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IT4K12 Session Highlights

Canoe Kids: Exploring Indigenous Cultures Through Authentic Indigenous Voices

Join the creators of Canoe Kids, as they share experiences and images of working within Indigenous communities to support people in telling their stories, of their culture, history and experiences. The team travels to work within a community over a period of time and the result of this authentic process, is the development of digital and print publications which brings voice to each unique community.

Security and Compliance with Office 365

The Security and Compliance Center inside of Office 365 provides an excellent set of tools and controls to establish and monitor policies within your school district. In this two-hour session, we’ll take a tour of the Office 365 SCC and more.

What’s Your Comfort Zone? Supporting Aboriginal Education

In this session, we explore through a guided conversation where participants are in their Aboriginal educational journey and their understanding of the new curriculum. We will also highlight key resources and services that ERAC provides to member districts. We encourage audience members to bring their questions, challenges and successes to make this a rich and engaging experience.

Beyond Engagement: Transforming Student Learning Through Virtual Reality

This will be a follow up expansion session to last year’s presentation which focused on the VR app, Google Expeditions. This year will focus on lessons learned and specific strategies to incorporate VR experiences into teaching and learning, with concrete examples, tools and lesson ideas.

Cyber Security Directions in K-12: How it Impacts Everyone

Districts and classrooms are vulnerable to cyber criminals. This session will help educate and increase awareness for IT personnel and educators on strategies BC districts are adopting to try and stay ahead of the ever changing cyber security landscape.

Actioning the Applied Design Skills and Technology (ADST) Curriculum Across the District

At this session, David Vandergugten, Assistant Superintendent of School District No. 42 will share how their district deeply integrated the ADST curriculum into K-12 classrooms. He will discuss Design Thinking as a pedagogy and how it can be used to bring hands-on learning into all classrooms.

Cloud IT in B.C. Education (Whiteboard Session)

As school districts make progress in their digital transformation journey, the challenges and opportunities of mobility are usually top of mind. Come join us and explore the new cloud technologies that are unlocked as part of Microsoft 365 – specifically Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Gartner Services to MyEd School Districts

The Ministry of Education has partnered with Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company, to provide a district subscription to Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) as an additional free service for those districts utilizing MyEducation BC.

SIP trunking with Thinktel

Learn how to leverage SIP Trunking technology (a resilient VoIP Protocol) to harness the Unified Communication Tools available in Microsoft Office 365 in the modern school setting and reduce expenditures.

Finding the Right Portfolio

For the past 5 years SD 47 has been working on improving Communicating Student Learning via the use ePortfolios. Come join the conversation surrounding the journey we have been on in investing 5 approaches to portfolio based communication. What we have learned, and where we are headed.

Bridging Worldviews: Creating Entry Points into Aboriginal Education

Participants will explore the new curriculum through an Aboriginal lens. Utilizing the Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives framework, educators will create and plan their entry point into meaningful professional development, sharing and learning. We will explore our own identity and interests and connect our personal knowledge to Aboriginal culture. This will be supported through the use of culturally responsive and authentic resources.

For more session details, scheduled times and speaker information, visit the IT4K12 Program Page.

Don’t miss out on this year’s event. Register now!

Book your stay at the special event rate before it expires on October 18 through the online reservation system. This special rate is available three days prior to and after the event.

September 24, 2018
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2018 IT4K12 Conference

Program Now Available & Deadline to Book Your Guest Room Fast Approaching!

Check out the IT4K12 Program Page to view the most up to date session information. See details on the many presentations and workshops being offered at this year’s event along with presenter information.

Have you registered to attend this year’s IT4K12 Conference? Join your colleagues and ERAC members from across BC by registering now. Limited space remains available to attend the special pre-conference event Wednesday November 21st at Science World, highlighting The Science Behind Pixar exhibit. To reserve a spot, select the option to attend during registration.

Book your guest room at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel to take advantage of the special event rate. Book by October 18 through the online reservation system. This special rate is available three days prior to and after the event.

Keynote Highlight

A Conversation with Dr. Helen Papagiannis

Dr. Helen Papagiannis, the keynote speaker for IT4K12 2018, is the author of The Augmented Human, an introduction to advancements in Augmented Reality (AR). In the book she explores how AR technologies can enhance the ways a user experiences their environment.

ERAC had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Papagiannis about what led her to the field of AR.

She reflected on her early exploration of visual arts media during her secondary school years at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in the Toronto District School Board. This education provided her with rich experiences in working with design, photography (darkroom!), life drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. She found printmaking to be an early entry into the concept of layering. Both printmaking and sculpture helped her to develop the ability to think spatially in different ways, and to value touch and materiality. She has continued to explore those concepts in her study with AR.

We wondered what interested her most about the future of AR.

She is interested in the potential for creating multi-user experiences, and the opportunity for immersive storytelling. She speaks of learning to design with intention. Reality needs to be ‘the star’…and AR should enhance our existing reality, not supplant it. It can create a sense of amazement, bringing together visual and tactile worlds, layering multi-sensory experiences.

Last comments?

“It’s about wonderment. Wonderment is the gateway to curiosity and learning. If we can design experiences that enhance our lives and add delight to someone’s life through AR…that would be a huge success.”

Join us at IT4K12 to hear more about this fascinating view of what it might mean to ‘be human’ in the future.

Session Highlights

ADST Lesson Planning

With the advent of the new ADST Curriculum, SD 47 Powell River created a template that can be used by teachers in their unit and lesson planning activities. Attend this session to explore these templates and consider their use in your own classroom and district.

Design Thinking

Join Leslie McBeth from Future Design School for a hands-on, action packed workshop that will teach participants to leverage the design thinking process to solve strategic challenges in their schools.

K-12 The Most Difficult IT Support Challenge

Supporting Technology for K-12 is more difficult than virtually any other organization. Come for some stories and tips on how to do it and bring a story or two of your own!

Explain Your Thinking

Participants leaving this session will be able to discover amazing tools to help students communicate their understanding. This session will look at Flipgrid, Sreencasting, Google Slides and other tools that help students explain their thinking. All tools shared are cloud-based and integrate nicely with Google Classroom.

How to Host a Hack-a-Thon

This workshop will present a simple workflow for hosting a Hack-a-thon. You will get the chance to try out different coding platforms that are grade appropriate. We will present a format that can easily be implemented into your classroom to get students excited about problem solving, computational thinking and coding.

Unified Communications: The Key to Successful Teamwork Throughout the Organization

The challenges we encounter in our work require us to communicate with people outside our immediate team, department or organization. However, communication is easier for some people than others, which creates gaps in our efforts and erodes success. Find out how unified communication can be support improved communication in your district.

Explore the World with Google Cardboard

Never heard of Google Cardboard? Many folks haven’t! Cardboard is a relatively new Google product taking VR (Virtual Reality) to a whole new level of cool. With a cardboard viewer box and a smartphone, you can explore the world. In this session, we’ll talk about the technology behind Cardboard, which apps are available, and you’ll have a chance to give it a test drive!

Learn about its potential in the classroom. From virtual field trips around the world to swimming with sharks, Google Cardboard is the next big thing in education.

BC Digital Classroom Sessions at IT4K12

Gale In Context Suite (Canada, Science, Global Issues)

This session will look at the current, media rich content of the In Context Suite of databases from Gale. These three databases work well to support the redesigned BC curriculum at the grade 8-12 level. We will investigate tips, tricks, Lexile reading level search functions and the on-demand text and voice translations with the intention of supporting diverse learners in the classroom. If you need online resources for the secondary level, these three databases provide support for most curricular areas in grade 8-12.

Harness the (Science) Power!

Explore Science Power with ERAC’s Professional Learning Team. Find out more about this fantastic World Book product, ready for use in any intermediate classroom, aligned to the BC Curriculum and chock full of classroom, home, and extension activities for learners in any context. See how to search for topics according to Big Idea, curricular competency or by reading level. Discover Science Power’s built-in tools for differentiating for your learners easily. Science Power will deliver content, creativity and flexibility to your science program— and the best news is, you already have access to it!

September 13, 2018
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New PIA available for All the Right Type 4 Online

A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for All the Right Type 4 Online (ATRT4) is now available to download and personalize for your district.

Completion of PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs.

You can download this PIA template and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.

August 2, 2018
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New PIA available for Microsoft 365 A3

A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for M365 A3 is now available to download and personalize for your district.

Completion of PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs.

You can download PIA templates and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.

July 16, 2018
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Technology Leadership Advisory Committee

ERAC’s Executive Committee has appointed the following individuals to the Technology Leadership Advisory Committee for a term beginning in June 2018 and continuing through to July 2019. This is an ongoing committee with annual reconfirmation of appointments.

The role of the committee is to provide advice to ERAC’s Executive Committee as to IT directions, policies and initiatives of benefit to consortium members.

