Library Links

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


Scribblemaps - Personalized Googlemaps

Draw on maps and then share them

Studying your local community? This may be one way to add local content!

"Easily draw on maps and then share them with friends, completely for Free! Simple enough to be used by children, but powerful enough to be used by GIS professionals - Scribble Maps is the easiest way to draw and share maps with friends."


PrimaryWall Collaboration tool

A web-based sticky note tool

PrimaryWall is a web-based sticky note tool designed for classroom use that allows students and teachers to work together in real-time. Each sticky has a title, a place to type the note itself, and another for the author. Everyone who goes to the same "wall" can add stickies.

Stickies can be repositioned easily for grouping and clustering. (It looks like it will work with iPads as well.) Great for brainstorming and anticipation guides


"Where Good Ideas Come From"

Steven Johnson - author of "Where Good Ideas Come From"
"Chance favours the connected mind"

In his book, Steven Johnson identifies the key principles to the genesis of great ideas, from the cultivation of hunches to the importance of connectivity and how best to make use of new technologies. By recognising where and how patterns of creativity occur -- whether within a school, a software platform or a social movement -- he shows how we can make more of our ideas good ones.

A four minute summary of Steven's ideas.

TED talk - 20 minutes
See interactive transcript

LSE - 30 minute lecture followed by Q&A
(This event was recorded on 2 November 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics)

The book (read the first chapter online)


The cure for shallow classroom discussions.

Foster quality conversations

"Academic Conversations gives you the structures you need to foster quality conversations in language arts, social studies, science, and other subjects. Students will develop critical skills for exploring an important question, idea, or topic. "


Dewey and Fiction shelving game

Library Page Practice

Do you have new library pages in your resource centre? Do you want your regular volunteers to get a little virtual shelving practice? Are you planning a short Dewey lesson with a class and need an activity? Try this site.


Open Road Media - eBook publisher

A digital publisher and multimedia content company

Lots to explore: eBooks, author videos, internet webisodes, novel summaries.

"Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company. Open Road creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its ebooks through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media. Open Road has published ebooks from legendary authors including William Styron, Pat Conroy, Jack Higgins, and Virginia Hamilton, and has launched new e-stars like Mary Glickman."



Bookish resolutions for 2012

Reading Resolutions by Jennifer Brannen

Why not add expanding your readers' advisory horizons to your New Year's resolution list? And let's face it: reading and thinking about books is a lot more fun than hopping on an exercise bike or reviewing your retirement funds.

What follows are several RA resolutions you can make for 2012. If you enjoy readers' advisory and are looking for a good excuse to read . . . then these resolutions will be an excellent rationale for doing just that.


Digital Advance Readers' Copies

NetGalley - for people who read and recommend books

NetGalley is a service for people who read and recommend books. Publishers upload their galleys, plus any marketing and promotional information; then invite contacts to view their title on NetGalley. Readers can also find new titles through NetGalley's Public Catalog, and request to review those titles from the publisher.

Any professional reader can use NetGalley: book reviewers, journalists, <<librarians>>, professors, booksellers, bloggers, etc. Anyone who reads and recommend books can use NetGalley for free. Publishers often include a wide range of multimedia files with their galley, such as book trailers, illustrations, audio files, videos, simple Word docs or PDFs. Sign-up is free.


Pixel of Ink - Free ebooks for Kindle

Free Kids eBooks

You need an account at Amazon to download these, but sign-up is free. If you don't have a kindle, you can use the Kindle App for either an iPad, iPod, Kobo Vox or other Android device.


Using Fake Text Messages to teach

Tammy's Tech Tip - iFakeText

Because your students are quite tuned into text messaging, you might be able to take advantage of this to deliver notes, introduce a lesson or start a conversation in an intriguing way. iFaketext allows you to input text and generate an iPhone-like image of a text conversation. Imagine Romeo texting Juliet, or any other famous dialog.


Multimedia In the Language Arts Classroom

Bring multimedia resources into the classroom
"With computers, mobile devices, projectors and Interactive White Boards (IWBs) becoming more common, teachers increasingly have greater opportunities to bring multimedia resources into the classroom. Whether creating a presentation to guide student learning, or showcasing a video to illustrate a new concept, presentations and multimedia add a new dimension."

The left hand column gives a list of 20 different multimedia tools that can be integrated into your instruction. For each tool, you will discover:

  • why you should consider the technology
  • tutorials for getting started with the tool
  • suggestions of how to integrate the technology into your curricula

Teaching English With Technology Blog

TEwT: Commonly Taught Books
Many schools pull from a common set of classic books for their English curriculum. Here is a set of resources to accompany 24 of the most frequently incorporated literary works. On each page, you will find lesson ideas, links to activities, videos, and reference materials to support your teaching.


What is a Learning Commons?

New Lingo for Describing School Libraries

While the description may sound new, it can an exciting way to "repackage and sell" what libraries can do for staff and students. This short video addresses the idea's conception in a university setting, and talks about how it can take shape in Secondary and Elementary schools. (This is a wagon we can hitch our programs to!)


Inspirational Graduation Speech by Autistic Student

A Student Celebrates "ability" rather than disability

"Of all the folks that spoke for the 2010 graduating class in the US and beyond, Eric Duquette may have been the least likely. After being diagnosed with autism at birth, and being told he'd never amount to anything, Eric excelled to the point of acceptance to every college he applied to. His story is an inspiration to parents and students alike."


Library Skills TV - Integrate ICT

LIbrary Skills Videos

Mr. B's Library Skills TV -  a library media specialist's videos about information and technology literacy skills, based on the Wisconsin standards for school library media centers. Each short presentation (less than 10 minutes) provides important resources that he integrates into lessons.  Videos can be used with upper-elementary students, middle school students, and even high school students.

Research / Book Selection/ Links For Kids / Book & Author Talks



Privacy and Internet Life - resources and contest

Resources for teachers
Young people today are sophisticated users of the Internet, using this medium with ease and enthusiasm. While the opportunities are tremendous, we want to ensure that they understand the impact that these technologies can have on their privacy, and provide them with tools and information they need to make smart decisions.

This is why we developed a video contest and teaching lessons to encourage young people to learn how to build a secure online identity so they don't put themselves at risk.

You can learn all about this contest on via this 'mycontest' link.

We also have two teaching lessons, developed by the Media Awareness Network (MNet), which will enable you to engage students in thinking about and discussing privacy issues.

Privacy and Online Life for grades 7 and 8.
The Privacy Dilemma for grades 9 to 12.


Learn to create a mobile game

Free Video Game Programming Academy.

"The LiveCode Academy is offering a Game Academy where you will learn to create a mobile game in seven weeks. This started in December and goes through at least January. Learning webinars are available for viewing anytime. This is free and includes a free trial of the LiveCode product for producing mobile for web-based apps on a variety of platforms (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows)."


Le Chandail - de Roch Carrier - ressources pédagogiques

Here are some additional resources for Le Chandail de hockey, by Roch Carrier.

Le Chandail de hockey - ONF - 10m21
(Plus 3 guides pédagogiques)

Le Chandail de hockey - TFO
Ce guide accompagne l'émission Le Chandail de hockey

Museum of Civilization
Images et info pour réhausser l'histoire écrite par Roch Carrier.
Extraits audio avec texte intégral
(includes audio in French with text) also Eaton's Catalog pages.

Le Hockey en général
ONF - Pour toujours le hockey

TFO - ressources pour le hockey


Games and Learning

An Introduction to Educational Gaming

This 14-part podcast series, created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura as part of a joint research project between MLTI and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will provide educators the knowledge needed to successfully use educational gaming in their classroom.


Using Graphic Novels - Webinar

Teaching with Batman and Friends

Impact of graphic novels in the classroom.
Student engagement and motivation.


Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel - Art History

Sistine Chapel Wall Art

The virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel allows the viewer to get a sense of Michelangelo's artwork in this historical location. Zoom in to get very detailed views of the frescoes decorating the walls. (Music track is a bonus!)


A new Google search option: Google Verbatim

Google Verbatim

"Your query is just the starting point for Google's searches. Sometimes Google fixes misspellings, replaces some of the keywords with synonyms or other related keywords, disambiguates your query using your search history. These changes usually improve the quality of Google results."

But sometimes, you want the search to use only your words without any "help." Introducing a new feature: Verbatim.


Best Teen Books of 2011 - Kirkus Reviews

Best Teen Books of 2011

Vicky Smith writes: "In sifting through the piles of great books published for teens this year, I was happy to discover soulful romance of the utterly normal kind, deliciously frothy historical novels, piercingly intelligent nonfiction, thrillingly inventive fantasy and science fiction and some great kickass horror, as well as some books that may leave you weeping with laughter."


Field experiences in public libraries, K-12 libraries, and K-12 classrooms

(Download the digital version - epub or PDF)

A digital compilation of essays reflecting field experiences in public libraries, K-12 libraries, K-12 classrooms, college classrooms (online and face-to-face), academic libraries, museums, and more. The publication was created by students of the University of Michigan (EDCURINS 575: Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning).

Here are some tidbits from the collection:
  • - how Lady Gaga's meat dress is an example of synthesis
  • - the importance of a lesson "hook"
  • - how to sneak an IL lesson into a tech lesson
  • - how a map can guide even the most experienced researchers
  • - bird unit sightings in public libraries ... and a physics classroom

Search America's historic newspapers

Chronicling America - Historic American Newspapers

"Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress."

While the resource is American only, it is a great opportunity for students to spend time with primary source documents.