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View Presentation Recordings from IT4K12 2018

Did you attend a great session during IT4K12 and want to use it as reference material? Didn’t make it to a session you were hoping to see? Visit the Presentations & Sessions page on the IT4K12 website now to view recordings. Find information on the event including exhibitors, program and more. Share this information with colleagues who were unable to attend.

Reminder: IT4K12 2019 will take place November 14 – 15. Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 event and we hope to welcome you back next fall.

January 7, 2019
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Register now for Winter & Spring 2019 Webinars for Educators

The Winter & Spring 2019 Webinar Series for Educators schedule is now available on the ERAC website. This series of webinars explores resources offered in the BC Digital Classroom Collection. If you missed the previous webinars, or are interested in a deeper look, register now. Register for one, two or all of the webinars. Share this information with your colleagues.

December 27, 2018
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New Generic PIA Available for School Cash Online

A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for KEV Group – School Cash Online 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 bcerac.ca/pia-templates.

December 13, 2018
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New Generic PIA available for West SchoolMessenger

A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for West SchoolMessenger 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.

September 25, 2018
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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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Newly Evaluated Novels – August 23, 2018

Check out our latest novel evaluations! The Way to Bea is a coming-of-age story for grades 4-8 that can be used as a read-aloud or as an independent novel. It’s one of 15 new novels that have recently been added to the K12 Evaluated Resource Collection. All ERAC evaluations are done by classroom teachers, who evaluate resources for classroom use.

American War

American War

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

The Second American Civil war has broken out over the catastrophic impacts …

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Armada

Armada

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Teenager Zack lost his father to an explosion and poured his angst into pla…

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Auma's Long Run

Auma’s Long Run

Grades: 7-9
Supplier: Not Available

Thirteen-year-old Auma lives in a small AIDS-ridden Kenyan village, and her…

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Innocent Heroes

Innocent Heroes

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

During the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the fictional Storming Normans troop is pa…

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Jumping the Nail

Jumping the Nail

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

In grade 12 Dru finally becomes one of the popular kids because of her good…

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Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

High school senior Juliet leaves letters on her mother’s grave and Declan, …

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Names They Gave Us, The

Names They Gave Us, The

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Lucy is finishing grade 11 and has her summer working at a church camp all …

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Shoe on the Roof, The

Shoe on the Roof, The

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

Thomas’ girl friend dumps him over their differing views on religion and sc…

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Stars Beneath Our Feet, The

Stars Beneath Our Feet, The

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Following his brother’s murder, twelve-year-old Wallace tries to make his o…

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Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Orphaned Lazlo, who grew up in an abbey and was an apprentice at a great li…

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Tempests and Slaughter

Tempests and Slaughter

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Arram, the Imperial University’s youngest mage, and one of the most powerfu…

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Uncertain Soldier

Uncertain Soldier

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Twelve-year-old Max, son of German immigrants, and seventeen-year-old Erich…

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War I Finally Won, The

War I Finally Won, The

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

During World War II, Ada, her brother Jamie, and guardian Susan leave Londo…

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Way to Bea, The

Way to Bea, The

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

Bea and her friends are so looking forward to 7th grade and have many plans…

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We'll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night

We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

Johnny Keough, a victim of poverty, exists as a small-time criminal and is …

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September 13, 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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Newly Evaluated Novels – August 2, 2018

Armstrong & Charlie

Armstrong & Charlie

Grades: 7-9
Supplier: Not Available

In 1970s U.S., with school segregation still rampant, Armstrong and Charlie…

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Diamond Grill

Diamond Grill

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This semi-fictional biography of Fred Wah’s life in Saskatchewan and Nelson…

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Disappearing boy, The

Disappearing Boy, The

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Thirteen-year-old Neil must deal with incredibly complex family relationshi…

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Exact Location of Home, The

Exact Location of Home, The

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

Eighth-grade student Zig’s life is complicated: his parents are divorced, h…

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Exit West

Exit West

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Nadia and Saeed, two students who are just beginning a relationship, are ca…

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Findings Wonders: Three girls Who Changed Science

Findings Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

The stories of three women scientists from the 16th-18th centuries—astronom…

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Forever, or a Long, Long Time

Forever, or a Long, Long Time

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

Eleven-year-old Flora and her brother Julian were abandoned by their mother…

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Forgetting, The

Forgetting, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

In the city of Canaan chaos occurs every twelve years when everyone loses t…

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Hear and Foretell

Hear and Foretell

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This collection of poetry by a Canadian First Nations author deals with his…

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Heaviness of Things that Float, The

Heaviness of Things that Float, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Bernadette Perkal, a nurse who has worked for forty years in a First Nation…

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Inquisitor's Tale, The: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Inquisitor’s Tale, The: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Grades: 7-9
Supplier: Not Available

Three very different children – William an oblate, Jacob a Jewish boy, and …

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Life We Bury, The

Life We Bury, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

College student Joe Talvert must write the autobiography of a person who li…

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Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

In the1990s, Elena Richardson and her family live in a designed “progressiv…

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Lost in September

Lost in September

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Former soldier Jimmy Blanchard suffers from PTSD and has breaks from realit…

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Magician's Elephant, The

Magician’s Elephant, The

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

In historical Baltese, when orphan Peter spends his food money on a fortune…

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Natural History of Dragons, A

Natural History of Dragons, A

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Lady Isabella reflects on her life beginning when she is young, loves natur…

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Outrun the Moon

Outrun the Moon

Grades: 8-10
Supplier: Not Available

Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong, a Chinese-American girl living in San Francisc…

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Side Tracked

Side Tracked

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

Grade seven student Joseph lives with ADD and anticipatory anxiety coupled …

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Teenager Jojo, son of a white father and a black mother, is a dedicated bro…

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Snicker of Magic, A

Snicker of Magic, A

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Felicity Pickle and her sister Frannie Jo have lived in many towns across t…

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August 2, 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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Newly Evaluated Reference Resources – July 30, 2018

Aboriginal Rights, Claims and the Making and Remaking of History

Aboriginal Rights, Claims and the Making and Remaking of History

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This extensive work provides a thorough comparative study of the various ty…

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Hubbles's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images

Hubbles’s Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images

Grades: 8-11
Supplier: Not Available

This extensively illustrated reference book looks at some of the Hubble Spa…

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Medicine Unbundled

Medicine Unbundled

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This book exposes the treatment of Indigenous peoples at racially segregate…

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Pier 21: Stories from Near and Far

Pier 21: Stories from Near and Far

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Not Available

The resource provides a history of Halifax’s Pier 21, a key arrival point f…

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Science of Everything: How Things Work In Our World

Science of Everything: How Things Work In Our World

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

This National Geographic publication covers four broad scientific areas: m…

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Scientific Sherlock Holmes, The: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics

Scientific Sherlock Holmes, The: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Equally at home in a senior Science or English classroom, this resource exp…

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Story of Innovation, The: How Yesterday’s Discoveries Lead to Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs

Story of Innovation, The: How Yesterday’s Discoveries Lead to Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This resource covers some of the biggest innovations and inventions through…

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July 30, 2018
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Newly Evaluated Picture Books – July 27, 2018

Bad Seed, The

Bad Seed, The

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

A sunflower seed with a scowl is convinced he is bad because of all the neg…

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Big Umbrella, The

Big Umbrella, The

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

A very nice, bright red umbrella is folded up and waiting by the front door…

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Greyhound, a Groundhog, A

Greyhound, a Groundhog, A

Grades: PreK-1
Supplier: Not Available

Unlikely friends, a greyhound and a groundhog meet, play, and explore as th…

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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

This colourful picture book is a guide for people—especially newcomers such…

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I Am a Story

I Am a Story

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

This story of storytelling is a journey through history, beginning with ear…

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Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned his A B C's (the Hard Way), The

Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned his A B C’s (the Hard Way), The

Grades: PreK-1
Supplier: Not Available

A little red cat dashes out of the house to begin an adventure, and is imme…

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Perfect Day, A

Perfect Day, A

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

In Bert’s backyard, Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel are all having the pe…

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Princess Cora and the Crocodile

Princess Cora and the Crocodile

Grades: 2-5
Supplier: Not Available

Princess Cora always follows her parents rules that will make her become a …

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Waiting

Waiting

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

A group of five toy animals sits patiently and peacefully on a windowsill a…

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Wolf In The Snow

Wolf In The Snow

Grades: PreK-2
Supplier: Not Available

A young girl walking home from school in a snowstorm encounters a wolf pup …

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Year of Borrowed Men, A

Year of Borrowed Men, A

Grades: 1-5
Supplier: Not Available

Gerda and her family live on a farm in Germany during WWII and as her fathe…

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You’re All Kinds of Wonderful

You’re All Kinds of Wonderful

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

This colourful picture book in rhyming text tells the simple truth that we …

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July 26, 2018
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Newly Evaluated French Resources – July 24, 2018

Auggie & moi : trois nouvelles de Wonder

Auggie & moi : trois nouvelles de Wonder

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

L’arrivée d’August Pullman, un nouvel étudiant qui a une difformité faciale…

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Journal d'un gonflé : Sauve qui peut!

Journal d’un gonflé : Sauve qui peut!

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

L’histoire aux multiples rebondissements cocasses permettra aux étudiants d…

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Vivons le monde en Afrique

Vivons le monde en Afrique

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

L’album Vivons le monde en Afrique contribuera à enrichir le programme d’ét…

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Vivons le monde en Amérique

Vivons le monde en Amérique

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

L’album Vivons le monde en Amérique contribuera à enrichir le programme d’é…

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Vivons le monde en Asie

Vivons le monde en Asie

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

L’album Vivons le monde en Asie sera une ressource utile pour les élèves de…

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Vivons le monde en Europe

Vivons le monde en Europe

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

L’album Vivons le monde en Europe pourra être utilisé en arts langagiers et…

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Vivons le monde en Océanie

Vivons le monde en Océanie

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

L’album Vivons le monde en Océanie contribuera à enrichir le programme d’ét…

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July 24, 2018
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Newly Evaluated – Authentic Aboriginal – July 20, 2018

Black Apple

Black Apple

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sinopaki is taken from her home and family and sent to a Residential School…

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Canoe Kids: The Mi'kmaq of Ktaqamkuk

Canoe Kids: The Mi’kmaq of Ktaqamkuk

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian resource is a compilation of stories and pictures to bring aw…

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Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion

Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Canadian Indigenous chef David Wolfman has created a cookbook that blends I…

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First Nations Recipes: A Selection from Coast to Coast

First Nations Recipes: A Selection from Coast to Coast

Grades: 3-12
Supplier: Not Available

This resource features a collection of recipes from Canada’s First Nations …

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Flight

Flight

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Fifteen-year-old Zits was orphaned at six and the victim of abusive foster …

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Keeping Promises and the Royal Proclamation of 1763 Aboriginal Rights and Treaties in Canada

Keeping Promises and the Royal Proclamation of 1763 Aboriginal Rights and Treaties in Canada

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This resource provides a history of treaty making in Canada and focuses on …

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Modern Native Feasts: Healthy, Innovative, Sustainable Cuisine

Modern Native Feasts: Healthy, Innovative, Sustainable Cuisine

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian cookbook updates traditional First Nations recipes and aims t…

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One Story, One Song

One Story, One Song

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

This autobiographical work, by Canadian Indigenous author Richard Wagamese,…

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Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii

Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii

Grades: 9-10
Supplier: Not Available

This work presents the Haida view of the natural world, cosmology, their va…

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Peace Dancer

Peace Dancer

Grades: PreK-7
Supplier: Not Available

This re-telling of the First Nations legend of The Flood outlines its cause…

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River of Salmon Peoples

River of Salmon Peoples

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

The product of a multi-year project to gather information about Indigenous …

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Salmon Run, The

Salmon Run, The

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

This simple story, with eye-catching Indigenous artwork, celebrates the sal…

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Unceded Territories

Unceded Territories

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This powerful collection of essays supported by the artwork of Lawrence Pau…

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Written As I Remember It

Written As I Remember It

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This autobiography of Elsie Paul, a member of the Sliammon First Nation, co…

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July 20, 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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Newly Evaluated Websites – July 5, 2018

39 NEW website evaluations have been added to the K12 Resource Collection.

These websites support a variety of subject areas: Science, Social Studies, Career Education, Physical and Health Education, and English Language Arts. Best of all, they are all FREE and EASY TO ACCESS – the website links are right in the evaluation records.

Anatomy of the Brain

Anatomy of the Brain

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

This comprehensive website provides detailed information on the anatomy of …

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BC Agriculture in the Classroom

BC Agriculture in the Classroom

Grades: 1-12
Supplier: Not Available

This comprehensive website brings BC agriculture into BC classrooms. Studen…

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BC Historical Newspapers

BC Historical Newspapers

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This digital archive of BC historical newspapers (1865-1994) is intended fo…

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Biomes of the World

Biomes of the World

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This extensive website provides detailed information on biomes of the world…

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Bitesize - Dance Mat Typing

Bitesize – Dance Mat Typing

Grades: 1-5
Supplier: Not Available

In this free, basic typing programme on the BBC website, animal characters …

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Canadian Forestry Association

Canadian Forestry Association

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Not Available

The CFA website covers forestry, the forest industry, conservation, trees, …

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CBC Digital Archives

CBC Digital Archives

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

This digital archive is a rich source of primary resources on major events …

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Centers for Disease Control Diseases and Conditions

Centers for Disease Control Diseases and Conditions

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

This extensive website provides detailed information on a wide range of med…

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Crash Course

Crash Course

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This collection of educational videos covers a wide range of subject areas,…

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Discovering Egypt

Discovering Egypt

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

This extensive website provides engaging information on all aspects of anci…

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DK Find Out

DK Find Out

Grades: 1-5
Supplier: Not Available

This on-line encyclopedia, suitable for grades 1-5, supports individual inq…

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Easy-to-Read Drug Facts

Easy-to-Read Drug Facts

Grades: 4-10
Supplier: Not Available

This website presents information on illicit drugs in society in a straight…

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eGFI

eGFI

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Not Available

This website focuses on the field of engineering, and provides students wit…

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Energy BC

Energy BC

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This BC website is a useful reference tool for learning about energy initia…

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First Voices

First Voices

Grades: PreK-12
Supplier: Not Available

This ambitious website aims to archive, reclaim, and preserve 50 Indigenous…

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Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This expansive website is a useful classroom resource to initiate curiosity…

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Healthy Kids Quest

Healthy Kids Quest

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian website, available in English and French, is a teacher-orient…

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Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This extensive website has hundreds of articles about human rights issues a…

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Investigating Forensics

Investigating Forensics

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging resource uses videos, images, media, and interactive puzzles …

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Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills

Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Jamie Oliver website provides clear instructions for students to learn…

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Koshland Science Museum - Online Exhibits

Koshland Science Museum – Online Exhibits

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

The website offers exhibits, digital artifacts, interactive simulations, mu…

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LearnMichif.com

LearnMichif.com

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

This informational website, created by the BC Metis nation, includes text, …

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McCord Museum

McCord Museum

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian museum website has a vast online collection of historic artif…

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Microbits: Start Coding with the JavaScript Blocks Editor

Microbits: Start Coding with the JavaScript Blocks Editor

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This teacher resource website contains lesson plans and projects that teach…

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Milk

Milk

Grades: PreK-12
Supplier: Not Available

BC Dairy Association, a leader in nutrition education, has created an engag…

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Museo Galileo Virtual Museum

Museo Galileo Virtual Museum

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This extensive website covers the evolution and development of scientific t…

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NASA Earth Observatory: Biomes

NASA Earth Observatory: Biomes

Grades: 4-11
Supplier: Not Available

This basic resource is a useful introduction to the basic features of Earth…

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NASA for Kids

NASA for Kids

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

This game-based site is designed for pre-K to grade four students and inclu…

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NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This NASA website provides data visualization on a variety of topics, inclu…

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Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This extensive Canadian government resource documents both the historical a…

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Nourish Curriculum Guide

Nourish Curriculum Guide

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

Nourish, an educational initiative to create meaningful conversations about…

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One Geology Kids

One Geology Kids

Grades: 1-5
Supplier: Not Available

This geological information tool is visually appealing and easy to navigate…

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Playlist: War and Peace

Playlist: War and Peace

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

This NFB website is a collection of documentaries about Canada’s military i…

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Science News for Students

Science News for Students

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

The website contains articles and videos of the latest, and archived, scien…

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Shel Silverstein Poetry

Shel Silverstein Poetry

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

The easy-to-navigate website contains materials that complement Shel Silver…

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Space Project 2000

Space Project 2000

Grades: 4-11
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian Space Agency resource provides basic, introductory informatio…

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Stated Clearly - Science is for Everyone

Stated Clearly – Science is for Everyone

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

This website is designed primarily around short, clearly explained, engagin…

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What's It Like Where You Live

What’s It Like Where You Live

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

The simply designed, clearly written website provides information about Ear…

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July 5, 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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Newly Evaluated – June 2018

Check out 50 newly evaluated titles in this month’s newsletter. Besides novels you’ll find Science, French language, and Aboriginal resources.

