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Book Trailer for Eric Carle's newest title: The Artist Who Drew Blue Horses

Eric Carle's tribute to the creative life
"I am an artist..." begins Eric Carle's vibrant tribute to the creative life. And just like an imaginative child, this is one artist who paints the world as he sees it-a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox, a black polar bear (!) and a wonderful polka-dotted donkey. Filled with some of the most magnificently colourful animals of Eric Carle's career, this is a book that celebrates imagination and the artist within us all."


Webinar on Inquiry - Neil Stephenson

Webinar on Inquiry in Social Studies
By Neil Stephenson (from Calgary Science School.)
An archived webinar on Inquiry and Social Studies.
What is rigor? What is inquiry? What makes it work?
(Use Firefox) [Link here]

More about HTH

Website Credibility - Calgary Science School Podcast

CSS Podcasts: Assessing Website Credibility
Grades: 6-9

"As part of our Collaboration and Outreach Program, the Calgary Science School is creating and sharing podcasts and PDF handouts of inquiry-based lessons designed by our teachers. We encourage feedback, comments and dialogue on the materials we publish.

This podcast contains one approach to assessing website credibility by introducing three criteria for students to use when conducting internet research projects."



PD online - webinar - iPads in Schools

iPads in Schools: Authentic Learning Opportunities (Michael Fisher)
"Mike Fisher explores iPad apps that allow students to go above and beyond the rote, letting them engage with information and use the iPad as a Digital Production Device."


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A Museum of children's Artwork

Artsonia: kids' artwork showcased
"The story of Artsonia begins with a dream that artwork created from kids around the world can be shared and enjoyed by everyone. If kids say the darndest things, imagine what they draw! Today, due to the passion of thousands of art teachers worldwide, that dream has come true.  Please enjoy the millions of pieces of kids' artwork showcased! And if you are an art educator, please join us and submit student artwork or lesson plans."
View slideshows of individual portfolios


Giller Prize Shortlist 2011

The six finalists for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize:
(Read the first few pages of each novel.)

"The Cat's Table"  
by Michael Ondaatje.
"Half-Blood Blues"
by Esi Edugyan
"Better Living Through Plastic Explosives"
by Gartner, Zsuzsi

"The Sisters Brothers"  
by Patrick DeWitt
"The Free World"  
by David Bezmozgis
"The Antagonist"  
by Lynn Coady


Dotto Tech - Show #26 - Trading eBooks

DOTTO TECH 26 Podcast- Facebook ads and eBook Lending
Steve Dotto on (Wed, 09/21/2011)

  • Trading eBooks, tablet news
  • Using Facebook for advertising
  • New phone and computer scams.
  • Apple TV

Tools for Thought: Analyze a cartoon

Learn to recognize various cartooning techniques
In this lesson from the Tools for Thought collection, students learn to recognize various techniques, such as symbolism and caricature, used by political cartoonists to convey a message. (Social studies, Literacy)


The Thinking Teacher - Activity - recognizing bias

Take 2: Recognizing Bias
"This 2 ½ minute video uses a pizza restaurant ad to give students a succinct introduction to the concept of bias. It also presents three specific questions students can ask to detect bias in the media and their daily lives. (Social studies, Social responsibility, Literacy)"


Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World

Ethical participation in new media environments
For more information, download the Introduction to Our Space [pdf], FAQ [pdf], and Road Map [pdf]. All curricular units and lessons are free and available for download as well. The full casebook [pdf - 133MB] can also be downloaded from the site.

"For most young people today, engagement with new digital media is a routine aspect of life. Through computers, mobile phones, and other handheld devices, youth can blog, tweet, participate in social networks like Facebook, play massive multi-player games, use online information sources, and share videos, stories, music, and art they've created. Important skills and knowledge can be gained from such activities, but there are also risks. For example, young people may only rarely consider what it means to be an ethical, socially responsible "citizen" on the Internet.

Our Space is a set of curricular materials designed to encourage high school students to reflect on the ethical dimensions of their participation in new media environments. Through role-playing activities and reflective exercises, students are asked to consider the ethical responsibilities of other people, and whether and how they behave ethically themselves online. These issues are raised in relation to five core themes that are highly relevant online: identity, privacy, authorship and ownership, credibility, and participation."



Videos links on student anxiety

Some video resources to help students deal with anxiety

1) Fighting their fears child and youth anxiety ()
2) Nightmare at school ()

3) Test anxiety () (gr. 7-12)

4) Don't pop your cork on Mondays () (gr. 4-7)

5) Beyond the blues: child and youth depression ()

6) A map of the mind fields : managing adolescent psychosis ()

7) XS Stress: Teens Take Control ()


Using Twitter? Here's a list of popular hashtags

The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags
"The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. Any Twitter user can categorize or follow topics with hashtags.Those hashtags (usually) mean something and are a great way to get a tweet to appear in search results or discussion monitoring."


Barnes & Noble Studio - Interviews and Videos

Meet the Writers - Barnes & Noble
(Thanks Toni)
Barnes & Noble Studio which has both video and audio interviews of authors. Fascinating and informative. Most are adult authors but there are some teen and tween authors as well. View on B&N's site or go to iTunes to download and/or view.

An interview with Lois Lowry: The Birthday Ball
Online Storytime (video readings of popular childrens' books): Give a Mouse a Cookie
Graphic novels: The Bone Series


Canadian Children's Book Awards - 2011 Shortlists and Winners

Finalists for the 2011 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards (Shortlists)

Winners of the 2011 Canadian Children's Literature Awards
Winners listed below, see "bookcentre" site for synopsis and category of each winner.

Plain Kate
Written by Erin Bow (Kitchener, ON)

I Know Here
Written by Laurel Croza (Markham, ON)
Illustrated by Matt James (Toronto, ON)

Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
Written by Susan Hughes (Toronto, ON)
Illustrated by Michael Wandelmaier (Toronto, ON)

The Glory Wind
Written by Valerie Sherrard (Miramichi, NB)

A Spy in the House
(The Agency)
Written by Y.S. Lee (Kingston, ON)



Scorio - write music on the web

Scorio - write music on the web
Scorio is a platform for anyone who wants to write, share and find sheet music online. is a tool for Web 2.0 that is designed for writing notes (Note Editor) and finding musical works on the Web (Music Search). can be easily used in any browser (better with Firefox) , bringing together composers and other musicians (community) and providing a framework for the greatest possible diversity of music-writing styles.


"One Tool at a Time" Webinar archive - Topic: Flickr Fun

Fun ways to use Flickr to support teaching and learning
(Webinar - archived - 30 mins)
Presenter: Margaret Gaudino, Instructional Technology Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD

Description: "Come learn some fun ways to use Flickr to support teaching and learning. Flickr has some great tools that allow you to select and share content with students. Participants will learn how to create Flickr Galleries, slide shows, and Geo-tag their photos. Margaret is currently an Instructional Technology Specialist in Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, developing and delivering professional development to support effective instructional strategies that integrate technology in the school library media center and classrooms. Margaret has been both a school library media specialist and an elementary classroom teacher."


Video Clips from TVA - Salut Bonjour - High School

Salut Bonjour -
A daily talk show running on TVA.
The archives of the program are searchable, with many clips that could be used in high school FSL or Immersion. One example is "Les sorties cinéma" with Daniel Daignault. (Movie reviews - see the link for a google search of Daniel's segment.) Preview clips before using - most clips start with a short commercial.


"mini-TFO" - French learning clips for primary

TFO, la télévision éducative et culturelle de l'Ontario français,
(educational and cultural television of francophone Ontario)
TFO producea a great show for kids called "mini-TFO". You will find many archived clips from their show on a variety of topic. Great for primary students learning French. Check under "catégories" to see the many themes available.

I've posted some of them below for direct access.

mini-TFO - comptines (story songs)
Scroll down for more comptines

mini-TFO - songs
Scroll down for more chansons

mini-TFO- bon ou moins bon (healthy eating)
Scroll down for more clips

mini-TFO - histoires (short stories told with puppets)
Scroll down for more clips

mini-TFO - l'artiste (art themes)
Scroll down for more clips

mini-TFO - lecture (reading practice - 59 clips)
Scroll down for more clips

Mini-TFO Activities site



A Guide to Online Resources - LOC

"Library and Information Science : A Guide to Online Sources : Library of
Congress Web Guide

These guides compile links to online resources (emphasis on free, full-text resources) in the field of field of library and information science. Intended for use by librarians, library technicians, and students in the field.

Online Repositories and Full-text Resources

Subject Guides and Resources

The Power of Open - Using Creative Commons Licensing

Open content, art and ideas to the world
The Power of Open collects the stories of creators who use Creative Commons to share their works. Some are like ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news organization that uses CC while partnering with the world's largest media companies. Others like nomadic filmmaker Vincent Moon use CC licensing as an essential element of a lifestyle of openness in pursuit of creativity. The breadth of uses is as great as the creativity of the individuals and organizations choosing to open their content, art and ideas to the rest of the world.

Read in PDF format.

"Can Students Game Their way to Math achievement?" archived webinar

A presentation from Snehal Patel
(ISTE webinar presentation - archived -
there are some sound issues with the recording)
Learn more about using gaming in the classroom to improve achievement. Mr Pahel talks about how the games developed at Sokicom can help with Math. He also talks about the advantages of the gaming environment in general: Core Game Mechanics, and how they engage students.

Robert Sabuda and Pop-Up Books

The Reigning Prince Of Pop-Up Books
"Robert Sabuda makes paper do strange things. A tornado spins on its axis and tears across the prairie in his pop-up book version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." A hot-air balloon inflates and hovers above the page, suspended by two strings attached to wood sticks. One hundred four tiny playing cards explode out of his pop-up "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," flying in an all directions—forward, back, sideways"
(Starts with a 30 sec ad)

His website LINK

Other videos

Tuesday Oct. 11- Jarrett J. Krosoczka Reading Live

"Ollie the Purple Elephant" Virtual Story Time
On Tuesday Oct. 11 Jarrett J. Krosoczka will be reading his new book every hour on the hour from 9-5 EST his Ustream network. Great way to get Jarrett into your school for storytime & Free.

Book trailer