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National Film Board (NFB)

ERAC members who subscribe to CAMPUS have access to over 3,400 French and English classroom-ready films, clips, and trailers.

October 17, 2018
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BC Digital Classroom 2018 – 2019

The BC Digital Classroom has two key components:

1. The “BC Digital Classroom Core Collection” contains a mix of some new and some old resources for the same low price!

2. A list of resources provided on an à la carte menu, available as individual add-on purchases to the Core Collection. To order à la carte products, you must have a subscription to the Core Collection.

August 10, 2018
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ArcGIS Online

Great news for ERAC members yet again! ArcGIS Online is now available for use in teaching and learning in British Columbia at no charge to schools.

This is because ERAC has entered into a partnership with Esri Canada for the use of this product, along with the technical support and professional development opportunities their Education and Research group provide.

ArcGIS Online enables students to collaborate in creating, editing and sharing interactive Web maps. It provides an engaging environment that encourages students to analyze, question and communicate information on various topics and issues.

August 10, 2018
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The Maclean’s Archives

Global Eagle and the Visual Education Center bring you The Maclean’s Archives, available as either a standalone digital library or as an add-on to your Learn360 subscription, at discounted ERAC prices

August 10, 2018
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Access Learning

Access Learning is a Canadian web-based video streaming service with access to over 4800 complete videos and more than 40,000 video clips. The resource is designed to be a simple and intuitive solution to access streaming videos that requires no or minimal training. It provides access to a wide range of K-12 educational video content.

June 1, 2018
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Access Learning: Jobs People Do

Jobs People Do is the educator’s link for student career information. The friendly one stop career resource also helps school career/guidance counsellors and teachers to look at jobs that match their students interests, by helping them discover the means by which they can attain those jobs: from subjects they need to take in high school, to the career colleges, universities, and colleges that offer the degree/diploma and training they will need. Students develop skills by getting involved in research, inquiry, problem-solving and the decision making process in planning for their future…ALL IN ONE PLACE!

June 1, 2018
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Adobe EA – Home Use Rights (HUR)

Educators of Districts and Independent Schools that are currently participating in the ERAC Adobe Enterprise Agreement for ERAC’s Creative Cloud Bundle (includes Creative Cloud Desktop Apps, Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements, Captivate & Presenter) have access to Home Use Rights (HUR) for this software, if they use it at work! Eligible educators can access and download the ERAC Creative Cloud bundle at an incredibly low price! This offer is only available to staff who use the Adobe software at work and can only be purchased using your District or School email address. Quantities available to each District or School are limited to the total number of ftes licensed by your organization.

June 1, 2018
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Adobe Enterprise Agreement

Significant savings are still available through the Adobe Enterprise Agreement (EA for participating members). ERAC’s Adobe Creative Cloud for Education includes the latest versions of desktop applications for photography, video, audio, and design.

June 1, 2018
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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. Both digital and print versions are available at preferred pricing for ERAC members.

June 1, 2018
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CBC: Curio

Good news for CBC Curio users! Curio.ca has now been added to the menu of optional resources available for purchase with your BC Digital Classroom Core Collection.

Curio.ca is CBC/Radio-Canada’s educational platform giving Canadian educators access to thousands of hours of high-quality digital content from CBC and Radio-Canada, covering all subject matter and grade levels in English and French.

June 1, 2018
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EBSCOHOST

EBSCOHOST Information Services, provides a complete optimized research solution comprised of research databases, e-books and e-journals combined with resources to support information that is suitable for K -12 students and provides with thousands of entries on a vast range of topics and cross-references.

June 1, 2018
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Edmark House Series

For information, contact info@bcerac.ca.

June 1, 2018
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Follett Software – Destiny Library Manager

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.

June 1, 2018
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Gale | Cengage Learning

For Canadian K -12 students, this authoritative and reliable digital resource includes: Global Issues in Context, Science in Context Canada in Context, national Geographic Kids, and GreenR.

May 31, 2018
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Ingenuity Works: All the Right Type 4

ERAC has updated its agreement with Ingenuity Works to provide member districts with a discount on All the Right Type 4 Online (ATRT4) for the 2018/19 school year. More on the features of ATRT4 Online below.

Districts and schools using ATRT3 Plus may still continue to use that version as long as it works on their computers under the terms of the ATRT3 Plus agreement that expires August 31, 2017. However, Ingenuity Works will no longer offer new ATRT3 Plus licenses as of September 1, 2017 and free customer/technical support for this version will no longer be available. Upon request, Ingenuity Works will offer customer/technical support for ATRT3 Plus on operating systems that the program was designed for.

May 31, 2018
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KnowBC: Encyclopedia of British Columbia

KnowBC is a comprehensive reference site about the province of British Columbia. With its advanced search features teachers and students can find curriculum information for Science K – 8, Social Studies Grades 4 – 11, Civic Studies 11 and BC First Nations Studies 12 with model lessons, themes for research papers.

May 31, 2018
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Learn 360

Learn360 is a broad-based, multimedia digital resource streaming service for K-12 schools. This resource includes full educational videos, video clips, audio and audiobooks, newsreel footage, audio and video speeches, music tracks, sound effects, and encyclopedia articles.