You can always find the most recently evaluated resources by going to the K-12 Resource Collection and clicking on the “NEW” filter near the top of the page.

Do you know of a great resource that’s not in the K-12 Resource Collection? Click here to send us your suggestion.

American Street

American Street

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Fabiola Toussant and her mother are moving from Haiti to Detroit to li…

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Bellevue Square

Bellevue Square

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

Jean Mason owns a bookshop and when a customer tells her that Jean has a do…

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Blackthorn Key, The

Blackthorn Key, The

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Christopher Rowe is a young apprentice to a master apothecary in the mid-16…

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Boat People, The

Boat People, The

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

A cargo ship arrives in Vancouver with Tamil migrants who are detained, arr…

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Education of Augie Merasty, The

Education of Augie Merasty, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Joseph Auguste Merasty, a Cree trapper, was placed in a Residential School …

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Far from the Tree

Far from the Tree

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This comprehensive reference work focuses on ten horizontal identities: Aut…

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Far from the Tree

Far from the Tree

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Grace, Maya, and Joaquin all share the same biological mother but have neve…

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Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love, The

Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, The

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sixteen-year-old Graham, a self-professed geek, has developed romantic feel…

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Geography of You and Me, The

Geography of You and Me, The

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Lucy and Owen, from very different backgrounds, spend a single yet innocent…

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Hear The Wolves

Hear The Wolves

Grades: 7-9
Supplier: Not Available

Sloan is an excellent young hunter but having been lost in the woods, she i…

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Hurt Go Happy

Hurt Go Happy

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Thirteen-year-old Joey is a typical teenage girl except that she is hearing…

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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Aven and her parents move to take over a rundown Western-style theme park i…

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Ivory And Bone

Ivory And Bone

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Kol, his brothers, and parents are part of a hunter-gatherer clan during th…

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La Mythologie

La Mythologie

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

Ce livre de référence explique ce qu’est la mythologie et donne des exemple…

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Land of Forgotten Girls, The

Land of Forgotten Girls, The

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

When their mother and younger sister die, Soledad and Ming’s father moves t…

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Landscape with Invisible Hand

Landscape with Invisible Hand

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

When aliens visit Earth and offer humans a “great” deal – their advanced te…

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Le Corps humain

Le Corps humain

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

Cette ressource intéressera les élèves de l’élémentaire, de la 3e à la 7e a…

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Les mots qu’il me reste

Les mots qu’il me reste

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

En 1966, Violette est obligée d’aller vivre au pensionnat. Elle doit quitte…

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Les planètes

Les planètes

Grades: 2-7
Supplier: Not Available

Ce livre documentaire sur les planètes pourra être utilisé pour enseigner d…

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Les roches et minéraux

Les roches et minéraux

Grades: 1-7
Supplier: Not Available

Ce livre documentaire pourra être utilisé dans les classes d’arts langagier…

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Les volcans

Les volcans

Grades: 1-7
Supplier: Not Available

Ce livre documentaire sur les volcans pourra être utilisé pour enseigner de…

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Magical Animal Adoption Agency,The: Clover's Luck

Magical Animal Adoption Agency,The: Clover’s Luck

Grades: 2-6
Supplier: Not Available

Despite her name, Clover feels very unlucky as her best friend goes away fo…

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Master Minds

Master Minds

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Five teenagers live in the perfect, controlled town of Serenity. But, when …

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Nevernight

Nevernight

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

Mia witnessed her father’s execution and the imprisonment of her mother, wh…

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Niska

Niska

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

Dans cette histoire, une petite fille demande à son grand-père pourquoi ell…

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Poison Study

Poison Study

Grades: 9-11
Supplier: Not Available

In the land of Ixia, the Code of Behaviour ensures the prosperity and equal…

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Rabbit Listened, The

Rabbit Listened, The

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

When Taylor’s building block creation is destroyed, Taylor experiences sadn…

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Raven Boys, The

Raven Boys, The

Grades: 8-10
Supplier: Not Available

Unlikely friends, the Raven Boys – Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah – all atte…

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Reboot

Reboot

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Wren 178 was dead for 178 minutes before she came back to life as a Reboot,…

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Red Queen

Red Queen

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

In the Kingdom of Norta, the rich and powerful Silver class has supernatura…

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Refugee

Refugee

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

This gripping novel follows three children in different time periods, as th…

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Science Book, The: Big Ideas Simply Explained

Science Book, The: Big Ideas Simply Explained

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

This comprehensive, well-organized, and engaging resource would be a useful…

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Science of Why, The: Answers to Questions About the World Around Us

Science of Why, The: Answers to Questions About the World Around Us

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

Canada’s Jay Ingram poses 36 science questions about the body, the animal k…

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Secret Side of Empty, The

Secret Side of Empty, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

M.T. may be a stellar student and member of the National Honour Society but…

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Seven Fallen Feathers

Seven Fallen Feathers

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

In Northern Ontario, Indigenous students had to leave their families and re…

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Spark, The

Spark, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Kristine Barnett was told her autistic son Jacob would never be able t…

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Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

This easy-to-read and well-designed resource introduces upper elementary st…

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Spliced

Spliced

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Jimi has great plans for her future, including attending college with her f…

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Story of a Girl

Story of a Girl

Grades: 8-10
Supplier: Not Available

At 13, Deanna had a sexual experience with a 17 year-old boy, was labelled …

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Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

When June’s friend Delia kills herself in a fire, June knows that it wasn’t…

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This Is Not A Love Letter

This Is Not A Love Letter

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Chris, an African-American boy and star baseball player, goes missing …

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Tokyo Digs a Garden

Tokyo Digs a Garden

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

Tokyo lives in a big, human-made, bricked-over world and when he receives t…

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Trafficked

Trafficked

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

When seventeen-year-old Hannah’s parents are killed in a terrorist bombing …

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Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools

Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools

Grades: PreK-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian teacher’s resource provides accessible background information…

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Welcome Family and Friends to our Bighouse

Welcome Family and Friends to our Bighouse

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

12-year-old girl Gana lives in Alert Bay, BC and tells the story of her fam…

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Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History

Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History

Grades: 6-7
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging resource discusses how fashion mirrors events throughout hist…

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Wintergirls

Wintergirls

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Lia makes a pact with her friend Cassie to become a ‘Wintergirl’—a gir…

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Wonderling, The

Wonderling, The

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

In a world where fully human characters have power over groundlings, those …

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You Talking to Me?: Discover the World of Words, Codes, Emojis, Slang, Smoke Signals, Barks, Babbles, Growls, Gestures, Hieroglyphics and More

You Talking to Me?: Discover the World of Words, Codes, Emojis, Slang, Smoke Signals, Barks, Babbles, Growls, Gestures, Hieroglyphics and More

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

This appealing resource discusses how language has developed from sounds an…

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Zeroes: Book 1

Zeroes: Book 1

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Six Californian teenagers have unique powers with both positive and negativ…

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May 23, 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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Newly Evaluated – May 2018

Check out the newly evaluated titles in this month’s newsletter. You’ll find novels as well as Science, Home Economics, French language, and Aboriginal resources, all evaluated by your peers – classroom teachers in BC. You can always find the most recently evaluated resources by going to the K-12 Resource Collection and clicking on the “NEW” filter near the top of the page. Do you know of a great resource that’s not in the K-12 Resource Collection? Click here to send us your suggestion.

Alan Cole is Not a Coward

Alan Cole is Not a Coward

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

Alan Cole’s family is unsupportive and intolerant, and his father and broth…

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Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

Grades: PreK-7
Supplier: Not Available

This personal memoir of Arun Gandhi explores the teachings of his grandfath…

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Big Book of Makerspace Projects, The: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn

Big Book of Makerspace Projects, The: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn

Grades: 7-10
Supplier: Not Available

This resource provides an array of projects at a range of skill levels—from…

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Book of Bones: 10 Record Breaking Animals

Book of Bones: 10 Record Breaking Animals

Grades: 1-7
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging, light-hearted non-fiction picture book combines a guessing g…

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Boy in the Moon, The

Boy in the Moon, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This compelling memoir details the journey of the Brown family to deal with…

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Caravaggio: Signed in Blood

Caravaggio: Signed in Blood

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Beppo, an indentured servant in 17th century Italy, witnesses his master’s …

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Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water, The

Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water, The

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

Crocodile is different from his brothers and sisters – he simply does not l…

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Different Pond, A

Different Pond, A

Grades: K-5
Supplier: Not Available

Phi and his father, Vietnamese immigrants in America, get up early and go t…

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Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, The

Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, The

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Prosper, a 12-year-old boy, shares his body with Alastor, a malefactor who …

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Echo

Echo

Grades: 4-9
Supplier: Not Available

A magical harmonica touches the lives of three young children, all obsessed…

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Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning memoir relates the story of Sungju Lee, who grew up in N…

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False Prince, The

False Prince, The

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

When a king and his family die, the kingdom is close to civil war, and a ne…

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Fault Lines: Understanding The Power Of Earthquakes

Fault Lines: Understanding The Power Of Earthquakes

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian reference work will help students explore earthquakes and nat…

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Fire Starters

Fire Starters

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

When two indigenous youth find an old flare gun and decide to have some fun…

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Food Lab, The

Food Lab, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning food and cooking reference book explores the science beh…

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Food Rules

Food Rules

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Food writer Michael Pollan offers 64 rules that readers can use to take a f…

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

During WWII, the author’s maternal grandmother, Mitsue, and her family were…

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Future of the Mind, The: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

Future of the Mind, The: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

This supplementary resource can help build a general understanding of brain…

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Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, The

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, The

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This rollicking historical novel follows Monty Montague, his sister, and be…

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Hidden Figures: The True Story Of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Hidden Figures: The True Story Of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Grades: PreK-9
Supplier: Not Available

The young readers’ edition of Hidden Figures tells the story of four amazin…

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How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients: An Electrifying Guide to the Elements

How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients: An Electrifying Guide to the Elements

Grades: 7-9
Supplier: Not Available

This captivating secondary resource for grades 6-9 explores chemistry appli…

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Inexplicable Logic of My Life, The

Inexplicable Logic of My Life, The

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This contemporary coming of age story follows Sal during his final year of …

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Je ne suis pas un numéro

Je ne suis pas un numéro

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Irene et ses deux frères sont enlevés à leur famille et doivent aller vivre…

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Kiviuq and the Mermaids

Kiviuq and the Mermaids

Grades: 3-8
Supplier: Not Available

The great Inuit hunter Kiviuq sets out in search of food but becomes lost a…

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Kuessipan

Kuessipan

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Ce récit émouvant et sans concession n’est pas un roman à proprement parler…

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L’été où papa est devenu gay

L’été où papa est devenu gay

Grades: 6-10
Supplier: Not Available

Arvid et son père, récemment séparé de sa femme, se retrouvent en vacances …

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Leap

Leap

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

A young boy works hard to convince his classmates that he will make a journ…

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Les bas du pensionnat

Les bas du pensionnat

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

Olemaun, une jeune Inuite, veut aller à l’école des Étrangers pour apprendr…

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Les Papinachois et les ours

Les Papinachois et les ours

Grades: 1-3
Supplier: Not Available

Les Papinachois (un clan amérindien de la famille des Algonquiens) partent …

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Leveller, The

Leveller, The

Grades: 8-9
Supplier: Not Available

Nixy Bauer, a bounty hunter in an online virtual reality world called MEEP,…

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Lila and the Crow

Lila and the Crow

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

Lila and her family move to a new town and she is so excited to go to schoo…

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List, The

List, The

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

After the fall of society, Ark is divided between those who believe John No…

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Littlest Bigfoot, The

Littlest Bigfoot, The

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Alice feels different and uncomfortable with herself, a feeling shared by h…

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Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Will’s brother Shawn was shot the day before, and according to the code of …

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Material World: A Global Family Portrait

Material World: A Global Family Portrait

Grades: 2-12
Supplier: Not Available

This resource provides a snapshot of the material life of families in 30 na…

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Mauve

Mauve

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

Pome et Verte sont deux apprenties sorcières qui se sont liées d’amitié. Ma…

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One of Us is Lying

One of Us is Lying

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Five high-school students go into detention, but only four leave as the fif…

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Out Standing in the Field

Out Standing in the Field

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sandra Perron was raised in a military family and followed that path to bec…

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Outside People and Other Stories

Outside People and Other Stories

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

The short stories in this contemporary collection are either set in Canada …

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Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077

Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

When writer Craig Davidson finds himself in a writing slump, he finds a job…

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Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Janna is a modern North American Muslim girl who wears a hijab, does well i…

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Seven Elements that Changed the World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery

Seven Elements that Changed the World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

This popular science book deals with seven elements – iron, carbon, gold, s…

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Shatter Me

Shatter Me

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Seventeen-year-old Juliette has a mysterious ability to kill simply by touc…

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Sheep Who Hatched an Egg, The

Sheep Who Hatched an Egg, The

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

Lola the sheep has the most beautiful silky, soft wool. She is very proud o…

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Sign Around My Neck, The

Sign Around My Neck, The

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

Lucy/Lou, an eleven-year-old, likes himself but hates his body as he was bo…

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Six of Crows

Six of Crows

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

In Ketterdam, outlaw Kez is offered the ultimate heist but he can’t do it a…

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Super Cool Tech

Super Cool Tech

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

This resource covers many areas of science and technology, including transp…

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Thousand Pieces Of You, A

Thousand Pieces Of You, A

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Seventeen-year-old Marguerite has groundbreaking physicists for parents, an…

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Three Pleasures, The

Three Pleasures, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Daniel Sugiura, a reporter for a Japanese-Canadian newspaper during World W…

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To Look A Nazi In The Eye

To Look A Nazi In The Eye

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian work is the true story of Jordana Lebowitz, a university stud…

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Totem Poles and Railroads

Totem Poles and Railroads

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This collection of contemporary poetry, by indigenous Canadian poet Janet R…

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Ugly

Ugly

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

This inspirational memoir recounts the story of Robert Hoge, born with a fa…

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Une fille à l’école des gars

Une fille à l’école des gars

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

Léonie, une petite fille de 10 ans, perd son frère aîné de 16 ans dans un t…

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Walk on the Tundra, A

Walk on the Tundra, A

Grades: K-5
Supplier: Not Available

Inuujaq is not at all excited about going for a walk on the tundra with her…

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We Are Okay

We Are Okay

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Marin’s world falls apart, she leaves San Francisco for college in New…

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What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets

What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging text examines cultural eating practices and food security aro…

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This science fiction novel is structured as a collection of interviews, con…

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Zack

Zack

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Zack souhaite fuir très loin de son village de Saint-Là-Là-du-Bout-du-Monde…

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April 30, 2018
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Les élèves de la 4e à la 6e année peuvent apprendre à défendre leurs données grâce à un nouveau

Le jeu Protecteurs de données montre aux enfants comment les courtiers en publicités tentent de recueillir leurs renseignements personnels, et leur présente des stratégies pour assurer la confidentialité de ces renseignements.

