on-line, with captions, some sounds, and images from the book.
read by Lou Diamond Phillips.

Books for Boys

Another book list site to check out.
The author has divided boys into 4 "types" and has suggested titles for each personality.
(The "Find a book" button in the upper right hand corner of the page is another place to start.)

Web 2.0 Teacher Training Videos

Teacher Training Videos

...Russell Stannard, a lecturer at the University of Westminster (UK) has created a ton of training videos for many of the common educational technology tools; he covers Moodle, Twitter, Audacity, Wordpress, Jing, podcasting, and many more useful tools ...

Read Kiddo Read

Nicely laid-out book recommendation site written by James Patterson

Ignite - A presentation strategy

I was just sent this interesting link.

"Ignite captures the best of geek culture in a series of five-minute speed presentations.Imagine that you're on stage in front of an audience of hundreds of people, doing a five-minute presentation using a slide deck that auto-forwards every 15 seconds, whether you're ready or not. What would you do? What would you say?"

I wonder if this would make a good "frame" for students giving "stand and deliver" presentations to a class? Perhaps it would put a bit more excitement into the standard Powerpoint assignments.

Visual Literacy Strategies for the K-5 Classroom

Engaging the Eye Generation
Visual Literacy Strategies for the K-5 Classroom

In Engaging the Eye Generation, library media specialist and National Board Certified Teacher Johanna Riddle draws on twenty-five years of education experience to show teachers how to update the curriculum for twenty-first century learners.

If you are interested in this topic, or know a staff member who is, you can read the Introduction and first chapter of the book on-line by following the link below:

Podcast of the author speaking

“RADCAB” ™ A mnemonic acronym for information evaluation

Thought this might be useful
“RADCAB” ™ A mnemonic acronym for information evaluation.

Posters and bookmarks too!

Booktrailers - for your library site

If you are looking for a way to spice up your library site, consider adding some links to some Booktrailers.
If you search Youtube, you can find lots of different clips, readings and professionally produced promos for a variety of levels.
If you're feeling ambitious, you can create a playlist and combine several (see link below).

The Chinese Experience in BC - new website at UBC

A great resource hosted on UBC library servers, for studying the Chinese Experience in BC
(Good also for Heritage Fair projects...lots of Primary Source Documents)

Chinese-Canadian communities in British Columbia have a long and rich history, dating back to the 1858 Fraser Valley gold rush. It is a history punctuated with racial tension, struggles for equality, and cultural traditions.

Click on the headings in the left-hand navigation bar to read stories and view photographs of the earliest generations of Chinese-Canadians, from 1850-1950. Illustrated throughout with quotations from the works of Chinese-Canadian author Wayson Choy, this website will also link you to the digitized holdings of the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection at the UBC Library, and the Yip family and Yip Sang Ltd. fonds at City of Vancouver Archives.

The collections can also be browsed by subjects listed in the “Search the collections” box on the right hand side of each page, or searched using keywords in the search box.

Fwd: Arts & Activities Magazine - articles and online

Arts & Activities Magazine

Articles for classroom art teachers on subjects dealing with art education, theory and practice at the elementary and secondary levels, as well as teacher education and uses of community resources.

Here's the link to the magazine in EBSCO - (to get individual articles in PDF format) (Password needed.)

Here's a link to the website from the magazine publisher

And a link to view the entire current magazine in a "flippable" format
(Previous edition articles can be accessed via EBSCO)

Free online educational-video library

Here's a good assortment of Educational, on-line videos: 

Wikipedia co-founder launches online educational-video library
Larry Sanger, who co-founded the Web site Wikipedia, has launched a site that provides free access to a library of educational videos for students ages 3 to 18. The site -- -- features links to more than 11,000 videos in 2,000 categories that include history, math, science and other subjects. Sanger described it as "YouTube meets Wikipedia."

Videos connected to kids' books

Mario Ramos - Belgian children's author - Website

For Immersion TLs

Mario Ramos - Belgian children's author (picture books)
Posters, a great video clip, post cards

On-line video - 26 minutes.
(The video is great...about why he does what he does, his themes, his "démarche", etc. Probably better for upper intermediate (and maybe even high school) because of the sophistication of his explanations, but some parts are fun for younger kids.)

A collection of Teen Reading Lists (SLJ)

For those of you looking for teen reading lists:

Hudson's Bay Company's history - as downloadable PDFs

Apologies if you've seen this before.
HBC is offering downloadable versions of 3 eBooks.  (with teacher guide)
These could be printed and used in class, or even read from a digital projector as a "whole class" activity. With a Smartboard, you might even annotate, circle, highlight etc. as you go. (You could read it using the "spotlight" effect in Notebook10.) You could also link this to your library or class website as a resource for home consultation.

Also available in French:
"We are pleased to announce that all these publications are now available as downloads from the e-books section of our website. Educators are invited to download and print them at will."

Google Books now has magazines

Many of you are aware that Google books allows full, limited or snippet view of books. (You can look at the "more" tab in a google search and select "books". You will also find a full view of a number of magazines. See the post below.
"Not all of these magazines are current issues--some are only for a specific time period (2007 or even earlier, but some are up to 2009)---but they might be of interest for browsing for specific content."

WWI & II propaganda poster slide show

There is a good WWI propaganda poster slide show (among many other things)
You might like to forward it to any Socials 11 teachers you know!


WWII rationing posters sildeshow

Fwd: Metaphors & Analogies - Read text online

ASCD has this very interesting resource.
Browse it on-line! (see link below)