June 2012 ERAC Update (2nd Edition)
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 second June issue you'll find:
...and so much more!
Hello! This ERAC Update is a Special Last Edition for this school year with some interesting, new information. Take a moment to scroll through our stories and see if we can help you start preparing for the fall. We hope you all enjoy your much deserved summer break and look forward to touching base with you again in September!
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- FrontRow – expires June 30, 2012
- SOCAN – expires June 30, 2012
- eTeachables from Sublime Learning – short-term offer expires June 30, 2012
- Orca Books – 3 Titles – short-term offer expires August 31, 2012
New For You
Bundle Up with the *NEW* BC Digital Classroom for Fall
The new BC Digital Classroom has been created with bundle options to enhance your use of digital learning resources for both students and teachers. You can continue to keep your regular ERAC Database Bundle (includes resources from EBSCO, Gale and World Book) but you can also expand it at a great price! Consider including a NEW Canadian or Video bundle or both! The Canadian Bundle includes expanded CBC titles, both in English and French, as well as Encyclopedia BC, LegalEze, NFB and two products from MediaSmarts. The Video Bundle includes great streaming resources from Access Learning and Learn360. So take a look at our new BC Digital Classroom for all grade levels, all subjects, and which include professional resources and support materials for teachers. Start your planning now for next year and fill out our School District Commitment to Purchase Form before July 31st! You must be signed in in order to access the form as well as pricing information.
Virus Be Gone
All your hard work can be for naught if corrupted by a virus. Make sure you're protected with a product like AVG. ERAC has recently renewed this agreement, offering discounts for licensing, maintenance renewals and support for 2-year terms. AVG provides anti-virus, anti-malware and spyware solutions. Check out the detailed descriptions and features/functions of the AVG products under this agreement by signing in to your account.
Have Fun while Reading with Tumblebooks
Reading doesn't need to be boring. Spice it up for students through the use of the TumbleBookLibrary! This recently renewed agreement provides ERAC members with an online collection of animated, talking picture books through TumbleBooks. By adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books, students are engaged in reading in a format they enjoy. This offer is extended to August 31, 2013 and full details including pricing can be seen once you sign in.
In the Works
150 Reasons to Check Out the ERAC Collection in the Fall
While some of you will be enjoying holidays over the summer, ERAC plans on reviewing approximately 150 novels for our resource collection. We will have 72 ERAC trained and qualified novel evaluators providing input and final approval of the possible novels. Many teachers have asked for these novels to be reviewed, and many of the novels are award winners. They range in suitability for Grades 2-12 and include both English and French titles. Check out the list of newly selected titles in the fall!
Did You Know?
IT4K12 an Event to Remember
The IT4K12 event may be over, but people are STILL talking about it! Great presentations engaged the audience and provided insight and direction. Sponsors enjoyed seeking out solutions and answers for participants and some great prizes were awarded. We are presently obtaining presentations and will be posting them along with photos and comments. Plans are already underway for next year, and we are presently re-configuring the IT4K12.org website. As we firm things up (including possible dates) we'll be sure to let you know. For now, 'like' us on Facebook and check out some photos.
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Farewell Note from Executive Director Judy Dallas
As I complete my four years with ERAC I look back and know that as an organization we have come a long way. ERAC is constantly trying to ensure that members receive value from their membership fees and that each of our deals is pointing schools and classrooms in new directions. We rely on you, our contacts and members, to bring us new ideas and products. Together we can continue to make BC schools the best place to learn. I have enjoyed my time with ERAC and know that it will continue in new and exciting ways under the leadership of the new Executive Director, George Ambeault. Good luck to you all and hope that you have a restful and rejuvenating summer.
You Asked Us
Many of you asked through the IT4K12 evaluation forms if we plan on making the IT4K12 event an annual event, and we can happily say "Yes!". The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many comments made that this has been needed for a long time. We're glad we were able to be the first to conceptualize and implement this event. We'll be looking at June again next year and will keep you apprised of dates, registration, etc. Watch for photos, comments and presentations that will be posted on our event page as well as on Facebook.
Some past tweets you may have missed:
June 15 - Check out new blogpost in ERAC4U on using resources from MediaSmarts (formerly MediaAwareness Network)
June 13 - Photos from #it4k12 will be posted on our Facebook page over the next few days - be sure to 'like' us! http://www.facebook.com/bcerac
June 12 - Receive relevant communications to your role by registering an account on the ERAC website
Are you following us on Twitter? You can find us at www.twitter.com/bcerac
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like us and get in on the conversation!
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