Au fur et à mesure que les Canadiens en apprennent davantage sur la façon dont les entreprises recueillent et utilisent leurs renseignements, notamment en influençant les votes et en vendant des produits, ils sont de plus en plus préoccupés par la protection de leur vie privée. Mais les adultes ne sont pas les seuls exposés à un risque : les spécialistes du marketing ciblent aussi les enfants, qui sont moins bien outillés pour se protéger. Le jeu Protecteurs de données est un outil opportun pour aider à enseigner aux enfants des leçons importantes sur la vie privée en ligne.

Le jeu en ligne comprend des guides pour les parents et les enseignants ainsi qu’un plan de leçon pour les élèves de la 4e à la 6e année qui renforce encore davantage l’apprentissage en matière de vie privée. Tout le matériel, y compris le jeu, peut être consulté gratuitement sur le site Web de HabiloMédias.

La création du jeu Protecteurs de données a été rendue possible grâce aux contributions financières du Commissariat à la protection de la vie privée du Canada.

April 4, 2018
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Kids Grades 4 to 6 Can Learn to Defend Their Data

Kids Grades 4 to 6 can learn to defend their data with a no-charge new privacy game from MediaSmarts. Data Defenders shows kids how ad brokers try to collect their personal information and offers strategies to keep that information private.

As Canadians learn more about how companies collect and use their data, from influencing voting choices to selling products, they are increasingly worried about their privacy. But it’s not just adults who are at risk – marketers also target children, who are least equipped to protect themselves. Data Defenders is a timely tool to help teach important lessons about online privacy to kids.  The online game is accompanied by parent and teacher guides and a lesson plan for grades 4 to 6 that further reinforces privacy learning. All materials, including the game, can be accessed free of charge on the MediaSmarts website.

Data Defenders was made possible by financial contributions from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

April 4, 2018
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Newly Evaluated – April 2018

Check out 60 newly evaluated titles in this month’s newsletter. You’ll find novels as well as Science, Social Studies, French language, and Aboriginal resources, all evaluated by your peers – classroom teachers in BC. You can always find the most recently evaluated resources by going to the K-12 Resource Collection and clicking on the “NEW” filter near the top of the page. Do you know of a great resource that’s not in the K-12 Resource Collection? Click here to send us your suggestion.

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

From a young age, Elizabeth struggles with her weight and self-worth and as…

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Abigail's Wish

Abigail’s Wish

Grades: 2-5
Supplier: Not Available

Ten-year-old Abigail and her family, Black Loyalists, have fled the U.S. fo…

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Akilak’s Adventure

Akilak’s Adventure

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

Akilak, a young Inuit girl, sets off on a great adventure to reach her uncl…

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All Kinds of Families

All Kinds of Families

Grades: PreK-4
Supplier: Not Available

This resource discusses how family units can come in many configurations bu…

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All the World a Poem

All the World a Poem

Grades: 1-5
Supplier: Not Available

This celebration of poetry shows readers that poetry is everywhere in the w…

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, An

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

In this engaging autobiography, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tells the…

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Be a Night Detective

Be a Night Detective

Grades: 1-6
Supplier: Not Available

This non-fiction picture book provides information about a wide range of no…

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Book of Mistakes, The

Book of Mistakes, The

Grades: PreK-8
Supplier: Not Available

A young artist makes mistakes in her paintings, yet rather than giving up s…

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Boy Named Queen, A

Boy Named Queen, A

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Ten-year-old Evelyn lives an ordinary, dull, and routine life until Queen, …

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Branch, The

Branch, The

Grades: K-5
Supplier: Not Available

When a young girl’s favourite tree branch is broken during an ice storm she…

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Brother

Brother

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Brothers Michael and Francis and their mother are immigrants from the Carib…

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Canada Year by Year

Canada Year by Year

Grades: 4-10
Supplier: Not Available

This resource provides a chronological overview of Canada’s development ove…

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Caterpillar Woman, The

Caterpillar Woman, The

Grades: 2-7
Supplier: Not Available

This traditional Inuit transformation tale tells of Piujuq, who is transfor…

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Change Your Name Store, The

Change Your Name Store, The

Grades: K-2
Supplier: Not Available

Wilma Lee Wu does not like her name so she heads to The Change Your Name St…

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City Chickens

City Chickens

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

City Chickens tells the story of an inner-city chicken rescue organization …

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Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do

Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do

Grades: 1-7
Supplier: Not Available

This non-fiction picture book has big, colourful images of twenty-five anim…

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Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

What would happen if superheroes were to lose their tempers or throw a tant…

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Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Ingrid, daughter of a famous opera singer, lived an exciting life filled wi…

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Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World

Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

Award-winning author Steve Jenkins focuses on the evolution of the eye, how…

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Family is a Family is a Family, A

Family is a Family is a Family, A

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

A young girl worries that her family structure is too different from those …

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First Time She Drowned, The

First Time She Drowned, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Cassie is released from a mental institution, where she was forcibly p…

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For Today I Am a Boy

For Today I Am a Boy

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Peter, from a traditional Chinese family, is the revered son in a family of…

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Ghost Hawk

Ghost Hawk

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

Little Hawk journeys to the wilderness to survive alone and become a man. A…

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Good Morning City

Good Morning City

Grades: PreK-9
Supplier: Not Available

Long before the city wakes, many people are hard at work to ensure that the…

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Henri Cie : opération Béatrice

Henri Cie : opération Béatrice

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

Henri, un jeune garçon de 12 ans, ne connait pas ses origines. Son imaginat…

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Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This modern anthology explores feminism as well as race, sexuality, identit…

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How do you Feel

How do you Feel

Grades: PreK-K
Supplier: Not Available

When a little hedgehog walks through the forest and asks his animal friends…

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How Things Work: Discover Secrets And Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercraft, Robotics, And Everything In Between

How Things Work: Discover Secrets And Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercraft, Robotics, And Everything In Between

Grades: 3-8
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging and informative resource for grades 3-8, with its colourful p…

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In the Red Canoe

In the Red Canoe

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

In this gentle, engaging picture book, a young girl and her grandfather set…

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J’ai avalé un arc-en-ciel

J’ai avalé un arc-en-ciel

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Capucine écrit un blogue après le départ de son petit ami qui déménage dans…

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Le meilleur coiffeur de Harare

Le meilleur coiffeur de Harare

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Ce roman est une dénonciation de l’homophobie et du racisme. Il décrit auss…

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Le merveilleux

Le merveilleux

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Ce roman est un voyage qui nous fait rencontrer un vieil Indien philosophe,…

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Le piège de l’araignée

Le piège de l’araignée

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Not Available

Christopher vient de perdre sa mère et son père est en pleine dépression. I…

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L’herbe verte, l’eau vive

L’herbe verte, l’eau vive

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Alberta a deux amants, mais elle veut un enfant sans avoir à se marier. Cha…

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Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

This non-fiction picture book creatively combines math and counting to prov…

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Marrow Thieves, The

Marrow Thieves, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

The future is plagued with global warming, wars, and chaos, and most humans…

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Matchbox Diary, The

Matchbox Diary, The

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

When a young girl visits her great-grandfather she discovers his special di…

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Minds of Winter

Minds of Winter

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Fay Morgan, wanting information about her grandfather who served in the Arc…

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A Morning with Grandpa

Morning with Grandpa, A

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

Spirited young Mei Mei watches Grandpa as he performs tai chi in the garden…

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Pemmican Wars

Pemmican Wars

Grades: 7-9
Supplier: Not Available

This compelling graphic novel opens with 13-year-old Echo overlooking the Q…

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Poetry Speaks Who I Am

Poetry Speaks Who I Am

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This poetry anthology includes a variety of poems from different perspectiv…

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War

Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This resource gives a detailed account of the Japanese immigrant experience…

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Righting Canada’s Wrongs: The Chinese Head Tax and Anti-Chinese Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century

Righting Canada’s Wrongs: The Chinese Head Tax and Anti-Chinese Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

This resource will help students understand the Chinese Head Tax and Canada…

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: The Komagata Maru and Canada's Anti-Indian Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century

Righting Canada’s Wrongs: The Komagata Maru and Canada’s Anti-Indian Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

This resource uses text, images, and online video links to provide an under…

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Satellite

Satellite

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Fifteen-year-old Leo and twins Libra and Orion were born in space and have …

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Sockeye Mother, The

Sockeye Mother, The

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian resource explores the lifecycle of the sockeye salmon from th…

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Story of Canada, The

Story of Canada, The

Grades: 8-10
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning textbook follows a chronological timeline since Canada’s…

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Strangers

Strangers

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Cole has not visited his home—Wounded Sky First Nation—for a decade, but wh…

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Textos et Cie : #AINSIVALAVIE

Textos et Cie : #AINSIVALAVIE

Grades: 6-9
Supplier: Not Available

Morgane, une jeune fille de 14 ans, doit déménager et changer d’école. Elle…

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That Squeak

That Squeak

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

When Joe’s best friend dies, Joe struggles to cope with the death and decid…

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To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This gritty and raw autobiography, a cautionary tale about choices, traces …

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Tsiueten

Tsiueten

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

À la fin de l’été 1959, Tsiueten, un jeune Innu de onze ans, et sa famille …

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Unicorn’s Picnic

Unicorn’s Picnic

Grades: PreK-2
Supplier: Not Available

This B.C. picture book tells the story of unicorn families who head into th…

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Using Electricity

Using Electricity

Grades: 1-4
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging resource discusses electricity and energy at a level suitable…

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Water Walker, The

Water Walker, The

Grades: 2-6
Supplier: Not Available

When an elder tells Nokomis (grandmother) Josephine that eventually an ounc…

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Wenjack

Wenjack

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Young “Charlie” Wenjak escapes from a residential school in Northern Ontari…

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Woman Who Smashed Codes, The

Woman Who Smashed Codes, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This is the little-known story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, first hired by …

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World Without You, A

World Without You, A

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Bo’s girlfriend commits suicide at their residential school for studen…

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Zoélie l’allumette : Le garçon oublié

Zoélie l’allumette : Le garçon oublié

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Zoélie est une jeune fille attachante livrée à elle-même. Elle a 11 ans et …

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March 27, 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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Newly Evaluated – March 2018

Check out more than 50 newly evaluated titles in this month’s newsletter. You’ll find novels as well as Science, French language, and Aboriginal resources. You can always find the most recently evaluated resources by going to the K-12 Resource Collection and clicking on the “NEW” filter near the top of the page.

Asking for It

Asking for It

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

Emma, a beautiful, charismatic eighteen-year-old ties her self-worth into h…

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Book of Dust, The

Book of Dust, The

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

Malcolm, who helps at his family’s pub and aids the nuns who live across th…

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Born a Crime

Born a Crime

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Comedian Trevor Noah details his childhood under apartheid in South Africa …

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Bronx Masquerade

Bronx Masquerade

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

This unique novel follows the voices, in prose and poetry, of students in a…

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Butterfly Park

Butterfly Park

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

This compelling picture book tells the story of a young girl who moves to a…

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Call of the Fiddle

Call of the Fiddle

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

A young boy attends a Metis Society event with his mother and grandfather a…

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Climate Change: Discover How it Impacts Spaceship Earth

Climate Change: Discover How it Impacts Spaceship Earth

Grades: 2-7
Supplier: Not Available

This current and visually interesting resource can help students develop an…

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Diamond Willow Walking Stick, The

Diamond Willow Walking Stick, The

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian picture book tells of a young Metis boy who goes to live with…

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Do Not Say We have Nothing

Do Not Say We have Nothing

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning Canadian novel begins with young Li-Ling who lives in Va…

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Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package

Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

This appealing non-fiction picture book will inspire curiosity and inquiry …

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Fifteen Dogs

Fifteen Dogs

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Greek gods Hermes and Apollo, while drinking in a bar in Toronto, decide to…

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Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film

Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Filmish is a journey through the history of film through comics and text th…

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Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment

Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment

Grades: K-9
Supplier: Not Available

This First Nations parable of the hummingbird is written as a legend and il…

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Flora and the Peacocks

Flora and the Peacocks

Grades: K-2
Supplier: Not Available

When Flora sees two beautifully coloured peacocks, she wishes to join their…

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Genius: The Game

Genius: The Game

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Three teen computer geniuses from China, Mexico, and Nigeria are online bes…

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Girl in Pieces

Girl in Pieces

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte has experienced much loss in her life – her fa…

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Goodnight Hockey Fans

Goodnight Hockey Fans

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

A young boy is watching the hockey game with his family but before the game…

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Greenglass House

Greenglass House

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

Twelve-year-old Milo is home for Christmas vacation with his adoptive paren…

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Hello Ruby, Adventures in Coding

Hello Ruby, Adventures in Coding

Grades: 1-5
Supplier: Not Available

This storybook introduces students in K-5 to coding through stories about R…

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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This compelling non-fiction book tells of a team of black female mathematic…

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In the Lake of the Woods

In the Lake of the Woods

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

John Wade loses a Democratic primary for Senator when his secret is exposed…

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InvisiBill

InvisiBill

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

Bill has a very busy family, so busy that when they are at dinner and he as…

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Karma Khullar’s Mustache

Karma Khullar’s Mustache

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Karma Khullar’s life is falling apart – she is about to start middle school…

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Keepers, The: The Box and the Dragonfly

Keepers, The: The Box and the Dragonfly

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

When twelve-year-old Horace discovers an underground warehouse full of stra…

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Les aventures de Pollux et d’Optimus

Les aventures de Pollux et d’Optimus

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

Les Aventures de Pollux et d’Optimus : Le Château Noir est le premier tome …

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Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

This entertaining collection presents a brief, 2-5 page article on 20 key s…

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Madame Zoé et les olympiques

Madame Zoé et les olympiques

Grades: 1-7
Supplier: Not Available

C’est la fin de l’année scolaire et Madame Zoé a organisé une journée d’épr…

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Mahika, la planète n’attend pas!

Mahika, la planète n’attend pas!

Grades: 2-4
Supplier: Not Available

Mahika est née le jour de la Terre. Tous les ans, elle va dans une pépinièr…

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Manny's Memories

Manny’s Memories

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

A grandfather tells his grandchildren about his life in the 1940s in the Me…

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Méchant Far West 1 : Le méchant qui voulait être pire

Méchant Far West 1 : Le méchant qui voulait être pire

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Le Méchant est un bandit qui terrorise les habitants de Blancheville en leu…

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My First Metis Lobstick

My First Metis Lobstick

Grades: 2-6
Supplier: Not Available

A young Metis boy in 1820 Manitoba tells of his first experience carving a …

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Name for a Métis, A

Name for a Métis, A

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

A young Metis boy longs for a new name and visits family and friends to ask…

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Nimoshom and his Bus

Nimoshom and his Bus

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

Nimoshom (my grandfather in Cree) drives the school bus and as he drives th…

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No Room for Baby

No Room for Baby

Grades: PreK-2
Supplier: Not Available

Leon is a new big brother for the first time and so long as the baby pengui…

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OCDaniel

OCDaniel

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

Thirteen-year-old Daniel thinks he is going insane as it’s becoming harder …

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Orange

Orange

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Naho receives a letter from herself, written ten years in the future, warni…

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Pants Project, The

Pants Project, The

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Liv, who is struggling with gender identity and identifies as a boy, attend…

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Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This deeply personal journey through the history of brain research and lobo…

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Peter Fidler and the Metis

Peter Fidler and the Metis

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

Metis artist and author Donna Dumont reflects on her Metis ancestor Peter F…

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Powwow: Counting in Cree

Powwow: Counting in Cree

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian concept book for early learners explores the traditions and c…

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Raindrops Roll

Raindrops Roll

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

This beautifully illustrated picture book presents readers with a microscop…

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Release

Release

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Adam Thorn must deal with all the normal challenges of being a young adult,…

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Road Allowance Kitten

Road Allowance Kitten

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian picture book tells the story of two young Metis girls who wer…

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Roller Girl

Roller Girl

Grades: 4-8
Supplier: Not Available

Le passage de l’enfance à l’adolescence n’est pas toujours facile. Les amit…

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Roogaroo Mickey

Roogaroo Mickey

Grades: 1-7
Supplier: Not Available

Mamayr (grandmother) tells Louis and Charlie a traditional Metis story abou…

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Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More!

Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More!

Grades: 3-9
Supplier: Not Available

This attractive and well-organized National Geographic resource provides sy…

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Scorpion Rules, The

Scorpion Rules, The

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Earth is under the control of Talis, an artificial intelligence, who mainta…

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Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You

Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You

Grades: 3-7
Supplier: Not Available

This comic book resource for grades 3-7 discusses male and female body part…

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Sleeper and the Spindle, The

Sleeper and the Spindle, The

Grades: 7-9
Supplier: Not Available

The night before her wedding day, a young queen sets out on a quest to resc…

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Sometimes I Feel Like A Fox

Sometimes I Feel Like A Fox

Grades: PreK-5
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning Canadian picture book introduces the characteristics, tr…

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Star Trek Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

Star Trek Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This resource looks at over 25 futuristic, cutting-edge technologies used o…

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Stolen Words

Stolen Words

Grades: 1-7
Supplier: Not Available

A young First Nations girl who is walking home from school with her grandfa…

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This Is Where It Ends

This Is Where It Ends

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This graphic and gripping novel details a minute-by-minute account of a hig…

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Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sixteen-year-old Aza suffers from many anxiety disorders, including obsessi…

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Un ami pour Kiwi

Un ami pour Kiwi

Grades: 2-7
Supplier: Not Available

Kiwi n’a rien d’ordinaire : c’est un chat vert qui se sert de sa queue comm…

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What Makes Us Unique Our First Talk About Diversity

What Makes Us Unique Our First Talk About Diversity

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian picture book, aimed at children in K-3, introduces the topic …

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Why Am I Me?

Why Am I Me?

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

Two children, who do not know each other, find themselves traveling home on…

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Young Elites, The

Young Elites, The

Grades: 8-10
Supplier: Not Available

In this fantasy world, a blood fever has killed all adults who contracted i…

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March 12, 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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Explore the BC Digital Classroom Collection

Cari Wilson, a member of the Professional Learning Team, provides a quick “fly by” of the resources that are available to all ERAC members including the BCDC Core Collection, “a la carte” options and curriculum support material.

Watch the video now.

To access more BC Digital Classroom online resources and support, visit the BCDC website.

February 7, 2018
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Aboriginal Education Support – Taking Your Seat at the Fire

“Taking Your Seat at the Fire” continues the conversation around culturally responsive resources. Leona Prince, Professional Learning Team Member, shares with us ways in which we embed Aboriginal perspectives into all parts of the curriculum in a meaningful and authentic manner. Here is a quick tour of ERAC resources that can be used to support Aboriginal perspectives.

Watch the video now.

Find some examples of integrated units by clicking here.

February 7, 2018
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Made the Grade – January 2018

Enjoy these newly evaluated resources for you to add to your collection! Your ERAC K12 Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use and the titles below have most recently been evaluated.  Click on the titles to go to the evaluation and make sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers. If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request.

After The Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

After The Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

After the King’s men put Humpty Dumpty together again Humpty, an avid bird …

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Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures

Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures

Grades: PreK-7
Supplier: Not Available

This pairing of dramatic photographs of more than 40 animals, considered vu…

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Beautiful Hands

Beautiful Hands

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

This colourful picture book focuses on the purposeful and positive things a…

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Beware That Girl

Beware That Girl

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Kate, an intelligent, orphaned opportunist has a knack for reading people a…

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Dipnetting with Dad

Dipnetting with Dad

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

This appealing picture book follows a young First Nations boy’s dip net fis…

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Every Last Word

Every Last Word

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sam, one of the popular girls, hides that she has OCD which can consume her…

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Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done

Grades: 8-11
Supplier: Not Available

This timely autobiography follows the journey of Sophie and Andrea, who met…

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Gracefully Grayson

Gracefully Grayson

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Grayson, born male but identifying as female, hides her true identity until…

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Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution

Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution

Grades: K-9
Supplier: Not Available

Grandmother Fish takes readers through the history of life on Earth and exp…

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Heart of a Champion

Heart of a Champion

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Kenny thought life was difficult when a heart murmur stopped him from joini…

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If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

Grades: 3-8
Supplier: Not Available

This intriguing cross-curricular book for grades 3-8 scales down complex, i…

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Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker

Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker

Grades: K-2
Supplier: Not Available

Lacey Walker talks nonstop—day and night—until the morning she wakes up wit…

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Lily and Dunkin

Lily and Dunkin

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Lily, born Tim and assigned “male” at birth, is bullied at school over her …

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Looking Closely Through the Forest

Looking Closely Through the Forest

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

The detailed and captivating photographs in this picture book introduce stu…

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Middle Bear

Middle Bear

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

Middle Bear struggles with his place in the family – he’s not the youngest …

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Nerdy Birdy

Nerdy Birdy

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

Nerdy Birdy likes to read books and play video games and wants to be part o…

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Dr. Frank Sina lives a comfortable life in futuristic Toronto where immorta…

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Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

In this story-in-rhyme, the fruits use their names to create a playful rhym…

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One

One

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

Grace and Tippi, conjoined twins, have been homeschooled all their lives, b…

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Over and Under the Pond

Over and Under the Pond

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

A mother and son on a canoeing adventure discover a multitude of plants and…

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Over and Under the Snow

Over and Under the Snow

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

As a father and his daughter share a cross-country skiing adventure they ex…

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Best Man, The

Best Man, The

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Not Available

This is the coming-of-age story of Archer, who narrates events in his life …

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Boy at the Top of the Mountain, The

Boy at the Top of the Mountain, The

Grades: 7-10
Supplier: Not Available

Pierrot is orphaned at 7 and adopted his Aunt Beatrix, Adolf Hitler’s house…

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Emperor of Any Place, The

Emperor of Any Place, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Shortly after Evan’s father, Clifford, passes away, Evan discovers a small,…

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Eye of Minds, The

Eye of Minds, The

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

VirtNet is a virtual world where one can disregard most of the rules and li…

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Most Magnificent Thing, The

Most Magnificent Thing, The

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging Canadian picture book follows a little girl who plans to crea…

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Other Boy, The

Other Boy, The

Grades: 6-9
Supplier: Not Available

Twelve-year-old Shane is a regular boy who loves baseball, working on his g…

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Smallest Girl In The Smallest Grade, The

Smallest Girl In The Smallest Grade, The

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

Sally, the smallest girl in the smallest grade, is often overlooked, but sh…

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Sun is Also a Star, The

Sun is Also a Star, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

High school seniors Natasha and Daniel, children of immigrants, struggle wi…

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Tiny Tale of Little Pea, The

Tiny Tale of Little Pea, The

Grades: PreK-2
Supplier: Not Available

Little Pea was born very tiny and doesn’t realize how small he is until he …

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This Book Just Ate My Dog!

This Book Just Ate My Dog!

Grades: PreK-2
Supplier: Not Available

Bella takes her dog for a walk and unexpectedly he disappears into the seam…

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Three Hens and a Peacock

Three Hens and a Peacock

Grades: K-5
Supplier: Not Available

Life is ordered and peaceful on the Tucker farm until a peacock unexpectedl…

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Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People

Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People

Grades: 4-9
Supplier: Not Available

This authentic and culturally sensitive resource covers human history with …

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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging picture book for primary grades takes place over the course o…

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Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire You

Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire You

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

Wild Ideas pairs scientific themes with lyrical text and vivid illustration…

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Wishtree

Wishtree

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

Red, a wise old oak tree, has lived in the community for generations and ev…

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You Are Stardust

You Are Stardust

Grades: 1-6
Supplier: Not Available

This vividly illustrated picture book focuses on the connection between hum…

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February 7, 2018
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Made the Grade – February 2018

Enjoy these newly evaluated resources for you to add to your collection! Your ERAC K12 Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use. Click on the titles to go to the evaluation, and be sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers. If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request.

Visit from the Goon Squad, A

Visit from the Goon Squad, A

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Record company executive Bennie Salazar and Sasha, his assistant, feature i…

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Chicken Wants a Nap

Chicken Wants a Nap

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

It’s a beautiful, sunny day and Chicken is determined to enjoy an afternoon…

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Electronics for Kids: Play with Simple Circuits and Experiment with Electricity!

Electronics for Kids: Play with Simple Circuits and Experiment with Electricity!

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Not Available

An easy-to-navigate, hands-on book that offers detailed information about t…

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Endangered

Endangered

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Lauren has the knack of remaining invisible among at school, but at night b…

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Everybody's Son

Everybody’s Son

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Anton, a young African American boy, is abandoned by his drug-addicted moth…

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Girl in the Blue Coat

Girl in the Blue Coat

Grades: 9-11
Supplier: Not Available

During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, young Hanneke helps support …

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Highly Illogical Behavior

Highly Illogical Behavior

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Lisa Praytor discovers that Solomon Reed suffers from agoraphobia and …

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In Real Life

In Real Life

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Anda, a teenage gamer, joins an online guild of all female gamers, and is a…

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Je suis le tonnerre

Je suis le tonnerre

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Ce roman raconte la vie d’une adolescente de 15 ans à la recherche de son i…

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Kami tome 1: Omegama

Kami tome 1: Omegama

Grades: 5-10
Supplier: Not Available

Dans cette fable, les divinités marchent aux côtés des hommes et les uns on…

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Midwinterblood

Midwinterblood

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This series of seven interconnected stories takes place on a remote, myster…

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My Seventh Grade Life in Tights

My Seventh Grade Life in Tights

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Seventh grader Dillon faces many problems: he yearns to be a “real dancer” …

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Nimona

Nimona

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

Nimona, an eager young shapeshifter, partners with the villainous Lord Ball…

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Not Quite Narwhal

Not Quite Narwhal

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

Kelp was born in the ocean, has a short horn, dislikes calamari, and is a s…

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Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Naomi Vargas leaves her grandparents in San Antonio and moves to town …

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Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from Writerscorps

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from Writerscorps

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This anthology of teen poetry depicts realistic pictures of teenagers’ feel…

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Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

At the close of World War II, four desperate people flee the advancing Russ…

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Scythe

Scythe

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Set in a future where death has been conquered, this dystopian novel follow…

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See You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Eleven-year-old Alex lives with his mother, who has mental illness and need…

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Art of the Possible, The: An Everyday Guide to Politics

Art of the Possible, The: An Everyday Guide to Politics

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

This Canadian resource explains politics in a plain, easy-to-follow, and en…

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Ballad of Nancy April, The: Shawnadithit

Ballad of Nancy April, The: Shawnadithit

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

Taking a shortcut home, Jessie is mysteriously transported through time to …

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Boy Who Paints, The

Boy Who Paints, The

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

A young boy loves to paint but his paintings are dull, colourless, and depi…

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Ever After of Ashwin Rao, The

Ever After of Ashwin Rao, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Almost twenty years after the Air India bombing, South Asian psychologist A…

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Ghosts of Heaven, The

Ghosts of Heaven, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging novel is written as four interrelated stories, each with diff…

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Hate U Give, The

Hate U Give, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sixteen year-old Starr, the only black student at a privileged white privat…

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Land of Os, The: John Ramsay

Land of Os, The: John Ramsay

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

When a class is on a canoe trip, they encounter an elderly Aboriginal woman…

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Next Wave, The: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans

Next Wave, The: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans

Grades: 7-9
Supplier: Not Available

This timely and engaging resource for grades 7 and 9 electricity units focu…

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Peacemaker, The: Thanadelthur

Peacemaker, The: Thanadelthur

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Cole is caught drawing rather than listening in class he is given the …

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Poet, The: Pauline Johnson

Poet, The: Pauline Johnson

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

When Kathy is given the task of writing a poem and reading it to her class,…

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Rebel, The: Gabriel Dumont

Rebel, The: Gabriel Dumont

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

History class is not Tyrese’s favourite until his friend Levi brings histor…

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Scout, The: Tommy Prince

Scout, The: Tommy Prince

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

Pamela, while searching for a well-hit baseball, encounters a veteran stand…

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Way Back Home, The

Way Back Home, The

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

Zoe’s Granny Bird is her beloved best friend, so when Zoe’s parents want to…

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Wolf Birds, The

Wolf Birds, The

Grades: K-5
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging narrative non-fiction title realistically depicts the struggl…

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They All Saw A Cat

They All Saw A Cat

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

As a cat walks through its house and then outside, it encounters twelve oth…

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When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

Grades: 8-10
Supplier: Not Available

This rich resource provides extensive coverage of the physical causes, as w…

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When's My Birthday?

When’s My Birthday?

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

A young girl eagerly anticipates her upcoming birthday and asks question af…

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February 6, 2018
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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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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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Made the Grade – December 2017

Enjoy these newly evaluated resources for you to add to your collection! Your ERAC Online Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use and the titles below have most recently been evaluated.  Click on the titles to go to the evaluation and make sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers. If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request.

Desperate Road to Freedom, A: The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson

Desperate Road to Freedom, A: The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

Julia May and her family escape from servitude to a heartless slave owner i…

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Beartown

Beartown

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Beartown – a small, isolated Swedish town – is obsessed with hockey and as …

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Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This collection of essays by YouTube personality Hannah Hart explores issue…

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Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Grades: 5-8
Supplier: Not Available

This collection of short stories, written by different authors, has family …

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Ghost

Ghost

Grades: 6-8
Supplier: Not Available

Seventh grade student Ghost learned at a young age how to run when he and h…

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Hag-Seed

Hag-Seed

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Margaret Atwood’s retelling of The Tempest, follows Felix, a disgraced thea…

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I Am Not a Number

I Am Not a Number

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

This powerful and engaging picture book shares the true experiences of Iren…

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I Wish You More

I Wish You More

Grades: PreK-12
Supplier: Not Available

This picture book presents a variety of wishes that parents may have for th…

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I Wonder

I Wonder

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

As Eva and her mother go for a moonlit walk, they observe the world and pon…

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If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girl

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Amanda, born as a boy, faces bullying, betrayal, and violence because she i…

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Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Thirteen-year-old Joseph meets, falls in love with, and impregnates his tee…

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P'ésk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony

P’ésk’a and the First Salmon Ceremony

Grades: K-5
Supplier: Not Available

This engaging picture book portrays the traditional first salmon ceremony o…

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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Grades: PreK-5
Supplier: Not Available

Second-grader Rosie dreams of being an engineer, and is always designing an…

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Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation & Residential School

Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation & Residential School

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

This collection of essays depicts the impact of Residential Schools on indi…

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Still Life with Tornado

Still Life with Tornado

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has lived in a household where domestic violence was…

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Suite Française

Suite Française

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Suite Française was written during the German occupation of France during W…

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Future of Us, The

Future of Us, The

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This coming-of-age novel set in 1996 follows the journey of best friends an…

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Scar Boys, The

Scar Boys, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Harry was badly scarred at eight when boys tied him to a tree that burned i…

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Sympathizer, The

Sympathizer, The

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning historical novel, set during and in the years following …

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Wonderful Things You Will Be, The

Wonderful Things You Will Be, The

Grades: PreK-2
Supplier: Not Available

This picture book, written in verse, celebrates the love parents feel for t…

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What Do You Do With a Problem?

What Do You Do With a Problem?

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

A child has a persistent problem that follows him as a dark, ominous, and t…

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Yiddish for Pirates

Yiddish for Pirates

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

Moishe, a young Jewish man accompanied by his parrot Aaron—the narrator—lon…

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You’re Here For a Reason

You’re Here For a Reason

Grades: PreK-7
Supplier: Not Available

When a boy lets go of his kite as he stops to help an elephant, it travels …

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Le grand saut

Le grand saut

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Iris, Paul, Rébecca, Marion, Alex et Sam sont amis depuis la sixième. Aujou…

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L’horizon

L’horizon

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Au gré de ses pérégrinations dans Paris, Jean Bosmans se remémore « des bri…

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December 4, 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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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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Made the Grade – November 2017

Enjoy these newly evaluated resources for you to add to your collection! Your ERAC Online Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use and the titles below have most recently been evaluated.  Click on the titles to go to the evaluation and make sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers. If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request.  

Boy Called Bat, A

Boy Called Bat, A

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

Bat, a young boy on the autism spectrum, lives with his mother and sister, …

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Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?

Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

Tiny is a young child whose gender is unknown and who identifies neither as…

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As Brave As You

As Brave As You

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Not Available

Ernie and Genie must spend the summer with their grandparents on their farm…

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Hermione Winters, co-captain of her high school cheerleading squad, is drug…

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Fly Fly

Fly Fly

Grades: K-5
Supplier: Not Available

This realistically illustrated picture book for grades K-4 showcases anima…

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Garvey's Choice

Garvey’s Choice

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Not Available

Garvey, an overweight, bullied, non-athletic boy, has a simple desire: he w…

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Girls Like Me

Girls Like Me

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers’ life is a mess: her mother left, her father …

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I Am Hostage Three

I Am Hostage Three

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Upset by both her father’s detachment and her new stepmother, Amy Fields st…

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In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Actress Diane Guerrero’s memoir details the many issues and challenges faci…

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Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

Grades: K-3
Supplier: Not Available

This award-winning picture book for K-3 follows CJ and his nana as they rid…

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Fox and Squirrel

Fox and Squirrel

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

This story focuses on Squirrel, who can see only differences between himsel…

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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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My Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Che Taylor’s little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at …

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New Boy

New Boy

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

This complex, modern version of ‘Othello’ is set in the 1970s and tells of …

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Only Ever Yours

Only Ever Yours

Grades: 12
Supplier: Not Available

In this dystopian society, women are not born but are genetically engineere…

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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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Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Sam McKenna, raised in a military family, has never turned down a dare and …

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Sidewalk Flowers

Sidewalk Flowers

Grades: PreK-7
Supplier: Not Available

In this wordless picture book, detailed images reveal a father and daughter…

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Sight Unseen

Sight Unseen

Grades: 5-7
Supplier: Not Available

13 year-old Finn has a rare eye disease that will likely cause blindness, a…

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Steelheart

Steelheart

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Eight-year-old David saw his father wound the invincible Epic Steelheart, w…

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Strictly No Elephants

Strictly No Elephants

Grades: PreK-3
Supplier: Not Available

This colourful picture book tells about the trials and tribulations a boy a…

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Nest, The

Nest, The

Grades: 7-9
Supplier: Not Available

Steven worries about everything –his baby brother who was born with congen…

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Orphan Master's Son, The

Orphan Master’s Son, The

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

This suspenseful novel set in totalitarian North Korea traces Pak Jun Do’s …

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Princess and The Pony, The

Princess and The Pony, The

Grades: 2-4
Supplier: Not Available

This humourous Canadian picture book follows Princess Pinecone, who asks fo…

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Rule of Three, The

Rule of Three, The

Grades: 8-10
Supplier: Not Available

When an electrical outage turns into a world-wide catastrophe when all comp…

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War That Saved My Life, The

War That Saved My Life, The

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Set in WWII England, ten-year-old disabled Ada has never experienced the wo…

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Wonder, The

Wonder, The

Grades: 8-10
Supplier: Not Available

Set in a small Irish village in the 1850s, nurse Lib Wright is hired to obs…

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Toshiko

Toshiko

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

Set during WW II, young Cowboy lives on a farm in Salmon Arm and when some …

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When the Moon is Low

When the Moon is Low

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

When the Taliban regime in Afghanistan rips her family apart, Fereiba decid…

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When We Were Alone

When We Were Alone

Grades: K-4
Supplier: Not Available

In this sensitively written Canadian picture book, a young First Nations gi…

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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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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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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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Made the Grade – October 2017

 

Across the Universe

Across the Universe

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

Second-grader Alvin Ho is a highly imaginative – but anxious – boy. Alvin …

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Brain Jack

Brain Jack

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

Ravi, a recent emigrant from India, and Joe, an American struggling with Au…

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Seeds

Seeds

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

Seeds is a Canadian play, based on interviews, court transcripts, scientifi…

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Shame

Shame

Grades: 11-12
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

Enzo, the family dog, learned from TV that dogs are reincarnated as humans …

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Break, The

Break, The

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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
Supplier: Not Available

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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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
Supplier: Not Available

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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ABORIGINAL
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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A Curated List of Websites for Classroom Use to Save You Time

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The collection will include Canadian websites that add value for students and educators. Today’s learners engage with a variety of media, including games, videos, web casts and interactive online tools outside the classroom. Using similar tools in the classroom will increase student engagement with the BC Curriculum and the intended learning outcomes.

As online resources expand, teachers have the daunting job of choosing resources that fit the criteria that makes them suited for classroom use. This new collection of online resources meets a baseline set of criteria that ensures each online resource is suitable for classroom use:

  • Free to access
  • Free of advertising
  • Accessible without authentication
  • More than edu-tainment
  • Curriculum support

Resources that pass the preliminary criteria then go through a deep evaluation by teams of trained evaluators who are practicing BC teachers to ensure that they are relevant to students, accurate, timely, and appropriate as well as meet core and curricular competencies based on the BC Curriculum.

Fast Track Students to Quality Content

For example, the resource A Journey into Time Immemorial is from the SFU Virtual Museum and offers “an in-depth look at the culture and customs of the Sto:lo people” according to the ERAC review. The content supports grades 4 through 12 in a variety of subject areas and “is a rich source of non-fiction texts.”

The number of websites from a Google search, many of which have commercial interests, make finding suitable and safe digital learning experiences and resources challenging for teachers. Even within one site, such as NASA, finding the materials suitable for your students can be overwhelming. Having a curated collection of pre-selected sites – with specific URLs to the exact resources you are looking for – saves time and ensures that students can access digital resources that will engage and educate them.

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Many interactive sites exist in a variety of subject areas including science, coding, space and language arts. Consider Storyline Online, which has celebrated actors reading to students in an engaging manner with images and illustrations included. Many students will recognize Elijah Wood from the Lord of the Rings reading Me and My Cat by Satoshi Kitamura. Each book comes with an Activity Guide that suggests ways of working with the book in the classroom including information regarding both the author and the reader.

This collection will include virtual tours, videos, web casts, demonstrations, games and more.

How To Access the New Collection

  • Go to the K12 Resource Collection website and apply the website search filter to see the collections’ newly added website titles.
    • To access the complete review, click into the resource and use your district or school email address to sign in to your ERAC account. If you do not have an account, please create one by visiting the ERAC homepage.
  • Access the collection using the K12 Resource Collection App
June 2, 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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Made the Grade – June 2017

 

All The Bright Places

All The Bright Places

Grades: 11-12
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Violet tries to deal with the guilt of surviving a car accident that killed…

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Angel Catbird

Angel Catbird

Grades: 10-12
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This Margaret Atwood graphic novel, suitable for grades 10-12, tells the st…

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Bone Gap

Bone Gap

Grades: 7-12
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This award-winning novel blends fantasy, mystery, and magical realism to te…

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Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep

Grades: 9-12
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Caden is a 14 year old boy who struggles with descent into the world of men…

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Conviction

Conviction

Grades: 9-12
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Mart Raynor, popular Christian radio host and single dad to Trey and Braden…

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Drama

Drama

Grades: 5-9
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This graphic novel humorously showcases the trials and tribulations of a gr…

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Half-Blood Blues

Half-Blood Blues

Grades: 10-12
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This award-winning novel opens in 1939 Berlin and Paris before and during t…

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Missing Nimâmâ

Missing Nimâmâ

Grades: 6-12
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This engaging picture book traces the life of a young girl watched over by …

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More Than This

More Than This

Grades: 11-12
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This suspenseful dystopian novel opens with Seth drowning. Then, he wakes u…

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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

Grades: 6-9
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Ten year old Jamie’s older sister Rose was killed in a terrorist attack fiv…

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Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

Grades: 4-7
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Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo tells the story of Raymie, a young girl…

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Red Wolf

Red Wolf

Grades: 5-11
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In the late 1800s, the Anishnaabek people are moved from their land to a re…

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Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave

Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave

Grades: 5-9
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When Liberty and Billie’s mom is killed, their father assumes custody of th…

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Key to Extraordinary, The

Key to Extraordinary, The

Grades: 3-7
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This adventure story tells of Emma Pearl, who comes from a long line of ext…

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Seventh Most Important Thing, The

Seventh Most Important Thing, The

Grades: 6-8
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Arthur Owens, a youth dealing with the loss of his father, reacts in anger …

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Seventh Wish, The

Seventh Wish, The

Grades: 5-8
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While ice fishing at the local lake, Charlie stumbles upon a magical fish t…

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Wish

Wish

Grades: 4-6
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When her parents cannot care for her, Charlie is forced to leave her family…

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May 25, 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
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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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BC Digital Classroom Supports the New Curriculum

Curriculum Connections Provide Starting Points

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This website provides over 100 examples of starting points connecting curriculum to the BC Digital Classroom (BCDC) collection resources. The starting points highlight the Big Idea, Learning Standards, lesson topic, and a seed activity idea. Each starting point is linked directly to the relevant website within the BCDC resource, allowing the teacher to spend less time browsing and searching. In addition, the team has created some starting points which highlight First Peoples Principles in Learning and Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives.

These starting points are just that – a place to support teachers as they explore the connection between these digital resources and the curriculum, and a way to spark the creation of new lesson connections using the BCDC collection.

F2F Professional Learning Events Provide Deeper Exploration of Resources

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ERAC’s Professional Learning Team has provided in-district workshops and professional opportunities to district teams around the province, and supported teacher librarians, consultants, and helping teachers in planning for professional learning in their own districts.

At these F2F sessions the Team presents an overview of ERAC services and resources, and offers an in-depth exploration of the resources and tools within the BC Digital Classroom Collection.

The Professional Learning Team also highlights the K-12 Resource Collection where members can access full information on evaluated resources, such as novels, videos, and websites. Download the BCERAC app for Apple and Android to have quick mobile access to search the database.

These on-site sessions allow districts to maximize the value of their membership in ERAC and are actually enabling ERAC to expand support to other districts by sharing the exciting work being done across the province.

One example is Maple Ridge School District 42, where, through the hard work of Irene Gibeault and their team, the district has developed an online resources page:  http://schools.sd42.ca/onlineresources/.  It is well-organized for primary, intermediate, and secondary teachers to access ERAC, the BCDC Collection, and other licensed databases.  A value-added aspect of this site is the identification and annotation of magazines available through EBSCO resources. See example of intermediate magazines here.

Providing Online Professional Learning Supports

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Because not every district or every ERAC member can attend a F2F session, the Team has created short video clips and PowerPoint templates that educators can use to further explore and customize presentations for your district or school.

The ERAC Beyond Databases – Presentation Format Slides includes an overview of the complete BCDC Collection and speaking points for the slides.   The PowerPoint templates have been separated into sections to focus on the attributes of specific resources such as World Book K-3, EBSCO 4-7, Gale 8-9, Global Issues in Context, and KnowBC. Watch for more updates to this page by September 2017.

District Contacts and PSA representatives – Please request and book your Professional Learning Team workshop by contacting Kevin Amboe.

ERAC’s approach is always to do the work once on behalf of the Consortium, and to share the results with everyone, saving time and effort.

April 6, 2017
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Made the Grade – April 2017

 

Pax

Pax

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Not Available

Young Peter and Pax, his adopted pet fox, are inseparable—until his father enlists in the military. Peter must go and live with his grandfather, and his father insists that Peter give up Pax. Peter throws Pax’s favourite toy and while the fox chases it, his father drives them away, abandoning Pax in the woods. Peter quickly learns the error of his actions and is grief stricken. He sets off alone and on foot to find Pax, passing through a potential war zone. En route, Peter befriends war veteran Vola, who gives him the strength to see his journey through. At the same time, Pax also must find Peter, and has his own adventures trying to reunite with his companion. This compelling novel alternates between the viewpoints of both Pete

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Absolutely Almost

Absolutely Almost

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Albie suffers from a learning difficulty and struggles academically. He believes that he is “almost” good at things but is always a little behind in his work. Consequently, he must leave his private school and his best friend, change schools and go to special classes. At the new school he is bullied by his classmates who make his life miserable. At the same time, Albie’s home life is a challenge—his parents neglect him due to their busy lives and his grandfather has no time for him as he has difficulty with academics. As Albie struggles to figure out his place in the world he builds a circle of people around him — new friend Betsy, who also is teased mercilessly because of her stutter, Mr. Clifton, who runs the Math Club, and his babysitter Calista who provides the support his family does not – whose friendship and support help Albie gain confidence and

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Secret Path

Secret Path

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Not Available

Twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack has one goal – to escape from the residential school near Kenora and make his way back to his family. He flees from the school and follows the railroad tracks back home. Unfortunately, Chanie doesn’t know he has over 600 km to go to reach his family. During this formidable journey, Chanie succumbs to starvation and the cold, and dies on the railroad tracks. This vividly illustrated, haunting graphic novel puts a human face on residential schools and deals with the residential school experience thoughtfully and sensitively. Gord Downie’s poignant poems and songs can be downloaded, and an excellent animated video is accessible o

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Skraelings

Skraelings

Grades: 7-12
Supplier: Not Available

Young Inuit hunter Kannujaq, while travelling across the Arctic tundra, comes across a group of Tuniit people – a mysterious tribe he has heard about, but never encountered. When their camp comes under attack by Viking invaders, Kannujaq must decide whether to put aside his prejudices against the Tuniit and help them fight the invaders. He allows himself to be drawn into the conflict and battles against the Viking warriors. This short, approachable, historical fiction novel presents the traditions and beliefs of all three cultures and their varying world views and per

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Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

Written with an authentic indigenous voice, this comprehensive collection of essays provides background information and contemporary perspectives on the key issues facing First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Canada. In a well-designed, clear, and user-friendly format, the author attempts to dispel myths and stereotypes about indigenous peoples and facilitate a respectful relationship between indigenous peoples and non-Aboriginal Canadians. This is an excellent resource for educators, especially those teaching senior social studies courses, to gain the perspective of Canada’s aborigina

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Blanket of Butterflies, A

Blanket of Butterflies, A

Grades: 9-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

This beautifully illustrated, easy to read, and action-packed graphic novel follows the adventures of Shinobu, who is searching for his family’s missing samurai sword and armour in Fort Smith, NWT. He must deal with encounters with local thugs, and following a vicious attack, young Sonny and his grandmother, members of the local Aboriginal community, help Shinobu recover and retrieve the sword using peace and reconciliation rather than

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April Raintree

April Raintree

Grades: 10-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

Suitable for a grade 10-12 audience, this novel tells the story of two sisters who were victims of the residential school system, separated from their family and from each other. As adults, each sister deals with the situation quite differently: one remains true to her Indigenous roots while the other tries to fit into society. This emotionally-charged story of healing and hope presents the reality facing Indigenous people today, many of the stereotypes about Indigenous peoples, and the legacy of residential schools

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Chief: Mistahimaskwa, The

Chief: Mistahimaskwa, The

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

Sarah, a young Cree girl, is learning about Chief Mistahimaskwa—Big Bear—at school. On her walk home from school, she encounters a bear and drops her textbook. When she retrieves it the next day, it has been struck by lightning and become magical; as she opens the book, it comes alive with the story of The Chief. Sarah is taken back to the Saskatchewan Plains of 1832 and she re-lives many of the key events of The Chief’s life. This boldly illustrated, compelling graphic novel is aimed at a young audience

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It's All About Thinking: Creating Pathways for All Learners in the Middle Years

It’s All About Thinking: Creating Pathways for All Learners in the Middle Years

Grades: 5-9
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

With a focus on middle years learners (grades 5-9), the resource is rich with practical, timely, and innovative teaching ideas and pedagogy that fully align with 21st century skills. Concepts are clear, detailed, and sequential for easy navigation by beginning or experienced teachers. This user-friendly, well-designed resource supports inclusive education, inquiry, critical thinking, assessment practices, cross-curricular studies, social-emotional and self-regulated learning, and focuses on core competencies and student-centered

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One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion

One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

B.C. educator Shelly Moore encourages educators to reconsider the concept of inclusion, think differently about diversity, and approach their students in a more inclusive way. The resource demonstrates a shift from inclusion as a special-education initiative to a philosophy that teaches to the diversity of all students and includes ideas for adapting and modifying curriculum for any student who needs it. An easy-to-read, honest, and inspiring look at a new approach to inclusive

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Bold School: An Inquiry Model to Transform Teaching

Bold School: An Inquiry Model to Transform Teaching

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Portage & Main Press

This timely professional resource assists educators in implementing inquiry-based learning into K-12 classrooms. A readable, well-organized and easy to follow resource, it provides teachers with strategies to develop creative, critical, and compassionate thinking, and to encourage students to make changes in their local and global co

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Words Their Way With English Learners 2/e

Words Their Way With English Learners 2/e

Grades: K-8
Supplier: Pearson Canada

This comprehensive, engaging teacher resource is based on current research that reflects the diverse learning needs and literacy backgrounds of English Language Learners. Its word study approach to teaching ELL focuses on rich literacy activities, appropriate for ELL learners from the emergent level through to the advanced level. Instructional ideas and activities can be easily differentiated as the program is tailored to unique developmental levels determined by teacher assessments. The activities target specific literacy needs, are rich in variety, sequential, adaptable, and supported with games and activities. This resource links word study to the larger literacy focus of reading and writing which is important in the new BC c

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Big Idea: Science

Big Idea: Science

Grades: 3-6
Supplier: Pearson Canada

This highly accessible collection of student books and accompanying teacher’s guide is aimed at ELL students and striving readers. Centred on the grade 3-6 science curriculum, each student book focuses on a different science topic, and has highly readable text, useful graphic organizers, and engaging photographs. The comprehensive teacher’s guide is rich in activities and strategies to support and extend the learning for each book. It also has a section devoted to developing the content, vocabulary, and activities for the Big Idea and essential questions for each of the stud

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Big Idea: Social Studies

Big Idea: Social Studies

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Pearson Canada

This attractive, well-illustrated, and well-designed resource kit covers a variety of topics in the grade 4-6 Social Studies curriculum. The kit consists of 12 student books and a comprehensive teacher’s guide. The student books are suitable for ELL students and struggling readers at all levels. Each student book covers a central theme and presents big ideas and inquiry questions in concise text with a variety of diagrams, illustrations, and photographs to help explain key concepts. Teachers will appreciate the various instructional strategies, pre-reading suggestions, reading strategies, vocabulary aids, and graphic o

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Oxford Illustrated Math Dictionary

Oxford Illustrated Math Dictionary

Grades: 7-11
Supplier: Not Available

This extensively illustrated resource supports ELL students, at high beginning to high intermediate levels, in learning math vocabulary and concepts covered in grades 7 to 11. Each math term is thoroughly defined and illustrations, pronunciation, and examples are included to support comprehension and usage. A wealth of practical, handy math charts and tables are grouped at the end of th

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Oxford Picture Dictionary for the Canadian Content Areas

Oxford Picture Dictionary for the Canadian Content Areas

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

This well-designed, lavishly illustrated resource will support ELL students at the starting and emerging levels in both mainstream classroom settings and ELL classrooms. Its key vocabulary words and basic concepts in a variety of content areas will allow ELLs to take part in regular classroom activities at an adapted level, and in an ELL classroom will aid development of general and academic vocabulary. Each chapter provides a variety of useful activities, and the extensive “Reproducible Activity Book” (purchased separately) provides teachers with an array of activities to extend student learning, including activities with a greater degree of differentiation and adaptations for ELL

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March 29, 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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Made the Grade – March 2017

 

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies: Elementary Playlist

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies: Elementary Playlist

Grades: K-12
Supplier: McIntyre Media Inc.

This collection of Canadian videos, available via streaming, can help teachers support First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies in elementary classrooms. The subject matter is presented honestly, professionally, and authentically, with a positive, forward-thinking perspective. The resources lend themselves to teacher-facilitated lessons as well as small-group discussions, speech writing, debates, independent stewardship projects, critical thinking activities, and proble

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Qu'Appelle

Qu’Appelle

Grades: 3-12
Supplier: Not Available

Qu’Appelle est une légende autochtone pleine de douceur qui raconte une grande histoire d’amour. Ikciv et Witonia sont deux enfants qui ont grandi ensemble. À l’âge adulte, Ikciv doit partir au combat. Witonia ne supporte pas son absence et tombe malade. Aucun remède ne peut la guérir. Elle meurt de chagrin en prononçant le nom d’Ikciv et lui laisse l’écho de sa voix. Cette initiation au monde de la poésie renforce le contenu autochtone des programmes d’études de français langue première et de français langue seconde. Elle peut aussi être utilisée par les élèves dès la 3e année dans les cours de sciences humaines et d’études au

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Ils sont venus pour les enfants: Le Canada, les peuples autochtones et les pensionnats

Ils sont venus pour les enfants: Le Canada, les peuples autochtones et les pensionnats

Grades: 8-12
Supplier: Not Available

Ce document produit par la Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada en 2012 traite de l’historique des pensionnats indiens et de leurs séquelles. Son objectif est de contribuer à la réconciliation. Il s’adresse plutôt aux enseignants et aux élèves du secondaire (Sciences humaines 10, Sciences humaines 11, Histoire 12, Français 8-12). Les témoignages qu’il contient permettent de mieux comprendre l’horreur de ce qui s’est passé dans les pensionnats indiens entre 1870 et la fin du X

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Heinle Picture Dictionary, The

Heinle Picture Dictionary, The

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Not Available

This beautifully illustrated reference resource will serve English Language Learners well, as it covers most topics that students encounter at home and at school. Its engaging and contemporary drawings and photographs provide clear representations of vocabulary words which will help students build their vocabulary through its use of words in context. The dictionary would also be a useful reference tool in classrooms at all gra

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In Canada

In Canada

Grades: 1-6
Supplier: Not Available

This extensive and highly engaging ELL resource package will serve well beginning English speakers in grades 1 through 6. The teacher and student books are well designed and useful, there is a variety of activities available, visuals are clear and appealing, and the vocabulary covers concepts that students need in school, at home, and in the community. ELL teachers will find this resource useful for teaching classes or sma

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Big Ideas for Expanding Minds

Big Ideas for Expanding Minds

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Pearson Canada

This professional Canadian resource outlines the current research, knowledge base, and theory behind teaching ELL students. It provides discussion of what difficulties ELL learners may experience, and focuses on strategies to engage students with literacy and to help them access the curriculum. While the text is complex, the book is well-organized and easy to follow, and educators will appreciate the examples of student work at a variety of levels, summaries in each chapter, graphic organizers, tables, models, and the extensive rea

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Welcome to Our World Level 1

Welcome to Our World Level 1

Grades: K-1
Supplier: Not Available

This comprehensive, engaging, and beautifully illustrated English language learning kit is aimed at students in grades K-1, and introduces the world around them. Lessons are written in an easy to follow step-by-step format, and repetitive/predictable routines help build vocabulary. Through a variety of activities and options—photos, songs, games, and worksheets—different learning styles are addressed. Teachers will find this resource useful for both small group and whole class in

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REMIX

REMIX

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Pearson Canada

This engaging and well-illustrated Canadian series is aimed at ELL students, but will also be useful for struggling learners. A wide range of topics is covered in the series, representing many ages and ethnicities, and abilities and disabilities. Each book is structured with 3 chapters, a glossary, vocabulary, extension questions, and discussion prompts that offer opportunities for critical, creative, and extended

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Shadows

Shadows

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

This atmospheric hi-lo ELL series is aimed at beginner or intermediate ELL learners, and would also be useful for grade 6-12 reluctant readers. The science fiction stories revolve around an Earth that has been invaded by aliens, and the protagonist must hunt and kill the aliens, while searching for his lost girlfriend. Each book is simply written and well-illustrated and the series design provides the repetition that ELL learners need to learn a new language quickly. The guiding questions in each book provide a platform for thinking critically before reading

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Matt Merton Mysteries, The

Matt Merton Mysteries, The

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

This exciting series of hi-lo readers, best suited to intermediate/advanced ELL students and teenage reluctant readers, tells the story of an alien invasion of Earth. Matt Merton, the main character, has the job of hunting down the aliens and destroying them. While Matt seeks out the aliens, and searches for his lost girlfriend, he questions the ethics of his job. Each story is told in simple English, has appealing illustrations, and includes guided questions that provide a platform for thinking critically before, during, and after reading

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Dangerous Games

Dangerous Games

Grades: 4-12
Supplier: Not Available

Dangerous Games is a series of 16 exciting hi-lo novels about three young people who create, design, and test video games. Each novel addresses a potentially dangerous situation, such as extreme weather, an exploding volcano, white water rafting, catching a jewel thief. The characters enter the games to test them, experience them in real time, confront the peril that may be inherent in the game, and work together to solve the puzzle in the game before time runs out. Each novel has guiding questions for creative and critical thinking that can be used before and after reading. The series is intended for strong intermediate ELL students and reluctant teenage readers (gr. 6-12), and as additional reading materials gr. 4-5

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Tant que couleront les rivières

Tant que couleront les rivières

Grades: 4-7
Supplier: Not Available

Lawrence, un garçon de 10 ans, raconte ses aventures au cours de son dernier été avec ses proches, avant son départ obligatoire pour un pensionnat indien. Sa famille crie se rend au camp d’été afin d’y faire ses préparatifs pour l’hiver. Ses aventures l’amèneront à se mériter le nom d’Oskiniko. Ce roman illustre la vie traditionnelle d’une famille autochtone dans le nord de l’Alberta et ses relations privilégiées avec la nature, ainsi que le déchirement lié au départ pour le pensionnat. Il pourra être utilisé dans les cours de français langue première, de français langue seconde et de sciences humaines, de la 4e à la 7e année. Dans l’épilogue, des photos d’époque illustrent la vie dans les écoles résid

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Sous la Lune de Corbeau

Sous la Lune de Corbeau

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

Cette nuit-là, alors que grand-père Soleil se reposait et que père Ciel était enveloppé de froid et de brume, Corbeau travaillait… Cette légende raconte la création de la lune par Corbeau, le faiseur de tours, le créateur, le transformateur et le marieur. Avec son compère Aigle, il exerce son pouvoir sur un jeune pêcheur et une belle ramasseuse de palourdes. Pour qu’ils puissent se rencontrer, Corbeau et Aigle placent une bûche enflammée chez père Ciel, pour créer grand-mère Lune qui illuminera le ciel à perte de vue. Ce récit enchanteur pourra être utilisé en éducation artistique, en français langue première et langue seconde, en sciences et en sciences humaines. Les très belles illustrations de l’artiste Andy Everson pourront être utilisées comme points de départ pour de nombreux proj

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La pirogue de Shin-chi

La pirogue de Shin-chi

Grades: 5-12
Supplier: Not Available

Shi-shi-etko et son petit frère doivent partir dans un pensionnat indien dirigé par l’Église. Ils y seront maltraités, et seront contraints d’oublier leur identité autochtone et de parler anglais. Avant leur départ, leur père leur offre une pirogue miniature, un cadeau qui représente ce dont Shin-chi et sa sœur doivent se souvenir et garder secret. Cette très belle histoire empreinte de tristesse révèle une partie de l’histoire canadienne. Elle décrit l’expérience dévastatrice vécue par les jeunes Autochtones dans les pensionnats. L’auteure y évoque l’une des grandes injustices perpétrées contre les membres des Premières Nations dans des mots simples adaptés aux élèves de la 5e à la

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Le Secret de ton nom

Le Secret de ton nom

Grades: 4-10
Supplier: Not Available

Le secret de ton nom est un récit qui exprime ce que signifie être Métis. Sous forme de poème et en s’adressant aux grands-mères amérindiennes, l’auteur exprime ses regrets d’avoir grandi sans connaître ses origines et illustre le conflit intérieur des Métis. De l’époque des Explorateurs français jusqu’à la Rébellion des Métis, l’auteur part à la recherche de son identité et redonne vie à sa culture. La poésie chargée d’émotivité redonne vie à une histoire riche en traditions. Le récit exprime de nombreuses émotions et incite à la réflexion. En donnant de nombreux référents culturels du patrimoine métis, l’auteur offre aux élèves l’occasion de développer leur pensée créative et leur esprit

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Les 10 leaders autochtones les plus inspirateurs

Les 10 leaders autochtones les plus inspirateurs

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

Cette ressource présente la vie et les réalisations de 10 leaders métis, inuits et des Premières Nations du Canada. Son contenu correspond aux objectifs des cours de Sciences humaines 9, 10 et 11. Elle illustre entre autres les réalisations de certains leaders autochtones dans les domaines du droit civil et des changements à la loi canadienne et peut donc également être utilisée dans les cours suivants : Études des Premières Nations de la Colombie-Britannique 11, Études civiques 12, Histoire 12, Droit 12 et Justice s

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Les 10 moments les plus marquants de l'histoire autochtone

Les 10 moments les plus marquants de l’histoire autochtone

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Not Available

Cette ressource fournit de nombreux renseignements sur 10 évènements historiques ayant marqué les relations entre Autochtones et non-Autochtones au Canada, sur les principaux intervenants, ainsi que sur les conséquences de ces évènements. Elle pourra être utilisée dans les cours de Sciences humaines 6 à 11, ainsi que dans les cours d’Étude des Premières Nations 11, Études politiques 11, Études comparatives des Peuples aborigènes 12, Droit 12 et Justice sociale 12. Même si la parole est souvent donnée à des Autochtones, la perspective dominante est celle des Canadiens anglophones non-autochtones. Le texte est allégé grâce à des images tirées d’archives et des extraits de discours. Les élèves pourront exprimer leur esprit critique en justifiant ou en réfutant le classement adopté par les auteurs. Les élèves plus avancés pourront également se renseigner sur d’autres évènements qui ne figurent pas sur

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Étrangère chez moi: Une histoire vraie

Étrangère chez moi: Une histoire vraie

Grades: 6-11
Supplier: Not Available

Margaret raconte son retour difficile dans sa communauté, après avoir vécu deux ans dans une école résidentielle. L’accueil qui lui est réservé n’est pas celui auquel elle s’attendait. Elle a oublié la langue de son peuple et est devenue une étrangère parmi les siens. Elle décrit son apprentissage pour retrouver sa place et réconcilier son ancienne personnalité avec la nouvelle. Cette fillette de dix ans nous plonge dans un monde difficile où elle doit concilier deux cultures. Elle nous fait découvrir ses deux identités et cherche à rapprocher le monde des Blancs et celui des Inuits. Ce récit autobiographique aborde ce cheminement de manière très

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Shi-shi-etko

Shi-shi-etko

Grades: 5-10
Supplier: Not Available

Shi-shi-etko devra bientôt quitter sa famille, sa maison et son village pour aller au pensionnat. Elle raconte ses derniers jours avec les membres de sa famille, alors qu’elle s’imprègne de toute sa culture et de toute la beauté de son environnement avant de partir. Elle en savoure chaque détail. Shi-shi-etko trouve du réconfort dans tout de qui l’entoure à la veille de cette grande déchirure. Elle se fait la promesse de se souvenir. Cette histoire très émouvante révèle une partie de l’histoire canadienne. Elle décrit l’expérience dévastatrice vécue par les enfants des Premières Nations qui ont dû quitter tout ce qu’ils connaissaient pour aller vivre en pensionnat. Avec un encadrement approprié, elle permettra aux élèves de mieux comprendre les épreuves qu’ont dû traverser les peuples autochtones

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March 2, 2017
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Why “Taking Your Seat at the Fire?”

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After a moment of silent reflection, Leona Prince states, “When thinking about the journey of Aboriginal Education in the province of BC, we are starting to understand the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing. Aboriginal culture is polyphonic, meaning that it requires many voices to sustain it, and therefore so does Aboriginal Education. These voices need to be a network of diverse narratives if we are going to truly begin the work of reconciliation. ‘Taking our Seat at the Fire’ is a vision of all of us taking our seats together and being inspired by our similarities and differences. It is a call for all of us to take ownership of the responsibility of contributing equally to our future in education.”

The new BC curriculum reflects the broader societal growing awareness of the rich history, traditions and cultural practices of Aboriginal people and their role in the country. Classroom and students are a way to bring broader awareness and understanding to the future. “Through the process of reviewing the Ministry of Education document Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives and staying true to the framework of the FNESC guidelines for the First Peoples’ Principles of Learning, we were able to find a way to contribute to BC Educators in a meaningful way” states Prince.

As part of the Professional Learning Team, Monica Berra and Leona Prince, presented at the IT4K12 2016 “Taking Your Seat at the Fire – Continuing the Conversation Around Culturally Responsible Resources”.

“We began this work 3 years ago, as colleagues in School District No. 57 and ERAC supported our work around culturally authentic and relevant resources,” states Berra. This was first defined by FNESC in their 2008 publication English 12 First Peoples. ERAC redefined how resources were evaluated with these added criteria in 2014 and restructured the process by which Aboriginal Resources are evaluated. At IT4K12 2015, Prince and Berra presented on Culturally Authentic and Relevant Resources, which highlighted the work done to date. As momentum grew within the organization around Aboriginal Education, it culminated in the creation of the ERAC ABED Support Site.

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“The site framework of the natural elements, although grounded in the ideals of the Medicine Wheel, was chosen because of the inclusive nature of fire, water, earth and air. We all have our own personal connections to each of these, especially in BC where we have these in abundance. It really emphasized the privileges as residents of BC to have such beautiful natural surroundings, but also the responsibility to the land,” Prince relays.

The idea for the presentation was rooted in both Monica and Leona’s connection to their personal histories, their families and the lands that they both grew up on. Every detail in the presentation speaks to the importance of connection and collaboration. The photos of Leona’s two daughters on the lake side home where Monica spent most of her life highlights the importance of shared knowledge and collaboration. It is also a nod to the cover of Bev Seller’s ‘They Called Me Number One’, a story of personal significance to Berra.

Both Monica and Leona are storytellers and they weave for us a journey and invite us to come along. “Speaking with the audience at our sessions truly gave me an understanding of the cross section of educators across BC and the challenges they face,” states Prince. “It was humbling. For us to change our practice, we need to change the way we think and confront our biases and I believe we are well on our way. It is important for us to give, all those that are interested, an entry point into imbedding Aboriginal ways of knowing and being.” The session includes culturally authentic and relevant resources, the BC digital classroom, Aboriginal Ways of Knowing and also highlights technology in the classroom from a cultural perspective.

To begin your journey in Aboriginal learning, Prince encourages educators to find someone that complements them so that they can learn from each other. Berra agrees, noting that her practice has been brought forward by talking with others and learning from them, especially from working with Prince. The mutual respect and camaraderie is palpable between Prince and Berra and this continually opens the door for more conversations.

“Our ERAC consortium is an invitation to the conversation,” encourages Berra. “Let’s keep those conversations going.”

Each of their sessions ends with this poignant question, “Who is sitting at your fire?” It is a call to action for each of us, as educators, to take ownership of your own learning journey and to find those that share common goals.

Check out more by taking a walk through ERAC’s Aboriginal Education Support Site or connect directly with Leona Prince at lprince@sd57.bc.ca or Monica Berra at MBerra@sd57.bc.ca for more information.  As part of ERAC’s professional learning team  you can schedule this professional learning session through info@bcerac.ca.

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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Bring the World to Your Classroom Through Virtual Field Trips

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If you’ve always wanted to go to Space, then best start saving now as the price tag for commercial space travel will cost you around $75,000 to reserve your seat. A better option is to join Mark Hauk and Merle Ross on a virtual field trip! Besides experiencing the International Space Station via a live interview with the astronauts, you can also go on an archaeological dig with scientists or a deep-sea dive with professionals off the coast of Australia, or scale the peaks of Mount Everest alongside an explorer…just to name a few!

Mark Hauk is the Virtual Field Trip Coordinator with SD23 and has worked within Education for the last 22 years. His colleague, Merle Ross is a Video Specialist, working with equipment and education television over the last 10 years. With their combined expertise and enthusiasm, and while working on the development of a course, they built a strong infrastructure which they used for blended learning. They saw the potential for using it in different ways and worked on rolling out virtual field trips over the next few years.

“Access used to be a challenge, it was all about bandwidth” explains Hauk. “But now there are many cost-effective options like Zoom which allows up to 50 simultaneous connections. This allows more opportunities for teachers and schools to participate. Generally, now all that is needed is a webcam and a computer with Wi-Fi.”

Hauk and Ross started connecting with a variety of people, finding all the options for students including a database they discovered that provided the info needed to connect with museums, zoos and other educational facilities. Some could be accessed for free while others charged a small fee. They would then set up a schedule and class would start with students gaining world class experiences without even leaving the classroom.

“For students that are unable to travel, or can’t afford the cost, or maybe just have anxiety issues, this option is a great way to introduce the world to them,” notes Hauk.

Students were thoroughly engaged when they interviewed an astronaut, live on the International Space Station. But it truly hit home when they were done the close-up interview with the astronaut and he let go of the microphone. It started rotating in mid air on its own, eyes went huge and students were all reminded of zero gravity in space.

“Kids love it and consider it pretty cool to connect with someone so far away,” explains Hauk.

“We grab Google Earth and show the students where on the planet we’re connecting,” notes Ross. “For instance, the Australian live dive took us 11,800 kms away from home which is 17 hours by flight, and 25 feet down in the ocean.”

They also interviewed a survivor of Auschwitz which was eye opening for the students as they got to ask questions and interact, unlike the learning experience obtained when watching a video or reading about it.

“Our next goal is to create a virtual reality experience,” explains Ross. “If we could give students a headset, they could be live on a tour of the Pyramids or stand with the explorer on the peak of Mount Everest while interviewing them.”

“The great thing is that technology is constantly growing, providing more opportunities,” states Hauk. “We’ll be bringing our program to thousands of more students over the next few years.”

Hauk and Ross shared their virtual field trip experiences during a presentation at the last IT4K12 event. They are always happy to share more and help get others on board so feel free to contact them at: mark.hauk@sd23.bc.ca and merle.ross@sd23.bc.ca.

Maybe someday, through connecting with space satellites, students will be able to take a virtual tour of another planet! This exciting future for our students is truly beyond the limit of the sky.

January 13, 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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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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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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Made the Grade – January 2017 Newly Evaluated Resources

eracapprvd Enjoy these newly evaluated resources for you to add to your collection! Your ERAC Online Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use and the titles below have most recently been evaluated.  Click on the titles to go to the evaluation and make sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers. If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request.

Explore Our World Level 1

Explore Our World Level 1

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

This comprehensive, lavishly illustrated, and engaging ELL resource package, produced by National Geographic, is intended for students new to learning English. While the content is simple and targeted towards younger learners, those with limited English entering at a higher grade level would still find this resource attractive and engaging. The package includes a variety of resources for students and teachers, all of which are easy to use, clear, of high quality, and with exceptiona

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Talk About Science in My World

Talk About Science in My World

Grades: K-8
Supplier: Not Available

This attractive series of non-fiction books introduces science concepts with colourful and engaging photographs and clear, simple language. The systematic approach followed in each book creates interest, extends knowledge, and enhances student learning. Designed for students learning English, the resource will also be useful for students of all ages who are learning to read, and serve as high interest/low vocabulary resources for primary and intermedia

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Talk About Things Around Me

Talk About Things Around Me

Grades: K-9
Supplier: Not Available

These engaging and colourful books support concepts that students encounter in everyday life in Canadian communities. The series promotes diversity in family structure, lifestyles, interests and hobbies, and careers. Ideas are introduced and then developed through repetition, connection to personal knowledge, and questioning. Detailed photographs and other visuals make concepts more concrete. Suitable for English language learners and for teaching content at late primary/early intermedia

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Talk About Everyday Living

Talk About Everyday Living

Grades: K-8
Supplier: Not Available

This lavishly illustrated series of non-fiction books supports concepts that students interact with daily, such as family structures, life styles, and types of homes. Each book clearly introduces key content vocabulary and then relates key concepts to real life situations. Colourful, detailed photographs support the concepts. Useful for English language learners as well as primary and intermediate cont

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Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition

Grades: 3-12
Supplier: Not Available

Minecraft is a very engaging game-based learning environment with colourful and vibrant pixelated worlds. Its plethora of tools, minerals, and inventory mimics a real world environment. Teachers can prepare closed environments where students complete specific assessable tasks, or open environments that allow student exploration, and where learning can unfold in a more spontaneous and creative setting. Less tech savvy teachers will appreciate the pre-made and customizable worlds that make this resource more approachable. The possibilities for classroom usage are virtually endless as the program can be customized for a variety of curricu

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Soft Circuits: Crafting e-Fashion with DIY Electronics

Soft Circuits: Crafting e-Fashion with DIY Electronics

Grades: K-12
Supplier: Not Available

This well-illustrated, rich resource introduces teachers to electronics and circuitry in tandem with textiles, and will inspire educators to experiment and tinker with e-textiles. Its design challenges—from simple to complex— will build students’ knowledge of soft circuitry so they can create a variety of e-textile projects. Students will come away with a solid understanding of circuitry, LEDs, and solar panels in e-textiles. The resource offers a variety of handouts and assessment tools for students, which teachers can adapt for to meet their studen

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Un Saumon pour Simon

Un Saumon pour Simon

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

Simon, un petit garçon d’une Première Nation du littoral, passe l’été à pêcher le saumon sans rien attraper. Un jour, un aigle laisse tomber le saumon qu’il avait pris dans ses serres. Le saumon se retrouve prisonnier dans un trou à palourdes. Simon doit maintenant prendre une décision : va-t-il garder ce poisson tant attendu ou trouver une façon de le libérer? L’histoire nous montre l’importance de la compassion et de la persévérance, et elle illustre le respect des Premières Nations pour la nature. Elle constitue une excellente façon de présenter le cycle de la vie du saumon, l’écosystème des océans et l’importance de la pêche au saumon pour les Première

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Une promesse, c'est une promesse

Une promesse, c’est une promesse

Grades: K-7
Supplier: Not Available

Une légende inuite raconte que des Qallupilluits se cachent sous la glace de mer et capturent les enfants qui s’aventurent sans leurs parents près des crevasses de la glace. Une jeune Inuite nommée Allashua est capturée par ces créatures malveillantes car elle est allée pêcher seule là où elle avait promis de ne pas aller. Pour se libérer de l’emprise des Qallupilluits, elle promet de leur amener ses frères et sœurs. Heureusement, les parents d’Allashua savent comment déjouer les Qallupilluits tout en tenant une promesse. Le comportement d’Allashua permettra aux élèves de discuter des conséquences des promesses non tenues sans être impliqués eux-mêmes. Ils pourront examiner les dangers et les situations où ils peuvent se sentir intimidés ou mal pris, et les solutions

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Viens Avec Moi: Nous Apprendrons Ensemble!

Viens Avec Moi: Nous Apprendrons Ensemble!

Grades: 4-6
Supplier: Not Available

Sheyenne Jumbo, une petite fille de la Première Nation des Dénés, dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, nous fait découvrir les richesses de sa communauté. Elle nous transporte dans son univers et dans son village en automne, durant la saison de l’orignal. Elle partage sa soif d’apprendre grâce aux histoires qu’elle raconte et elle permettra aux élèves de découvrir le mode de vie des membres d’une Première Nation, la géographie du Canada, l’environnement naturel, les valeurs traditionnelles, les histoires racontées par les Aînés et les plantes médicinales si importants dans sa culture. Les élèves apprendront tour à tour comment faire un panier en écorce de bouleau, identifier des plantes médicinales, cueillir des canneberges ou préparer de la vian

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Teens 101 Addictions

Teens 101 Addictions

Grades: 6-12
Supplier: Distribution Access

This powerful, current, and timely video presents a realistic, first-hand look at addiction, through the story of one teenager’s personal journey. Through this personal story, the students will see the realities of addition, the choices that lead to addiction, the consequences, and the challenges of overcoming addictions. This professional production will draw students in and keep them interested throughout. Teachers will appreciate the many ways that the video can be used in secondary c

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January 13, 2017
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Made the Grade – December Newly Evaluated Resources

eracapprvd Enjoy these newly evaluated resources for you to add to your collection, including some new French and Aboriginal resources. Your ERAC Online Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use and the titles below have most recently been evaluated.  Click on the titles to go to the evaluation and make sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers. If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request.

L'enfant à l'étoile jaune

L’enfant à l’étoile jaune

Grades: 9-10
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En 1943, alors que le monde entier est en guerre, Hitler décide l’extermination totale des Juifs. Frida, une adolescente allemande membre de la jeunesse hitlérienne, trouve un enfant endormi et caché … , Deuxième Guerre mondiale , violence , bombardements , Juifs , Nazis , suspense , Allemands , amitié , fuite , L’enfant a l’etoile jaune

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Grades: 9-12
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This exciting, action-packed dystopian novel is set in 2044, a time when the world is in environmental and social chaos. The super wealthy control the world, and the masses live meagre existences. Wa… , virtual reality , gaming , quest , wealth , corporation , dystopia , environment , poverty , on line safety , identity , friendship , pop culture , power , hacking

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Booked

Booked

Grades: 6-9
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This novel in verse focuses on a complex and intriguing teenager, Nick, who faces major challenges at home and school as his parents plan to separate, and his mother plans to move out of state. At the… , soccer , divorce , personal struggle , perseverance , coming-of-age , poetry , verse , relationships , family dynamics , sports , racial tension , bullying , friendship , self-concept , self-esteem , dealing with obstacles , growing up

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Creating Thinking Classrooms: Leading Educational Change for a 21st Century World

Creating Thinking Classrooms: Leading Educational Change for a 21st Century World

Grades: K-12
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This accessible, clear, and easy to navigate professional resource is aimed at educators at all levels of the BC educational system. It seeks to examine, in detail, how schools and educators can best … , educational change , thinking classrooms , educational transformation , 21st century learning , professional development , leadership , professional learning , competencies , critical thinking , inquiry based learning

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STEM by Design: Strategies and Activities for Grades 4-8

STEM by Design: Strategies and Activities for Grades 4-8

Grades: 4-8
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STEM By Design is a thorough, useful resource that addresses the newly redesigned BC curriculum. It will assist teachers to create engaging lessons by integrating and connecting the Science, Math, an… , STEM , science , math , technology , integration , engineering , engineering design process , instructional practice , lesson planning , professional learning

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Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience

Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience

Grades: 9-12
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Tilly is a young Canadian First Nations girl who grows up with the traditional teachings of her Lakota grandmother. When her grandmother dies when Tilly is 12 she is totally lost, and increasingly tur… , First Peoples , Lakota , Cree , alcoholism , recovery , racism , aboriginal issues , First Nations , aboriginal , Ancestors , Metis , Residential Schools , Sixties Scoop , 60s scoop

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Project Eagle Feather: When They Took the Children

Project Eagle Feather: When They Took the Children

Grades: 10-12
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The video, Project Eagle Feather, includes interviews with First Nations people who are survivors of the residential school system. Their stories and their sadness, anger, and frustration present a po… , residential schools , survivor , personal reflection , historical record , identity , 60s scoop , 70s scoop , First Nations , Aboriginal , sixties scoop

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War Horse

War Horse

Grades: 6-8
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This poignant story of World War I is told from a unique perspective – that of Joey, a war horse. Joey must leave his beloved young owner, Albert, when financial pressures force Albert’s family to se… , horse , war , guns , trench , nations , World War I , survival , companionship , anti-war , War Horse , Western Front , 1914 , heroes

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December 8, 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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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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Building the Bridge of Communication Between IT & Education

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“Is it plugged in?” are the four most common heard words that often bring mortified embarrassment to many. Yet, for others like IT professionals, they are the four most common words asked. Although our IT support teams help us with the simplest of issues like making sure our devices are plugged in, they also help with complex solutions that directly impact the classroom and our students. For this reason, it is important to have a solid, strong working relationship with your IT professionals, at least, that’s the way Lisa Read sees it.

Lisa Read is the IT Coordinator for SD79, Cowichan Valley, and is a member of ERAC’s Professional Learning Team. Most recently she presented at IT4K12 on the “Feed & Care of Your Nerdlings”.  

“I’ve always said that pedagogy is the driver but I like to add that technology is the accelerator,” explains Read, “And when we meld those two worlds together, we’re going to have a strong educational impact.”

That impact is only as strong as the entire team and the efficiency of their communication. If the educational group can’t clearly identify the needs, then the IT team can’t properly address the issue or find a timely solution. Clear communication can help speed things along.

“Our situation is quite unique” notes Read. “In most school districts, you rarely have educators involved in running the technology department, but we do. It assists us in having an education lens or perspective when making and guiding decisions.”

To help get those conversations started, Read’s team holds a 10-15-minute meeting every morning. Tech staff can then ask more specific questions to help source out the problems and offer precise solutions.

“The conversations are much richer and make it easier to come to a resolution than just answering a ‘ticket’”, explains Read. “For instance, a teacher may be having a problem with a printer but when the technician understands it’s 30 elementary students using that printer at the same time, they get the bigger picture and realize the common solution won’t work in this instance.”

Ultimately, the end goal for our students is the same, but these groups can come at it from two different directions and that’s why it can be beneficial to find a better way to communicate. Increased empathy on both sides can go a long way.

“It’s important for IT professionals to understand the pressures educators have within the classroom,” advises Read. “Likewise, teachers should understand that there are multiple ways to address a problem and the technician needs to consider the best solution for the individual and the entire system—in other words, will it scale?”

Some of the ways that Read explains you can work with your IT team better is to: connect with the IT team through their preferred method of communication (they have created a system that works well for them, a combination of tickets, email and face to face check-ins); ask for help instead of trying to fix it yourself; try to differentiate the need for IT support ( is this a new problem, or an ongoing one that the team already knows about); give the team some time to work on the problem (double reporting can bog down the process); and (on the IT professionals’ wish list) it is also of great benefit if the people they support have a minimal level of technological understanding.

“I always encourage teachers to approach technology the way they ask their learners to,” explains Read. “Don’t be afraid to try a different approach if the first one doesn’t work and don’t be afraid to ask for support.”

There are also ways that IT professionals can help educators by understanding that teachers want what is best for their students, so if resistance is sensed it is most likely based in fear or uncertainty and they might not know how to properly ask for support. Read also encourages IT Professionals to go into the actual classrooms and see how teachers are using the technology so they can understand what is being asked of them.

Finally, the biggest challenge continues to be keeping up with classroom/staff support and keeping everything in place working well, while still pushing technology forward with new ideas and solutions.

“It’s the Tyranny of the Urgent,” notes Read. “Our techies are keen but time is our enemy. Technicians are naturally curious and find wonderful ideas and solutions but finding the time to implement them can be extremely challenging, as well as the potential lack of proficiency by users.”

If you have solutions that are working well within your school or district, feel free to contact Cathy Yeomans so she can share your story with others. She can be reached at cyeomans@bcerac.ca.

Lisa Read and all members of the Professional Learning Team provide support for the BC Digital Classroom resources. To arrange for a remote or face to face connection, please contact Kevin Amboe at kamboe@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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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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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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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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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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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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Cultivating the Joy of Coding

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The word “technology” or “coding” can drive fear into the hearts of some, especially if they are expected to teach it. Not so with Kara Dawson, Lead Information Technology Support Teacher of SD71, Comox.

“I’ve always dabbled in coding but am definitely not an expert,” explains Dawson. “During a project I was involved in over 13 years ago with Dreamweaver, we started a school district page and I found I loved working with code”.

That love for code has stayed with Dawson throughout her 20+ years of teaching, including the start of an Hour of Code that she has always promoted. Last year she noticed she was getting a lot of questions around coding so she created a workshop for her district. She was then invited to participate in ERAC’s coding project which she thoroughly enjoyed and came back to the district with more excitement and more focused coding goals.

“I started with Lego Minestorms which has lego pieces that include tiny sensors,” notes Dawson. “It takes a few days to put together and is challenging but was limited to the Lego code at the time.”

Wanting to expand on coding, Dawson integrated a different product, a Sphero. This ball robot was very durable and could be made to jump, move and change colours. Students were able to make light shows that worked in time with the movements and colours.

“As I was teaching myself to create a square and figuring out the calculations to do a 180 degree turn, I realized I didn’t need to know it,” explains Dawson. “The students were learning faster than me and were collaborating together.”

The children soon surpassed Dawson and they took pleasure in sharing their knowledge with others; students and teachers alike. And it wasn’t the kids you expected to excel, but rather some of the struggling students who shined when it came to coding and creating the robots. It ignited their enthusiasm and they enjoyed sharing their expertise with their peers.

“It’s always better to work in a group because different people bring different strengths to the table,” shared Dawson. “You have the mathematician that is able to think very linearly for the calculations, then you also have the creative student that is able to conceptualize the final product and take the lead in design, and so on. Doing coding can be frustrating if done by yourself.”

Controlling something on a screen is much different from controlling a 3D object through coding and students found it very empowering. Dawson recommends the Tickle app as a great option for teaching coding to primary students and Lightning Lab has been beneficial for older students as a hub to create, contribute and learn with Sphero robots.

Dawson will be sharing more insights at her IT4K12 sessionDemystifying Coding” on November 18th at 11:00 am.

“Some people have a fear of code,” notes Dawson. “I hope through this presentation that attendees will feel that it’s more doable and that they’re more comfortable with it overall. My main advice is to not be afraid and just go for it!”

In Dawson’s role, she teaches students and teachers how to use technology in a meaningful way. You can see what she’s up to with her SD71 teachers through her personal site at Kara’s Corner.

November 4, 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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Made the Grade – November Newly Evaluated Resources

eracapprvd Enjoy these newly evaluated resources for you to add to your collection, including some new French and Aboriginal resources. Your ERAC Online Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use and the titles below have most recently been evaluated.  Click on the titles to go to the evaluation and make sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers. If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request.

Idéllo (Secondary)

Idéllo (Secondary)

Grades: PreK-12

SEE ALSO: Idéllo (Elementary). La base de données d’Idéllo est riche en contenu (application, films, vidéos, ressources pédagogiques) et couvre de nombreuses matières (arts, français, sciences humaine… , Français , sciences humaines , sciences , éducation physique , premières nations , citoyenneté , École saine , fêtes , franco récréation , francophonie , inclusion , intimidation , littératie , nouveaux arrivants , immigration , préjugés , discrimination , culture , identité , Canada , histoire canadienne , Nouvelle-France , Samuel de Champlain , métis , Acadie , chanson , numératie , peuples autochtones , compréhension interculturelle , différenciation , conscience phonologique , DELF , auto régulation , collaboration , communication , créativité , habileté de la pensée , motricité , pensée critique , résolution de problèmes , utilisation des TIC , idello

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Suite française

Suite française

Grades: 11-12
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Tempête en juin et Dolce sont les deux premiers tomes d’une série de cinq que l’auteur, morte en déportation, ne pourra finir. Tempête en juin raconte l’exode de juin 1940 devant l’avancée des troupes… , Deuxième Guerre mondiale , occupation , Paris , résistance , collaboration , occupation allemande , liaisons illicites , adultère , fuite , famille , Parisiens , Juifs , France , camp de concentration , orphelin , suite francaise

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Jack le héros

Jack le héros

Grades: K-7
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Dans ce récit, la magie des mots et des images nous entraîne dans le monde fascinant des insectes et nous fait découvrir les aventures de Jack le lutin. Jack est enlevé par une libellule. Samson, le h… , Fiction , album jeunesse , héros , héroïsme , aventure , fantaisie , insectes , monde miniature , émotions fortes , Jack le heros

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Au labo les Débrouillards

Au labo les Débrouillards

Grades: K-8
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Ce recueil d’expériences scientifiques amusantes et instructives répond aux objectifs du curriculum de sciences naturelles et de français langue de la Colombie-Britannique. Les expériences s’adressent… , Sciences , expériences , chimie , physique , biologie , sciences naturelles , Au labo les Debrouillards

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La fête de Chapultepec

La fête de Chapultepec

Grades: K-9
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Diego et sa famille se rendent à la fête de Chapultepec, près de Mexico. Malgré les avertissements de sa mère, Diego se perd dans la foule. Une femme étrange le prend par la main, pose un masque sur s… , Mexique , Chapultepec , fantaisie , aventure , fiction , culture , fête , art , fête foraine , art contemporain , art abstrait , histoire , La fete de Chapultepec

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Grandpa's Girls

Grandpa’s Girls

Grades: PreK-7
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This engaging picture book follows the escapades of First Nations cousins who visit their grandfather’s farm. Through their exploration of the farm, they confront the mystery of grandpa’s “secret room… , Family history , identity , Aboriginal , Interior Salish , veteran , First Nations , grandpas girls

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Mapping My Way Home: A Gitxsan History

Mapping My Way Home: A Gitxsan History

Grades: 9-12
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This current, detailed work on the Gitxsan people can serve as a valuable reference item for secondary school courses or as an enrichment resource for advanced learners. The author includes extensive… , Gitxsan , land claims , Northwest British Columbia , First Nations , traditional economy , British Columbia , Ooral stories , elder stories

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Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival

Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival

Grades: 10-12
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The latest book by award-winning Canadian First Nations author Bev Sellars addresses misinformation and stereotypes that surround First Nations people. Sellars discusses the socio-economic divide bet… , Aboriginal , Indigenous , First Nations , BC

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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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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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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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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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Made the Grade – October Additions

eracapprvd Enjoy these newly evaluated resources for you to add to your collection, including some new French resources. Your ERAC Online Resource Collection has a multitude of resources for your reference and use and the titles below have most recently been evaluated.  Click on the titles to go to the evaluation and make sure to sign in to see the full product review from your peers. If you have a product or resource you’d like ERAC to evaluate, it’s as simple as filling out this request for evaluation form. We have a team of trained teacher-evaluators looking forward to your request.  

Crossover, The

Crossover, The

Grades: 5-12
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This novel in verse tells the story of twin brothers Josh and JB. The boys share a passion for playing basketball, but when JB gets a new girlfriend their relationship changes significantly. It take… , basketball , poetry , cultural identity , African American , boy , men , male , Black Lives Matter , systemic discrimination , privilege , cardiovascular disease

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dream / arteries

dream / arteries

Grades: 10-12
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dream / arteries explores in verse and archival photos the immigrant experience, by following the life of the ship the Komagata Maru, which spent thirty six years delivering immigrants to the New Worl… , immigration , Komagata Maru , racism , Sikh , poetry , Canadian history , history , migration

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Hill, The

Hill, The

Grades: 8-12
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This engaging adventure story, a modern adaptation of a Cree oral story, follows the journey of Kyle, a Cree boy, and Jared, a Caucasian, into a parallel spirit world to defeat a man-eating beast. At… , oral history , trickster , First Nations , conflict , worldview , beliefs , history , culture , Cree , adventure , oral tradition

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Painting the Black

Painting the Black

Grades: 8-9
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High school senior Ryan is drawn to his athletically gifted, brash yet charismatic new neighbour Josh, and the two quickly become friends who share a love of baseball. As the novel unfolds, Ryan sees… , sports , baseball , football , growing up , peer pressure , friendship , assault , dilemma , courage , acceptance , scholarship

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Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, The

Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, The

Grades: 7-12
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Fifteen year old Adam struggles with OCD and a complex family life. At group therapy, he instantly falls in love with Robyn, a fragile young woman. Adam feels he must get better in order to protect a… , romance , mystery , mental illness , mental health , obsessive-compulsive disorder , OCD , hoarding disorder , anxiety , therapy , group therapy , family problems , blended family , single-parent family

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Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia 1900-50

Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia 1900-50

Grades: 9-11
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This in-depth examination of Aboriginal heath and healing in British Columbia from 1900 to 1950 would be a useful resource for teachers covering these themes in their secondary classes. Traditional Ab… , Aboriginal health , British Columbia , 1900-1950 , colonization , Indian Health Schooling

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Avenue M comme Mystère

Avenue M comme Mystère

Grades: 5-7
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Jonathan et sa soeur Mélissa habitent un petit quartier tranquille où rien d’intéressant ne semble se passer. Mais, petit à petit, des événements inhabituels se produisent, jusqu’au moment où la mort

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Je hais les lunettes

Je hais les lunettes

Grades: 5-7
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Magali refuse de porter des lunettes même si elle en a besoin. Elle a attrapé la rougeole et sa vue a baissé. Pendant plus d’un an, elle déjoue le test de vision qu’elle doit passer avec l’infirmière

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Ballade de Vipérine, La

Ballade de Vipérine, La

Grades: 6-12
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Négligée par ses parents, Vipérine réalise qu’elle est maintenant plus vieille que sa sœur Fée, morte à 11 ans. Elle doit trouver un moyen d’exister pour elle-même, sans le fantôme de Fée. Elle vole l.

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Vert de peur

Vert de peur

Grades: 6-9
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Les parents de Julien décident d’envoyer Marcel, son grand-père, dans un foyer de personnes âgées, car il commence à perdre la mémoire. Marcel ne veut pas y finir ses jours et il se lance dans une fol

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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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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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Getting Students Engaged is as Easy as 1..2..3D

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3D printing has come a long way. We can make model replicas of almost anything including prosthetic limbs and now with the use of hydrogels mixed with living cells, even human organs for transplant. Your students won’t have to go that far though to get engaged in a 3D project

Chris Gauvin, who is a grade 4/5 classroom teacher at Ecole Martha Currie Elementary, got interested himself in 3D printing four years ago. While watching some helping teachers experiment with it, he showed interest and wondered aloud about using it with elementary students, and soon he had a borrowed 3D printer for use in his classroom for three weeks

“After getting involved with it, I saw the huge potential for learning opportunities,” notes Gauvin. “So I, along with several of our district helping teachers, started researching what would be the best suited product for what our district needs would be.”  That research paid off as Gauvin was soon provided a 3D printer for his class.

The students were excited and interested as none had seen or used a 3D printer before. The process in using a 3D printer is to take a digital 3D model and turn the digital file into a physical object. Tinkercad was the online computer automated drafting program used to create the three dimensional items. Two projects were soon identified; one a personalized keychain name tag, and the other, a project on symmetrical snowflakes to tie in with a lesson on symmetry and measurement.

The level of engagement was high and students soon started to see their own designs coming to life and handling their tangible creations. “There was a great level of interest,” explains Gauvin. “The students got to see what worked and what didn’t and to figure out how to change it to get the result they wanted.”

It was challenging for the students to wrap their head around the multiple dimensions of the objects and they were reminded to look at it in all the different angles. Gauvin specifically picked the projects that weren’t going to work so they could analyze it and come up with new design processes. For instance, some of the letters would fall off the name tags, or they had to correct measurements for the proper snowflake symmetry once in 3D. This provided another level of problem solving and accomplishment as students revised and finalized their products’. Students were able to personalize their name tags even more by colouring the plastic once printed.

“Overall, it was quite easy and is still quite a novelty with the students,” explains Gauvin. “There was a bit of a learning curve but they supported and helped each other throughout the entire process.”

The learning curve for the teacher can be quite a bit more but Gauvin encourages you to initially start with a buddy or someone who knows the product. This will help get you up and running faster.

Generally, the printing doesn’t take too long, depending on the size of the project and how fast the printer can print. Gauvin’s name tags took about 30 minutes to one hour and the snow flakes about one to two hours, depending on the intricacy.

So when your school gets the opportunity to obtain a 3D printer, grab it and get your buddy to help you set it up. There’s lots of creating to get started on!

To find out more about everything 3D, register for IT4K12. The theme this year is “Learn & Work in 3D – Ideate, Innovate and Integrate”. Come to learn and share with your colleagues!

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.