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 select 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.