ERAC welcomes these representatives to the committee:

Tim Agnew – Director of Information Technology SD22 Vernon
Cheryl Fernandes – Director Information Systems and Technology SD35 Langley
Ted Owens – Network Analyst/IT Manager SD54 Bulkley Valley
Ted Pennell –Director of Information Technology SD61 Greater Victoria
Jennifer Roberts – District Principal of Transformative Learning and Technology SD5 Southeast Kootenay
Stephen Whiffin – Director of Instruction/CIO SD43 Coquitlam

May 30, 2018
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New PIA Available for Follett Destiny Library Manager

A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for Follett Destiny Library Manager is now available to download and personalize for your district.

Completion of PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs.

You can download PIA templates and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.

May 16, 2018
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Act Now: ERAC Discounts on Canoe Kids

ERAC has reached an agreement with Canoe Kids to make Volumes 1, 2 and 3 available to members at discounted prices. Canoe Kids digital magazines celebrate the differences and similarities among Indigenous cultures. The stories, themes and extraordinary photography are a valuable resource for teachers and students in developing an understanding of First Peoples perspectives and knowledge.

The materials are suitable for elementary and secondary levels. This agreement includes:

Volume 1: The Ojibwe
Volume 2: The Haida
Volume 3: The Mi’kmaq

Both digital and print versions are available at preferred pricing for ERAC members.

Digital versions can be ordered directly through ERAC and we will invoice you for the number of schools in your District.

If you are not ordering digital versions, print copies can be ordered via the Canoe Kids online store, using the ERAC member discount code.

For full details of this agreement, including confidential pricing information, an order form and the discount code for print copies, click here.

May 5, 2018
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ERAC Extends Follett Agreement for One Year

ERAC’s agreement with Follett School Solutions for Destiny Library Manager has been revised and renewed for one year. The agreement offers discounts for districts that purchase an annual license for specific Destiny products and services. This agreement includes the following components:

  • Destiny Library Manager software and services – including implementation, data conversion, initial training and project management
  • Options for self-hosted and vendor-hosted Destiny
  • Discounted renewal prices for Destiny Library Manager and Textbook Manager

For agreement details, check here.

May 2, 2018
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ERAC Renews Agreement with West Education

The ERAC-West Education group agreement on SchoolMessenger Communicate (formerly SchoolConnects from Synrevoice), the fully hosted version of the company’s popular communications system, has been renewed until April 30, 2020. The agreement between ERAC and West’s Education group remains focused on the SchoolMessenger Communicate Hosted Service. The West Education group will also offer ERAC member districts a discount on the new SafeArrival solution.

May 2, 2018
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Microsoft Agreement Renewal

On Friday, April 6, 2018 ERAC awarded the reseller agreement for the new Microsoft Provincial Licensing Agreement to Softchoice and immediately launched the renewal process. The Enterprise Desktop (E Desktop) suite has been replaced with the new Microsoft 365 A3 (M365 A3) suite. You can find details on the agreement here.

All Districts and most independent schools have already been sent renewal information and ERAC Contacts are advised to return their Commitment to Participate form to ERAC as soon as possible so that we can process your renewal.

May 2, 2018
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Learn360 – 197 New Titles Added

New titles have been added to your BC Digital Classroom subscription from Learn360. Click here to view a full list of the new titles. For the first time, MARC records are now available for Learn360–providing a free, convenient, and effective way to increase usage by linking users directly into the Learn360 platform! The MARC records are available in your Admin Portal and can easily be integrated into your library’s catalog system by downloading them and adding them to your records. Contact your Learn360 rep.

March 14, 2018
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New PIAs available for Access Learning, Rosetta Stone and EVERFI

PIAs for Access Learning, Rosetta Stone (French), EVERFI – Future Goals: Hockey Scholar and Ignition: Future Goals are available to download and personalize for your district. Completion of these PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs. You can download your PIA templates and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.

February 28, 2018
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Bringing Virtual Learning Experiences to Your Classroom

Explore the possibilities to engage your students in real-time learning. You can find a short video to inspire you and tips to get you started. Identify your learning purpose and connect with an expert to arrange a session or join a pre-arranged virtual learning experience.  You will find everything here.

February 8, 2018
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Matific PIA

As of December 31, 2017, the Matific Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template is revised to reflect the fact that all student data is hosted on Canadian servers located in the province of Quebec. ERAC provides generic PIA templates to help Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing an initiative or program(s). ERAC members can download this PIA template and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.

February 7, 2018
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IT4K12 Attendees

Here are your 2017 Post Conference Highlights Thank you to all our members and exhibitors who attended this year’s IT4K12 event. It was another successful year of learning together and technology. Our post conference website is now live! View recorded sessions, lists of exhibitors, prize winners and more. We have kept the program up, so you can identify sessions and presenters. Feel free to forward all this information to your colleagues who were unable to attend. Whether you joined us at IT4K12 2017 or not, we hope you find this post conference material useful. We look forward to seeing you again at IT4K12 2018 which will be held November 22 & 23, 2018.
December 8, 2017
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New! Learning Resource Selection Course

Wondering How to Select Resources for Your Classroom?
Whether you are a beginning teacher or a veteran, Learning Resource Selection for K-12 Teachers will support your decision-making process so you feel confident that you’ve exercised due diligence in choosing appropriate resources for your classroom. Developed by ERAC, in partnership with Open School BC (https://www.openschool.bc.ca/k12/), this course contains four modules and is designed to guide you through a resource selection process. Create your ERAC account, and login to the course here. Completing the four modules should take approximately 45 minutes.
December 8, 2017
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Thanks to the PSA Superconference

Thanks for visiting us at the Superconference! Congratulations to the educator from Armstrong Elementary in Burnaby who won a set of evaluated Aboriginal texts for their school! We look forward to staying to connected with all of you who created an account with ERAC. Watch for our monthly newsletter with updates on new resources. Tell your colleagues about the BC ERAC app for easy searching of the K12 Resource Collection, and encourage them to create their ERAC account. Follow us on twitter @bcerac where we highlight digital resources and curriculum connections.

November 1, 2017
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Trimble SketchUp License Change Notification

If your School District held a 2015 license for SketchUp Pro, please note that it expired November 20, 2017 and you will need to upgrade to a newer version. Either 2016 or 2017 version are still available and ERAC has provided a PIA template that you can personalize for your own district. SketchUp will be offering access to its latest version 2018, later this fall. Please note that the 2018 version has not been reviewed for Privacy Impact Assessment, and the deeper integration with Google Drive and Classroom will present complications for classroom use by students, under B.C. privacy laws.

November 1, 2017
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Educators! Apply to Become an ERAC Evaluator

Posting deadline extended.  See more information here: http://www.bctf.ca/opportunities/ERACCommittees.aspx Consider applying to become an ERAC evaluator. Successful applicants are appointed to a 3 year term. Evaluators are trained in resource evaluation criteria and processes, and provided compensation for carrying out their assignments, from home. Provide value to your provincial colleagues while building your own professional expertise.

October 5, 2017
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IT4K12 Conference – Program is Now Available

Check out the IT4K12 Program Page to view the most up to date program. Here you will find details on the many presentations and workshops being offered at this year’s event as well as presenter information. There are two views to choose from so you can easily plan your time at the conference.

Have you registered to attend this year’s IT4K12 Conference? Join your colleagues and ERAC members from across BC by registering now. Limited space remains available to attend the special pre-conference event Wednesday November 8th at Microsoft Vancouver. To reserve a spot, select the option to attend during registration.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the special event rate being offered on guest rooms at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel. Book by October 17th through the online reservation system. This special rate is available three days prior to and after the event.

October 5, 2017
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More Session Highlights

Sessions to Support District Strategies and Planning for Ed and Tech Professionals

  • Moving into 21st Century Infrastructure by creating a IT strategic plan that addresses the educational and administrative needs of a School District, with a focus on student learning and teachers enhancing classroom experiences. Find out how one district is developing a responsive approach to providing IT support and functionality to further ADST and other curriculum.
  • Get the Inside Look: Modeling Project Planning Through an RFP Process Planning for an RFP process related to technology infrastructure requires leadership from a multi-department team including technology and education. This session will provide practical tips and considerations for developing an RFP process, using a Wifi network upgrade as an example.
  • An Education on Privacy Risk

  Sessions for Technology Infrastructure/Systems

  • Layer 3 Switches and LAN Topology Best Practices The demands on school district’s Local Area Networks are increasing as connectivity becomes critical to teaching and learning. Are your school LANs capable of meeting the challenge?
  • First Steps into the Cloud Building off the experiences that SD42 had in moving to the public cloud we will share our early easy wins, some of the issues we ran into, and how we solved them. Microsoft will bring similar stories from customers across Canada. You will bring your questions and experiences to share
  • Leadership on the Front Lines
  • Network Traffic Shaping for NGN QoS on Palo Alto Firewalls

  Sessions to Support Curriculum Implementation and Innovation in the Classroom

  • Instructional Samples for K-12 Teachers – The Ministry of Education will showcase instructional samples that follow a pedagogical framework that includes: connections to the curriculum, First Peoples Principles of Learning, and classroom assessment. Also included is an overview of Taking Making into Classrooms, an online course that serves as an entry point into the ADST curriculum.
  • District Wide Implementation of Computational Thinking
  • Office 365 Cool Uses in the Classroom
  • LibGuides – Connecting Learning to Digital Resources
October 5, 2017
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Made the Grade – October 2017

 

Across the Universe

Across the Universe

Grades: 8-12
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Seventeen-year-old Amy and her parents are frozen cargo aboard the spaceshi…

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All My Puny Sorrows

All My Puny Sorrows

Grades: 12
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This engaging, award-winning Canadian novel, suitable for grade 12 students…

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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Grades: 3-5
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Second-grader Alvin Ho is a highly imaginative – but anxious – boy. Alvin …

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Brain Jack

Brain Jack

Grades: 9-12
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This intriguing and suspenseful novel follows Sam and a group of hackers wh…

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Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles

Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles

Grades: 7-10
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This futuristic novel—a dystopian twist on the Cinderella tale—finds the pa…

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Clementine

Clementine

Grades: 2-5
Supplier: Not Available

Eight-year-old Clementine is having a disastrous week – at school she is a …

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Click Here to Start

Click Here to Start

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

When Ted, an escape-the-room video game expert, is the beneficiary of his g…

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Code of Honor

Code of Honor

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

Kamran, an American-Persian, is the all-American boy at school, but that al…

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Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio …

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Follow the Moon Home

Follow the Moon Home

Grades: PreK-7
Supplier: Not Available

This picture book tells the story of Vivienne, who has moved to a new town,…

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Grades: 10
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As Leonard’s 18th birthday goes unnoticed by the world, he spends the day g…

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Ghost Boy

Ghost Boy

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Martin was a happy, healthy boy until age 12 when a mysterious illness left…

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Ice Boy

Ice Boy

Grades: 1-4
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Ice Boy does not want to live a normal life as an ice cube in the freezer, …

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It's Our Prom (So Deal With It)

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It)

Grades: 9-12
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A group of high school seniors is allowed to reinvent prom to be more inclu…

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King of the Screwups

King of the Screwups

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

When popular, athletic high school senior Liam is thrown out by his abusive…

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Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy

Grades: 4-7
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Lawn Boy receives a riding lawn mower for his 12th birthday and mows lawns …

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Grades: 9-12
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Greg Gaines, a high school senior, spends his life trying to blend in, whil…

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One Dog and His Boy

One Dog and His Boy

Grades: 3-6
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Hal’s affluent, materialistic parents buy him everything except what he rea…

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One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

Grades: 5-8
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In 1968, three young girls are sent to visit their estranged mother in Cali…

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Pictures of Hollis Woods

Pictures of Hollis Woods

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Hollis, abandoned as an infant, has experienced several foster homes and lo…

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Posted

Posted

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

When Branton Middle School bans cell phones, students begin communicating w…

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Save Me A Seat

Save Me A Seat

Grades: 5-7
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Ravi, a recent emigrant from India, and Joe, an American struggling with Au…

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Seeds

Seeds

Grades: 11-12
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Seeds is a Canadian play, based on interviews, court transcripts, scientifi…

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Shame

Shame

Grades: 11-12
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When sixteen year old Jas is told she must marry a man in India she has nev…

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Son of a Trickster

Son of a Trickster

Grades: 10-12
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Jared, a sixteen year old boy, is struggling to figure out who he is in the…

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Stella by Starlight

Stella by Starlight

Grades: 4-7
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This award-winning book is a compelling and realistic tale of an African-Am…

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Art of Racing in the Rain, The

Art of Racing in the Rain, The

Grades: 11-12
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Enzo, the family dog, learned from TV that dogs are reincarnated as humans …

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Break, The

Break, The

Grades: 10-12
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Stella, a young Métis woman, spots someone in trouble on a barren field out…

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Headmaster's Wager, The

Headmaster’s Wager, The

Grades: 12
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This historical novel, set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, tells of Perci…

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Illegal, The

Illegal, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning Canadian novel centers on a young runner from fictional …

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Lions of Little Rock, The

Lions of Little Rock, The

Grades: 7-8
Supplier: Not Available

Quiet and shy Marlee feels like her world is falling apart and that startin…

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Lotterys Plus One, The

Lotterys Plus One, The

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

The Lotterys are a family of seven children, a lesbian couple, and a gay co…

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Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, The

Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, The

Grades: 9-12
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Minnow Bly has just survived a fire that destroyed the polygamist religious…

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Truth Commission, The

Truth Commission, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Normandy and her friends decide that secrets are better shared than kept an…

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Tiger Boy

Tiger Boy

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

Neel, a young boy living in poverty in India, struggles with family/communi…

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Treaty Tales: We Are All Treaty People

Treaty Tales: We Are All Treaty People

Grades: K-3
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In this final instalment of the Treaty Tales, Kookoo (grandmother) explains…

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Treaty Tales: The Friendship

Treaty Tales: The Friendship

Grades: K-3
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In this second instalment of Treaty Tales, Kookoo (Grandmother) explains th…

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Treaty Tales: The Handshake and The Pipe

Treaty Tales: The Handshake and The Pipe

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

The first book in the Treaty Tales trilogy, Neepin, a young First Nations g…

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Walking Home

Walking Home

Grades: 5-12
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Muchoki has lost his father to ethnic and political violence in their homet…

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We Were Liars

We Were Liars

Grades: 9-12
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The wealthy, seemingly perfect Sinclair family spends every summer on their…

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Grades: 9-12
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Bee’s parents promise her a trip if she gets perfect grades, so when she su…

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X: A Novel

X: A Novel

Grades: 11-12
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Malcolm’s parents tell him that he can achieve anything, but he believes th…

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Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

Twelve-year-old Annabelle lives in an American farming community in the 194…

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Raven Tales

Raven Tales

Grades: 1-7
Supplier: Not Available

This highly engaging, award-winning series of 26 videos is suitable for stu…

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Les légendes du corbeau

Les légendes du corbeau

Grades: 2-5
Supplier: Not Available

Cette ressource humoristique s’adresse plus particulièrement aux élèves du …

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October 4, 2017
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Made the Grade – September 2017

PICTURE BOOKS

River, A

River, A

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

In this picture book, for grades K-3, a child watches a long, meandering ri…

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Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World

Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Three emancipated foster siblings, Ava and Matt, the geniuses, and Jack, wh…

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My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

Young Sami and his family flee their war-torn home, leaving his beloved pig…

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Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, The

Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, The

Grades: K-5
Supplier: Not Available

This humourous and creative picture book brings to life one possibility of …

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Miniature World of Marvin & James, The

Miniature World of Marvin & James, The

Grades: PreK-2
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Marvin the beetle’s best friend James—a boy—goes on vacation and Marvin not…

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Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! The

Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! The

Grades: PreK-12
Supplier: Not Available

When the noisy town of La Paz elects a new mayor that bans singing because …

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Town is by the Sea

Town is by the Sea

Grades: 2-5
Supplier: Not Available

Set in a Cape Breton mining town in the 1950s, this picture book tells of o…

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What to Do With a Box

What to Do With a Box

Grades: PreK-5
Supplier: Not Available

This picture book, written in rhyme, demonstrates the possible creations th…

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Canoe Kids: The Haida of Haida Gwaii

Canoe Kids: The Haida of Haida Gwaii

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian magazine-style resource has a number of illustrated short art…

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Art of Being Métis, The

Art of Being Métis, The

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian video follows the building a birch bark canoe from selecting …

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Boreal Herbal, The: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North

Boreal Herbal, The: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging, illustrated, and easy to use resource discusses the wild foo…

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Drum Story, The

Drum Story, The

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

The Drum Story is a traditional Ojibwe/Anishinaabe tale of a young girl who…

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NOVELS
419

419

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This suspenseful Canadian novel centres on the mysterious death of Laura Cu…

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All American Boys

All American Boys

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Quinn, a white student, witnesses a white police officer savagely beat unar…

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Blackbird Fly

Blackbird Fly

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Apple, a 12 year old Filipina girl who moved to the U.S. with her mother af…

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Book Scavenger

Book Scavenger

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

When twelve year old Emily and her family settle in San Francisco, home to …

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Brain on Fire

Brain on Fire

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

This memoir recounts the events of a month when the author’s life was turne…

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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning novel for grade 4-7 students follows the friendship betw…

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Don't Get Caught

Don’t Get Caught

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This novel, for grades 9-12, is an engaging and suspenseful story about fiv…

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Dumplin'

Dumplin’

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean lives in a small town with her former b…

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This WWII novel focuses on Mary, who volunteers for the war effort, is insu…

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Everything Everything

Everything Everything

Grades: 9-10
Supplier: Not Available

Seventeen-year-old Maddie suffers from an immunodeficiency disease which tr…

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Guinea Dog

Guinea Dog

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

Fifth-grader Rufus desperately wants a dog but his father is clear that the…

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Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Virgil, a shy middle-school student, is on his way to visit his friend Kaor…

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Horizon

Horizon

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

This fast-paced adventure for grades 4-8 is about 8 young survivors of a pl…

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Look out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

Look out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

In this engaging novel, four siblings live on their own in a car on a tropi…

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Nuts to You

Nuts to You

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

When a squirrel sees a friend escape a hawk’s grasp and land in unfamiliar …

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Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy

Grades: 9-10
Supplier: Not Available

Set in New Orleans in the 1950s, this novel tells the story of Jo, the daug…

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Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

During WWII, Tomi’s father, a Japanese-American, is falsely accused of spyi…

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sixteen year old Simon has recently come to terms with being gay, but hasn’…

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5th Wave, The

5th Wave, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning novel, for grades 9-12, takes place after aliens have al…

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Beginning of Everything, The

Beginning of Everything, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Ezra, high school athlete and class president, is hit by a hit-and-run…

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Bone Sparrow, The: Hope Can Set You Free

Bone Sparrow, The: Hope Can Set You Free

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Not Available

The harsh life of the inhabitants in an immigration detention centre in Aus…

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Dinner, The

Dinner, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Two brothers and their wives meet for dinner to discuss their teenage sons’…

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Girl From Everywhere, The

Girl From Everywhere, The

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This adventure novel for grades 8-12 blends fantasy, history, and a modern …

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Girl Who Drank the Moon, The

Girl Who Drank the Moon, The

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

In this modern fairy tale, mystery, magic, and self-discovery are woven thr…

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Goldfish Boy, The

Goldfish Boy, The

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Matthew, a 12 year-old boy with OCD, spends his days in one room of his hou…

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Rest of Us Just Live Here, The

Rest of Us Just Live Here, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This novel, for grades 9-12, focuses on a group of “normal” teenagers, not …

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Serpent King, The

Serpent King, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This coming of age novel for grade 11-12 students follows three misfit best…

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Underground Railroad, The

Underground Railroad, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Cora, a slave in Georgia, is desperate for a life outside of servitude, and…

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Wild Robot, The

Wild Robot, The

Grades: 3-5
Supplier: Not Available

Roz—a robot—is stranded on a remote island and soon realizes that her only …

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Waylon! One Awesome Thing

Waylon! One Awesome Thing

Grades: 1-5
Supplier: Not Available

Science-loving Waylon dreams of how his world could be made better through …

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We are All Made of Molecules

We are All Made of Molecules

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Beautiful and popular Ashley’s life is turned upside down when her father r…

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Will I See?

Will I See?

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Teenager May, while walking in the city, finds keepsakes related to the spi…

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Yours Truly

Yours Truly

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Zoe is an average teenager until her life suddenly changes when she falls f…

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Zafir

Zafir

Grades: 6-9
Supplier: Not Available

Zafir moves with his family from Dubai to war-torn Syria, and struggles to …

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September 7, 2017
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IT4K12 Registration is Now Open!

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Looking to collaborate, share and learn from colleagues all around BC? Then you don’t want to miss this! IT4K12 2017 is taking place November 9th & 10th at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC. The only event of its kind, this conference brings together leaders in education & IT allowing them to share their knowledge and expertise along with learning what’s new and exciting in their respective industries.

ERAC is working hard on the program (it promises to be the best one yet!) but we have some exciting details to share in the meantime:

Motivation & Inspiration

Sue Gardner, the former Executive Director of Wikimedia (which runs Wikipedia) is delivering the keynote address. She is one of a few women who has headed up a top ten website. A formidable speaker on new media, Sue looks to the future of collaboration on the web. How will the new knowledge economy—where content is free, and everyone’s a contributor—affect our education, our journalism, and our democracy?

Connect on Multiple Levels

Introducing a new attraction to this year’s event, the ERAC Connect Lounge! This comfortable work space will provide the perfect spot to catch up with colleagues, fast-charge your mobile devices in the brand new Brightbox Station, enjoy specialty treats to keep you energized and more. Be sure to stop by and check out all the lounge has to offer.

Want even more ways to connect before, during and after the event? ERAC is excited to partner with Quickmobile bringing you a customized event app just for IT4K12. The app will include features such as community boards, individual profiles, games and a one click social media sharing tool.

ERAC members can register by visiting this page.

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Attention Exhibitors


If you are a vendor looking to exhibit at this conference you have multiple opportunities to choose from, each providing a unique set of benefits. Click here for more information and to register.

Visit our website for up to date information and check back often as we confirm presenters and sessions.

June 1, 2017
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ERAC Has an APP for That

ERAC has an APP for the K-12 Resource Collection. Educators now have access to the only searchable collection of BC educator-evaluated resources from any Apple or Android device.   Find it in your APP store by searching for BCERAC. The APP allows for on-the-spot collaboration by groups of teachers; working with grade level teams, subject specialists, and with the support of teacher-librarians. Together, teams can quickly evaluate whether a resource fits with the core and curricular competencies, and whether social considerations might support or detract from student learning in order to seK12 Applect the best resources for each classroom. Time spent choosing resources at vendor displays can be reduced by using the resource collection to preview key information. Reviews include Curriculum Fit, Social Considerations, General Content, Technical Design, suggested Classroom Usage and any Additional Comments by your peer-reviewers. If the resource is not in the collection, you can request that it be reviewed by submitting an online form. The BCTF selects practicing BC teachers to evaluate the resources in the collection. ERAC trains all new evaluators and provides mentorship as they start their three-year term. Two or more educators are assigned to that specific resource, based on each team member’s area of expertise. The review team, representing a broad spectrum of perspectives, develops a cohesive evaluation of the assigned resource. This is a unique collection of resources reviewed by BC educators, linked to the BC Curriculum with corresponding grade and subject areas.  Currently, ERAC offers five curated collections: Aboriginal, ELL, LGBTQ, Professional, and Novel. You can search the collection by Title, Author or Keywords. If you are looking for novels that include LGBTQ perspectives, characters or themes, start by searching the LGBTQ Collection.  Add the keyword ‘adventure’ and you will see three resources to consider.  One resource, Better Nate Than Ever, offers an “opportunity to open dialogue and discussion with students regarding gender difference and preferences, and sexual orientation” according to the Social Considerations Comments. As for Curriculum Fit, Better Nate Than Ever can be used to support the core competencies of reading and social responsibility and is suitable “as a novel for guided reading selection or independent novel study in a classroom or library setting.” Entering the keyword ‘women’ in the Aboriginal collection in the search field will present the resource Great Women from our First Nations. This resource is an authentic First People’s text and a Canadian resource suitable as “a standalone resource… in a classroom library or as examples of biographical writing excerpts” according to the Suggested Classroom Usage section. It includes a teacher resource with suggested lesson plans. In order to access the full reviews, create an account on the ERAC homepage by entering your name along with your district or school email address to validate your membership. Once you have an account, find a resource you are interested in and log in to get the detailed review.

May 2, 2017
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Made the Grade – May 2017

 

Crenshaw

Crenshaw

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

When Jackson’s parents fall on hard times the family must move out of their house, sell their belongings, and live in their van until his parents can get back on their feet. As 4th-grader Jackson tries to cope with this situation, his imaginary friend Crenshaw—a giant cat—re-appears in his life to help him through these troubled times. This realistic portrayal of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and resiliency is discussed in an accurate and realistic way from the point of view of a young boy, and will appeal to students of a si

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Fastest Boy in the World, The

Fastest Boy in the World, The

Grades: 2-8
Supplier: Not Available

Young Solomon, despite being from a poor Ethiopian village, believes that he can become a world-class runner, just like his heroes on the national team. When his grandfather takes him to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his good fortune – the national team will be in a parade while he is in the city. His grandfather has other reasons for the trip and Solomon learns an important secret about his grandfather’s past. When grandfather falls ill Solomon must make decisions that test his character and his endurance. An action-packed story of a boy whose passion for sports and dreams of greatness will resonate with children in grades 4 to 6. A useful novel to raise awareness of ethnic and cultural diversity, spark discussion of societal roles of women and men, and affirm and enhance self-esteem through pride in

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Great Cake Mystery, The: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

Great Cake Mystery, The: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case

Grades: 2-4
Supplier: Not Available

Precious, a young girl who lives in Botswana, sets her heart on being a detective when she grows up. When a mystery occurs in her class –who stole the piece of cake, the bread and jam, and iced buns-—she takes it upon herself to solve the crime. Although all the children blame an overweight boy for the theft, Precious looks beyond stereotypes and prejudices to seek the truth. The three-colour illustrations and easy-to-read text will delight primary students, as well as introduce Botswana and its culture, and the themes of honesty, prejudice, and social responsibility. Written by noted author Alexander McC

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Odd Egg, The

Odd Egg, The

Grades: K-1
Supplier: Not Available

Duck is concerned that all the birds around him are laying eggs and preparing for their babies to hatch, except for him. He discovers an abandoned egg and lovingly cares for it. When the egg hatches, a surprising animal emerges, and Duck loves it as if it were his own. This cleverly illustrated book with staggered pages will capture the attention of primary students, and provide opportunities for the discussion of animal reproduction and i

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Purim Superhero, The

Purim Superhero, The

Grades: 1-3
Supplier: Not Available

Nate loves everything about aliens–so much so that he decides to dress as an alien for Purim celebrations. But, all the boys in his class are dressing as superheroes. Nate is torn about what to do and turns to his two dads for support. Nate’s final decision surprises everyone. This picture book, illustrated with eye-catching cartoon-like drawings, will be useful to introduce primary students to the topics of celebrations from different cultures, being true to yourself, and the diversity of famil

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George

George

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

George has a secret: he was born as a boy but identifies as a girl. When the class puts on a play of Charlotte’s Web, George dreams of playing Charlotte, but isn’t allowed to audition for the part as a boy can’t play a girl’s role. George and her best friend develop a plan for opening night that lets George be Charlotte and lets everyone finally learn who she really is. This engaging and honest novel introduces gender identity struggles and gender stereotypes in a way that intermediate students can u

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Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price, The

Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price, The

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Charlie Price thinks life can’t get any worse after the death of his mother but then his younger sister starts acting very oddly. He discovers her going down a secret hatch and he follows. There he discovers a world where his Mother still lives. As he visits his dead mother in this alternate reality, Charlie realizes that the longer people stay in the alternate world, the less they are able to exist in the real world, and he is faced with difficult decisions about grief and letting go. This novel, suitable for grades 6-8, raises complex questions of life after death, losing a loved one, and how people struggle with grief, which provide opportunities for students to think critically and c

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Thing About Jellyfish, The

Thing About Jellyfish, The

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Suzy struggles with grief when her friend Franny dies in a swimming accident. Suzy cannot accept that these things just happen and convinces herself that a deadly jellyfish is responsible for Franny’s death. This title would be suitable for a novel study to integrate science and physical and health education in middle school. Projects and discussions could focus on personal identity, how students see themselves, and inquiry projects on ocean life. Each part of the novel is named for a part of the scientific method and the only illustrations in the novel are based on scientific drawings of

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Map Trap, The

Map Trap, The

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

Sixth-grader Alton Barnes absolutely loves maps. He creates maps of all kinds, including ones that show what he really thinks about people—his friends, teachers, and even the principal. When Alton’s maps are stolen from his locker, trouble is on the horizon and Alton will need every cartographic skill he can muster to escape it. An ideal novel for grade 4-6 classrooms as part of literature circles or small group discussions, for independent study by students interested in mysteries or cartography, as well as for introducing mapping and inf

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Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Seventh-grader Sierra is a high achieving student at a school with a zero tolerance policy. When she accidentally takes her mother’s lunch bag to school and sees a paring knife in it, she turns it into the office. Sierra is immediately put on in-school suspension and will face an expulsion hearing. Spending time in the detention room with other “troublemakers” makes Sierra question right and wrong, rules, and acceptable behaviour. This compelling novel makes complex ideas readily accessible to middle school

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Green Bicycle, The

Green Bicycle, The

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Wadjda, a spunky young Muslim girl in Saudi Arabia, yearns for a green bicycle so she can race with her best friend, who is a boy. She is faced with a problem: it is improper for girls to ride bicycles. Frustrated by the many expectations and constraints placed on girls in her culture, she is resourceful and comes up with many schemes to raise money to buy the precious bike. This informative and relevant novel for students in grades 6-9 allows for exploration of personal identity, understanding diversity, and presents opportunities to discuss Muslim

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May 1, 2017
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Improving Access to Digital Resources for Students and Teachers

erac_bcdclogo_stacked_rgbWondering how and where you can access the BC Digital Classroom Collection in your own district?  There are several options. 1. ERAC provides direct access to the BC Digital Classroom resources through the Access page. Within a school site, any student and teacher can visit the Access page and will be directly connected into the resource database collection. Note that home access requires a login and password, available from your District Contact page. 2. District-customized Access page: Many districts have also created their own landing pages to allow teachers and learners to easily access the BCDC and other district-licensed or free digital resources. Check with your District Contact to see whether your district has done this.

April 7, 2017
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Annual Renewal of Microsoft EDesktop Agreement

It’s Annual Renewal Time for the ERAC Provincial Microsoft Licensing Agreement.  The Microsoft EnterprisERAC Microsoft Logoe Desktop (E Desktop) Suite gives all participating ERAC members access to the latest versions of Office Professional, Windows operating systems and the ECAL Suite.  April 1, 2017 marks the beginning of Year 3 of this 3-Year agreement which expires March 31, 2018. Participating Districts and Schools that have not yet submitted a Purchase Order Number to Softchoice should do so immediately. Subscribers to Enterprise Desktop and/or Office are reminded that during the transition to Year 3 of this agreement, while new licenses are being processed, the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) will not be available for a few days. Staff trying to access HUP should do so before March 31, 2017 or after April 5, 2017. If you have questions about the annual renewal process, please contact us at info@bcerac.ca as soon as possible.

March 2, 2017
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February & March 2017 Deadlines

deadline-white-space Don’t miss these important upcoming deadlines for the next two months:   Group Média TFO Short Term Offer on IDÉLLO – expires March 31, 2017 Follett Software – Destiny Library Manager – expires March 31, 2017

January 26, 2017
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Exchange Online Protection & Advanced Threat Protection

exchange-protection-image EOP Webinar On Thursday, December 8, 2016 ERAC, Softchoice and Microsoft hosted a webinar to walk through the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) implementation process and to answer other questions about this email filtering solution.  As a follow-up to that event, we have prepared a recording of the webinar, a list of questions and answers from the webinar and a FAQ document for Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that some Districts were asking about. If you want to go directly to the recorded EOP Webinar, click here. For the Q&A document from the EOP Webinar, click here. Please note: the Government of BC has pushed the deadline for Districts to migrate off GEMS to January 31, 2017 so you do have extra time to make the transition. Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection During the EOP Webinar, a number of Districts asked about the additional functionality included with Advanced Threat Protection.  You can find out more about Microsoft ATP here. While EOP is included at no cost as part of the ERAC EDesktop solution, ATP is only available at an additional cost per user. The costs can be quite significant for a full District deployment but a full District deployment is not required for ATP – Districts can identify high-risk groups and license only those groups if they choose. ERAC is working with Microsoft to negotiate discounted faculty/staff pricing for Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and to get student accounts included at nominal or zero cost. An offer should be available by mid-January.  If you are planning to purchase ATP, we suggest you hold off on that purchase while we try to arrange volume discounts for ATP.  January 31, 2017 is the new deadline to migrate from GEMS so you do have time to wait. You can help ERAC negotiate a better discount for ATP by sending an email to psheaves@bcerac.ca indicating whether you are interested in purchasing ATP and for approximately how many users. This will help us estimate volume for the ATP negotiations. For more information, please contact info@bcerac.ca.    

January 13, 2017
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January 2017 Deadlines

deadline-white-space Don’t miss these important upcoming deadlines for the next month: Matific Offers ERAC Discount on K – 6 Math Resource – January 31, 2017

January 13, 2017
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Short-Term Offer for IDÉLLO from Group Média TFO

idello-image ERAC is pleased to announce a new Short-Term Offer for ERAC members on the evaluated resource IDÉLLO from Group Média TFO. IDÉLLO is a French Language digital learning platform. It offers a wide variety of thematic files, applications, games, educational tools and videos in French. You can find details of the IDÉLLO offer here. District Contacts must sign in for confidential pricing information.  

January 13, 2017
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December Deadlines

deadline-white-space Don’t miss these important December Deadlines for the end of the year: Smart Notebook Software – expires December 31, 2016 Smart Whiteboard Products – expires December 31, 2016

December 7, 2016
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PIA Announcement for Trimble’s SketchUp Pro

sketchup-pro ERAC’s SketchUp Pro subscribers now have a generic Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template available for completion. Districts can ensure that their schools have completed due diligence regarding privacy and security for all staff and students by personalizing the downloadable document for their district. This PIA will help your District comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing an initiative or program(s) even if they do not include the collection of personal information. Best practices indicate Public Bodies should still complete Part 1 of the PIA and submit it along with the signature pages to their privacy office(r) even if it is thought that no personal information is involved. This process ensures that the initiative has been accurately assessed by the School District and has determined that the use of the solution meets the requirements set out in the School Districts’ PIA as required under s.69 (5.3) of FIPPA. To download your SketchUp Pro PIA, go to: https://pia.bcerac.ca/

December 7, 2016
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PIA Announcement for BC Digital Classroom Core Collection 2015 – 18

bc-digital-classroom-bundle ERAC’s BC Digital Classroom (BCDC) Core Collection subscribers now have a generic Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template available for completion. Districts can ensure that their schools have completed due diligence regarding privacy and security for all staff and students by personalizing the downloadable document for their district. This PIA will help your District comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing an initiative or program(s) even if they do not include the collection of personal information. Best practices indicate Public Bodies should still complete Part 1 of the PIA and submit it along with the signature pages to their privacy office(r) even if it is thought that no personal information is involved. This process ensures that the initiative has been accurately assessed by the School District and has determined that the use of the BCDC Core Collection solution meets the requirements set out in the School Districts’ PIA as required under s.69 (5.3) of FIPPA. To download your BC Digital Classroom Core Collection PIA, go to: https://pia.bcerac.ca/

December 7, 2016
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Making It Easy to Access Your Resources

new-look-for-collection ERAC had a mission – to build a more visual interface to the ERAC online collection so members could easily see and access their resources. Well, we did it! Now when you access the collection, you will notice a fresh new look and feel. Simply click on the image to reveal a short description. Click on “Learn More” for complete synopsis and product details. ERAC members can select “Read More” to access information on social considerations, curricular connections and more. Register for your ERAC member login here.

