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


Random House Kids - YA author and booktrailers

Listen to authors - see booktrailers
Random House has a number of book-related videos on its Youtube channel. This YA playlist features books and authors for young adults.


Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

The Earth rising over the Moon
"The world's most famous photograph, "Earthrise" has appeared on the cover of TIME and on stamps. But did you know it almost didn't happen? The picture was taken 45 years ago, on Christmas Eve, 1968. Here is the background story of this iconic shot."


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Info Literacy...

Reflections about information & digital literacy practice in schools

In her online book "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Information Literacy But Were Afraid to Google"  Kristin Fontichiaro offers a collection of reflections about information and digital literacy practice in schools, libraries, support organizations, and informal learning settings. You can read her book online, or by downloading a free ebub or mobi version


Unite for Literacy - free ebooks

100 free ebooks for primary - with audio!

"What is this? Simple. A new collaborative offering where Douglas County Libraries, CLiC and Unite for Literacy have teamed up to provide improved access to free picture books (ebooks), with multilingual narration just a click away! Our books are carefully crafted to connect with young children and their families. The text, images and narrated audio support are designed to give families the immediate reassurance of seeing and hearing their home cultures reflected in a book."

Choose the language of narrator you want using the narration button in the upper left corner (The text is still in English, but the narration is in the language chosen.)


ViewPure - Videos without clutter

Clutter-free video viewing.

Watch YouTube videos without comments, suggestions, or the 'other' things.
You can use the viewpure site, or simply drag the bookmarklet button into your bookmarks toolbar (or right click and favorite it in IE) to use it. Next time you see a video you want to purify, click the button when on the YouTube page. Viewpure provides you with a special URL to link to or share.




Workshop: Authentic First Peoples Resources for Grades K-7, March 17


also, the 2 resources mentioned below are downloadable:

First Nations Education Steering Committee
Professional Development Workshop for Teachers 

Authentic First Peoples Resources for Grades K-7

March 17, 2014
Vancouver, Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites

Event News and Registration:

Learn how to build authentic First Peoples materials your instruction and assessment practices!

This workshop offers time to explore available resources and for professional conversations and networking around authentic First Peoples resources. All participants will receive a copy of the resources Authentic First Peoples Resources for use in K-7 Classrooms and In Our Own Words: Bringing Authentic First Peoples Content to the K-3 Classroom, which include lesson plans, curriculum connections, assessment resources and suggested texts. First Nations Education Steering Committee Literacy Coach, Ruth Darby, will be the lead workshop facilitator.

FNESC, the First Nations Schools Association and the provincial government continue to develop First Peoples curriculum and classroom resources with the goal of increasing Aboriginal student achievement and creating more inclusive schools that reflect First Nations issues and realities.

About the Event
  • Eligibility to attend: First Nations school, public school and independent school teachers are invited to register.  Registration is free of charge.
  • Breakfast:  8:30 am; workshop 9 am to 4:30 pm; breakfast and lunch provided.
All participants are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodation.   When booking,
quote FNESC First Peoples Literacy Meeting to get the negotiated rate.  Please book early for the negotiated rate.

  • Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1763 Comox St., Vancouver Reservations: (604) 688-7711


Hurray for Crittenden Middle School Library

Admins cheerleading their TL
Watch this short clip about the Crittenden Middle School Library. Listen to the administrators talk about the many programs supported by the teacher-librarian. This is a school that appreciates and values what the TL is bringing to students and staff!



Fiction from The New Yorker

Short stories read by other authors
Listen to short stories that have been featured in the New Yorker Magazine over the years. The readings are done by other well-known authors. This collection of audio files would be interesting for high school students. (Note: not all stories are appropriate for the classroom - preview before using.)
Choose the "View in iTunes" link to hear in the iTunes app.


TLs - Igniting the Passion (for learning) in your colleagues

Share your passion for education.
Angela Monk talks about how to ignite your colleagues' passion for learning.
(For video, go to LINK and advance to 24min mark)
"We are educational leaders with a passion to transform teaching and learning in our schools. This can be enormously facilitated by quality relationships between teachers, teacher librarians and administrators. So, to ignite that passion in our colleagues, to get them on board, we have to know something about the Art of Seduction."


The reader leader’s hat - making better readers

Creating independent readers
A longish but useful article that talks about the importance of developing a reading culture and suggestions for how to go about it.

"Being an "independent reader" is much more than the mastery of the mechanics – Being an independent reader means developing a lifelong habit that continues because we want to read and not because we are required to or have to .... Putting on the reader leader's hat is one of the most important aspects of the teacher librarian's role.  Not only does it need to be big enough to hold all the ideas and suggestions we have, it also needs to be big enough to encompass those who come under our influence."


Traduire en SMS? Fun with texting

French Texting - Les textos français
Texting in French follows rules just like any other kind of written communication. Here are a couple of links to explore that explain a bit more about this interesting way of communicating in the "langue de Molière." Your students might be interested that young people use "text-speak" in every language!
Les règles "textos"
Some rules for French text messaging:

Ralphlight Translator
Paste in a block of "regular French" and get a text message version back.

Here is an example using Ralphlight - your results may need to be edited a bit to correspond to "real" texting, but the result is not too shabby.

Je veux t'inviter à une fête demain soir. Tout le monde sera là. J'ai acheté des pizzas, et quelques Cokes pour la gang, alors, tu n'es pas obligé d'apporter de quoi à manger. Si tu veux emmener des amis, aucun problème. Il y a plein de place. Dis-moi si tu peux venir, on va bien s'amuser!

jvE t1vité à 1 fêt 2m1 soar. tlmd sera là. G achté D pizzas, é kelqu cok pr la gang, alor, tu n pa obligé daporté 2 koi à manG. 6 tu vE emné Dzami, ok1 pb. ya pl1 2 place. di mwa 6 tu pE vnir, on va b1 samusé!


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