ERAC Update - February 2012
ERAC Update is ERAC's newsletter, published once a month, online, during
the school year. This newsletter offers readers a monthly view of ERAC's news, services
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In this February issue you'll find:
....and so much more!
DOLLARS AND SENSE
E-Readers – To Have and To Hold?
When it comes to E-Readers and E-Books, enthusiasm, trepidation and a whole lot
of questions surround this subject. ERAC identified the need to address this growing
industry and how it will impact our schools.
Copyright Course Now Complimentary!
ERAC Members can now enjoy the advantage of learning the "Copyright Essentials for
Educators" course, complimentary with their membership! After receiving many requests
from members for group training access and lower costs, we decided to provide...
ERAC IN THE CLASSROOM
Lessons are lost when students can't hear
In today's classrooms, it can be difficult for students to hear what their teacher
is saying with sounds bouncing off hard surfaces, the emphasis on students collaborating
with one another and all the other ambient noises in classrooms, gymnasiums and
There are several different strategies to address the problem, but many educators
in B.C. are turning to the FrontRow audio system. "There are two types of teachers,"
said Anna Crosland, teacher-librarian at Georges Vanier Elementary School in Surrey,
"those who have never tried a FrontRow system and don't know what all the fuss is
about and those who have used it and would never teach without it."
Students Get Engaged By "Reading Along"
Gone is the monotonous and boring storytelling where students read along, shuffling
their fingers over the words. Bookster, a new teacher reviewed app, provides fun
and colourful illustrations as well as an option for readers to record their voices.
Students love the simple interaction and the ability to listen to the story through
their voice. Check it out here, along with many other apps located at
ERAC Commons. Feel free to rate these applications as you use them.
IN THE WORKS
On the Horizon – IT4K12
Some dates have been secured and the planning is underway. ERAC's first IT conference
for K-12 is scheduled for June and we're hoping, through your attendance, that this
event will not only be the first one, but the first annual one. Here are some details
to get you started:
DID YOU KNOW?
See Through Canadian Eyes
What do body image, globalization and exporting oil have
in common? These are just a few of the categories found in the rich database, Canadian
Points of View Reference Centre. With many topics in each category as well as critical
thinking research resources, this database provides excellent instructional design
for project based learning. To learn more on how to use this resource and glean
the many benefits, check out the info
here, in the ERAC Commons.
You'll find suggestions, links and highlights. Make sure to watch the short video produced by ERAC on how to use this resource.
Music to My Ears
We're growing our collection and we want your help! Have you heard of any good music
resources that enhance instruction using a number of new technologies and services?
If you have, we'd love to hear from you! Just email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll look into an evaluation for the resource.
YOU ASKED US!
Questions are only valuable if they lead us to answers. But what if more than one
person is looking for that answer? We've decided to create a new category in the
ERAC Update for this very reason. "You Asked Us" will highlight questions (and the
answers!) we receive that we think might be of value to all our members. This way
you'll keep up to date on what we're working on as well as the latest information.
So feel free to send those questions in and we'll share the answers! You can contact
us through a myriad of ways including: email, phone, mail, Twitter, Facebook and
through our website. Read on below to participate in the first posted question!
"My district is very interested in using e-readers and pursuing e-textbooks. Do you
know of any good e-textbooks that are out there being used?"
Carrie Yuen-Lo, Administrator, District Resource Centre SD #57 (Prince George)
You've raised a big issue and growing concern for quality e-content for K12 in BC.
Other districts are asking about this too. In short, the trend seems to be to collect
or purchase not a single subject e-textbook, but provide for teachers a kind of
playlist of suitable subject content. The development of rich e-content by publishers
is starting to move in Canada.
I think this is going to be an ongoing conversation within districts and something
ERAC has put on its list of priorities in the new year. But I think the notion of
a single e-textbook for any grade level does not really support the trend towards
personalized learning, nor take advantage of the variety of available digital resources.
If you or any of our members have found any quality resources, please forward to
Some past tweets you may have missed:
January 13 – 42 new novel titles added to ERAC resource collection for grades 2-12.
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full evaluations by BC teachers http:bcerac.ca
January 13 - Kudos to Gordon Powell in Richmond BC... check out his district promotion
of database bundle
January 11 - New free NFB app just announced... create stopmotion films. Worth checking
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