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Aboriginal Ed resource page - WLU Faculty of Education

"Aboriginal perspectives bring the curriculum to life"
A range of Language, History and Social Studies activities / lesson plans (from Ontario), mostly for Grades 1-8, that teach aboriginal perspectives, issues and achievements.



Read-alongs on Learn360

Celebrate TD Canadian Children's Book Week May 2–9 with Learn360 
Login first to Learn360, then click on the links below.
Remember, as an SD38 teacher, you can download clips for showing whenever you want to.

"We've got loads of videos that bring to life your students' favorite books, recounting classic tales like Rumpelstiltskin, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Jack and the Beanstalk, more recent ones like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Miss Nelson Is Back, and many more. Check out the videos from Weston Woods, Rabbit Ears, and Reading Rainbow to find ones to show in class."



Reading 'can help reduce stress' - Telegraph

Study indicates reading is the best way to relax

"Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds, according to new research from the University of Sussex research. And it works better and faster than other methods to calm frazzled nerves such as listening to music, going for a walk or settling down with a cup of tea, research found. [...] Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles."


"Teacher Librarians - Mavens in a Digital Age"

Vancouver (WA) TLs are leading digital transformation
Read this forward looking article from "School Administrator" magazine about the success of teacher-librarianship involvement in Vancouver Washington school district's strategic technology plan.

"[...]Teacher-librarians bring to their roles a unique 21st-century skill set that includes overseeing digital content, educational technology, collaborative instruction, digital citizenship and materials management.[...]"

Complete May 2015 issue of School Administrator here.


RPL rolls out "The Launchpad"

What is The Launchpad?
Check out how RPL is rebranding and repositioning itself.

"The Launchpad is a library space where our community can come together and learn through collaborative and creative experimentation. We are proud to offer an innovative workspace where 3D printing, digital publishing tools and a range of digital services tutorials will be available."


Splice - Video Editor

Combining videos the easy way.

Looking to put some student videos together, I tried a number of free video joining apps - Splice was the perfect solution. The app lets you add clips from your camera roll, set transitions, add frames, add images, create a title, and even edit clip lengths. Easy to use, powerful and fast.

Here's a sample I made using a couple of random clips I took, with some audio uploaded for fun.



"My Mother is so Smart" - We Give Books

Here are two Mother's Day reads to share.
(Thanks Phyllis)
My Mother is So Smart
by Tomie dePaola @ the We Give Books site
(it's free to sign up):

Love You Forever
read by author, Robert Munsch on YouTube and on his website:


E.O. Wilson’s eText - Life on Earth

41 chapters in 7 separate units
"Life on Earth is an iBooks Textbook consisting of 41 chapters in 7 separate units and can be downloaded for free from the iBooks Store. The text provides a complete, original, standards-based, media-rich curriculum to give high school students a deep understanding of all of the central topics of introductory biology."


Lit2Go - audiobooks and more

Collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format
More suitable for high school.

"Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom."