ERAC Update - December 2011
December 9 - World Book short-term volume discount pricing on selected items. For more details, go to section "New For You" below.
December 15 – THOUGHTstream – considerable savings offered to ERAC members only.
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NEW FOR YOU
Go Around the World on a Discount
ERAC and the BC Public Libraries have teamed up with World Book to offer short-term volume discount pricing on the World Book 2012 Print Encyclopedia, as well as the popular recent sets People and Places, Learning Playground and A Look At..... This special pricing is only available to ERAC Online Database Bundle subscribers. These special prices apply to orders received by World Book on or before
December 9, 2011 so check it out and act now!
DOLLARS AND SENSE
Be Inspired with New Low Pricing on Inspiration/Kidspiration, WordQ/SpeakQ!
ERAC has reached a new agreement with Strategic Transitions Inc. to provide ERAC member districts and Independent Schools with discounted access to Inspiration / Kidspiration software, InspireData software, WordQ and SpeakQ software.
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This Offer Going at the Speed of Light
REDCAT All-in-one Classroom Audio Systems could save your teaching voice! If you want to cut through the classroom noise, this may be the product for you from Lightspeed Technologies.
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Ho, Ho, HUP for the Holidays!
With the holidays fast approaching and many employees likely getting new computers as gifts, the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) is a great way for employees to get familiar with Office 2010 at home. ERAC member schools and districts that subscribe to Microsoft Office under the ERAC PML agreement have access to the full Microsoft Office 2010 suite or Office for Mac 2011 suite at an unbelievably low price!
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Sitting in the "FrontRow" Pays Off
FrontRow was amazed at the applications and volume received by the districts when the FrontRow Connected Kids Educational Grant was offered. Due to the quality and responses of the applications, they awarded more grants then first offered. Only four were to be awarded, but nine in total were provided!
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ERAC IN THE CLASSROOM
What's Coming Next and Are We Ready?
Read here about how your peers are addressing technologic challenges within their schools. Feel free to read other panel stories on our homepage!
Are you interested in finding out what your peers are doing in THEIR schools to open more doorways to learning? The annual ERAC District Contacts Meeting was pleased to have a variety of informative and engaging speakers, including some ERAC members from School Districts #39 and #42. They shared some innovative approaches that are working well for them.
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Learners are Winners
While learning about new resources and hearing informative speakers at the November ERAC District Contacts meeting, many delegates enjoyed the perks of prizes! With generous donations provided by a variety of vendors, most delegates walked away with something useful for their schools or themselves.
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DID YOU KNOW?
ERAC's on the Move
ERAC is moving….to street level! That's right, we'll still be conveniently located at 1580 West Broadway, in the VSB Education Centre, but now completely accessible from the street, therefore not requiring a pass for access. All our phone numbers will be staying the same, but they may be down during our move on November 30th. Everything, including phones, should be operational by noon on December 1st. Click here for all our contact information. If you're ever in the area, feel free to drop in and say hello!
You Talk, We Listen
Evaluations are a valuable tool to use for growth. We were pleased to receive some evaluations after our recent District Contacts meeting. We’ve already implemented some of the suggestions given and one of them was to add social media and share functionality on full product reviews! Check it out by signing in first to see full product details.
Christmas Stats That Might Surprise You:
- According to a survey, 7 out of 10 dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners!,
- The average shopper walks 5 miles while walking around stores, parking lots and malls,
- 1 in 3 men will wait until Christmas Eve to finish their shopping!,
- 17% of people will embarrass themselves in some way at an office Christmas party.
Have a Very Merry Christmas from all the staff at ERAC and enjoy your much deserved time off over the holidays! See you again in the New Year.
Some past tweets you may have missed:
November 23 - @cyberjohn07 @SurreyConnectVP Great site you gave. ERAC will be launching our own app review site... stay tuned.. won't be long
November 18 – Interesting read transmedia vs multimedia and need to rethink edu: Transmedia Education: The 7 Principles Revisited bit.ly/amNQxD
November 16 – learningregistry.org – new approach to capturing, sharing and analyzing learning resource data to benefit educ. Community
November 8 – Commonwealth of Learning and UNESCO have new pub: Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources bit.ly/rwPuLG