May 31, 2018
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MediaSmarts: Passport to the Internet

“Passport to the Internet” is designed for students in Grades 4 through 8, Passport to the Internet helps young people develop the critical thinking skills they need to apply to their online experiences by enabling them to use popular online tools and Web sites in a secure and ethical manner, and to their full potential.
Using simulations of the most popular Internet environments, this interactive resource teaches students about online safety, authenticating online information, recognizing online marketing ploys, protecting their privacy, managing online relationships and dealing with cyber-bullying. This resource can be accessed by teachers and students at www.learnnowbc.ca.

May 31, 2018
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Microsoft Learning Essentials 2.0

Microsoft Learning Essentials 2.0 is an Office product benefit that runs on top of Microsoft Office to give students and educators a custom Office environment with tools to help them in the classroom. Curriculumbased templates and toolbars for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel are provided in both a teacher and student-based environment. Teachers are provided with more than 117 templates and 38 tutorials for classroom handouts and presentations, grading rubrics, and classroom management tools.

Learning Essentials is available only to Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing customers. Academic customers who have (or acquire) volume licences for Microsoft Office 2003 or Microsoft Office XP, Professional or Standard editions, are licensed to use Learning Essentials at no additional licensing cost. All ERAC member districts that have purchased Microsoft Office under the ERAC Provincial Office Agreement or through an Academic Select Agreement are also eligible.

May 31, 2018
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Microsoft PML

The ERAC Provincial Microsoft Licensing (PML) Agreement delivers the Microsoft 365 A3 Solution (M365 A3), which gives all participants access a full suite of Microsoft online solutions, as well as the ability to use components on-premise where applicable.

The Microsoft PML Agreement is one of ERAC’s most successful initiatives, offering members access to the latest Microsoft solutions at discounted consortium-level pricing.

May 31, 2018
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myBlueprint Canadian Post-Secondary and Occupation Database

This database is a comprehensive collection of up-to-date programs and careers for students and are components of the myBlueprint Education Planner.

May 31, 2018
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National Film Board (NFB)

ERAC members who subscribe to CAMPUS have access to over 3,400 French and English classroom-ready films, clips, and trailers.

May 31, 2018
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SMART Board Interactive Displays

ERAC is pleased to announce significant volume discounts for ERAC members buying SMART Board interactive displays!

SMART Board interactive displays

SMART invented SMART Boards. Now they’ve reinvented them.

Built with state of the art touch and collaboration technology and based on over 25 years as an industry leader, SMART interactive displays offer students and teachers an unrivalled natural learning experience.

May 31, 2018
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SMART Learning Suite

One simple pricing model. Millions of enriching experiences. Combine lesson delivery, assessment, student collaboration and game-based learning software in this comprehensive education suite. Best of all, you get these 4 leading education software platforms for one simple price.

May 31, 2018
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SOCAN Agreement

ERAC has renewed its agreement with the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). This agreement covers all non-educational uses of music in schools and means that schools will not be required to individually purchase annual “public performance of music” licences or acquire single-event licences for most individual events that are not covered under the Copyright Act “educational purposes” exemption.

May 31, 2018
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Tumblebooks

ERAC is pleased to be able to extend its TumbleBookLibrary agreement for the 2018/19 school year! This online collection of TumbleBooks provides animated, talking books that teach reading skills in a format that students can enjoy. TumbleBooks takes existing picture books and add animation, sound, music and narration, turning it into an electronic picture book for engaging fun and ease of use.

The TumbleBookLibrary provides enrichment to students who are reading independently with a variety of high interest material. It also provides support to students who require skill building with a variety of exercises that can be matched with other areas of the curriculum. In general, TumbleBooks are a great addition to a reading program that can be worked on independently by each student or by the whole class. It has been exceptionally well received by ESL and Special Education teachers.
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May 31, 2018
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Trimble: SketchUp Pro

SketchUp Pro is a no-charge 3D Modelling software suite for K-12 students where they can create 3D models (from scratch or using existing data), import drawing, CAD plans, photos, aerial imagery and other information. The software is available when specific conditions are met as outlined in the criteria for licensing. Educator Licenses cannot be used for commercial (for-profit) work of any kind but can be installed on both Windows, Macintosh desktop, laptop and lab computers. SketchUp Pro license grant uses 3 different versions: SketchUp Pro 2015; SketchUp Pro 2016 and SketchUp Pro 2017. One code for each version of Mac and Windows machines, will work on both! Network Administrators can install on multiple computers by following the information provided under Deployment Support below. SketchUp Pro provides training videos for the novice up to and including the expert user.

The BC Ministry of Education’s license agreement for ERAC District members covers K-12 public educators and enrolled students only. Non-educator district staff, need to purchase their licenses directly from Trimble. Similarly, the independent schools must contact the vendor directly for subscriptions.

May 24, 2018
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West Education group (SchoolMessenger Solutions)

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.

May 24, 2018
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World Book

The World Book is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

May 24, 2018
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