December 7, 2016
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Post Conference Highlights Are Up for 2016 IT4K12!

post-confernce-group-shot-of-attendees The IT4K12 Post Conference Highlights are up and we’re excited to share it all with you! View a list of our registrants and sponsors (sign in first to see list) and find out who won all the goodies! Presentations weren’t recorded this year but we’ve left the Program up for review. The presentations we do have are available on our new ERAC Vimeo Channel. Enjoy!

December 7, 2016
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Time to Connect – With the Curriculum!

curriculum-connection-image With the new curriculum in place, teachers are searching for learning resources to support their instruction and we’re providing some help! ERAC has created more than 100 lesson topic examples for you through our new BC Digital Classroom Curriculum Connections page and the new Aboriginal Education Curriculum Connections page.  Each lesson activity is focused on a Big Idea, includes a brief activity description, and highlights the relevant curriculum connections. Our ERAC team created these examples to spark your awareness of the quality, evaluated digital resources that are a click away for you and your students*. We believe this will be a great starting point to get you going. Enjoy!

November 24, 2016
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YUKON – ERAC Reaches Far and Wide

yukon ERAC’s Professional Learning Team are busy! They have been connecting teachers through their face to face engagements sessions all across BC, and now the Yukon. Team Leader, Kevin Amboe, and team member Lisa Read, were recently in the Yukon and had the opportunity first-hand to see how excited the teachers became when they realized the depth of resources they were able to access. Their deep dive took teachers into specific resources and identified ways for students to access custom portions of videos, plus so much more, all while integrating BCDC resources into the classroom. Some teachers specifically asked about additional French resources. Kevin was able to provide them direction from within the BC Digital Classroom and print resources in  ERAC’s online collection, as well as take the feedback and expand on future presentations, identifying and accessing French resources. The Yukon Department of Education added to Kevin’s information by providing a Yukon specific handout with passwords and instructions for home access to teachers and students. Having met the day before with education leaders provided insight for personalization of the ERAC presentation. It also provided a deeper understanding for these leaders of the value of ERAC to classroom teachers in utilizing the BC Digital Classroom within their schools. If you have questions or would like to book a session, please feel free to contact Kevin Amboe directly at kamboe@bcerac.ca. Bring on the professional learning!

November 4, 2016
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PIA Announcement for FreshGrade

capture ERAC’s member services have prepared and published a generic Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for your school/district to complete. In conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) for BC, ERAC provides you with a downloadable partially completed copy of the PIA. By completing the FreshGrade PIA it will help your District identify and address privacy and security issues while ensuring compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).  As with the introduction of any new program or initiative that involves the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, a PIA must be completed. To download your FreshGrade PIA, go to: https://pia.bcerac.ca/

November 4, 2016
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You Asked Us – November 2016 – Edmark Series

Q&A Q.   I see that Edmark’s House Series is available free for ERAC members. How do I access it and does it require a login? A.  Yes, Edmark’s House Series is available at no charge and is available to all teachers, students and parents. The four components/resources are available with no login or password required. Just click on the individual resource to gain access. You can find access to this early learning page through these agreement details.  

November 4, 2016
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November Deadlines

deadline-white-space Don’t miss these important November Deadlines: Smart Notebook Software – expires December 31, 2016 Smart Whiteboard Products – expires December 31, 2016

November 4, 2016
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Early Learning Support for Primary Classroom Teachers

edmark-house-series Wondering where to find “Sammy’s Science House” to help you teach your budding scientists? ERAC can help! The Edmark House Series is available to teachers, parents and students at no charge. There are four titles to enjoy including reading, math, science and social studies. They also include supporting corresponding print materials like lesson plans and teacher guides. This series will assist your young learners in building basic skills, both prior to their entering school and throughout their primary years of learning development.

November 4, 2016
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Have a Resource with Potential Social Considerations? ERAC will Evaluate It

social-considerations Are you wondering whether a novel is a good ‘fit’ for students in your district or classroom? First, check to see if the novel has received an ERAC evaluation in our online collection. Can’t locate it in the current database? Then submit an evaluation request form to ERAC to conduct a professional peer evaluation. The Social Considerations section (see Icon in this story) of our evaluation form highlights specific aspects of a novel that require teacher consideration and awareness. This allows them the opportunity to consider whether the resource is appropriate for that particular classroom. Perhaps there’s a new teen fiction title you’d like to use, we want to hear about it! Just submit the title through ERAC’s evaluation form. Thank you to everyone who submitted resources following our last request. We have received 42 evaluation suggestions and we will evaluate many of these over the coming months.

November 4, 2016
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Play in the Big Leagues – Meet Your IT4K12 Heavy Hitters

prestn-3 Our heavy hitters of IT4K12 are lining up! We have some intriguing presentations that are now listed in our Program. Check out more details on your major leaguers below:   snip Find out if your peers have already registered by checking the Attendee tab and get others on board by printing and posting your new Attendee Poster! Looking forward to seeing you at IT4K12.

October 19, 2016
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October Deadlines

deadline-white-space Don’t miss these important October Deadlines: October 18 – Deadline to Book Hotel for IT4K12 October 21 – Deadline for IT4K12 Early Bird Rate

October 12, 2016
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Classroom Novels You Love? Get Them Evaluated and Grow ERAC’s Collection

classroom-novel-evaluation Do you have that favourite novel you love to use with your class? We’d like to keep our online collection up to date and we could use your help. We’re reaching out to our members to ask you to recommend any recent classroom novels that are suitable for LGBTQ, French Immersion, Aboriginal perspectives, and more. Also looking for those Award Winners you love. Just submit your suggestion through our evaluation form. Thanks for helping us keep our online collection ready to use.

October 12, 2016
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Short-Term Offer for Matific

  matificsto ERAC announces a new Short Term Offer for members on the evaluated product Matific. Matific is a digital math resource for students in grades K – 6. It provides a variety of learning and teaching options: lessons for teachers to introduce concepts, digital worksheets and games for practice, and playlists for students to cover concepts in a number of ways. Teachers can use the resource for whole class learning, small group support, or individual review and enrichment, and students can complete work at school or at home. For evaluation details, click here. For a limited time, ERAC members can purchase Matific at a discount. This offer ends January 31, 2017.  Click here for full details. District Contacts must sign in for confidential pricing information.

October 12, 2016
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We Have TEN Reasons Why You Need to Come to IT4K12!

top-ten Haven’t registered yet for IT4K12? You won’t want to miss out and we have ten reasons why! Check out our attached poster on “Top Ten Reasons to Attend IT4K12” and feel free to share, print and post. We know you’re excited to see some of your colleagues from around the province, so check out the attendee list when you’re registering. If they haven’t yet registered, make sure to send them this top ten poster! Our early bird rate is still available but only until October 21st so register soon! You can find everything you need on our event site.

October 12, 2016
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Be a Part of Something BIG – Sponsor at IT4K12

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The annual IT4K12 event is growing every year and this year we have more room for attendees in the new ballroom at our venue. This means you’ll be able to meet with more of your target market. As always, we have created a strong sponsorship package to meet your needs for exposure at the event on November 17-18. This is your chance to connect with ERAC’s many public and private members. Our booths are already more than half filled, and we hope you’ll get on board soon. To find out why you want to be a part of this event, just check out our new IT4K12 Sponsor Poster! Sponsors can register here. Looking forward to seeing you there. Only 1.5 months left!

October 12, 2016
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ArcGIS Available to ERAC Members at No Charge

arcgis If you’re looking for a complimentary geography based resource, then ArcGIS is a great option and available to ERAC members at no charge for educational purposes (only). ERAC has signed a license agreement with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (esri Canada) for the use of this product. ArcGIS Online provides a way to bring spatial literacy and geographic inquiry into the classroom. Students enjoy visualizing, analyzing and understanding geographic patterns and processes and can create and use maps that develop higher order thinking skills. To find out more, sign in and review the ArcGIS agreement.

October 12, 2016
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Vision Pro Classroom Management Software – New Short Term Offer

pro-vision This is a new Short-Term Offer on the evaluated resource Vision Pro Classroom Management Software from Netop. While planning for school, this software may come in handy. It is a software management program that allows teachers to monitor and control a network of computers from the teacher’s computer. This helps with preparing computers before students arrive in a lab and you can also monitor and remotely help students with instructions and tasks. Find out more through the ERAC evaluation prepared by your peers  (sign in for confidential info) and can see the full offer details here. Don’t wait too long as this short term offer ends December 30, 2016.

September 9, 2016
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Teach Reading Skills with Tumblebooks – Recently Renewed

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Reading can be a lot of fun, especially when text includes animation, sound, music and even narration! You can do all that and more with Tumblebooks which ERAC has recently renewed for the 2016/17 school year! Provide enrichment to students who are reading independently (through a variety of high interest material) as well as support to those who require skill building (through a variety of exercises) with the TumbleBookLibrary. Find out all the details by checking the Tumblebooks agreement and make sure to sign in for the confidential info and review by your peers.

September 9, 2016
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Reading is as Easy as R-A-Z

learning-a-z RAZ-Plus (formerly Reading Solution) has been bundled with RAZ Kids, Reading A-Z and includes an additional 1000+ leveled e-books. You can also get a discounted rate for Enhanced ELL which is an additional suite of resources specifically geared to ELL. Take advantage of this renewed agreement with Learning A-Z: Reading Solution Bundle before August 31, 2018. Make sure to sign in to see confidential pricing and reviews by your peers!

September 9, 2016
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Extension of IT4K12 Super Early Bird Deadline to September 16th – Don’t Miss Out!

super-early-bird We understand how very busy you are, so we’ve extended our deadline of the IT4K12 super early bird to Friday, September 16th. This will give you more time to plan for the November 17-18 IT4K12 event and to register. We have two streams to enjoy for both IT and Educational leaders, including eight interesting and informative tracks in each. To present at IT4K12, fill out the Presentation Proposal form before October 1st and take advantage of the Presenter Discount when registering. You can also:

So join us, with your colleagues from around the province, and connect with sponsors and presenters to find out the new and innovative products, services and ideas that we’ll be sharing.

September 9, 2016
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September 30th Deadline to Join ERAC’s Adobe Creative Cloud Agreement

adobe_creative_cloud Now is the time to get on board and enjoy significant savings on the Adobe Creative Cloud for Education suite. It includes the latest versions of desktop applications for photography, video, audio, and design. Adobe Captivate and Presenter are also included. Adobe Creative Cloud for Education, is an ERAC member-only bundle. Educators in participating Districts and Independent Schools also have access to Home Use Rights (HUR) for this software. This 3-year agreement is invoiced annually by Acrodex. October 26, 2016 marks the beginning of Year 2 of the agreement. New subscribers can join only on anniversary dates so if you want in, you must act now! If you have any questions about the Adobe Enterprise Agreement or want to add your Independent school or District to the agreement effective October 26, 2016, please contact info@bcerac.ca as soon as possible. You must submit your request to join the agreement before September 30, 2016.

September 9, 2016
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Year End Reflections – What We Can Learn Going Forward

Ms. Cassidy's Classroom Blog

On the last day of school, the students took time to think about what they had learned and their goals for the future. I may be biased, but I think they are beyond cute. Enjoy! Posted in Classroom Life

September 3, 2016
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Dealing with Anxiety and Depression in Junior High

Dealing with Anxiety and Depression in Junior High

I am just getting ready to enter my 11th year teaching junior high (holy cow) and I've had some realizations, over the last 2 years really, in terms of the mental health of my students. It seems as though there is an extraordinary number of kids these days suffering from anxiety, depression, and stress in general.

September 2, 2016
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Savings in Time & Money = ERAC Membership

an report The ERAC Member Annual Service Report is out for 2015-16 and members have saved almost 9 million dollars across the province! We’re pleased to have established new innovative pricing structures and flexible opt-in agreements that helped save money. ERAC is looking forward to continued leadership roles on special projects and supporting the Ministry in identifying and evaluating varied/relevant resources relating to the new curriculum. Once again, you can be proud to say you’re an ERAC member! To obtain your district’s individual savings for the school year, touch base with your District Contact as they have access to this information on their ERAC private dashboard.

September 2, 2016
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Affordable Sponsorship Connecting You to Your Target Market with IT4K12

20151103_080614 With so many affordable options, vendors will be able to find a perfect fit of sponsorship at the IT4K12 on November 17-18, 2016. Time to increase your exposure to up to 300 district decision makers! The new ballroom at the venue will be ideal to showcase all exhibitors and the face to face time will allow you to share new trends and latest innovations with attendees. Check out all sponsorship opportunities here and listen to the IT4K12 highlights from last year by scrolling down to the video on our main event page. You won’t want to miss it! Register soon.

September 2, 2016
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You’re In High Demand! Calling Presenters for IT4K12 2016

20151103_163845 IT4K12 was created to engage our district educator and IT contacts in connecting, learning, and sharing solutions and information within our provincial community. That’s why we’re reaching out to you! Come and share your district’s success in resolving a problem that others might be facing. Share how your IT specialists and lead educators are working together to implement change, from infrastructure through mobile device support to integrating tech into learning. Let’s collaborate and share the results! Come and present at IT4K12 on November 17-18 and make sure to submit your Presentation Submission Form no later than October 1st. IT specialists – please view the suggested themes and topic ideas for inspiration on the Presenter Page. Although you may not want to present, you might know someone who does. Please feel free to nominate them by forwarding this information on and encouraging them to submit a proposal. We’re looking forward to hearing from you (or them)!

September 2, 2016
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GLOWS, GROWS AND WHERE TO GOES

Glows, Grows and Where to Goes - Madly Learning

As August is winding down my mind is now shifting to getting ready for back to school. Thinking about how I will set up my classroom this year. Every year I change a few things based on what I learned the previous year. Asking what worked and what didn't and why is a very important task.

September 1, 2016
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Creating a Positive Classroom Climate in French Class

Teaching FSL: Creating a Positive Classroom Climate in French Class

School starts back next week, and I've been giving a lot of thought to how I'm going to create a positive classroom climate in my middle school French Immersion class. This year, I'm changing grades, so my practices and routines seemed to call for an especially thorough auditing.

August 31, 2016
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5 Activities for Teaching Place Value

Runde's Room: 5 Activities for Teaching Place Value

I'm back with an all new "5 Activities for Teaching" post (click the link for more 5 Activity Ideas). This one is all about Place Value. Like many of you, I always like to start my math year with Place Value.

August 30, 2016
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Early Learning Options in World Book

World_Book_Encyclopedia_logo Did you know there are several tools to use in World Book, along with outlined activities and conversation questions to start the critical thinking? We encourage you to take a look at ERAC’s new video series, specifically the video “World Book Kids – Engaging Early Learners”. The video will give you a nice outline of what you can expect of this resource. From there you can find out more ways to access the information, as well as set up a presentation from our Professional Learning Team, all found on our BC Digital Classroom support site. So join in the fun and find out why early learners enjoy delving into World Book!

August 29, 2016
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21st Century Icebreakers: 13 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

21st Century Icebreakers: 13 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

In honor of the start of a new school year, I am sharing one of my popular posts again with you with a couple of new additions! On Monday I will begin my new job. As I've mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of...

August 29, 2016
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Why teachers should tweet

Why teachers should tweet

Originally written for @InnovateMySchl, and definitely not a new idea, but again I thought it was worth reiterating. With that in mind and with a bit of an update, here's my post on why I think teachers should tweet...

August 26, 2016
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6 Back-to-School Tech Projects You Have to Try

WeAreTeachers: 6 Back-to-School Tech Projects You Have to Try

Have your students get to know one another by sharing with their classmates their favorite things and what they did this summer using these fun tech projects! Invite your students to create a . The site is easy to navigate. ​To save their page, they simply hit print and save their profile as a ​PDF to their desktop.

August 25, 2016
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Facebook’s New App for Kids Creates Privacy Concerns

Facebook's New App for Kids Creates Privacy Concerns

Lifestage Makes Everything Public Facebook's new teen-targeted app is drawing privacy concerns. The app, dubbed Lifestage, was built for high-schoolers to share videos and connect locally, but it lacks privacy settings, requests personal information and makes all content public.

August 24, 2016
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5 tips for using live video in the classroom

5 tips for using live video in the classroom

Let's face it - we live in a very visually oriented society. Visual media is a great way to communicate, with a lot of positive applications in the classroom. Videos are attention-getters. One of the major benefits, in fact, is that everybody is familiar with video chat, thanks to smart phones and online media.

August 19, 2016
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Beginner’s Guide to YouTube for teachers (the crib sheet)

Beginner's Guide to YouTube for teachers (the crib sheet)

YouTube has so many things to offer teachers but often teachers veer away from it for fear of the comments that appear under videos or through or worries about inappropriate content. Truth is though, ask any child how they've taught themselves something, chances are they'll come back and say YouTube.

August 18, 2016
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The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech's Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

Looking for direction in the ever-expanding world of education technology? You don't have to look hard to find education bloggers. But who are the true trend setters? EdTech is proud to spotlight some of the education industry's most influential thought-leaders in our latest crop of the top K-12 IT bloggers.

August 17, 2016
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15 Incredible Tech Tools For Teachers To Use In 2016

15 Incredible Tech Tools For Teachers To Use In 2016

When education is combined with technology, wonderful things can happen. Students are happier, more curious, and they receive the educational support that they need. Teachers are empowered to create engaging lesson plans, assess student's needs, and effectively create a positive learning environment. Each year, new technologies are released, or they begin to gain attention.

August 16, 2016
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10 Great Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes

10 Great Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

June 20, 2016 Over the last couple of years, we have reviewed a wide variety of educational web tools to use to create digitally based quizzes. Below is a collection of some of the most popular quizzing tools we have covered so far.

August 15, 2016
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Top Ten Concerns about Children and Technology

Top 10 Concerns about Children and Technology - from Parents and Teachers

One of my favorite parts of Raising Digital Natives is presenting to parent groups, teachers and administrators. Frequently, parents and teachers share their experiences with me, so I learn as much as I teach. Being exposed to the concerns parents and teachers have about kids in the digital age is extremely informative and valuable to shaping the services I can offer at Raising Digital Natives.

August 13, 2016
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10 reasons to try Genius Hour this school year

10 reasons to try Genius Hour this school year

For me, my Genius Hour project was learning BASIC. I was in middle school, and this programming code intrigued me. We didn't have any computer science classes except for a six-week "Introduction to Computers" rotation class. So I started tinkering with it on my computer at home.

August 12, 2016
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List of Digital Leaders to follow on Twitter

List of Digital Leaders You Must Follow on Twitter

"Digital Leaders are Made not Born." Digital leaders are learners to help shaping the vision around the use of technology for efficient working in different spheres. Below is a list of amazing digital leaders that you must follow on Twitter. Check it out! 1.

August 11, 2016
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5 Tips to Kick Start the School Year

5 Tips to Kick Start the School Year

Josh Stock Teacher, Innovator, and Awesomeness Expert It's the end of summer. Kids' minds have been on autopilot for three months, yet we expect them to walk into school on that first day ready to learn. It used to take me weeks to develop a relationship with the kids and get them engaged in class.

August 10, 2016
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5 Awesome TED Talks On How Technology Is Changing Education

5 Awesome TED Talks On How Technology Is Changing Education

In the last ten years, technology has changed the way we work and communicate with others - and it's also changed how we interact in the classroom. In fact, some educators argue that technology can improve the classroom by eliminating the need for a physical one, and allow students to learn remotely, from wherever they do their best work.

August 9, 2016
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The Eight Pillars of Innovation

The Eight Pillars of Innovation

How does a company like Google continue to grow exponentially while still staying innovative? Susan Wojcicki, Google's Senior Vice President of Advertising, discusses some of the processes and principles in place to make sure that the company doesn't get bogged down in the past as it keeps moving forward.

August 7, 2016
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10 Google Docs Hacks Every Teacher Should Know

10 Google Docs Hacks Every Teacher Should Know - Daily Genius

Google Docs is a popular word processing tool because it allows ready access to your documents and files from any internet connected device. It permits users to readily share documents and easily collaborate on materials. If you are already familiar with Google Docs, try out these 10 hacks to up your Google game!

August 6, 2016
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Back-to-School Resources for Parents

Back-to-School Resources for Parents

Five-Minute Film Festival: Building a Parent Toolkit: Watch curated videos from the Parent Toolkit website on topics like stress reduction, healthy eating, homework, and more; Back to School Basics includes a collection of back-to-school videos for parents. (Edutopia, 2015) Best Back-to-School Tips: Listen to this podcast about preparing students to head back to school and developing morning routines.

August 5, 2016
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Getting Started: Tips for launching a successful class blog

Getting Started: Tips for launching a successful class blog

Summer is full of opportunities for reflecting, learning, and planning. Teachers and students have the ability to review the past year and develop goals for both the summer and the upcoming school year. While summer gives teachers a chance to unwind and relax, it is often used as a time for exploration and preparation for the new year.

August 4, 2016
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5-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners

5-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners

Most educators have little choice about the (usually) over-crowded, (often) unappealing rooms they teach in -- but they intuitively know that the spaces children spend their time in can have an effect on how they learn. I've gathered a collection of videos to explore the questions: How important is environment to learning?

August 3, 2016
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140 Twitter Tips for Educators with Brad Currie

WEP 0039: 140 Twitter Tips for Educators with Brad Currie

In this podcast, Kelly Croy interviews Brad Currie, the author of the hot new book, 140 Twitter Tips for Educators. The interview covers areas of interest for every educator! Brad Currie is an amazing resource for all educators and shares so much in this interview.

July 25, 2016
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Banish Busywork: 3 Fun Alternatives

Banish Busywork: 3 Fun Alternatives

Tips and Tricks Make the most of free time in class with these fun and engaging activities. Let's face it: busywork is a drag. Both students and teachers can agree it is a pretty uninspiring way to learn. So, what's a teacher to do with that awkward 10 minutes at the end of class?

July 22, 2016
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Standing Desks Get Students to Move their Feet and Brains

Standing Desks Get Students to Move their Feet and Brains

"Sitting is the new smoking," declare a thousand news articles. The phrase, credited to James Levine of the Mayo Clinic, refers to numerous studies that have shown the deleterious effects of simply sitting too much: higher incidences of chronic diseases and increased risk of death.

July 21, 2016
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Navigating Your Identity as a Parent and an Educator

Navigating Your Identity as a Parent and an Educator

Elena Aguilar Transformational Leadership Coach from Oakland, California If you are a teacher who has a child entering kindergarten next fall, or a teacher with school-age children, this blog post is for you. I hope that I can be helpful by sharing my story and offering some tips on navigating the landscape of this personal-professional persona.

July 20, 2016
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How Do We Measure Social and Emotional Learning?

How Do We Measure Social and Emotional Learning?

Maurice J. Elias Prof. of Psychology, Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab (www.secdlab.org), Director, the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service (engage.rutgers.edu) We all know that whatever gets measured usually gets attention and focus. Right now, there is no widespread, practical way for all schools to assess children's social-emotional skills and character development (SECD).

July 19, 2016
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3 Ways to Encourage Employees to Keep Learning

3 Ways to Encourage Employees to Keep Learning

When I was hired as vice president of marketing for a growing startup, I knew I had a lot more to learn about search engine optimization (SEO). As is the case with most professions, a staggering number of different specialties fall under the umbrella of marketing, and just because you work in the field doesn't mean you're knowledgeable in every discipline.

July 15, 2016
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10 thoughts on how to go digital and why we should

10 thoughts on how to go digital and why we should

Our world is becoming more and more digital, but our classrooms look much the same as our ancestors' classrooms. Desks. Students seated. Chalk. Chalkboards. Teachers up front. If education is going to remain relevant - and the work of teachers is to remain relevant to their students - we must change.

July 14, 2016
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Top 30 EdTech Thought Leaders & Blogs to Follow

Top 30 EdTech Thought Leaders & Blogs to Follow

Follow @edarabia Educator and EdTech expert Caleb Clark said "Geeks can't teach, and teachers can't geek." But education is evolving fast. There's always some new technology that has the capacity to change the world as we know it. These rapid changes offer the chance to improve education.

July 14, 2016
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When Tech Meets Project-Based Learning

When Tech Meets Project Based Learning (EdSurge News)

Almost 20 years ago, when Paul Curtis was a social studies teacher at the just-opened New Technology High School in Napa, Calif., there wasn't much "tech" to support project-based learning. "We didn't even give the kids email addresses back then," he chuckles. Even now, Curtis, Director of Curr

July 13, 2016
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How to Motivate More (And Better!) Writing With Blended Learning

How to Motivate More (And Better!) Writing With Blended Learning

By Jessica Sanders Blended learning is the perfect solution for every teacher, whether your school can't afford enough technology to go completely digital or you simply believe that technology is an important part of the modern classroom. While blended learning can improve any lesson or unit, it's especially beneficial with writing.

July 12, 2016
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Learning to Code: New Possibilities Through Collaboration at School

Learning to Code: New Possibilities Through Collaboration at School (EdSurge News)

It's shaping up to be the year of coding! Code, the language of our digital world, is used to build all the websites, computer software, and smartphone apps that benefit practically every industry and occupation. Earlier this year, the White House unveiled the "CS for All" initiative, which provide

July 11, 2016
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Bridging Education and Work: New Models for ‘Skilling Up’

Bridging Education and Work: New Models for 'Skilling Up' (EdSurge Guides)

In today's knowledge economy, people expect change over the course of their careers. More than 90 percent of millennials plan to stay in their jobs less than three years. They'll spiral between work and learning, sometimes blurring the lines between both. As they continue to build foundational knowl

July 8, 2016
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How to Use Social Media to Build a Powerful Learning Community

How to Use Social Media to Build a Powerful Learning Community - Hack Learning

If you want to build an engaged, vibrant learning community at your school and in your school district, you need to connect with teachers, parents, and community leaders on social media.

July 7, 2016
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3 Ways Technology Is Reshaping Primary Schools

3 Ways Technology Is Reshaping Primary Schools

To me, primary school is memorizing times tables, Ms. White (Yes, I actually had a teacher that was named that) in the front of the classroom with a ruler in her hand, painstakingly writing and rewriting cursive letters, and standing up to read passages aloud. That was 1989.

July 6, 2016
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Leading Learning Update: What’s Happening in Canada?

Leading Learning Update: What's Happening in Canada?

See it in Action: Designing Learning Environments to Support Participatory Learning By Judith Sykes and Carol Koechlin It is hard to believe that Leading Learning: Standards for School Library Learning Commons, celebrates its second year since publication this June.

July 5, 2016
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