Library Links

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


inklewriter - Interactive Stories made easy!

Bring interactive stories to the classroom
"inkle is looking to bring interactive stories to the classroom, and give teachers free and simple get-stuck-right-in software to use with their students. From within a web-browser, the inklewriter will let students make and play interactive stories with no programming required."

Here's an enthusiastic review: LINK

Book Displays to Attract Reluctant Readers

Use stealthy display tactics!
Ellen Norton shares her solutions for reaching potential readers who, by their nature, are reluctant. (Click link above for full article.)

"Some of my most successful displays have been about things I never thought would attract readers. The children I see picking up these books are often ones who I don't know well, who haven't approached the reference desk to ask for suggestions, and who typically aren't excited about the prospect of picking out something to read.  Using stealthy display tactics allows us to (sneakily) help these children find their new favorite book...."


A Catch-up Guide to Insurgent -> the movie is coming

Key words, people, and places to know!
Jennifer Stubben Hatch gives her take on the 2nd book in the series.

"Coming soon to theaters is Insurgent, the 2nd book in Veronica Roth's wildly popular Divergent series. If you don't remember plot points or (gasp) haven't read it, this catch-up guide will review the most important details and offer you ideas for lively discussions with your library patrons."


Next BCTLA Webinar - Feb 25th

BCTLA 2015 Webinars - the last Wednesday in Feb, April, and May - 4-5pm.
next one up -> : Feb 25th -> Using EBSCO Magazines for Differentiation & French Language Instruction. …

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Le site "Peintre-analyse"

Un site très visuel
Ce site offre un bref résumé de la vie de plusieurs artistes célèbres et ainsi que des vidéos qui illustrent leur art ou mouvement. Le site affiche beaucoup de publicités, mais donne un bon aperçu de l'oeuvre des grands peintres. Utile pour le prof qui veut montrer une sélection de tableaux. (Visionnez avant de montrer aux étudiants. Toutes les images ne sont pas appropriées pour tous les niveaux.)


Roll the dice

Quick dice roll webapp
This site offers an easy-to-use dice throwing interface for classroom use. (Pick one die or many.) Works great on iPads or iPhones. Use the dice for choosing groups, making a selection on a game card or as a way of randomizing conversation starters, etc. (Some more ideas here.)

For fun, look at these "image dice" sets you can print and make:

And here's an iOS app ("Make Dice") that uses either text or pics - hook up to your projector - have fun! ($3.49)


Tips for Improving French Skills at Home

Français à la maison!
1. Watch your favourite movies—in French!
If you bought the DVD in Canada, there will likely be a French subtitles option.

2. Listen to French music.
iTunes has a French channel that features francophone artists of all kinds: pop, jazz, rock, or hip-hop!

3. Vocabulary Flash Cards.
Choose 10 new French words per week and create flashcards in Quizlet. Test yourself a couple of times each day. At the end of the month, review all of the words for the entire month. Quizlet sample.

4. Check out or download some French books!
Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Hunger Games, are all available in French! You'll be amazed at how much you can understand, especially if you've already read the English version! Your local library will have some titles or you can buy print or electronic versions online.

Adapted from "10 Tips for Improving French Skills at Home"


FSL: French Phrases and Sayings that are used in English

"You may already be speaking French!"
Students may be surprised to learn that many everyday "English" words are actually French. "Café, filet mignon, cul-de-sac, genre, etc." can often be heard outside the French classroom. Sharing some of these with your FSL students might let them see how much "la belle langue" has influenced English!

Also: here's a great poster to download and print, or share on your class webpage: