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Justice with Michael Sandel - Online Harvard Course

Justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship - the course

JUSTICE is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. Nearly a thousand students pack Harvard's historic Sanders Theatre to hear Michael Sandel, "perhaps the most prominent college professor in America," (Washington Post) talk about justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship.


Encyclopedia of Life - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information

What is EOL? - Info & pics of all species known to science

"Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere."

"Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment's notice."


Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay - preview book

Are there other kinds of writing we should be exploring?

Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay by Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer. Explore this book as an online preview

"Love it or hate it, the five-paragraph essay is perhaps the most frequently taught form of writing in classrooms of yesterday and today. But have you ever actually seen five-paragraph essays outside of school walls? Have you ever found it in business writing, journalism, nonfiction, or any other genres that exist in the real world? "


Science Friday - a weekly science talk show - NPR

Science Tidbits to amaze and delight

Lesson plans, audio, video, podcasts, articles and much more - all about science.

"Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide from 2-4pm Eastern time as part of NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' programming. Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Science Friday's host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science - and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program."


Genre Friction: What is Tsarpunk? by Leigh Bardugo

First Steampunk, then Tsarpunk?

The "Age of Steam" blog features and interview with Leigh Bardugo, writer of "Shadow and Bone." Follow the link to learn more!

"So, for the sake of simplicity, I'll say that Tsarpunk is fantasy that takes its inspiration from the aesthetics, culture, politics, and social structure of early 19th century Russia."


How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom | MindShift

Cellphones - they're simply tools

Some good examples of mobile device use in class. Many of these strategies would also work with iPads, or iPods. A couple of very useful applications are also profiled in this article.

"...In the most ideal class settings, mobile devices disappear into the background, like markers and whiteboards, pencil and paper – not because they're not being used, but because they're simply tools, a means to an end. The "end" can be any number of things: to gauge student understanding of a concept, to capture notes and ideas to be used and studied later, to calculate, to communicate, to express ideas...."



A Very Very Basic Introduction to Twitter | Dotto Tech

Just the Tweet-y Basics!

From Steve at DottoTech - have you wondered about Twitter? Here's Steve's take on this Social Media platform.

"This video is a very basic introduction to Twitter, why should you use it and a quick overview of setting up your account, leading to making your first posts. It is NOT for those of you already using Twitter, (too basic) it is for those of us who wonder why."


Thinking of using the iPad for lit circles?

Apps and Ideas for Literature Circles on iPads -- THE Journal

This article has some ideas about how to use the iPad to support a variety of activities including lit circles. Page 2 has a list of useful apps to check out. While the article mentions iBook, Kindle and Kobo apps for purchasing books, don't forget that there are some public domain titles that might be quite appropriate: Cue for treason  Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, etc.

SD38 also has ORCA digital titles that can be read on iPads.


Histoire Canada Jeunesse

Un espace rassembleur pour les jeunes

Site et ressources en français pour les jeunes qui s'intéressent à l'histoire du pays: jeux, vidéos, concours, informations. (also available in English.)

  "Histoire Canada Jeunesse c'est un carrefour où l'on retrouve à la fois des initiatives éducatives et ludiques. C'est le prolongement virtuel du magazine Kayak, Navigue dans l'histoire du Canada. C'est aussi un espace rassembleur pour tous les élèves, enseignants, bénévoles qui participent à l'une des 90 Fêtes du patrimoine à travers le pays."


Digital Junkie - Information Overload

Information overload and technology

"A motion infographic about information overload and technology  (animated entirely in Flash at FIT.) This short was a winner in C. J. Yeh's Time-based Design Scholarship Competition 2011."

What does it mean to have access to "too much" of everything?



"What do TLs Teach" poster

Joyce Valenza's version of the AASL's Standards

This poster is a great reminder to students and staff of all the things we support! (Part of a collection of posters.)


Histoire Canada - Mai 2012 - Le Titanic

Il y a cent ans... le R.M.S. Titanic.

Images, musique et texte pour illustrer cet événement historique.



Professional Learning Cycle - Video clips

Plan, act, observe, reflect.

The Professional Learning Cycle – plan, act, observe, reflect - is a process that is used by teams of educators for professional learning.

The videos here are intended to open dialogue, to open our minds and to open doors. Six school boards across the province have opened their doors to us... to see their professional learning cycles in action. They show learning teams, teachers, leaders and facilitators in action and reflecting on what they do. The work may differ from classroom to classroom but all use the professional learning cycle to guide their instructional practice.


Big Thinkers on Education | Edutopia

Some innovative, surprising, intriguing, and inspiring ideas

Some of the world's most brilliant minds -- from Howard Gardner to Jane Goodall to Martin Scorsese -- share their ideas for improving education.

"Change starts with an idea. And despite the headlines, some of the most exciting minds are focusing their attention on the world of education. Take a look at some of the most innovative, surprising, intriguing, and inspiring ideas from some of the biggest thinkers Edutopia has featured."


Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting Video Resources

Self-Assessment Video Library

"Self assessment is essential to learning. It leads to learning that cannot be achieved otherwise, and helps students become independent learners."

Developed by educators from a variety of sectors and boards across the province, these resources show practical classroom strategies for combining and applying sound assessment policy and research-based practices in Ontario classrooms.


50 QR code resources for the classroom

Want more QR code ideas?

ZDnet rounds up some useful links to help teachers who want to use QR codes in class.

"In the classroom, QR codes can be used in a variety of ways — from conducting treasure hunts to creating modern CVs. Below is a number of articles, tutorials and lesson plans designed to help educators."



Librarian Meme

What do we really do all day?

Here's a humourous take on the job of the "typical" librarian.


Tools for Thought: Speaking Notes fro students

Become a more confident, successful public speaker

"Students learn to prepare notes for oral presentations in this lesson from the TC² Tools for Thought online collection. By considering audience and purpose in sample situations, and using the provided graphic organizer to organize main points, your students can become more confident, successful public speakers."
(Language arts, Cross-curricular)


Teaching Resources K-12 Teachers & Librarians – Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster has lots of extras for TLs and teachers

  • Teaching Resources
  • Trailers
  • Catalogs
  • Reading Lists
  • Teaching Guides

Also: Adult Book Club resources


How to Prezify your PowerPoint Slides - YouTube

Make Your Powerpoints really Pop!

"Got a hard drive of old slides you just can't throw away? Recycle them instead. With the release of PowerPoint Import, you can transform your slides into a prezi with just a few clicks."

Watch this short clip to see how to prezify your PPTs, and get some ideas for how to format for "the big picture".



AUHSDteacherLibrarians - 100 Things

100 Things Kids Will Miss If they don't have a TL

While the content on this list is a little uneven, it helps to remind us of the many things that go on in school libraries everywhere. Sometimes it's the space, and sometimes it's the resources, but most often it is the welcoming face, sympathetic ear and info lit expertise that the TL provides. Even a quick glance shows how important our programs and our presence is to schools and students.


Lesson Plans – How to Search effectively -Google

Lessons to help students use search meaningfully

"With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. We've created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond. On this site, you'll find Search Literacy lessons and A Google A Day classroom challenges. Our search literacy lessons are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced."